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This is what you'd stand on before you start to break out in a cold sweat and say to yourself, "what was i thinking?".
Smithsburg, Maryland

Abandoned Hang-gliding Launch Pad

A labor of love built by local hang-gliding enthusiasts, this ideal launch spot was outlawed by the authorities and has since been largely abandoned.
39.6950, -77.5236
Arthur Ganson's work on display at the MIT Museum. (Press Photo)
Cambridge, Massachusetts

MIT Museum: Arthur Ganson

Bouncing, delightful, mechanical art at the MIT Museum.
42.3618, -71.0977
86 Winter St, where Emma Goldman owned an ice cream shop.
Worcester, Massachusetts

Site of Emma Goldman's Ice Cream Shop

On a side street near the interstate is the building where the famous anarchist once owned an ice cream parlor.
42.2587, -71.7941
Mrs Mallard and her entire brood.
Boston, Massachusetts

Make Way for Ducklings Statue

Mrs. Mallard and her brood are a beloved fixture in Boston Public Garden.
42.3555, -71.0698
Now part of contiguous land in Boston, Fort Independence was once the epitome of a waterfront defense
Boston, Massachusetts

Fort Independence (Castle Island)

On a former island, this old fortification once used to protect the Boston Area and started Edgar Allan Poe in his military career.
42.3380, -71.0110
North Adams, Massachusetts

Natural Bridge State Park

Naturally formed white marble arch housed in an abandoned marble quarry from the 1800s.
42.7066, -73.0905
North Adams, Massachusetts

Harmonic Bridge

Resonating tubes make music from highway overpass.
42.7009, -73.1137
Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Johnstown Inclined Plane

Steepest flood safety railway in the entire world.
40.3254, -78.9289
Helpful hints in stone
Gloucester, Massachusetts

Dogtown & Babson Boulder Trail

A New England ghost town features a trail of boulders etched with intriguing life lessons.
42.6364, -70.6611
Count Orlok himself, from the 1922 silent film "Nosferatu"
Salem, Massachusetts

Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery

A collection of full-size movie monsters opened to the public.
42.5214, -70.8949
At the center of Ponyhenge
Lincoln, Massachusetts

Ponyhenge

No one really knows how these old hobby horses got here, but the herd keeps growing.
42.4013, -71.3290
Big Edge appearing to defy gravity
Las Vegas, Nevada

The Big Edge

A giant open-air sculpture made of over 200 full-sized boats.
36.1089, -115.1776
Also from the Mob Museum
Las Vegas, Nevada

St. Valentine's Day Massacre Wall

The bullet-riddled wall from the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, bloodstains enhanced for your viewing pleasure.
36.1730, -115.1413
Delgadillo's Snow Cap Drive-In
Seligman, Arizona

Delgadillo's Snow Cap Drive-In

A classic Route 66 landmark that was built with scrap lumber and is held together with kitsch and puns.
35.3279, -112.8811
Atomic Liquors, since 1952
Las Vegas, Nevada

Atomic Liquors

Back in 1952, you could get a mushroom cloud chaser with your atomic cocktail.
36.1668, -115.1355
The entrance beckons.
Las Vegas, Nevada

Frankie's Tiki Room

The best Tiki bar in Las Vegas.
36.1592, -115.1646
Seven Magic Mountains at sunset
Sloan, Nevada

Seven Magic Mountains

Brightly colored 30-foot-tall totems light up the desert sky just outside Las Vegas.
35.8385, -115.2714
Akhob as viewed from the outside
Las Vegas, Nevada

Akhob

James Turrell's total color immersion art installation, hidden on the top floor of a luxury handbag shop.
36.1054, -115.1718
Chicago, Illinois

Willis Tower Glass Platform

Four glass boxes hover over 1,000 feet in the air to give visitors an unparalleled view of Chicago.
41.8789, -87.6363
The newly restored Tiffany Dome.
Chicago, Illinois

Tiffany Dome

A massive thing of wonder, this stained-glass masterpiece is thought to be the largest Tiffany dome in existence.
41.8837, -87.6250
Somerville, Massachusetts

Somerville Round House

A unique columnar residence built in the 19th century.
42.3845, -71.1077
Boston, Massachusetts

All Saints Way

"Mock all and sundry things, but leave the saints alone."
42.3664, -71.0526
Bancroft Tower
Worcester, Massachusetts

Bancroft Tower

This miniature feudal castle was built on a whim to honor a US Navy pioneer.
42.2755, -71.8173
Photo by Elizabeth Evans
Boston, Massachusetts

Forest Hills Cemetery

A beautiful Victorian cemetery complete with miniature village.
42.2953, -71.1061