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The fantastic "gateway to heaven."
Abang, Indonesia

Pura Lempuyang Luhur

Bali's remote "gateway to heaven" is one of the most sacred places on the island.
-8.3915, 115.6313
Cottage Treehouse.
Cave Junction, Oregon

Treehouse Paradise

A chance to sleep among the firs and pines of the Oregon forest.
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Saint Lunaire-Griquet, Newfoundland and Labrador

L'Anse Aux Meadows

An ancient Viking village in North America that predates Columbus by 500 years.
51.5953, -55.5312
Obscuring the "New" castle behind.
Bergisch Gladbach, Germany

Bensberg Old Castle

This strange building looks like a medieval fortress crashed into a 1960s Brutalist office block.
50.9649, 7.1632
Giant gorilla from 2017 festival.
Niigata-shi, Japan

Wara Art

Giant animal sculptures are created with the rice straw leftover from the fall harvest each year.
37.7916, 138.8698
Rani ki vav.
Patan, India

Rani Ki Vav

This magnificent stepwell is designed as an inverted temple and adorned with 1,500 sculptures.
23.8589, 72.1018
Two of the entrances are visible in satellite imagery.
Fairfield, Pennsylvania

Raven Rock Mountain Complex

The Cold War-era "underground Pentagon" is a sprawling subterranean hideaway for the Defense Department.
39.7340, -77.4194
Alamut Castle.
Roudbar Alamout, Iran

Alamut Castle

This ruined fortress was the stronghold for a persecuted medieval leader and his infamous Assassins.
36.4454, 50.5859
OMAR Mine Museum.
Kabul, Afghanistan

OMAR Mine Museum

A sobering museum dedicated to landmines and the personnel working to remove them from Afghanistan.
34.5190, 69.1966
Yasui Kompira-gu Shrine.
Kyoto, Japan

Yasui Kompira-gu Shrine

Crawl through the hole in the middle of this stone to break off a bad relationship or initiate a good one.
35.0000, 135.7758
Peephole Cinema.
San Francisco, California

Peephole Cinema

A tiny theater hidden in an alley plays a constant stream of short silent films for anyone willing to peer through the peephole.
37.7492, -122.4199
One of the guest bedrooms.
Hawarden, Wales

Gladstone's Library

At the United Kingdom's only residential library you can sleep among the books.
53.1857, -3.0274
Kadıköy, Turkey


A meow-velous tribute to a beloved street cat, made famous on the internet.
40.9890, 29.0417
Ancient windmills in Nashtifan village.
Nashtifan, Iran

Nashtifan Windmills

The vertical-axis windmills of ancient Persia have been grinding flour for 1,000 years and counting.
34.4316, 60.1748
Tonomine Highlands.
Kamikawa-chō, Japan

Tonomine Highlands

A thick blanket of beautiful pampas grass cloaks this unique Japanese landscape.
35.1590, 134.6910
An overgrown sunken road/green way in Symondsbury, Dorset.
Dorset, England

Holloways of Dorset

These ancient sunken lanes were naturally tunneled into the soft ground by countless footsteps.
50.7414, -2.8195
The tunnel of books.
Yangzhou Shi, China

The Yangzhou Zhongshuge

Mirrored floors and arched shelves create the illusion of an infinite tunnel of books.
32.3950, 119.4380
The beaver dam as viewed from a helicopter.
Improvement District No. 24, Alberta

World's Largest Beaver Dam

The half-mile long structure is so impressive, it even shows up on satellite images.
58.2714, -112.2522
Marmore Falls.
Marmore, Italy

Cascata delle Marmore (Marmore Falls)

Romans built the world's tallest artificial waterfall in 271 BC.
42.5501, 12.7174
Freddi Arcade & Toys.
Reykjavik, Iceland

Freddi Arcade & Toys Museum

A vintage video game wonderland in downtown Reykjavik.
64.1464, -21.9338
Quartier de Cazerne sculpture.
Paris, France

Sculptures de Décure

Exquisite wall sculptures carved in secret by an early quarryman in an obscure corner of the Paris Catacombs.
48.8338, 2.3324
Incredible exterior of Lego House
Billund, Denmark

Lego House

An enormous playhouse designed to look like 21 stacked Lego bricks, with another 25 million colorful Legos inside.
55.7301, 9.1142
The Lalish shrine.
Al-Shikhan, Iraq

Lalish Temple

The sacred shrine of the Yazidis, an obscure ancient Mesopotamian religion that's been persecuted for centuries.
36.7716, 43.3041
Misalera Bridge.
Montalegre, Portugal

Ponte da Misarela (Misalera Bridge)

Local lore says the devil built this beautiful medieval bridge to help a fleeing bandit.
41.6918, -8.0190