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Washington, D.C.

House of the Temple

This imposing Masonic temple a mile from the White House was the first public library in Washington, D.C.
Bryson City, North Carolina

Clingmans Dome

The highest point in Tennessee, Clingmans Dome bears witness to the ravages of one type of insect.
Atlanta, Georgia

The Sideways Grave of Sideways the Dog

A slanted tomb honors the faithful, furry companion of the Georgia Tech student body.
Atlanta, Georgia

Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama

The Battle of Atlanta in 360 degrees, featuring a corpse that bears a striking resemblance to Clark Gable.
Delta, Louisiana

Grant's Canal

The ill-fated plan to reroute the Mississippi so that Union ships could bypass Confederate fortifications on the river bend.
Vicksburg, Mississippi

U.S.S. Cairo

This iron and wood Civil War city-ship was the first vessel to be sunk by an electrically detonated torpedo.
Vicksburg, Mississippi

Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum

A museum in Mississippi celebrates the history of Coca-Cola and the man who brought it to the masses.
Claiborne County, Mississippi

Windsor Ruins

An eerie and beautiful group of columns mark the site of a grand mansion lost to time and fire.
Natchez, Mississippi

Longwood

A grandiose octagonal home crowned by a large dome stands out among the antebellum mansions.
Natchez, Mississippi

The Emerald Mound

The second-largest ceremonial mound in the United States is an artificial hill that is loosely shaped like a pentagon.
Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth Stockyards

Belly up to the bar in Cowtown, don't forget to buy some boots.
Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth Water Gardens

A modernist landscape of water and sci-fi concrete.
Waco, Texas

Waco Mammoth Site

Visitors can walk over the largest concentration of Columbian mammoths to have died from one event.
Los Lunas, New Mexico

New Mexico Mystery Stone

On the side of a remote mountain, a stone face bearing an inscription of mysterious origin.
Tlalnepantla, Mexico

'Tomb of the Years' at Tenayuca Pyramid

An archaeological museum at the Aztec pyramid displays signs of the New Fire ritual performed every 52 years.
Elberton, Georgia

Georgia Guidestones

A mysterious monument meant to be a guide into "an Age of Reason" was destroyed after an apparent bombing.
Marietta, Georgia

Big Chicken

This abstract roadside poultry was saved from demolition by outraged drivers and pilots.
Rome, Georgia

The Berry College Campus

World's largest college campus includes a wildlife sanctuary and a former movie set on more than 28,000 acres.
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Ruby Falls

The mysterious wonder of an underground waterfall is illuminated by multicolored lights.
Lookout Mountain, Tennessee

Lookout Mountain Incline Railway

This funicular railway rumbles along for a mile up the nearly vertical face of Chattanooga’s Lookout Mountain.
Lookout Mountain, Georgia

Rock City

A bizarre roadside attraction and the first instance of miniature golf in the world.
Huntsville, Alabama

Dead Children's Playground

What else would you call a playground hidden in Alabama's oldest and largest cemetery?
Huntsville, Alabama

The Grave of Miss Baker

Bananas are often left for the first monkey America ever recovered alive after being launched into space.
Huntsville, Alabama

Pathfinder and the MPTA-ET

It may look like no more than a full-scale model, but every part of this full Space Shuttle stack had a working role in aviation history.