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Inside the Rothko Chapel
Houston, Texas

Rothko Chapel

A universal meditative place of worship and social justice center adorned with paintings by famed abstract artist Mark Rothko.
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Upper canyon. (Wikimedia Commons)
Page, Arizona

Antelope Canyon

Most-visited and most-photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest.
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(Flickr/Courtarro)
Page, Arizona

Horseshoe Bend

Dramatic river bend surrounds a natural red-rocked pedestal.
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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.
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Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace
Pioneertown, California

Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace

Weary travelers trekking through Joshua Tree have a music-filled, booze-soaked oasis to land before continuing through the desert.
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"Pioneertown 1946".
Pioneertown, California

Pioneertown

A fake town founded by Western movie stars is now becoming a hip desert community.
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Inyo, California

Devils Golf Course Landscape

"Only the devil could play golf here."
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Badwater Basin
Inyo County, California

Badwater Basin

The lowest point in North America is home to an undrinkable pool surrounded by fields of geometric salt flats.
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Artist's Drive
Inyo County, California

Artist's Drive

Millions of years of oxidation make a drive down this winding Death Valley road surprisingly colorful.
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Harmony Borax Works
Inyo County, California

Harmony Borax Works

This crumbling Death Valley mining complex was known for its use of giant, 20-mule wagon teams.
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Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern
Houston, Texas

Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern

A 90-year-old underground water reservoir offers a more industrial kind of tranquility.
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Nagasaki, Japan

Gunkanjima Island

Once the most densely populated place in the world, this island is now a ghost town.
32.6278, 129.7386
The gym
Los Angeles, California

Muscle Beach

An historic and oft-filmed spot for musclebound iron pumpers on the Pacific coast.
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Los Angeles, California

Venice of America Canals

After starting as a whimsical tourist attraction that eventually found its way to ruin, these renovated canals offer a lush and exotic locale on the Pacific Coast.
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Los Angeles, California

Hollywood Sign

Hollywood's most famous landmark, the "temporary" sign that has stood for just short of 9 decades longer than intended.
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Los Angeles, California

Griffith Observatory's Tesla Coil

High on a hill overlooking Los Angeles lives a world famous, high power conical Tesla Coil.
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Glendale, California

Forest Lawn Cemetery

An extraordinary final resting place full of oversized art, amazing statues, and dead celebrities.
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The Los Angeles style landscaping contrasts the fairy tale architecture.
Los Angeles, California

Snow White Cottages

Magical-looking cottages that inspired one of the most famous animated films ever.
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The museum as viewed from the street.
Miami Beach, Florida

World Erotic Art Museum

12,000 sq. ft. museum tracing erotic art from antiquity to modern times.
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Locks on the Pont des Arts
Paris, France

Paris Padlocks of Love

The celebrated eyesore created by starry-eyed sweethearts.
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Brussels, Belgium

Mini-Europe

Theme park featuring miniature replicas of European monuments.
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Munich, Germany

Rathaus-Glockenspiel

Daily jousts and dancing barrel makers in Munich's mechanical clock.
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Underground Cathedral (Flickr/magro kr)
Wieliczka, Poland

Wieliczka Salt Mine

An underground city of salt.
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Rynek Underground Cemetery
Krakow, Poland

Rynek Underground

Beneath Kraków Old Town's main square lies a hologram-filled medieval market vampire graveyard wonderland.
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