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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Elephant Nature Park

Thailand's distressed elephants find peace at this Chiang Mai sanctuary.
Bangkok, Thailand

Giant Swing

For centuries young Thai men used this Giant Swing as a slingshot to heaven.
Bangkok, Thailand

Wat Arun

This dazzling Buddhist temple was constructed from over one million ceramic tiles salvaged from a British shipwreck.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

La Rotonda del Mar

A Lovecraftian altar of nightmarish bronze chairs sits ominously on a boardwalk in Puerto Vallarta.
Zihuatanejo, Mexico

The Parthenon of El Negro

A notoriously corrupt Chief of Police's deteriorating Greek-themed playhouse.
Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Conch Shell House

Beach instrument turned bed and breakfast.
Seattle, Washington

Gum Wall

A wall of chewing gum moonlights as collective art.
Anacortes, Washington

Green Point

On the edge of this small Washington Park, a piece of the Earth's mantle has come to the surface.
Anacortes, Washington

Overgrown Ship Hulk

This dilapidated ship carcass covered in trees is a striking sight.
Rosario Beach, Washington

The Maiden of Deception Pass

This statue and its surrounding plaques tells the story of Ko-kwal-alwoot and the kinship between the Samish people and the sea.
Oak Harbor, Washington

Blue Fox Drive-In Theatre

Sleep beneath the big screen at this old-school movie theater.
Kirkland, Washington

Truck-Eating Bridge

A normal, unassuming pedestrian overpass has been the demise of many, many trucks.
Bailey, Colorado

The Sasquatch Outpost

A museum dedicated to the mysterious cryptid.
Seward, Alaska

Iditarod Mile 0 Marker

The beginning of the historic Iditarod Trail connecting the Alaskan cities of Seward and Nome.
Highlands, New Jersey

Navesink Twin Lights

These unassuming lighthouses have seen the first reading of the Pledge of Allegiance, the first wireless transmission, and more than one mystery.
New York, New York

Tom's Restaurant

The "Seinfeld" diner.
Jersey City, New Jersey

Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital

Now abandoned, the first public health hospital in the U.S. saw more than one million immigrants from around the world.
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Dragonfly Mosaic

Thousands of people walk over this fantastic work of art every day, but how many notice it?
Clear Lake, Iowa

The Day The Music Died Memorial

A giant pair of thick black glasses mark the tragic demise of a trio of rock and roll legends.
Boys Town, Nebraska

World's Largest Ball of Stamps

An idle pastime becomes a record holder in Boys Town, Nebraska.
Council Bluffs, Iowa

Pottawattamie Squirrel Cage Jail

The world's only three-story rotary jail is now a museum to a bizarre trend in prison design.
Bloomington, Minnesota

The Mall of America

Equal parts record-breaking temple to consumerism and bizarre fun park, it's more than you think it is...
San Bernardino County, California

Kelso Ghost Town

The abandoned train depot now doubles as a well-placed rest stop for those who take the road less traveled.
Austin, Texas

Congress Bridge Bats

Home to the largest urban bat colony in North America, estimated at 1.5 million bats.