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Mikonos, Greece

Terrace of the Lions

Replicas of Apollo's leonine stone guard cats still line a sacred row in Greece.
Koroni, Greece

Xigia Sulphur Caves

These sea caves are the source of Xigia Beach's distinct aroma.
Oía, Greece

Atlantis Books

A quirky bookstore hidden beneath a sea of whitewashed Greek villas.
Santorini, Greece

Prehistoric Town of Akrotiri

A Bronze age settlement on the Greek island of Santorini might have been the inspiration for Plato's Atlantis.
Paris, France

Statue Le Rhinoceros

A beautiful Victorian statue shows France's enduring love of the rhinoceros.
Paris, France

Pont de la Concorde

This bridge was constructed from the rubble of the infamous Bastille.
Paris, France

Centre Pompidou

An "inside out" building in the historical center of Paris, featuring Europe’s largest modern art museum.
Sparks, Nevada

Last Chance Joe

The colossal cartoon man stands outside a Nevada museum.
Reno, Nevada

Old Reno Arch

The arch that celebrated the completion of the Lincoln and Victory highways.
Reno, Nevada

Dymaxion Car at the National Automobile Museum

The only surviving prototype of Buckminster Fuller's revolutionary car.
Reno, Nevada

Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

An iconic 1960s theater with a Buckminster Fuller-style geodesic dome.
Las Vegas, Nevada

Bugsy Siegel Monument

An overlooked monument to the celebrity gangster who helped put the sin in Sin City.
Fatehpur Sikri, India

Fatehpur Sikri

An imperial fortress city that incorporated cultural elements from the entire Mughal empire, only to be abandoned the year it was finished.
New Delhi, India

Iron Pillar of Delhi

An ancient iron pillar in Delhi that seems to be rustproof.
Reno, Nevada

Wilbur D. May Museum

An eccentric millionaire's personal curio collection includes at least one shrunken head.
Washoe County, Nevada

Bonsai Rock, Lake Tahoe

Eastern zen meets Western grit in these four little trees growing out of a rock on Lake Tahoe’s Nevada shore.
Las Vegas, Nevada

Art-o-mat

These banned cigarette vending machines now sell little pieces of pocket-sized art.
Las Vegas, Nevada

Mystic Falls Park

This vintage animatronics show is the Vegas version of a walk through the woods.
Henderson, Nevada

Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden

Nevada's largest cactus collection stands outside a candy mogul's small factory.
Beatty, Nevada

Angel's Ladies Brothel

A brothel nestled amongst ghost towns, with an abandoned plane wreck to greet you.
London, England

Cecil Court

A charming 17th-century alley lined with secondhand bookstores and antiquarian shops.
San Francisco, California

Palace of Fine Arts

The last remaining relic of San Francisco's glittering 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition.
San Francisco, California

The Tonga Room

Tiki luxury on Nob Hill.
San Francisco, California

Exploratorium

San Francisco's newly reopened hands-on science museum.