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Sado, Japan

Aikawa Prison

A wooden prison doesn't sound like a good idea, yet this abandoned 1950s detention center still stands today.
Taito City, Japan

Hakubutsukan-Dōbutsuen Station

Take a few seconds to look at this abandoned, art-filled station as you pass by on the subway to Ueno.
Takaoka, Japan

Takaoka Daibutsu: The Great Buddha of Takaoka

This giant bronze Buddha, the third largest in Japan, is the last in an ill-fated series of statues.
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

The Cracks - Las Grietas

These mammoth-yet-narrow crevasses in the Earth are perfect for taking an otherworldly swim.
Guapi, Colombia

Gorgona Island Prison Ruins

This tropical island hosted a maximum-security prison until it was abandoned to make way for a national park.
Cartagena, Colombia

Door Knockers of Cartagena

The colonial city's social history is reflected in its fanciful door knockers.
Bogotá, Colombia

Museo del Oro

This Bogotá museum houses the world's largest collection of pre-Columbian gold relics.
Anmore, British Columbia

Buntzen Lake Powerhouses

The century-old plant starred as the villainous clown's lair in the miniseries based on Stephen King's "It."
Whistler, British Columbia

The Mushroom House

Home inspired by the crystal rock formation of the Emerald Estates.
Seychelles

Mission Ruins of Venn's Town

The remains of a 19th-century school and living quarters are perched atop a mountain surrounded by a thick tropical forest.
Marrakesh, Morocco

Saadian Tombs

Deliberately hidden for centuries, the magnificent Saadian Tombs were eventually uncovered in 1917.
Paarl, South Africa

Afrikaans Language Monument

The South African dialect's complex history is immortalized in stone, in one of the world's only monuments dedicated to a language.
Mossel Bay, South Africa

The Post Office Tree

South Africa's postal service began with a letter left in a boot beneath this tree.
Serenje, Zambia

Livingstone Memorial

An obelisk marks the spot where a British explorer's heart was buried before the rest of his body was transported to England.
Namibia

Fairy Circles of Southern Africa

Unexplained bald patches in the landscape grow and recede over time, as though they are somehow alive.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Sea Turtle Hatchery

Turtle sanctuary with a fascinating backstory that may be more troublesome than it appears.
Grenada

Cold War Relics at Pearls Airport

Rare signs of the former Soviet Union in the Caribbean, though not where you'd expect them.