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The blimp near the base
Kabul, Afghanistan

The Giant Blimp Hovering Over Kabul

Tethered to a NATO base in Kabul is an American blimp used to survey Afghanistan's largest city.
34.5463, 69.2587
Desert of Maine
Freeport, Maine

The Desert of Maine

This tiny patch of arid sand sits in one of the greenest states in the union.
43.8590, -70.1562
Jackson, New Hampshire

Thompson Falls

This 150 foot seven-tiered cascading waterfall is one of the hidden gems of the White Mountains.
44.2648, -71.2405
The Summit of Mount Washington
Jackson, New Hampshire

Mount Washington

The highest point in the state of New Hampshire, and while unlikely "the worst weather in the world", it sure seems that way to hikers.
44.2710, -71.3055
Chichen Itza, Mexico

El Caracol - The Observatory of Chichen Itza

No telescopes, no power, no gift shop—one of the world's oldest observatories takes astronomy back to basics.
20.6802, -88.5707
The descent of the snake god.
Chichen Itza, Mexico

Pyramid of Kukulcan at Chich'en Itza

Every equinox this Mayan pyramid puts on a spooky ancient light show.
20.6816, -88.5677
Sunlight beams into the Cenote (Flickr/soyignatius)
Dzitnup, Mexico

Cenote Xkeken

These azure waters were thought to lead to the Mayan Underworld.
20.6617, -88.2435
Free Speech Monument
Berkeley, California

Free Speech Monument

This subtle Berkeley paving stone actually marks off a lawless tube of air that extends into space.
37.8695, -122.2588
Berkeley, California

Fish Shaped House

A private home built to resemble the shape of a microscopic creature.
37.8563, -122.2859
Forest at the top of Mount Rogers.
Mouth of Wilson, Virginia

Mount Rogers

The highest point in Virginia can only be reached by passing through ponies and flowers.
36.6598, -81.5446
The Organ
Luray, Virginia

The Great Stalacpipe Organ

An organ located deep within a cave and whose "pipes" are the geological features of the cave itself.
38.6614, -78.4850
The entrance to the Udvar-Hazy Center
Chantilly, Virginia

Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center

At Washington's Dulles Airport is a satellite museum (no pun intended) with three quarters of a million square feet of aircraft history.
38.9115, -77.4442
Colmar Statue of Liberty
Colmar, France

Statue of Liberty, Colmar

A copy of the Statue of Liberty greets visitors to the birthplace of Auguste Bartholdi.
48.1084, 7.3637
Apothecary jars in main room
Florence, Italy

Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy

The oldest operating pharmacy in the world features 800-year-old recipes.
43.7736, 11.2484
St. Catherine of Siena's Severed Head
Siena, Italy

St. Catherine of Siena's Severed Head

A dismembered holy head stares out from her beautiful reliquary at the St. Dominic Basilica.
43.3247, 11.3330
The view from the bottom of the well.
Orvieto, Italy

Pozzo di San Patrizio

Water and windows define this defensive Italian well.
42.7225, 12.1204
The Elevators of Valparaiso
Valparaiso, Chile

Elevators of Valparaiso

What was once a unique system of urban elevators is turning into a mechanical ruin.
-33.0337, -71.6302
Valparaiso, Chile

La Sebastiana

Pivotal home of Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda.
-33.0583, -71.6241
One of the Peabody Ducks takes the stage.
Memphis, Tennessee

Peabody Hotel Duck March

Every day a troupe of pampered water fowl walk the red carpet to their favorite fountain.
35.1427, -90.0518
Memphis, Tennessee

Mud Island River Park

Walk the whole Mississippi River!
35.1489, -90.0528
Nashville, Tennessee

Concrete Parthenon

"Athens of the South."
36.1497, -86.8132
Aristes, Pennsylvania

Centralia

A toxic ghost town sitting atop a massive coal fire.
40.8042, -76.3409
Note the size of the person below
Natural Bridge, Virginia

The Natural Bridge

A sacred site for Native Americans surveyed by George Washington and owned by both King George III and Thomas Jefferson.
37.6282, -79.5447
One of the original torpedoes is still on display.
Alexandria, Virginia

Torpedo Factory Art Center

A former major munitions plant that has been converted into a sprawling art space.
38.8049, -77.0398