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A cliff village and mosque on the Bandiagara. (Wikimedia Commons)
Bandiagara, Mali

Cliff Villages in the Bandiagara Escarpment

Carved into the mountains, homes defy natural laws.
14.3445, -3.6053
Great Mosque
Djenne, Mali

Great Mud Mosque of Djenne

The central mosque of this Mali town is entirely built from mud.
13.9051, -4.5556
House of Slaves
Dakar, Senegal

House of Slaves

Despite a fraught and controversial history this African island holds a powerful monument to the tragedy of the slave trade.
14.6679, -17.3989
Cementerio Numero 3 de Playa Ancha
Valparaiso, Chile

Cementerio Numero 3 de Playa Ancha

Hand-made memorials and a wish-granting murderer lie within this seaside pauper's cemetery.
-33.0269, -71.6462
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
The swing at the end of the world
Banos, Ecuador

Swing at the End of the World

A swing to dangle you off the very edge.
-1.4187, -78.4264
This would be very hard to move. We'll just leave that there.
San Antonio de Pichincha, Ecuador

Middle of the World

An elaborate shrine dedicated to the four corners of the world unfortunately misses its mark.
-0.0021, -78.4558
Mausoleo Ernesto Che Guevara
Santa Clara, Cuba

Che Guevara Mausoleum

This imposing memorial contains the remains of Che Guevara — and 29 other guerrillas who died with him in Bolivia.
22.4026, -79.9795
Getting out of the Devil's pool. The other exit is to climb up the rocks to the viewer's left.
Victoria Falls, Zambia

Devil's Swimming Pool

The world's highest and most dangerous infinity pool lies at the precipice of Victoria Falls.
-17.9243, 25.8572
The Conical Tower
Masvingo, Zimbabwe

Great Zimbabwe

The largest prehistoric ruins south of the Sahara, once a powerful center of international trade.
-20.2596, 30.9360
Taum Sauk Mountain in the fall.
Ironton, Missouri

Taum Sauk Mountain

In the St. Francois Mountains in the Ozarks at 1,772 feet above sea level, Taum Sauk Mountain is the highest (and possibly oldest) peak in Missouri.
37.5703, -90.7279
Johnson's Shut-Ins
Lesterville, Missouri

Johnson's Shut-Ins

Erosion and time have created a naturally-formed water park.
37.5445, -90.8465
The world's largest bottle of catsup.
Collinsville, Illinois

World's Largest Catsup Bottle

Quirky water tower advertises the long-gone Brooks Tomato Products Co.
38.6629, -89.9823
Illinois Woodhenge
Collinsville, Illinois

Illinois Woodhenge

Fresh wooden posts have been added to ancient holes to recreate a primitivein henge clock.
38.6589, -90.0443
An inglorious end to a once-proud ship.
St. Louis, Missouri

USS Inaugural (1993-2013)

A floating museum that was sunk by a flood and left to rot in the tides.
38.6115, -90.1881
Monks Mound at Cahokia.
Collinsville, Illinois

Cahokia Mounds

Once one of the world's great cities, Cahokia was a place of religious worship, trade and mass human sacrifice before being mysteriously abandoned.
38.6570, -90.0587
St. Louis' Old Courthouse was the scene of the Dred Scott Decision, which served as a catalyst in the eradication of slavery in the United States.
St. Louis, Missouri

Old St. Louis County Courthouse

The Old Courthouse takes visitors on a captivating trip through St. Louis' timeline.
38.6249, -90.1863
Cotton Belt Freight Depot
St. Louis, Missouri

Cotton Belt Freight Depot

An abandoned factory along the Mississippi coated by a giant mural.
38.6393, -90.1828
St. Louis, Missouri

City Museum

Less a museum than a bizarre fantasy world created by artists and engineers.
38.6330, -90.2001
Site of Pruitt-Igoe today
St. Louis, Missouri

Pruitt-Igoe's Remains

An urban forest overtakes what was the greatest failure of utopic urban housing.
38.6434, -90.2095
The World's Largest Amoco Sign
St. Louis, Missouri

World's Largest Amoco Sign

This titanic oil company sign is a reminder of the Americana boom of the 70's and also its commoditization.
38.6330, -90.3045
Grant's Farm is the official home of the Budweiser Clydesdales.
St. Louis, Missouri

Grant's Farm

What was once a presidential estate is now an exotic menagerie and home to the Budweiser Clydesdales.
38.5460, -90.3510
The pin point impression wall gives spectators of all ages the chance to create 3D works of art.
St. Louis, Missouri

The Magic House

The Magic House provides a beautiful and creative environment for curious youngsters to get their knowledge on.
38.5739, -90.4053