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Outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. (ncindc/Flickr)
Washington, D.C.

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Largest Roman Catholic church in North America.
38.9335, -77.0007
The moon rock is located in the center of the red planet in the Space Window's upper half
Washington, D.C.

Space Window at the Washington National Cathedral

A tiny piece of the moon is embedded in this stained glass masterpiece.
38.9311, -77.0716
Hanksville, Utah

Mars Desert Research Station

A Mars simulation in the southern Utah desert.
38.4065, -110.7919
Fresh taters
Green River, Utah

Goblin Valley State Park

Bizarre lunar-like landscape with thousands of large stone "hoodoos."
38.5641, -110.7048
The Church Rock
Monticello, Utah

Church Rock

Oddly shaped rock formation, misassociated with a nearby utopian community.
38.0740, -109.3452
Spruce Tree House - March 2010
Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

Mesa Verde National Park

The ancient dwellings of the Puebloans, carved into the cliffs of majestic mesas.
37.1838, -108.4887
Tin Man at Oz Park.
Chicago, Illinois

Oz Park

This Oz-themed public park had a wonderful impact on the surrounding neighborhood.
41.9209, -87.6457
The newly restored Tiffany Dome.
Chicago, Illinois

Tiffany Dome

A massive thing of wonder, this stained-glass masterpiece is thought to be the largest Tiffany dome in existence.
41.8837, -87.6250
Rock N Roll McDonald's and Museum
Chicago, Illinois

Rock N Roll McDonald's and Museum

The palatial McDonald's that inspired Wesley Willis.
41.8925, -87.6313
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Floralis Generica

105-foot wide giant metallic flower blooms anew every day in the heart of Buenos Aires.
-34.5815, -58.3936
Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Tomb of Rufina Cambacérès

A beautiful young girl said to have been buried alive in her coffin…
-34.5883, -58.3924
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Cementerio de la Recoleta

Buenos Aires' city of the dead contains some very famous remains, including Eva Perón.
-34.5886, -58.3925
Colonia Del Sacramento, Uruguay

Plaza de Toros

Abandoned bull fighting ring, slowly falling apart in Uruguay.
-34.4440, -57.8421
Lala at Volubilis
Meknes, Morocco

Volubilis Archaeological Site

Mosaics, storks, and brothels—this ancient city has it all.
34.0711, -5.5536
Fez, Morocco

Chouara Leather Tannery

Traditional 11th-century outdoor tannery.
34.0661, -4.9780
Inside the Todra Gorge
Province de Tinghir, Morocco

Todra Gorge

One of the most spectacular canyons in the world.
31.5902, -5.5946
Johannesburg, South Africa

Museum of Man and Science

A supply store for traditional healers, this shop sells the hair of a dog--and its skin, skeleton, and reproductive organs, too.
-26.2038, 28.0366
Boulders Beach Penguin Sanctuary
Cape Town, South Africa

Boulders Beach Penguin Sanctuary

This African beach is home to thousands of rare mainland penguins that are known for their annoying voice.
-34.1965, 18.4500
1513 Piri Reis Map portion
Istanbul, Turkey

Piri Reis Map at Topkapi Palace

1513 Turkish world map, full of European state secrets and snarky commentary.
41.0115, 28.9833
336 ancient columns
Istanbul, Turkey

Basilica Cisterns of Istanbul

A marvel of Byzantine engineering under the streets of Istanbul.
41.0084, 28.9779
Medrese.
Istanbul, Turkey

Miniaturk

Large miniature theme park with 100-plus models.
41.0594, 28.9489
A shift-image of McMurdo from afar, with Mt. Erebus looming in the background. (sandwichgirl/Flickr)
McMurdo Station, Antarctica

McMurdo Station

Antarctica's bustling metropolis, originally established by Richard E. Byrd.
-77.8444, 166.6636
McMurdo Station, Antarctica

Discovery Hut

Wooden hut from the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.
-77.8458, 166.6418
Kathmandu, Nepal

Swayambhunath Monkey Temple

Sacred Buddhist home of some spiritual monkeys.
27.7152, 85.2899