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Corning Museum of Glass
Corning, New York

Corning Museum of Glass

Dedicated to the art and science of glass in equal measure, this space is as much laboratory as museum.
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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.
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McMurdo Station, Antarctica

Discovery Hut

Wooden hut from the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.
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Modern view of the Cape Royds Hut.
Antarctica

Shackleton's Antarctic Hut

Nimrod Polar Expedition base, and home to hundred-year-old frozen whisky.
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McMurdo Station, Antarctica

Chapel of the Snows

The place of worship erected not once, but three times in one of the most desolate places on Earth.
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Tourists enjoy a warm volcanic bath
Antarctica

Deception Island

An abandoned whaling station on an active volcano offers hot springs in Antarctica, surrounded by ruined giants of industry.
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Argentine Antarctic settlement "Esperanza" seen from onboard ship in Hope Bay
Antarctica

Esperanza Base

The birthplace of the very first human resident born in Antarctica.
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Vernadsky Station
Antarctica

The Bar at Vernadsky Research Base

The world's southernmost bar.
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Mountain Goat
Evergreen, Colorado

Mount Evans Scenic Byway

The highest paved road in North America winds its way up Mount Evans in Colorado to an altitude of 14,130 feet above sea level.
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Sculptured House
Golden, Colorado

Sculptured House

This iconic science fiction house still looks like something from the future.
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The Bishop is the Hawaiʻi State Museum of Natural and Cultural History
Honolulu, Hawaii

Bishop Museum

This museum of Hawaiian and Polynesian culture is the legacy of the last descendant of the Kamehameha Dynasty.
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Fairy Chimneys
Aksaray, Turkey

Cappadocia

Entire cities carved into ancient volcanic rock formations.
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Grand Prismatic Spring
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Grand Prismatic Spring

The largest hot spring in the US is, as the name suggests, a stunning show of natural color.
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Krak des Chevaliers
Safita, Syria

Krak des Chevaliers

Ruins of the Crusaders' headquarters.
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Norias of Hama
Hama, Syria

Norias of Hama

Only a handful of these gorgeous historic waterwheels remain but even those are in danger from local unrest.
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Palmyra, Syria

Palmyra

Mysterious lost empire of the Silk Road.
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I mean come on
Aguas Calientes, Peru

Huayna Picchu

If you’ve ever seen a picture of Machu Picchu, then you’ve seen a picture of Huayna Picchu — you just didn’t realize it.
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Machu Picchu.
Aguas Calientes, Peru

Machu Picchu: The Lost City of The Inca

The intricate stonework of Machu Picchu serves as a testament to Incan engineers.
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The now-vacant Wiñay Wayna Pub from the back
Urubamba, Peru

The Former Wiñay Wayna Pub

This is why we can't have nice things on the Incan Trail.
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Corvin Castle
Hunedoara, Romania

Corvin Castle

This Romanian fairytale castle would make Dracula (who is said to have been imprisoned there) jealous.
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Salina Turda
Turda, Romania

Salina Turda

This massive underground salt mine now holds a sci-fi theme park in its depths.
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Transylvania's "Hollywood" Signs
Brașov, Romania

Transylvania's "Hollywood" Signs

The European towns of Brașov and Râșnov each have proud signs reminiscent of the Hollywood sign.
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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.
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An aerial view of Upheaval Dome
Moab, Utah

Upheaval Dome

This raised bulls-eye visible from space was the subject of an intense geologic controversy.
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