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Phantom Ship Rock
Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake

The deepest lake in the United States, and once the site of epic destruction that lives on in myth.
42.9331, -122.1956
Avenue of the Giants
Redcrest, California

Avenue of the Giants

One of the most scenic stretches of road in America winds between some of the country's oldest trees.
40.3682, -123.9296
Calistoga, California

Calistoga Petrified Forest

The fossilized remains of ancient California redwoods.
38.5558, -122.6389
California's Old Faithful.
Calistoga, California

California's Old Faithful

California's own majestic geyser is powered by a subterranean volcano.
38.5963, -122.6023
Supai, Arizona

Havasupai Falls

This secluded aqua blue waterfall near the Grand Canyon is the perfect swimming hole, and the Havasupai tribe's best-kept secret.
36.2551, -112.6979
Delgadillo's Snow Cap Drive-In
Seligman, Arizona

Delgadillo's Snow Cap Drive-In

A classic Route 66 landmark that was built with scrap lumber and is held together with kitsch and puns.
35.3279, -112.8811
Reverse shot
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

The Arch of Cabo San Lucas

A graceful natural rock formation stands astride the point where the Gulf of California meets the Pacific Ocean.
22.8760, -109.8947
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
Sky Tower
Auckland, New Zealand

Sky Tower

A New Zealand communications tower stands as the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere.
-36.8481, 174.7627
Matamata, New Zealand

Hobbiton

The real life Hobbiton, this sheep farm has been forever transformed since being built for The Hobbit film series.
-37.8721, 175.6829
Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua

Major tourist destination known for its bubbling mud-pools and hot thermal springs.
-38.1368, 176.2497
View in an ice cave
Fox Glacier, New Zealand

Fox Glacier

A glacier pocked with ice caves and surrounded by rainforests.
-43.4628, 170.0127
The Winchester Mystery House.
San Jose, California

The Winchester Mystery House

A peculiar mansion built by the troubled heir to the Winchester gun fortune.
37.3189, -121.9506
Cave of the Mounds
Blue Mounds, Wisconsin

Cave of the Mounds

This cave holds a surprisingly colorful variety of geological oddities.
43.0181, -89.8147
Shafer, Minnesota

Franconia Sculpture Park

Community arts organization that hosts a rotating collection of over 75 contemporary sculptures.
45.3796, -92.7036
The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in Como Park, built in 1915.
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory (Como Park)

Home to the Amorphophallus titanum "Corpse Flower," which is among the largest flowers in the world and also smells powerfully of rotting flesh when in bloom.
44.9798, -93.1480
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Stone Arch Bridge

The oldest bridge in Minneapolis.
44.9845, -93.2555
Soap Factory
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Soap Factory

An old soap company building now houses one of Minneapolis’s oldest independent non-profit art galleries.
44.9834, -93.2498
Prospect Park with a view of the tower
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Prospect Park Water Tower

This iconic water tower and failed bandstand is open for panoramic views once a year.
44.9689, -93.2125
Tucker's Treehouse
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Tucker's Treehouse

A treehouse assailed by the elements and the government, now gone.
44.9488, -93.3409
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Bakken Museum

A museum dedicated to the role of electricity in life.
44.9384, -93.3208
Three levels of shopping stacked on top of one another, built above the world's largest underground aquarium, and centered around a full-blown indoor amusement park.
Bloomington, Minnesota

The Mall of America

Equal parts record-breaking temple to consumerism and bizarre fun park, it's more then you think it is...
44.8550, -93.2421
Wall, South Dakota

Wall Drug

The granddaddy of all tourist traps, built on ice water and jackalopes.
43.9933, -102.2418
Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox, Bemidji
Bemidji, Minnesota

Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox, Bemidji

These crudely shaped folk giants may be the the second most photographed statues in the U.S.
47.4708, -94.8789