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Fredericksburg, Texas

Old Tunnel Bat Colony

Abandoned railroad tunnel is home to a colony of three million Mexican free-tail bats.
30.1005, -98.8210
Wreckage of a Japanese plane.
Fredericksburg, Texas

National Museum of the Pacific War

Modern technology and live displays tell the story of the Pacific during WWII for the Internet generation.
30.2727, -98.8673
Enchanted Rock
Fredericksburg, Texas

Enchanted Rock

An enormous pink granite batholith, long attributed with spiritual powers by the Tonkawa Indians.
30.5066, -98.8189
Baby Head Cemetery
Llano, Texas

Baby Head Cemetery

This grimly-titled Texas cemetery is all that remains of a Wild West settlement with possibly the worst name.
30.8876, -98.6561
Smiling blue whale of Catoosa
Catoosa, Oklahoma

Blue Whale of Catoosa

Nature's biggest mammal swims in landlocked Oklahoma.
36.1939, -95.7329
World's Largest Ball of Paint
Alexandria, Indiana

World's Largest Ball of Paint

Covered in tens of thousands of coats of paint, this Indiana attraction holds a world record all its own.
40.2588, -85.7091
A view of the 'Skin and Bones' collection. (Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata)
Austin, Texas

Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata

DIY collection of eclectic holdings.
30.2802, -97.7152
An Indian Blue Peacock in courting mode. (amberjol/Atlas Obscura)
Austin, Texas

Mayfield Park

Free public park and gardens filled with peacocks and peahens.
30.3145, -97.7691
Moonlight tower at night
Austin, Texas

Austin Moonlight Towers

Turning night into day in Victorian-era Austin to thwart a serial killer.
30.2717, -97.7452
Austin, Texas

Congress Bridge Bats

Home to the largest urban bat colony in North America, estimated at 1.5 million bats.
30.2608, -97.7456
San Antonio, Texas

Bracken Cave

The summer home of the largest colony of bats in the world.
29.6872, -98.3526
Dripping Springs, Texas

Hamilton Pool

An emerald-green grotto just a short trip from Austin.
30.3423, -98.1271
Wimberley, Texas

Jacob's Well

A popular swimming hole that hides one of America's most deadly diving spots.
30.0391, -98.1264