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Ruins in Dunwich
Dunwich, England

The Lost Town of Dunwich

A village on the east coast of England that has almost completely eroded into the North Sea.
52.2773, 1.6318
The Nutshell
Bury Saint Edmunds, England

The Nutshell Pub

The smallest pub in Britain was once a cabinet of curiosities and it still has the dead cat to prove it.
52.2461, 0.7119
The Sand-Covered Church
Skagen, Denmark

The Sand-Covered Church

Tiring of digging out the door to this historic church for every service it was eventually abandoned to the sands.
57.7135, 10.5509
Kyteler's Inn today.
Kilkenny, Ireland

Kyteler's Inn

The oldest inn in Kilkenny was established by the first convicted witch in Ireland.
52.6532, -7.2532
Sean's Bar
Athlone, Ireland

Sean's Bar

The oldest pub in Ireland may also be the oldest surviving bar in the entire world.
53.4229, -7.9424
Ben Lomond and Loch Lomond as seen from the grounds of Ross Priory. (Margaret MacGillivray/Atlas Obscura)
West Dunbartonshire, Scotland

Loch Lomond

Largest lake in Great Britain measured by surface area.
56.0453, -4.5356
Eilean Donan
Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland

Eilean Donan

The most iconic structure in Scotland has been home to bishops, colonels, and Sean Connery characters.
57.2739, -5.5162
Vizcaya: eastern view from Biscayne Bay. (Wikimedia Commons)
Miami, Florida

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Former villa and estate of James Deering developed to preserve native tropical forests.
25.7466, -80.2114
There it is, in all its puny glory, Newport Beach's Cocos nucifera.
Newport Beach, California

California's Coconut Palm

One of the only known surviving Coconut Palm trees in the entire state of California.
33.6192, -117.9219
Puerto del Hambre.
Punta Arenas, Chile

Port Famine

The geographical center of Chile is a port so depressing that it has driven men to suicide.
-53.6096, -70.9327
Hamnøy Reien, Lofoten.
Røst, Norway

Lofoten Temperature Anomalies

A surprisingly pleasant getaway in the Arctic Circle.
67.5175, 12.1176
On of the polar bears in the museum.
Hammerfest, Norway

Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society

This one-room museum is dedicated to Norwegian history and jokes.
70.6647, 23.6806
Virginia City, Montana

Historic Virginia City

An entire town preserved as a historic landmark.
45.2938, -111.9461
Idaho City
Idaho City, Idaho

Idaho City

A former gold rush boom town has managed to stay in business for over 100 ramshackle years.
43.8285, -115.8346
The Basque Block
Boise, Idaho

The Basque Block

A small section of Boise, Idaho maintains the unique culture and traditions of the Basque people.
43.6137, -116.2019
Old Idaho Penitentiary. (DieselDemon/Flickr)
Boise, Idaho

Old Idaho State Penitentiary

Jail from the 19th century that was built by inmates.
43.6022, -116.1622
Ernest Hemingway's Grave
Sun Valley, Idaho

Ernest Hemingway's Grave

Despite his legacy of work in Spain, Cuba, and Florida, the larger-than-life writer's grave is a simple affair tucked in an Idaho cemetery.
43.6852, -114.3675
Kings Bowl and Great Rift from air. King's Bowl is a phreatic explosion pit 280 feet (90 m) long, 100 feet (30 m) wide, and 100 feet (30 m) deep, caused by lava meeting groundwater and producing a steam explosion 2,200 years ago. (Wikimedia Commons)
Arco, Idaho

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

Home to the deepest rift anywhere on Earth.
43.4167, -113.5167
EBR-I internal
Arco, Idaho

Experimental Breeder Reactor-I

The world's first nuclear power plant is open to visitors looking to role-play a meltdown.
43.5115, -113.0087
Green River, Utah

Goblin Valley State Park

Bizarre lunar-like landscape with thousands of large stone "hoodoos."
38.5641, -110.7048
Hallgrimskirkja
Reykjavik, Iceland

Hallgrimskirkja

The tallest building in Iceland, and certainly one of the most visually impressive.
64.1417, -21.9266
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
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
The church's interior
Barcelona, Spain

Sagrada Família

Construction of Barcelona's iconic (but controversial) church is expected to be completed in 2026—a century after the death of its architect.
41.4036, 2.1744