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San Francisco, California

Camera Obscura & Holograph Collection

A walk-in working camera obscura produces 360-degree live images of the San Francisco coast.
37.7783, -122.5142
Thousands of bags of chips washed up on Hatteras Island.
Hatteras, North Carolina

Shipwrecked Doritos

The time thousands of bags of chips washed ashore in the Outer Banks is memorialized in a local museum.
35.2063, -75.7043
The World's Largest Frying Pan is found inside this gazebo in Rose Hill, N.C.
Rose Hill, North Carolina

The World's Largest Operational Frying Pan

The 15-foot-wide, 2-ton pan fries hundreds of chickens once a year.
34.8262, -78.0227
"Neptune's Ride."
Thomaston, Maine

Maine State Prison Showroom

Trinkets and toys lovingly handmade by maximum security prisoners.
44.0776, -69.1915
Shell Museum
Boothbay, Maine

Kenneth E. Stoddard Shell Museum

A son's promise to his dying father in the form of a covered bridge filled with thousands of seashells.
43.9073, -69.6166
Edisto Bottle Tree
Edisto Island, South Carolina

Edisto Mystery Tree

This bare tree might not have leaves but it is constantly clothed in festive decorations left by mysterious local benefactors.
32.5509, -80.2803
Charleston, South Carolina

Drayton Hall

Oldest unrestored plantation house in America that is open to the public.
32.8682, -80.0821
Vintage D. Gottlieb & Co. game
Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville Pinball Museum

This North Carolina museum is keeping the pinball craze alive, with a little Space Invaders on the side.
35.5965, -82.5569
Lake Lure
Lake Lure, North Carolina

Lake Lure

Practice your Dirty Dancing lifts in the manmade lake where Johnny Castle himself did.
35.4356, -82.2317
Venus flytraps growing wild in North Carolina
Wilmington, North Carolina

Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden

Garden dedicated to native carnivorous plants and site of huge flytrap heist.
34.2058, -77.9073
Mystery Soda Machine
Seattle, Washington

Mystery Soda Machine

An old vending machine serves up unpredictable beverages from its seemingly magical insides.
47.6199, -122.3195
The rear of the lighthouse
Pacific Grove, California

Point Pinos Lighthouse

The oldest lighthouse on America's west coast no longer needs keepers, yet they maintain the site anyhow.
36.6334, -121.9337
Cars for scale
Castroville, California

World's Largest Artichoke Statue

It should come as no surprise that the world's largest artichoke lies in the town that calls itself the "Artichoke Center of the World."
36.7623, -121.7529
SS Palo Alto, the cement ship at Seacliff State Beach
Aptos, California

SS Palo Alto

This concrete ship has had four careers - World War I tanker, floating amusement park, fishing pier, and artificial reef.
36.9698, -121.9150
St. Louis, Missouri

City Museum

Less a museum than a bizarre fantasy world created by artists and engineers.
38.6330, -90.2001
Duke Lemur Center
Durham, North Carolina

Duke Lemur Center

This research center for rare prosimians is studying how they sleep to help prolong human life.
35.9993, -78.9640
Goats with sign
Sister Bay, Wisconsin

Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant

Restaurant in Northern Wisconsin comes with a unique feature: a grassy roof covered in living goats.
45.1899, -87.1200
Wyler Aerial Tramway
El Paso, Texas

Wyler Aerial Tramway

This mountain tram provides stunning views while hanging from a single, steel thread.
31.8094, -106.4782
Einstein's Brain Slides
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mütter Museum

America's most famous museum of medical oddities, and home to the remains of Einstein's brain.
39.9535, -75.1768
11 foot 8
Durham, North Carolina

The Can Opener

This North Carolina railroad trestle is a notorious big rig executioner.
35.9992, -78.9100
Praying Hands
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Praying Hands

These massive mitts are made of 30 tons of devotional bronze.
36.0482, -95.9561
Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Quigley's Castle

The Ozarks' strangest dwelling.
36.3452, -93.7547
Christ of the Ozarks
Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Christ of the Ozarks

This monumental Jesus is often referred to as "Our Milk Carton With Arms."
36.3945, -93.7125
Great Stupa of Dharmakaya
Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Great Stupa of Dharmakaya

One of the largest Buddhist stupas in North America is built of concrete designed to last 1,000 years.
40.7378, -105.5461