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Traverse City, Michigan

Traverse City State Hospital

Former self-sufficient mental institution now a planned community.
Calipatria, California

Slab City

During winter months, this abandoned navy base becomes an off-grid home and alternative living community for thousands of retirees.
Calipatria, California

Salvation Mountain

A hand-built folk art installation covered with messages of God's love.
Mecca, California

Salton Sea

The ghostly remains of an accidental sea.
Joshua Tree, California

Desert View Conservation Area

This conservation area is also home to many of the region's desert tortoises.
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Petroglyph National Monument

Thousands of pieces of art have been carved into the rock at the site of an ancient volcanic eruption.
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Ernie Pyle Public Library

The home of famed war correspondent Ernie Pyle is now a library and museum dedicated to his memory.
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Palace of the Governors

The oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States.
Madrid, New Mexico

Connie's Photo Park

A little slice of Florida face-in-a-hole kitsch, unexpectedly located in a small New Mexico town.
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Camel Rock

A natural formation that resembles a camel resting in the New Mexico desert.
Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico

Wheeler Peak

This highest peak in New Mexico is named after an explorer who had a habit of lending his monicker to peaks.
Abiquiu, New Mexico

Ghost Ranch

Its history includes dinosaur fossils, cattle rustlers, Georgia O'Keeffe, and a mythical giant rattlesnake named Vivaron.
Chimayo, New Mexico

El Santuario de Chimayo

This popular pilgrimage site offers a hole filled with holy healing dirt.
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Loretto Chapel

Wedding chapel's mysterious spiral staircase said to be miraculously constructed.
Los Alamos, New Mexico

Bandelier National Monument

A small metropolis of Pueblo cave dwellings have been carved right into the hillside of this national monument.
El Prado, New Mexico

Earthships

These aggressively sustainable art homes look like something out of 1970's science fiction.
Farmington, New Mexico

Bisti Badlands

Seemingly grown on some other world, these New Mexico rock formations look like a disused science fiction set.
Santa Fe, New Mexico

House of Eternal Return

An immersive environment that is part haunted house, part choose-your-own-adventure, and part jungle gym.
Danville, Vermont

The Forgotten Village at Greenbank's Hollow

Industrial ruin decimated this tiny New England company town in a fashion no one saw coming… and even fewer remember today.
Brooklyn, New York

Dead Horse Bay

First a horse rendering plant, then a 19th century landfill, this beach is full of glass from thousands upon thousands of broken bottles.
Golan

Quneitra

Ghost Town in the Demilitarized Zone of the Golan Heights.
Golan

Nimrod Fortress

Named for the biblical warrior, the largest castle in Israel actually dates to the Middle Ages.
Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Hanging Lake

Crystal clear lake with a shoreline of travertine located in a Colorado canyon.
Almon, Israel

Wadi Qelt

A serene desert oasis speckled with ancient artifacts.