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Kings Park, New York

Abandoned Kings Park Psychiatric Center

Beneath the mossy overgrowth covering this once-sprawling campus lies decades of history and the secrets that come with it.
Queens, New York

'The Ramp'

Where the four original members of the Ramones hung out and revolutionized punk rock.
New York, New York

Mmuseumm

A tiny museum housed in a New York freight elevator specializes in the "overlooked, dismissed, or ignored."
New York, New York

Dream House

La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela's "Dream House" will immerse you in an ever changing world of sound and light.
Washington, D.C.

U.S. Naval Observatory Library

A horde of sky catalogs, astrophysical journals, even the works of Galileo and Copernicus.
Lincolnshire, England

Bowthorpe Oak

England’s ancient oak tree has such an impressive girth, people have been hosting parties within the hollow trunk for centuries.
Oxnard, California

Prisoner of War Bone Model Ships

French prisoners carved these boats from the bones of their meat rations.
Washington, D.C.

Space Window at the Washington National Cathedral

A tiny piece of the Moon is embedded in this stained glass masterpiece.
Union, Connecticut

Traveler Restaurant

This small-town Connecticut restaurant gives each diner a free book from its vast library.
Nashtifan, Iran

Nashtifan Windmills

The vertical-axis windmills of ancient Persia have been grinding flour for 1,000 years and counting.
Bailleau-Armenonville, France

Vélorails Pays Chartrain

A bike train runs along a disused railway line through the tranquil French countryside.
Helena, Montana

Stonehouse in Reeder's Alley

One home in the historic strip hides secret compartments and the ghostly songs of long-gone canaries.
London, England

Public Standards of Length

19th-century scientists would make the pilgrimage here to verify the precision of their measuring sticks.
Mountain View, California

The Real Birthplace of Silicon Valley

The first high-tech company in the valley that actually worked with silicon devices.
Helensburgh, Australia

Glowworm Tunnel

An abandoned railroad tunnel is now filled with bioluminescent bugs.
Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch Basilica

The ruins of New Zealand's largest classical-style church.
Cornwall, England

Restormel Castle

The ruins of an 11th-century Norman castle with a rare, perfectly circular shape.
Gildeskål, Norway

Uredd Rest Area (Ureddplassen)

Norway has built what may be the world's most beautiful public toilet.
Toronto, Ontario

Winter Garden Theatre

A botanically themed auditorium blooms within the world’s last operating double-decker theater.
Bassenge, Belgium

Tower of Eben-Ezer

A Belgian self-built tower inspired by the Bible and ancient civilizations.
Qatar

Al Wukair Scrapyard

Some 20,000 dust-covered unwanted vehicles languish in the desert.
Antarctica

Blood Falls

Natural time capsule containing an alien ecosystem.
Iceland

Fjaðrárgljúfur

Strange rock formations tower above the river that snakes through this enchanting Icelandic canyon.
Agoura Hills, California

Peter Strauss Ranch

A strange mishmash of ruins and abandoned structures hint at the park's many lives.