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Almaty, Kazakhstan

The Last Wild Apple Forests

Granny Smiths and Fujis can both be traced back to Kazakhstan, where apples still grow wild.
New York, New York

Septuagesimo Uno

The name of this tiny pocket park tucked between two buildings on Manhattan's Upper West Side is Latin for its location: "seventy-one."
Orem, Utah

Roots of Knowledge Stained Glass

An absolutely beautiful 200-foot stained glass installation traces the evolution of knowledge.
Winnemucca, Nevada

Royal Peacock Black Fire Opal Mine

Mine your own precious stones.
Cedar Creek, Texas

Pecan Pie Vending Machine

A 24-hour vending machine restocked daily with homemade full-sized pecan pies.
Brownsville, Tennessee

Tina Turner Museum

A restored one-room African American schoolhouse in the diva's hometown now preserves the legacy of its most famous student.
Averøy, Norway

Atlantic Road

A serpentine highway twists and turns over the treacherous Norwegian Sea.
Arbutus, Maryland

The Arbutus Oak

The 320-year-old tree that greeted General Lafayette and rerouted an interstate highway.
Italy

Cattedrale Vegetale (Tree Cathedral)

Natural cathedral designed by Italian artist Giuliano Mauri.
Shrewsbury, Vermont

Stone Man of Bowman Family Crypt

Who is this marble man, perpetually creeping up the steps of his own mausoleum?
Forks, Washington

Hall of Mosses

Stroll through a wonderland of stupendous moss-covered trees.
Manhattan, Kansas

Konza Prairie

A diverse, expansive nature preserve in northeastern Kansas.
Buxton, England

The Devonshire Dome

Once the largest unsupported dome in the world, beating out the Pantheon and St Peters in Rome.
Poznań, Poland

The Fighting Goats of Poznań

These mechanical goats first battled it out in the year 1551, all because of an overcooked deer.
Freeport, Illinois

Little Cubs Field

A mini Wrigley Field for mini baseball players.
Wunsiedel, Germany

Luisenburg Rock Labyrinth

Money made from smuggling sugar helped create this wondrous rock maze in honor of the Prussian Queen Louise.
Berlin, Germany

Schwerbelastungskörper

Super-heavy Nazi architectural experiment.
Fountain City, Wisconsin

The Rock in the House

This punny mirror of another Wisconsin attraction is exactly what it sounds like.
Corning, New York

Corning Museum of Glass

Dedicated to the art and science of glass in equal measure, this space is as much laboratory as museum.
Knoxville, Tennessee

The Body Farm

Bring out your dead.
Sequoia National Park, California

General Sherman

Quite simply the largest tree in the world (by volume).
Birr, Ireland

Kinnitty Pyramid

This burial pyramid in central Ireland is thousands of miles and thousands of years away from its Egyptian inspiration.
Kerry, Ireland

Skellig Michael

Perfectly preserved ancient monastery in an impossibly dramatic location on a rocky island in the Atlantic.
Skibbereen, Ireland

Irish Sky Garden

This floating garden in the sky is straight out of a fairy tale, but the real thing is nothing short of magical.