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Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Z Machine

The most powerful laboratory radiation source in the world pulses with 1,000 times the electricity of a lightning bolt.
Gaithersburg, Maryland

Nike Missile Site W-92

Three abandoned missile silos are hiding in plain sight behind a suburban development in Maryland.
Germantown, Maryland

Earthoid Water Tank

The whole world in one water tank.
Clarksburg, Maryland

Dowden's Ordinary Park

This suburban park recalls the history of a famous tavern. Despite the name, it's no ordinary place!
Unger, West Virginia

Farnham Colossi

Winding country roads in eastern West Virginia lead to an extraordinary place populated by fiberglass giants.
Hagalund, Sweden

The Unmarked Grave of Christer Pettersson

Not far from where one of the most famous Swedes of all time is buried, an infamous man was put to rest.
Silver Spring, Maryland

Wheaton Station Escalator

The longest escalator in the Western Hemisphere takes over three minutes to ride down.
Ashton-Sandy Spring, Maryland

The Triadelphia Bell

This bell is one of the last remnants of the lost city of Triadelphia.
Ashton-Sandy Spring, Maryland

Underground Railroad Experience Trail

A trail through a historic Quaker town that outlawed slavery in 1777 and was a major waypoint on the Underground Railroad.
Silver Spring, Maryland

The Red Door Country Store

This general store has stood in the same spot for well over a century.
Richmond, Virginia

Shockoe Hill Cemetery

Within this lovely Richmond cemetery lie the remains of famous Virginians and some of Edgar Allan Poe's most beloved family and friends.
Richmond, Virginia

Byrd Theatre

This beautiful vintage movie palace has seen little change in form or function since the 1920s.
Richmond, Virginia

The Grand Kugel

This 29-ton granite ball spins around at the slightest touch thanks to a scientific phenomenon.
Tokyo, Japan

Pigment

Every color in the rainbow awaits.
Richmond, Virginia

Edgar Allan Poe Museum

This museum devoted to the gothic author holds such interesting ephemera as his socks and walking stick.
Richmond, Virginia

Egyptian Building

A convincing little bit of ancient Egypt smack dab in Richmond, Virginia.
Richmond, Virginia

Sharp's Island

This historic, one-acre island is the only legal place to camp in the city of Richmond.
Richmond, Virginia

Hollywood Cemetery

The final resting place of two (or three) presidents, one vampire, and 18,000 Confederate soldiers.
Richmond, Virginia

James River Park Pipeline Walkway

Heron, whitewater rapids, and urban industrialism all add to the beauty of this concrete nature walk.
Richmond, Virginia

Ruins of Belle Isle

A small Richmond island dotted with the remnants of hundreds of years of history.
Marble Falls Township, Arkansas

Dogpatch USA

A hillbilly theme park that proved so unpopular the land wouldn't even sell on eBay after it closed.
Alnwick, England

Barter Books

This enormous secondhand bookstore inside a Victorian train station sparked the "Keep Calm and Carry On" craze.
Jamesville, New York

Skytop Quarry

Abandoned rock quarry now a haven for mountain bikers and hikers.
Syracuse, New York

Tree of 40 Fruit

A Frankenstein blend of science and art allows one tree to produce 40 different types of stone fruit.