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New York, New York

New York Federal Gold Vault

More gold than anywhere else, ever.
New York, New York

Pier 54: The Titanic's Arrival Destination

A dilapidated dock tells the story of Titanic's missed arrival.
Province of Matera, Italy

The Village of Craco

An Italian hillside ghost town.
Alberobello, Italy

Alberobello

Southern Italy's spinning top village.
Turin, Italy

Medieval Village

A fake medieval village in the middle of Turin.
Santa Venere, Italy

Temple of Hera II

Also known as the Temple of Poseidon, this is one of the best-preserved Greek temples in the world.
Vitorchiano, Italy

The Moai in Vitorchiano

A lonesome Moai stands in a small Italian town some 9,000 miles away from its Easter Island brethren.
Cropani, Italy

Bosco Magnano Waterfall

The pristine waters crossing this forest form a hidden waterfall among the dense vegetation.
Matera, Italy

Sassi di Matera

People have been living in the cave houses on this Italian hillside since the Neolithic era.
Matera, Italy

La Palomba

An abandoned quarry hides an open-air gallery of huge sculptures, some made from the rubble of 9/11.
Venice, Italy

The Mad Colored Houses of Burano

This community on a small Venetian island has taken to painting their houses in bright neon hues.
Bomarzo, Italy

The Monsters of Bomarzo

A 16th-century horror show built in a lovely Italian garden.
Sorrento, Italy

Valle dei Mulini (Valley of the Mills)

An Italian crevasse filled with abandoned buildings gives visitors a look at the world without humans.
Rome, Italy

Casa dei Crescenzi

A rare example of a medieval house in Rome adorned with a melancholic inscription.
Nara, Japan

Tōdai-ji Daibutsuden (The Great Buddha Hall)

The former world's largest wooden building containing a giant Buddha, healing pillars, and tame deer which wander the grounds.
Hiroshima, Japan

Human Shadow Etched in Stone

An eerie reminder to the horrors of World War II.
Nikko, Japan

Three Wise Monkeys of Tōshōgū Shrine

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
Alnwick, England

The Treehouse Restaurant at Alnwick Gardens

This giant wooden treehouse within a sprawling garden has its own eatery.
York, England

Shambles of York

Follow the original medieval paths that wind through this intriguing section of the city.
Keswick, England

Castlerigg Stone Circle

Stonehenge has nothing on Castlerigg’s views.
London, England

Natural History Museum of London

Eighty million natural history specimens call this gargantuan museum home.
Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands

Efteling Sprookjesbos

This fairy tale forest hides scenes from some of the more obscure and bizarre Western nursery stories.
Plitvička Jezera, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes

A chain of 16 wondrous lakes formed as a result of the gradual dissolution of soluble layers of bedrock.
Podoštra, Croatia

Tesla's Birthplace Museum

Humble beginnings for one of the world's most famous scientists.