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Landshut, Germany

Trausnitz Castle and Wunderkammer

This impressive castle looms over small German town.
Raleigh, North Carolina

Free Expression Tunnel

In a pedestrian tunnel on North Carolina State’s campus resides an expressive and artistic free-for-all.
Ireland

The Lost Town of Newtown Jerpoint (Jerpoint Park)

Local legend says the remains of Father Christmas lie within the medieval grounds.
Maggie Valley, North Carolina

Smoky Mountain Elk Fest

An annual celebration of the region's successful elk reintroduction program.
Vilminore di Scalve, Italy

Gleno Dam

The sinister ruins of one of the worst dam failures of the 20th century lie in this astonishing alpine setting.
Colere, Italy

Via Mala

A prehistoric route that has claimed many victims is now closed to traffic.
Canterbury, England

Alphege Windows

A set of medieval stained-glass windows tell the gruesome story of a Viking siege.
Arlington, Virginia

Mary Randolph Gravesite

Recorded as the first person buried in Arlington Cemetery.
Bunnell, Florida

The Old Brick Road

Part of a highway network meant to connect Miami to Montreal, this 10-mile stretch of road made from red bricks is still around 100 years later.
Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville Interchange Spiral

Must form and function forever remain at odds? Not if the Florida Department of Transportation has its way.
Bowman, South Carolina

UFO Welcome Center

This set of rickety spaceships are prepared to give alien travelers a place to relax and go to the bathroom.
Hendersonville, North Carolina

Blue Ghost Fireflies

These eerie outliers of the lightning bug family glow a mysteriously blue color, for too long, and it's awesome.
Brevard, North Carolina

Brevard White Squirrels

This Transylvania County city is home to a rare white squirrel population that is descended from an escaped carnival animal.
Mainz, Germany

Stadtpark Mainz

Along the banks of the River Rhine lies a park that seems unassuming, but beneath the surface lies a long and fascinating history.
Monistrol de Montserrat, Spain

Santa Cova of Montserrat

Holy Grotto of Montserrat Monastery holds one of Europe's mysterious black Madonnas.
Cairo, Illinois

Abandoned Town of Cairo, Illinois

A once-booming Mississippi River town with a history of racial violence is now eerie and mostly abandoned.
Savannah, Georgia

Original Taco Bell Sign

This twisty sign depicts the chain's first logo.
London, England

Silver Jubilee Crystal Crown

A discarded movie prop that was the original monolith for "2001: A Space Odyssey."
London, England

Tower Bridge’s Dead Man’s Hole

This unassuming alcove in London’s famous Tower Bridge once served to capture, store, and display dead bodies from the River Thames.
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona Erotic Museum

An unusual stroll through gentlemen's erotica demonstrates that pornography is timeless.
Barcelona, Spain

Casa Amatller

This home designed for chocolate magnate Antoni Amatller is an exquisite treasure-box of Catalan Modernism.
Brooklyn, New York

Bay Ridge Gingerbread House

On the hills of Bay Ridge stands a house straight out of a fairy tale.
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Mooning Gargoyle of Freiburg Minster

A stonemason's hilarious revenge came in the form of this peculiarly positioned gargoyle.
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Grave of Caroline Walter

Flowers have mysteriously appeared on her effigy every day for the last 150 years.