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Nottingham, England

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

The oldest inn in England served brew to the crusaders.
Nice, France

La Tete Carrée Library

This massive blockhead sculpture hides an entire library.
Rome, Italy

Via Appia

2300-year-old Roman road connecting the empire.
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dragon Bridge

A whimsical bridge adorned with decorative dragons.
Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn Art Library

Leaf through over 30,000 artists' sketchbooks in what may be the world's largest collection of doodles
Paris, France

Pont de la Concorde

This bridge was constructed from the rubble of the infamous Bastille.
San Gimignano, Italy

The Museum of Medieval Torture

Medieval torture techniques with a modern conscience.
Brussels, Belgium

Manneken Pis

A little sculpture with a large wardrobe.
Élancourt, France

France Miniature Park

France's Lilliputian park displays over 100 of the country's monuments for visitor perusal.
Portland, Oregon

Voodoo Doughnut and Wedding Chapel

The magic's in the hole!
Berlin, Germany

Berlin-Friedrichstrasse Railway Station

Cold war icon and onetime "hole" in the iron curtain.
Wall, South Dakota

Wall Drug

The granddaddy of all tourist traps, built on ice water, jackalopes, and a giant dinosaur.
Paris, France

Père Lachaise Cemetery

France's most famous cemetery, with some of its most curious tombs.
Bloomington, Indiana

The Garret

Ornate limestone building now filled with geologic specimens, and more.
St. Louis, Missouri

City Museum

Less a museum than a bizarre fantasy world created by artists and engineers.
Athens, Georgia

The Tree That Owns Itself

A white oak with property rights.
Paris, France

Catacombes de Paris

The Catacombs hold secrets much stranger than the bones stacked within them.