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S.S. William A. Irvin
Duluth, Minnesota

S.S. William A. Irvin

This rare vessel mixed luxury with labor before being converted to a museum and sometimes haunted maze.
46.7794, -92.0988
Mel's hands and feet
Los Angeles, California

Mel Brooks Handprint

There are lots of hands and feet stamped in the cement in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater, but Mel left behind something extra.
34.1020, -118.3410
The lamps shine along Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California

Urban Light

Scores of vintage street lamps shine along L.A.’s Miracle Mile.
34.0628, -118.3594
Al fresco dining on St. Vincent Court.
Los Angeles, California

St. Vincent Court

A faux European lane smack dab in downtown L.A.
34.0460, -118.2535
Four Churches, One Block
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Four Churches on One City Block

Sleepy Minneapolis block beats Guinness Record for most churches on one city block.
45.0016, -93.2531
Mary Tyler Moore in downtown Minneapolis.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mary Tyler Moore Statue

A bronze statue on a downtown corner honors Minneapolis's favorite career gal.
44.9767, -93.2729
Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica Camera Obscura

An offbeat angle on the ocean viewed through an antiquated lens.
34.0128, -118.4970
Beverly Hills, California

24-Hour-Sprinkles

Ingenious bakery opens up the first Cupcake ATM at their flagship location in Beverly Hills.
34.0696, -118.4061
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXiVVAVfiWw
Nara, Japan

Buddha's Nostril

Devoted Buddhists can earn enlightenment in the next life by crawling through this symbolic nostril.
34.6889, 135.8400
watch stopped at 8:15 by the blast
Hiroshima, Japan

A-bomb Memorial

Peace Park and the A-bomb dome.
34.3920, 132.4519
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.
34.6890, 135.8398
1901 Lawn Bowling Club
Pasadena, California

Pasadena Lawn Bowling Club

A commonwealth favorite in the heart of Pasadena.
34.1411, -118.1489
William Workman's adobe abode
City of Industry, California

Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum

Explore an early California pioneer's rancho hidden in LA's manufacturing hinterland.
34.0191, -117.9647
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Our Lady of Lourdes Church

The oldest continually used church in Minneapolis also sells great meat pies.
44.9872, -93.2586
Ard Godfrey House
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ard Godfrey House

The oldest remaining frame residence in Minneapolis.
44.9868, -93.2555
As viewed from the west, from the Washington Avenue Bridge. (Wikimedia Commons)
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum

20,000 pieces in a Frank Gehry-designed building.
44.9718, -93.2374
Casket Arts Building
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Casket Arts Building

A Building for Your (Former) Funerary Needs.
45.0051, -93.2546
Rib options
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Herbivorous Butcher

A butcher shop in Minneapolis that has all the meats and cheeses you’d expect from any of its kind - except that all the products are vegan.
44.9904, -93.2540
NWA inflatable plane balloon
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Ax-Man Surplus

The Midwest's reigning king of surplus stores is full of nothing you need and everything you want.
44.9559, -93.1693
Gamble House
Pasadena, California

The Gamble House

A stellar example of Art & Crafts architecture, and a movie set to boot.
34.1517, -118.1608
Custer, South Dakota

Crazy Horse Memorial

The world's largest mountain carving could fit all of Mount Rushmore inside it many times over.
43.8368, -103.6244
Wall, South Dakota

Wall Drug

The granddaddy of all tourist traps, built on ice water and jackalopes.
43.9933, -102.2418
The Ames Brothers Pyramid
Buford, Wyoming

Ames Brothers Pyramid

A monument to the egos of two railroad magnates that fell into decline along with their careers.
41.1306, -105.3960
Buford, Wyoming

Buford, Wyoming: Population 1

The smallest town in the United States.
41.1219, -105.3047