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The "Soul Consoling Tower"
Inyo County, California

Manzanar National Historic Site

The tragedy of the Japanese internment camps is remembered here by a stark "Soul Consoling Tower."
36.7272, -118.1528
Artist's Drive
Inyo County, California

Artist's Drive

Millions of years of oxidation make a drive down this winding Death Valley road surprisingly colorful.
36.3299, -116.8300
Harmony Borax Works
Inyo County, California

Harmony Borax Works

This crumbling Death Valley mining complex was known for its use of giant, 20-mule wagon teams.
36.6062, -117.1465
The lake.
San Bernardino County, California

Searles Lake

This sun-scorched lakebed contains samples of half the natural elements known to humankind.
35.7207, -117.3487
Pittaki Street.
Athens, Greece

Pittaki Street

150 or so scrounged-up lamps, chandeliers, and lanterns light up this alley in central Athens.
37.9771, 23.7248
Ancient Agora, Athens
Athens, Greece

The Athenian Agora

This ancient Greek place of assembly and marketplace is being revealed layer by layer below the modern Athens cityscape.
37.9758, 23.7247
Terrace of the Lions
Mikonos, Greece

Terrace of the Lions

Replicas of Apollo's leonine stone guard cats still line a sacred row in Greece.
37.4467, 25.3310
The Temple of Dionysos, Delos
Mikonos, Greece

The Temple of Dionysos

Giant marble phalluses on the sacred island of antiquity.
37.3999, 25.2669
The Little Insurrectionist.
Warsaw, Poland

Mały Powstaniec (The Little Insurrectionist)

A statue honors the children who fought Nazis in Poland.
52.2493, 21.0095
The Warsaw Uprising Monument.
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw Uprising Monument

A tribute to the Polish insurgents who fought in the failed attempt to end their city's Nazi occupation.
52.2491, 21.0042
St. Petersglocke
Cologne, Germany

St. Petersglocke

The largest bell in the world has been swinging high above a Cologne cathedral for almost a century.
50.9414, 6.9583
Small House "Spitzhäuschen" in Bernkastel-Kues
Bernkastel-Kues, Germany

Spitzhäuschen

This 600-year-old home seems to defy physics.
49.9152, 7.0758
Munich, Germany

Rathaus-Glockenspiel

Daily jousts and dancing barrel makers in Munich's mechanical clock.
48.1378, 11.5759
The columns looking out over the Venetian Lagoon.
Venice, Italy

St. Mark's Lost Third Column

Two stone columns flank the grand Venice square, but there were supposed to be three.
45.4330, 12.3388
Vajont Dam.
Erto e Casso, Italy

Vajont Dam

When a massive landslide hit one of the world's tallest dams it created a tragic environmental disaster.
46.2673, 12.3293
Tiberius
Capri, Italy

Villa Jovis

The Emperor Tiberius' palace of debauchery.
40.5583, 14.2622
Building near the railway
Ludlow, California

Ludlow

One of the ghostly stops along Route 66.
34.7211, -116.1600
Caravansary of Joy, designed by Lloyd Wright
Joshua Tree, California

Institute of Mentalphysics

Located on 420 acres in the high desert, spiritual center dedicated to the "science of the future."
34.1349, -116.3608
Ruby Falls.
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Ruby Falls

The mysterious wonder of an underground waterfall is illuminated by multicolored lights.
35.0191, -85.3394
Lee Chapel
Lexington, Virginia

Lee Chapel

This “shrine of the south” packs a controversial historical punch.
37.7874, -79.4419
The wall of Fort Frederick
Big Pool, Maryland

Fort Frederick

A star fort along the C&O Canal in western Maryland that protected America in three wars.
39.6135, -78.0062
Grave of Daniel Boone
Frankfort, Kentucky

Grave of Daniel Boone

This grave marks the final resting place of a legendary frontiersman... unless it doesn't.
38.1938, -84.8661
Interior of restored cavalry and Red Cloud building.
Harrison, Nebraska

Fort Robinson State Park

Site of the 1879 Cheyenne Outbreak and where famed Sioux Chief Crazy Horse met his fate.
42.6684, -103.4666
Bar Nunn Welcome Sign, with its symbol based on the runways
Bar Nunn, Wyoming

Bar Nunn

A small town built on an abandoned airfield has former runways as streets and a bar and grill in an old airplane hangar.
42.9136, -106.3434