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San Francisco, California

Balmy Alley Murals

Stunning street art as political theater for the masses.
37.7508, -122.4123
Bikeable monorail and The Hand of God
Tocancipá, Colombia

Jaime Duque Park

A little known Colombian theme park of giant curiosities.
4.9468, -73.9627
Hotel Nacional at dusk.
Havana, Cuba

Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Once a favorite playground for the world's most illustrious guests, Hotel Nacional's secret weapons and bunkers reveal a more menacing side to its golden history.
23.1431, -82.3806
A prominent feature of the Havana skyline
Havana, Cuba

Bacardi Building

After the Cuban Revolution, the famous rum company had to leave their swanky headquarters behind.
23.1389, -82.3573
Havana, Cuba

Havana's Steam Engine Museum

Cuba's historical trains remind natives of their country's sugary sweet past.
23.1305, -82.3484
Ministry of Interior building, adorned with a steel sculpture of Che Guevara
Havana, Cuba

La Plaza de la Revolución

A focal point of the Cuban government, this city square features one of the most iconic images in the country.
23.1243, -82.3859
Originally a high school, Tuol Seng was converted into a high security prison.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Tuol Sleng

Khmer Rouge's high security prison.
11.5487, 104.9179
Ta Prohm Temple, Angkor, Cambodia.
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Ta Prohm

A battle between nature and architecture in the Cambodian jungle.
13.3586, 103.8626
The Western Wall Tunnel.
East Jerusalem, West Bank

Western Wall Tunnel

Descend 2,030 years into the past in an ancient tunnel built to support Jerusalem's most famous wall.
31.7767, 35.2343
A view from inside the tunnel. (Photo:
East Jerusalem, Israel

Siloam Tunnel

An ancient tunnel in Jerusalem built to redirect water in the event of a siege is one of history’s great architectural innovations.
31.7742, 35.2374
A aerial view of the Masada fortress.
Masada, Israel

Masada

This daunting 1st century fortress was purportedly the site of one of the most dramatic revolts of the Jewish-Roman wars.
31.3156, 35.3555
American pilots at Wheelus Air Base in 1963, six years before Gaddafi took control (Flickr/Kemon01)
Tripoli, Libya

Wheelus Air Base

70 years of foreign military influence on the shores of Tripoli, Libya.
32.8950, 13.2803
One of the winding paths of Milltown Cemetery
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Milltown Cemetery

An Irish cemetery filled with victims of political strife and violent conflict, including the grave of Bobby Sands.
54.5836, -5.9772
The Ponce de León Hotel.
St. Augustine, Florida

The Ponce de León Hotel

A luxurious 1880s hotel with its fair share of Tiffany stained glass, Edison electricity, and of course, ghosts.
29.8929, -81.3148
Schooner Gulch
Point Arena, California

Bowling Ball Beach

The mysterious round rocks of Schooner Gulch.
38.8698, -123.6574
(Wikimedia Commons)
Orick, California

Fern Canyon

Canyon walls shrouded in ferns.
41.4026, -124.0684
The Temple of Apollo, Delphi
Greece

The Oracle of Delphi

The hallucinogenic center of the ancient world.
38.4824, 22.5010
View of the ruins from the hillside. The original stairs would have come down on the far left. The curved edge of the original aquarium and the outline of the diving well are on the right.
San Francisco, California

Ruins of the Sutro Baths

The seawater playground of gilded-era San Francisco burned to the ground in 1966.
37.7799, -122.5137
The tunnels all look slightly differiently
Washington, D.C.

Capitol Building Tunnel System

Members of Congress have traveled between the buildings on Capitol Hill for a century hidden from tourists, press, and storm clouds.
38.8922, -77.0080
Methuselah Grove
Big Pine, California

Methuselah Tree

Once thought to be the oldest living tree in the world, Methuselah was germinated before the Egyptian Pyramids were built.
37.3856, -118.1788
Don't let the unassuming entrance fool you.
Culver City, California

The Museum of Jurassic Technology

A modern day curiosity cabinet.
34.0257, -118.3953
Trench armour
London, England

The Imperial War Museum London

This massive collection of British military artifacts includes the heartbreaking personal letters of the men in the trenches of WWI.
51.4960, -0.1084
A bugged hymn book.
Berlin, Germany

Stasi Museum

A museum dedicated to the history of a terrifying secret police is now held in their former headquarters.
52.5151, 13.4877
Toking atop a mushroom
Oakland, California

Children's Fairyland

This Oakland fairytale kingdom, fiercely devoted to childlike whimsy, was an early inspiration for Disneyland.
37.8087, -122.2589