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Willemstad, Curaçao

Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue

The floor of the oldest surviving synagogue in the Americas is entirely covered in sand.
United States Minor Outlying Islands

Jarvis Ghost Island

An abandoned guano-mining city in the South Pacific.
Sunnyvale, California

Libby's Water Tower

A giant can of fruit cocktail is all that remains of what was once the world's largest cannery.
West Bend, Iowa

Father Paul Dobberstein's Grotto of the Redemption

A four story, football field-sized, nine-grotto creation made of shells, minerals, and rare stones.
Pioneertown, California

Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace

A music-filled, booze-soaked oasis in the desert.
Pioneertown, California

Pioneertown

A fake town founded by Western movie stars is now becoming a hip desert community.
Landers, California

Giant Rock

A regular looking rock with an unbelievable history.
California City, California

Lake Shore Inn

Abandoned hotel with adjacent lake and golf course.
California City, California

California City: The Unbuilt Suburb

The "3rd largest" city in California is an empty mirage of suburbia in the middle of nowhere.
Garden Grove, California

Crystal Cathedral

Megachurch comprised of 10,000 glass panes.
Henniker, New Hampshire

Ocean-Born Mary

Sites connected to a woman born on a ship and spared by a pirate.
Managua, Nicaragua

The Old Cathedral of Managua - Catedral de Santiago

A crumbling cathedral condemned by an earthquake.
Chichen Itza, Mexico

Pyramid of Kukulcan at Chich'en Itza

Every equinox this Mayan pyramid puts on a spooky ancient light show.
Tulum, Mexico

Angelita Cenote

A flooded Mexican cave that hides a river beneath the water.
San Juan Capistrano, California

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Oldest building in California still in use.
Rockaway Beach, Oregon

Twin Rocks

Two massive rock outcroppings on the Oregon coastline.
Forks, Washington

Hall of Mosses

Stroll through a wonderland of stupendous moss-covered trees.
West Vancouver, British Columbia

Capilano Suspension Bridge

This expansive bridge in the Canadian wilderness was originally just built for friends.
Seattle, Washington

Space Needle

Iconic symbol of the Pacific Northwest.
Seattle, Washington

Seattle Underground

A walk through the historic city center, under the streets of Seattle.
Bridgeport, California

Bodie State Historical Park

Standing in a state of "arrested decay", this ghost town allows for a detailed peek into Gold Rush life in an unusually harsh climate.
Lee Vining, California

Mono Lake

Aqueducts have dramatically changed this old lake, now home to tufa towers and its very own species of tiny brine shrimp.
Tulelake, California

Lava Beds National Monument

Trails through lava-carved tube-caves display sparkling bacteria and a rich history.
Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake

The deepest lake in the United States, and once the site of epic destruction that lives on in myth.