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A lane of signs in the forest
Watson Lake, Yukon Territory

Watson Lake Sign Post Forest

Roadside collection of 65,000 signs.
60.0654, -128.7031
The Canada France Hawaii Telescope.
Hilo, Hawaii

Mauna Kea

Earth's tallest volcano is home to a dozen world-class observatories.
19.8244, -155.4733
Captain Cook, Hawaii

Place of Refuge

Ancient holy grounds that granted amnesty to all those who stepped inside.
19.4215, -155.9105
Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City Public Library

Visitors to this library are in for a real-world education in modernist architecture.
40.7601, -111.8848
St. Johnsbury, Vermont

Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium

A New England curiosity cabinet, one hundred years on.
44.4201, -72.0198
Smuttynose Island. (Wikimedia Commons)
Rye, New Hampshire

Smuttynose Island

Scene of the grisly murder of two Norwegian women in 1873.
42.9822, -70.6081
Alamosa, Colorado

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

When eco-systems collide in the arid southwest.
37.7360, -105.6390
Moab, Utah

Hole n' the Rock

A house carved into a rock in the 1940s.
38.4997, -109.4751
Poised to go sledding at White Sands National Monument.
Tularosa, New Mexico

White Sands National Monument

Explore the largest pure gypsum deposit in the world, and go dune sledding while you're at it.
32.7872, -106.3270
Roswell, New Mexico

International UFO Museum and Research Center

A museum dedicated to the alleged Roswell Incident.
33.3936, -104.5228
Little Joe II rocket, the largest ever to be launched from New Mexico
Alamogordo, New Mexico

New Mexico Museum of Space History

Home of the International Space Hall of Fame.
32.9216, -105.9206
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Loretto Chapel

Wedding chapel's mysterious spiral staircase said to be miraculously constructed.
35.6858, -105.9377
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Old Faithful Geyser

One of nature's most well-scheduled phenomenons resides in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park.
44.4609, -110.8281
The Goblin (aka The Witch)
Vernal, Utah

Fantasy Canyon

Sandstone rock formations that look like they belong on the cover of a progressive rock album.
40.0574, -109.3932
Bryce, Utah

Bryce Canyon

Giant, natural amphitheaters made of delicate geological formations called "hoodoos."
37.5968, -112.2085
Kane, Utah

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

This rugged area of red rocks and arches is often considered one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
37.4000, -111.6833
Carlsbad, New Mexico

Carlsbad Caverns

Second largest cave chamber in the world, discovered in 1898 by a sixteen year old and his friend known as "pothead."
32.1753, -104.4438
Spruce Tree House - March 2010
Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

Mesa Verde National Park

The ancient dwellings of the Puebloans, carved into the cliffs of majestic mesas.
37.1838, -108.4887
The ruins of Chetro Ketl in Chaco Canyon.
Nageezi, New Mexico

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

A phenomenal assembly of pueblos in New Mexico is the most complete example of ancient ruins north of the border.
36.0551, -107.9540
The Church Rock
Monticello, Utah

Church Rock

Oddly shaped rock formation, misassociated with a nearby utopian community.
38.0740, -109.3452
Exchange Street
Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth Stockyards

Belly up to the bar in Cowtown, don't forget to buy some boots.
32.7903, -97.3461
The Big Well
Greensburg, Kansas

The Big Well

The United States' largest hand-dug well is topped with a state-of-the-art museum.
37.6034, -99.2945
The Loneliest Road in America
Austin, Nevada

U.S. Route 50

Officially named the "Loneliest Road in America" this barren stretch of Nevada road offers almost nothing but sky and open fields.
39.4671, -117.0021
Crater Parking Lot, Mountain in the Distance 2007
Winslow, Arizona

Meteor Crater

This 4,000-ft. in diameter hole claims to be "the most well known, best preserved meteorite crater on Earth."
35.0281, -111.0232