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Tons and tons of gold on any given day is for sale.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai Gold Souk

On any given day this sprawling market houses literally tons of government-regulated gold, gems, and precious metals.
25.2709, 55.2983
(Flickr/Román Emin)
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Whitewashed mosque contains the world's largest carpet.
24.4125, 54.4751
Computer generated image of the central plaza
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Masdar City

The world’s first zero carbon city is currently meeting less than 1% occupancy.
24.4267, 54.6150
Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Burj Khalifa

The world's tallest building features an Armani hotel, offices above the cloud line, and perfumed lounges.
25.1975, 55.2749
Ski Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Ski Dubai

This indoor ski resort has a mountain contained inside a mall.
25.1181, 55.2004
the Elephant Clock at the Ibn Battuta mall
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Elephant Clock

A faithful reproduction of Al-Jazari's enormous water clock.
25.0449, 55.1187
Grayscale of temple exterior.
Detroit, Michigan

Detroit Masonic Temple

The world’s largest Masonic temple was saved by the White Stripes.
42.3415, -83.0602
Yucca, Arizona

Area 66

Private former home in the desert shaped like a huge golf ball.
34.8600, -114.1459
Los Angeles, California

Watts Towers

America's most famous piece of self-built architecture.
33.9389, -118.2419
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Los Angeles, California

Millennium Biltmore Hotel

This opulent hotel has been visited by Spider-Man, Charlie's Angels, and the Ghostbusters.
34.0498, -118.2539
The Bradbury Building
Los Angeles, California

Bradbury Building

The legendary building that needed ghostly approval before being built.
34.0505, -118.2478
Portal of books.
Los Angeles, California

The Last Bookstore

This iconic LA bookshop is housed in an abandoned bank -- both symbolic and chic.
34.0477, -118.2494
Los Angeles, California

Clifton's Cafeteria

Giant Redwood-themed cafeteria operates under the golden rule, "Dine Free Unless Delighted."
34.0453, -118.2528
The sign. Simple.
Santa Monica, California

Route 66: End of the Trail

A sign at the end of the Santa Monica Pier marks the end of the legendary American highway, symbolizing that this road only ended when the sea stood in its way.
34.0094, -118.4973
Santa Monica, California

Pacific Park Solar Ferris Wheel

A second generation sun-powered marvel lights up the night.
34.0083, -118.4978
Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica Camera Obscura

An offbeat angle on the ocean viewed through an antiquated lens.
34.0128, -118.4970
The Georgian Hotel At Nighttime
Santa Monica, California

Georgian Hotel

One of the first skyscrapers in Santa Monica, and a famous getaway for the Hollywood elite of then and now.
34.0137, -118.4974
The walls inside Chez Jay are covered in mementos  from Fiondella's adventures
Santa Monica, California

Chez Jay

A treasure hunter's tiny bar, harboring celebrities since 1959.
34.0104, -118.4934
La Brea Tar Pits
Los Angeles, California

La Brea Tar Pits Dragonfly Fossils

These delicate buggers are some of the rarest fossils that have bubbled up from the Tar Pits.
34.0638, -118.3554
Los Angeles, California

Helios House

First LEED-certified gas station in the United States.
34.0591, -118.3833
Museum of Tolerance on Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, California

Museum of Tolerance

A mutli-media museum that chronicles the atrocities of racism.
34.0538, -118.4017
The gym
Los Angeles, California

Muscle Beach

An historic and oft-filmed spot for musclebound iron pumpers on the Pacific coast.
33.9854, -118.4727
Los Angeles, California

Declaration Sculpture

60 feet of towering steel balances gracefully.
33.9865, -118.4745
Two faced kitten
Los Angeles, California

Venice Beach Freakshow

The largest collection of two headed animals in the world.
33.9904, -118.4764