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Austin, Texas

Uncommon Objects

One part antique store, one part curiosities hodge-podge.
Arecibo, Puerto Rico

Arecibo Observatory

The world's second largest single-dish radio telescope, once used to contact E.T.
Arecibo, Puerto Rico

Cueva Ventana

This limestone cave offers an incredible view of the Río Grande de Arecibo valley.
Vieques, Puerto Rico

Mosquito Bay

The world's brightest bioluminescent bay.
Page, Arizona

Antelope Canyon

Most-visited and most-photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest.
New Jersey, Trinidad and Tobago

Pitch Lake

This peculiar lake of pitch is so thick and viscous that one can walk on its surface.
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Infinite Corridor

This nearly endless university hallway is home to a unique sunset known as "MIThenge."
Jerusalem, Israel

Shrine of the Book

The home of the Dead Sea Scrolls is an abstract modernist dream.
Bryce, Utah

Bryce Canyon

Giant, natural amphitheaters made of delicate geological formations called "hoodoos."
San Francisco, California

Long Now Orrery

A modern mechanical planetary system, part of a 10,000 year clock.
Hutchinson, Kansas

Strataca, The Kansas Underground Salt Museum

Home to Hollywood history and a very special salt crystal.
Palo Alto, California

Gates of Hell Sculpture

Rodin's famous depiction of Dante's 'Inferno', amidst a sculpture garden of many of his other works.
Mountain View, California

Computer History Museum

From the Difference Engine to the Cray-1, all under one roof.
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.
Boston, Massachusetts

Mapparium

An enormous, inside-out glass globe built in 1935.
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Modica Way

An alley way dedicated to graffiti and street art is a constantly changing street gallery.
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard Bridge

This bridge was the birthplace of a unit of measurement based on a fraternity joke.
Cambridge, Massachusetts

MIT Museum: Arthur Ganson

Bouncing, delightful, mechanical art at the MIT Museum.
Paris, France

Musée des Arts et Métiers

France's national museum of scientific and industrial instruments.
Oracle, Arizona

Biosphere 2

A reproduction of earth's many biomes.
Los Angeles, California

Binoculars Building

In a city filled with Frank Gehry buildings, one stands out as one of the architect's weirder works.
Culver City, California

The Museum of Jurassic Technology

A modern day curiosity cabinet.
Los Angeles, California

Bradbury Building

The legendary building that needed ghostly approval before being built.
Pasadena, California

Pasadena Civic Auditorium

The simple auditorium that launched a pop icon's career into the stratosphere.