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Stratton Spring
Manitou Springs, Colorado

Manitou Mineral Springs

There are eight natural springs around town, each with a slightly different taste.
38.8581, -104.9172
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Garden of the Gods

Strange red rock formations that have been attributed to a higher power for hundreds of years.
38.8784, -104.8698
Bill, bathed in everlasting light
Golden, Colorado

The Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave

The final resting place of American icon Buffalo Bill, and a museum that aids in telling his tale.
39.7333, -105.2386
Old neon sign
Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Basin Park Hotel

An extravagant western hotel where every floor is the "ground floor."
36.4024, -93.7372
Thorncrown Chapel
Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Thorncrown Chapel

This futuristically sylvan church is a glass-enclosed marvel of modern architecture.
36.4148, -93.7718
Dripping Springs, Texas

Hamilton Pool

An emerald-green grotto just a short trip from Austin.
30.3423, -98.1271
Cedar Creek, Texas

Ms. Pearl

The world's largest squirrel statue clutches a pecan bigger than your head.
30.1665, -97.5108
Pecan Pie Vending Machine
Cedar Creek, Texas

Pecan Pie Vending Machine

A 24-hour vending machine restocked daily with homemade full-sized pecan pies.
30.1668, -97.5111
Sustainable, sun-powered art.
Austin, Texas

Mueller SunFlowers

A grove of colossal man-made flowers that collect the sun's rays to light up the night.
30.3061, -97.7119
Austin, Texas

HOPE Outdoor Gallery

This failed condo development was reborn as a street art hub.
30.2765, -97.7531
The two Frost Bank logos make up the eyes of the "Owl Building."
Austin, Texas

Frost Bank Tower

Locals dubbed it the "Owl Building" because of its bird-like appearance.
30.2664, -97.7428
Austin, Texas

Congress Bridge Bats

Home to the largest urban bat colony in North America, estimated at 1.5 million bats.
30.2608, -97.7456
Looking down the Manitou Springs Incline from Barr Trail Bailout approximately two-thirds of the way up the incline.
Cascade, Colorado

Manitou Incline

This super steep hike ascends 2,000 feet in less than a mile.
38.8579, -104.9424
(Flickr/dbking)
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado

Cadet Chapel

Air Force Academy Chapel made of 100 identical tetrahedrons works to inspire those of all religions.
39.0080, -104.8903
Coin-operated rides
Manitou Springs, Colorado

Manitou Springs Penny Arcade

While most of the games in this arcade take quarters, that would have been a small fortune when they were made.
38.8589, -104.9180
VW Bug at the Museo Subacuático de Arte
Cancun, Mexico

Museo Subacuático de Arte

Underwater art project will double as a massive artificial coral reef to help regenerate the damaged ecosystem.
21.1984, -86.7161
The exterior of the Conch House (Flickr/notanyron)
Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Conch Shell House

Beach instrument turned bed and breakfast.
21.2367, -86.7358
Fort Livingston
Grand Isle, Louisiana

Fort Livingston

Pirates had to be ousted from the land where this now ruined Louisiana fortress was built.
29.2733, -89.9453
Futuro House Pensacola
Pensacola Beach, Florida

Pensacola Futuro House

Pensacola's UFO home has withstood many hurricanes—just as the experimental 1960s design intended.
30.3407, -87.1031
First person view of the bridge
Ponchatoula, Louisiana

Manchac Swamp Bridge

The second longest water bridge in the world, constructed over a supposedly haunted swamp in Louisiana.
30.2856, -90.4017
Inside
New Orleans, Louisiana

Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo

A museum and shop on Bourbon Street located in the former home of the second Voodoo Queen of New Orleans.
29.9595, -90.0650
New Orleans, Louisiana

National World War II Museum

Formerly known as National D-Day Museum, this collection commemorates the battle of Normandy and WWII.
29.9430, -90.0704
Louisiana Old State Capitol from the Repentance Fountain
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Louisiana Old State Capitol

A 19th-century Gothic, castle-like statehouse by the Mississippi River.
30.4466, -91.1890
Fort Pickens
Pensacola Beach, Florida

Fort Pickens

One of the only Florida forts to remain in the hands of the Union all through the Civil War still stands as a historic stronghold.
30.3297, -87.2925