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The Rosslyn Metro escalator. (Steven Cohen/Atlas Obscura)
Arlington, Virginia

Rosslyn Metro Escalator

At 207 feet, one of the world's longest continuous escalators.
38.8959, -77.0715
Espionage Tools
Washington, D.C.

International Spy Museum

“They say you're judged by the strength of your enemies”—James Bond, Quantum of Solace.
38.8969, -77.0235
One the many bathrooms in the Mansion.
Washington, D.C.

The Mansion on O Street

With over 100 jam packed rooms to explore and elaborate tea services and events, the Mansion on O is a hidden treasure.
38.9084, -77.0457
Cotonou, Benin

Ganvie Lake Village

Africa's Venice on stilts.
6.4667, 2.4167
A cliff village and mosque on the Bandiagara. (Wikimedia Commons)
Bandiagara, Mali

Cliff Villages in the Bandiagara Escarpment

Carved into the mountains, homes defy natural laws.
14.3445, -3.6053
Great Mosque
Djenne, Mali

Great Mud Mosque of Djenne

The central mosque of this Mali town is entirely built from mud.
13.9051, -4.5556
Barack Obama visited the castle in 2009.
Cape Coast, Ghana

Cape Coast Castle

Where thousands of slaves passed through the "Door of No Return."
5.1033, -1.2425
The massive Basilica dome (Flickr/John Spier)
Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast

Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro

The world's largest church atop a political fault line.
6.8080, -5.2999
Barboursville
Barboursville, Virginia

Barboursville Ruins

The ruins of this Thomas-Jefferson-designed mansion have been left to crumble since the Christmas Day they burnt down.
38.1625, -78.2807
Crozet Tunnel (Waynesboro portal)
Afton, Virginia

Crozet Tunnel

A railroad tunnel that, upon its completion, was considered one of the engineering marvels of the modern world.
38.0301, -78.8530
The Raven Room
Charlottesville, Virginia

The Raven Room

Edgar Allan Poe's old dorm is now a shrine to the author's legacy.
38.0348, -78.5020
Mole Hill seen from VA 913
Dayton, Virginia

Mole Hill

One of the last active volcanoes on the Eastern seaboard.
38.4482, -78.9528