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Alexandria, Virginia

George Washington's Distillery

The only place for a truly presidential dram.
Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Neighbourhood Watch Signs

The Incredible Hulk, Yoda, Mulder and Scully, and many many others watch over the mean streets of Toronto.
Toronto, Ontario

Chinese Railroad Workers Memorial

A monument to the 17,000 Chinese who worked and died to build Canada's Pacific Railway.
Toronto, Ontario

Allan Gardens Conservatory

The Victorian-era greenhouse is stuffed with tropical plants, and open 365 days a year.
Toronto, Ontario

Berczy Park Dog Fountain

This whimsical fountain pays tribute to Toronto's four-legged friends.
Townsend, Georgia

Memory Park Christ Chapel

Dubbed the "smallest church in America," this tiny sanctuary was a local grocer's dream come true.
Keetmanshoop, Namibia

Quiver Tree Forest

A rare cluster of alien-like plants grows along a dusty highway.
Charleston, South Carolina

Unitarian Church Cemetery

Paths are maintained, but trees have taken over plots.
Washington, D.C.

Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe

A museum cafe showcases Native American dishes and indigenous ingredients from across the Western Hemisphere.
Bayeux, France

Bayeux Tapestry

This enormous "cloth of the conquest" depicts the Norman invasion of England in mind-blowing detail.
Rivonia, South Africa

Liliesleaf Farm Museum

This unassuming farm complex was once the epicenter of an underground liberation group.
Luderitz, Namibia

Shark Island

This deceptively beautiful island was known as "Death Island" and home to a German concentration camp.
Bucharest, Romania

Palace of the Parliament

This communist behemoth is the heaviest building in the world and a legacy of a brutal regime.
Savannah, Georgia

Abe's on Lincoln

This bar hosts an ever-evolving napkin art installation devoted to an American president.
Nassau, Bahamas

Queen's Staircase

This slave-built staircase in a lush tropical grotto was named to honor Queen Victoria's role in ending slavery in the British Empire.
London, England

Kyoto Garden

A little slice of Japan and its aesthetics in London's Holland Park.
London, England

The Executioner's Ax

Tucked away in the Tower of London is the weapon once used to execute high-profile prisoners.
Stockholm, Sweden

Katarina Elevator

This gem from the industrial age helps visitors and residents alike traverse hilly Stockholm.
Edinburgh, Scotland

John Knox House

This charming old building's loose connection with the Scottish Reformer is what saved it from demolition after it split apart.
Oxford, England

Oxford Botanic Garden

The fantastic charm of England's oldest botanical garden has made it a place of writerly inspiration for centuries.
London, England

Richmond Park

This beautiful deer park was built so King Charles I and his court could go hunting while escaping a deadly plague outbreak.
Marrakesh, Morocco

Jemaa el-Fna Square

Fortune tellers, snake charmers, poets, and storytellers all gather on this historic square in Morocco.
Marrakesh, Morocco

Jardin Majorelle

It took 40 years to build this Eden-like garden in Marrakech, later restored by Yves Saint-Laurent.
Edinburgh, Scotland

The Writers' Museum

This small museum in a 17th-century building honors three iconic Scottish writers.