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Ypsilanti Water Tower
Ypsilanti, Michigan

Ypsilanti Water Tower

Lovingly nick-named the "Brick Dick" this municipal tower was winner of the World's Most Phallic Building Contest.
42.2429, -83.6246
"The Wave Field" Earthwork Sculpture, University of Michigan Campus, Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Wave Field

These grassy undulations on a stretch of University of Michigan campus aren't bad landscaping, they're art.
42.2934, -83.7119
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Graffiti Alley - Ann Arbor

An ever-evolving wall of graffiti art off East Liberty Street.
42.2794, -83.7444
Wawa Goose
Wawa, Ontario

Wawa Goose

This giant roadside goose has been hailing travelers into a small Ontario town for over 50 years.
47.9816, -84.7806
Mr. Trash Wheel trash interceptor at the mouth of the Jones Falls River in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
Baltimore, Maryland

Mr. Trash Wheel

This bug-eyed water wheel uses the power of the Sun to clean up Baltimore Harbor.
39.2833, -76.6036
One of the many floors of spinning machines
Lonaconing, Maryland

Klotz Throwing Company

A remarkable time capsule of American manufacturing deep in Maryland coal country.
39.5677, -78.9778
The cliffs at Calvert Cliffs State Park
Lusby, Maryland

Calvert Cliffs State Park

Captain John Smith thought these cliffs were amazing in 1608 but sharks thought so 20 million years before him.
38.3956, -76.4293
Shipwreck at Mallows Bay, Maryland
Nanjemoy, Maryland

The Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay

The remnants of a wooden-hulled fleet built and abandoned in WWI, now home to a thriving ecosystem.
38.4726, -77.2686
Glen Echo trolley car.
Bethesda, Maryland

Glen Echo Amusement Park

Once home to seven different roller coasters, Glen Echo has undergone many transformations since its founding in 1891.
38.9664, -77.1381
Baltimore, Maryland

George Peabody Library

It's not hard to see why the historic Peabody Conservatory of Music's library has been described as a "cathedral of books."
39.2972, -76.6150
Ellicott City, Maryland

St. Mary's College

The ruins of a religious preparatory school in a seemingly non-existent town.
39.2506, -76.7658
North American collection
Washington, D.C.

National Bonsai Museum

One of the dwarven trees dates back to 1625 and survived the Hiroshima bombing.
38.9120, -76.9687
The car barn circa 1980-2006.
Washington, D.C.

Capital Transit Co. Streetcar Barn

Before Metro, Washington had a robust streetcar network—and you see the remains of this infrastructure if you know where to look.
38.9056, -77.0699
Abandoned Hydroelectric Plant from Early 1900's
Richmond, Virginia

Ruins of Belle Isle

A small Richmond island dotted with the remnants of hundreds of years of history.
37.5342, -77.4496
Columbia, Maryland

The Enchanted Forest Pine Tree Maze at Clark's Eliok Farm

A local farm's collection of unusual structures from a now defunct storybook amusement park.
39.2375, -76.8755
Ellicott City, Maryland

Enchanted Forest Theme Park

Remnants of a storybook amusement park hidden behind a strip mall.
39.2871, -76.8031
Hell House Altar
Ellicott City, Maryland

Hell House Altar

This haunting stone gazebo is one of the few remnants of an abandoned college that has been a magnet for local legends.
39.2496, -76.7649
The Forbidden City
Beijing, China

The Forbidden City

The most famous location in China was home to whole dynasties worth of imperial rulers.
39.9225, 116.3968
Snæfellsjökull under clouds.
Iceland

Snæfellsjökull

A formerly glacier-tipped volcano that inspired none other than Jules Verne.
64.9072, -23.9222
A toxic-smelling steam rises from the mud.
Iceland

Námaskarð

A sulfuric martian landscape that looks far better than it smells.
65.6391, -16.8377
London, England

Wellcome Collection & Library

Curios of Pharmacist and Collector Henry Wellcome.
51.5259, -0.1339
Paris, France

Shakespeare and Company

Bookstore serves double duty as "Tumbleweed Hotel."
48.8526, 2.3471
Chichen Itza, Mexico

El Caracol - The Observatory of Chichen Itza

No telescopes, no power, no gift shop—one of the world's oldest observatories takes astronomy back to basics.
20.6802, -88.5707
The descent of the snake god.
Chichen Itza, Mexico

Pyramid of Kukulcan at Chich'en Itza

Every equinox this Mayan pyramid puts on a spooky ancient light show.
20.6816, -88.5677