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San Francisco, California

Alcatraz Island

In all of the 29 years it was in operation, no prisoners ever escaped successfully... or so they claim.
Mecca, California

Salton Sea

The ghostly remains of an accidental sea.
Telouet, Morocco

Kasbah Telouet

A mud brick kasbah with a history of lavishness and traitorship.
Fez, Morocco

University of Al-Karaouine

The oldest known university in the world is in Fez, Morocco.
Essaouira, Morocco

Tide Pools of Essaouira

Vast stretch of tide-pools with a unique Moroccan charm.
Fez, Morocco

Fes el-Bali

Thousands of narrow alleyways in an ancient medieval city make up what's believed to be the world's largest car-free urban zone.
Merzouga, Morocco

Erg Chebbi

God's Saharan sandbox of wrath.
Fez, Morocco

Chouara Leather Tannery

Traditional 11th-century outdoor tannery.
Fez, Morocco

Merenid Tombs

Crumbling necropolis set high above Fez.
Fez, Morocco

The Blue Gate of Fes

The other side is actually green.
Aït Ben Haddou, Morocco

Kasbah Aït Benhaddou

A fortified city, home to a remaining population of five families
Ouarzazate, Morocco

Atlas Film Studios

World's largest film studio, where visitors tour the decaying sets that litter the harsh desert environment.
Meknes, Morocco

Volubilis Archaeological Site

Mosaics, storks, and brothels—this ancient city has it all.
Tamri, Morocco

The Tree Goats of Morocco

Morocco's Argania trees are infested with nut-hungry goats.
Casablanca, Morocco

Hassan II Mosque

An awe-inspiring mosque in Morocco with the tallest minaret in the world.
Chefchaouen, Morocco

Chefchaouen

Founded as a refugee camp, now a popular tourist spot.
Cherhill, England

Cherhill White Horse

The geoglyph once sported a glass bottle eye.
Swindon, England

Swindon Magic Roundabout

This hilarious English intersection is an automotive whirlpool.
Çanakkale, Turkey

Troy

This famous city eluded concrete detection until the early 2000's.
Danvers, Massachusetts

Danvers State Hospital

The inspiration for H.P. Lovecraft's horror stories and Batman's Arkham Asylum is now a condominium complex.
Rome, Italy

Veii

Rome's ancient Etruscan rival, now a park full of ruins.
Pripyat, Ukraine

Abandoned City of Pripyat

The ghost town left by the worst nuclear disaster of all time is being taken over by nature and urban explorers.
Guadalupe, California

Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes

Coastal dunes, site of buried Egyptian movie set and former utopian colony.
East Timor

Marobo Hot Springs

No one is quite sure of the origins of these idyllic natural hot springs at an abandoned mountain resort.