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San Francisco, California

Crown & Crumpet

The tea room that pushed the boundaries of adorable straight into...we can't find the words.
San Francisco, California

Musée Mécanique

A collection of 20th-century automata, penny arcade games, and musical contraptions.
San Francisco, California

Circus Center

Join the circus for a few lessons to learn clowning, acrobatics, and Chinese contortion.
San Francisco, California

Palace of Fine Arts

The last remaining relic of San Francisco's glittering 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition.
San Francisco, California

Labyrinth at Land’s End

A winding path built in secret on the edge of the continent.
Moscow, Russia

Moscow Metro Stations

The gorgeous entrances into the city's underbelly look more like grand halls than subway stops.
Chicago, Illinois

Couch Place (The Alley of Death)

This alley in downtown Chicago held the bodies of over 600 people after the fateful Iroquois Theatre fire.
Naples, Italy

Naples Underground

A labyrinth of ancient tunnels hidden below the city holds the ruins of 2,500 years of history.
Chicago, Illinois

Great Train Story Diorama

This $3 million model train takes you through Chicago, Seattle, and the thousands of miles in between.
Mountain View, California

The World's Largest Wind Tunnel

Housed at NASA Ames Research Center, this wind tunnel is massive enough to test entire aircraft.
Mountain View, California

Hangar One

One of the largest free-standing structures ever built, this dirigible hangar is now simply a giant skeleton.
Los Altos, California

The Apple Garage

The garage at the childhood home of Steve Jobs was a hangout for the founders of Apple, even if they never built computers there.
Kissimmee, Florida

Monument of States

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, rocks and fossils from every U.S. state were collected into a pyramid of national unity.
Moscow, Russia

Izmailovo Kremlin

Moscow's other, lesser known kremlin is a fairytale-like cultural complex modeled after Old Russia.
Waterloo, Iowa

Sans Souci Island

This remote island in Iowa was abandoned after being devastated by flood.
Chicago, Illinois

Thorne Miniature Rooms

Each of these gorgeous, intricately decorated rooms is painstakingly crafted to the scale of 1 inch: 1 foot.
Chicago, Illinois

Stained Glass at Navy Pier

A display of magnificent stained glass windows is the first exhibit of its kind.
Lombard, Illinois

Lilacia Park

This botanical garden outside Chicago boasts an array of over 300 varieties of lilacs.
Martinsville, Illinois

Moonshine, Illinois

Even with only two residents and one building, this tiny Illinois town is famous for its burgers.
Des Plaines, Illinois

Square Deal Shoe Store

This historic store hides a museum exhibiting a shoe-sizing x-ray machine and a pair of kicks that once belonged to the world's tallest man.
Indlovu DC, South Africa

African Bird of Prey Sanctuary

Environmentally crucial raptors like eagles and vultures are kept and protected in this massive sanctuary.
Des Plaines, Illinois

McDonald's First Store Museum

Despite its name, this fast food museum is actually a replica of the ninth McDonald's store.
Urbania, Italy

Chiesa dei Morti (Church of the Dead)

Eighteen mummies have stood guard behind the altar of this tiny church since 1833.