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The Old Curiosity Shop
London, England

The Old Curiosity Shop

The quaint little store that is said to have inspired a famous Dickens novel was only given its name after the book was released.
51.5150, -0.1173
Trench armour
London, England

The Imperial War Museum London

This massive collection of British military artifacts includes the heartbreaking personal letters of the men in the trenches of WWI.
51.4960, -0.1084
Town Creek Indian Mound
Mount Gilead, North Carolina

Town Creek Indian Mound

North Carolina's only officially recognized American Indian historic site is this flat ceremonial mound.
35.1857, -79.9282
California's Old Faithful.
Calistoga, California

California's Old Faithful

California's own majestic geyser is powered by a subterranean volcano.
38.5963, -122.6023
Reykjadalur
Hveragerði, Iceland

Reykjadalur

Iceland's "Smoky Valley" is a beautiful river that is shrouded in a constant cover of steam clouds.
64.0000, -21.2000
Boston Liberty Tree
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Liberty Tree

The former site of an all-but-forgotten colonial landmark is now remembered by an often overlooked bas relief.
42.3524, -71.0626
Figure of Tor Johnson, from Plan 9 From Outer Space
Evans City, Pennsylvania

The Living Dead Museum

This little museum in the town where zombies were born celebrates the living dead.
40.7692, -80.0636
Oil Wagon
Pleasantville, Pennsylvania

Pithole City

The site of America's first commercial oil well essentially disappeared after the town went bust.
41.5227, -79.5806
Sedan Crater
Nye County, Nevada

Sedan Crater

The largest man-made crater in the U.S. marks the spot where we once tested mining with nukes.
37.1767, -116.0467
Following in the footsteps of Hemingway and Fitzgerald.
Paris, France

Harry's New York Bar

A favorite Paris bar for U.S. expats, including Gershwin, Hemingway, and James Bond.
48.8692, 2.3321
Grjótagjá
Iceland

Grjótagjá

This volcanic cave lake is essentially hard proof that Iceland is the most magical place on Earth.
65.6302, -16.8795
Snorralaug
Iceland

Snorralaug

This hobbit-y little hot spring may be the oldest spring used by humans in all of Iceland.
64.6657, -21.2871
Actors depicting Christ's crucifixion at the Holy Land Experience
Orlando, Florida

The Holy Land Experience

A mega theme park-wax museum mélange containing all things biblical.
28.4962, -81.4330
Bash Bish Falls
Mount Washington, Massachusetts

Bash Bish Falls

One of the most scenic falls in Massachusetts has a history of death and grim legend.
42.1148, -73.4929
Pecos Pueblo
Pecos, New Mexico

Pecos National Historical Park

Despite time, colonization, and the brutal New Mexican heat, these pueblo ruins still stand.
35.5500, -105.6894
New River Gorge Bridge
Fayetteville, West Virginia

New River Gorge Bridge

One day a year it is legal to jump off of this astoundingly tall bridge that spans an Appalachian gorge.
38.0683, -81.0833
Sculptured House
Golden, Colorado

Sculptured House

This iconic science fiction house still looks like something from the future.
39.7009, -105.2771
Paul Bunyan Statue, Bangor
Bangor, Maine

Paul Bunyan Statue, Bangor

This handsome giant is said to mark the birthplace of the mythical woodsman and even had a cameo in a Stephen King novel.
44.7879, -68.7783
Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox, Bemidji
Bemidji, Minnesota

Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox, Bemidji

These crudely shaped folk giants may be the the second most photographed statues in the U.S.
47.4708, -94.8789
Castle Williams
New York, New York

Castle Williams

In its day this historic fort held 100 cannons pointed in almost every direction to protect New York.
40.6928, -74.0192
View of 33 Thomas Street from the adjacent streets at the intersection of Church & Worth.
New York, New York

Long Lines Building, 33 Thomas Street

An uber-secure, windowless tower of doom in the center of Manhattan is an NSA spyscraper.
40.7164, -74.0061
Kerid Crater Lake
Iceland

Kerid Crater Lake

This eye-popping Icelandic crater lake is surrounded by red volcanic rock.
64.0413, -20.8851
Old Franklin Park Zoo Bear Pens
Boston, Massachusetts

Old Franklin Park Zoo Bear Pens

The bears may be gone, but their old cages can still be found.
42.3025, -71.0870
Los Angeles, California

Old Warner Bros. Theatre Inside Downtown Jewelry Exchange

The beautiful 1920 Pantages Theatre remains hidden just underneath the LA Downtown Jewelry Exchange.
34.0459, -118.2551