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Los Angeles, California

Angels Flight

Historic funicular railway, believed to be the shortest railroad in the world.
Los Angeles, California

Griffith J. Griffith Statue

Although he donated over 3,000 acres to Los Angles, Griffith's life was marred by controversy.
Verona, Italy

Juliet's Balcony

Pilgrimage site for star-crossed lovers.
Durango, Colorado

Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

This spectacular track has run continuously since 1882.
Rõuge, Estonia

Pesapuu Watchtower

This Estonian watchtower looks like a big tree with two giant bird nests on it, complete with a "golden egg."
Lasva, Estonia

Lasva Water Tower

This old and disused water tower has received a new life as an art gallery with a piano staircase.
Valga, Estonia

Valga/Valka Border

For the last century, this international border within a small town has appeared and disappeared various times.
New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum

A snapshot of the city's voodoo culture.
Las Vegas, Nevada

The Neon Boneyard

The neon signs from Las Vegas' past find their final resting place at this unusual graveyard.
London, England

God's Own Junkyard

A kaleidoscopic warehouse-maze of handmade neon signs.
Iceland

Svartifoss

The unique waterfall in Iceland's south features a backdrop of geometric black lava columns.
Grindavík, Iceland

Blue Lagoon

Medicinal spa created with the discharge from a geothermal energy plant.
Page, Arizona

Horseshoe Bend

Dramatic river bend surrounds a natural red-rocked pedestal.
San Francisco, California

Alcatraz Island

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

Discovery Island

Disney's abandoned animal island is now an overgrown ruin that was almost the coolest attraction ever.
Riga, Latvia

House of the Blackheads

The reconstruction of this prominent building fulfilled a long-written command.
Berlin, Germany

Spreepark

An eerie derelict amusement park sits abandoned in Berlin.
Utah

Checkerboard Mesa

This unusual patterns in this rock formation result from two distinct modes of weathering.
Sintra, Portugal

Quinta da Regaleira

This eccentrically decorated palace is replete with grottoes, fountains, tunnels, and caves.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1

The oldest cemetery in New Orleans, resting peacefully for over 200 years now.
Hong Kong

Central-Mid-Levels Escalators

The world's longest outdoor covered escalator system transports commuters through Hong Kong's hilly terrain.
Hong Kong

Noonday Gun

This naval gun is fired every day at noon, an odd timekeeping tradition the origin of which is local legend.
Hong Kong

HSBC Building Feng Shui Cannons

Two cannon-like cranes were installed on top of the bank building to fend off bad feng shui.
Winslow, Arizona

Meteor Crater

This 4,000-foot-diameter hole is touted as "the most well known, best preserved meteorite crater on Earth."