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New Orleans, Louisiana

Congo Square

Once the site of a Native American harvest festival, this humble clearing later played an invaluable role in the birth of jazz.
Atlanta, Georgia

The Grave of Fiddlin' John Carson

The first singer to cut a country music record is buried in a small graveyard in Atlanta, Georgia.
New York, New York

The High Line

Elevated freight railway turned wildly successful urban park.
San Francisco, California

Maltese Falcon Alleyway

Alleyway plaque commemorating the death of a fictional character in The Maltese Falcon, not far from the author's home.
San Francisco, California

Palace of Fine Arts

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

The Tonga Room

Tiki luxury on Nob Hill.
Lumberton, Mississippi

Salmon/Sterling Nuclear Tests Marker

This largely forgotten piece of Cold War history stands hidden in the woods just north of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Amarillo, Texas

Cadillac Ranch

A sculpture made of 10 Cadillacs as a monument to the "Golden Age" of the American automobile.
Dolores, Colorado

Canyons of the Ancients

A breathtaking array of ancient Pueblo structures and artifacts counterintuitively preserved by neglect.
Golden, Colorado

Sculptured House

This iconic science fiction house still looks like something from the future.
Estes Park, Colorado

The Stanley Hotel

Paranormal experiences in room 217 led Stephen King to write "The Shining."
Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming

Pronghorn of F.E. Warren Air Force Base

The same security that protects our nukes accidentally protected a gentle herd of antelope.
Laramie, Wyoming

Lincoln Highway Monument

The high point on the 16th president's eponymous roadway is marked by a massive version of his head.
Douglas, Wyoming

Former World's Largest Jackalope

This Wyoming town is clearly fascinated with the mythical creature it invented.
Buford, Wyoming

Ames Brothers Pyramid

A monument to the egos of two railroad magnates that fell into decline along with their careers.
Alton, Illinois

Piasa Bird

A mythical bird etched into the face of a rock doubles as the mascot for a nearby school.
St. Louis, Missouri

Whispering Arch at Union Station

Speak to a companion on the other side of the room loud and clear through this architectural anomaly.
St. Louis, Missouri

1904 World's Fair Flight Cage

What was meant to be a temporary exhibit is now a permanent fixture at the St. Louis Zoo filled with beautiful birds.
Alton, Illinois

World's Tallest Man Statue

This life-size bronze statue remembers the tallest recorded human in his Illinois hometown.
Kansas City, Missouri

Country Club Plaza

The first car-centric shopping plaza in the U.S. brought a little bit of Spain to downtown Kansas City.
Kansas City, Missouri

Charlie Parker Memorial

This giant green head remembers one of America's jazz giants.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

SS United States

Current docking place of the SS United States, the fastest transatlantic ocean liner.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia City Hall

This elaborate towering structure was once famed for its revolutionary height.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Irish Memorial at Penn's Landing

An Irish Memorial commemorating those who perished due to potato blight.