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New York, New York

'The Sphere'

This sculpture by artist Fritz Keonig survived the 9/11 attacks and now stands as a monument to the victims.
Brooklyn, New York

City Reliquary

Behind a bodega is a small museum of relics and ephemera showcasing the history of New York.
San Francisco, California

Duboce Bikeway Mural

This painted marvel is San Francisco's 400-foot ode to urban biking.
San Francisco, California

Admission Day Monument Octopuses

A pair of mutilated bronze octopuses slump at the base of the monument honoring California's admission to the U.S.
San Francisco, California

The Parrots of Telegraph Hill

Staircase winds down the side of Telegraph Hill through gardens, wild parrots flying overhead.
San Francisco, California

Japanese Tea Garden

Relics of the 1894 Midwinter Exposition continue to delight visitors today.
Chicago, Illinois

Monadnock Building

The last masonry skyscraper ever built reveals a transitional moment in architectural history.
Chicago, Illinois

300 South Wacker Drive

A 400-foot-tall tall map of Chicago makes this once-ignored building stand out.
Chicago, Illinois

Oriental Institute Museum

This surprising gem is a world-class archeological museum hidden at the University of Chicago.
Chicago, Illinois

Rainbo Club

Beloved bar home to musicians of all eras and reputations.
Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium

Chicago's North Park Village was once the largest municipal sanatorium in the country.
Tokyo, Japan

Owaraji (Giant Straw Sandals)

An enormous pair of straw sandals woven in the traditional way, to keep demons at bay.
Utah

Checkerboard Mesa

The unusual patterns in this rock formation result from two distinct modes of weathering.
Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Stock Exchange Arch

A spectacular remnant of an Adler and Sullivan masterpiece that was destroyed in 1972.
Lyons, Illinois

Hofmann Tower

A source of civic pride, though the reason for its construction is unknown.
Boston, Massachusetts

Union Oyster House

This nearly 200-year-old restaurant's history includes an exiled French prince, JFK, and a very hungry Daniel Webster.
Charlottesville, Virginia

Monticello's Vegetable Garden and Fruitery

Thomas Jefferson's estate is home to hundreds of varieties of historic fruits and vegetables.
Saugatuck, Michigan

Saugatuck Chain Ferry

This is the last hand-cranked chain ferry of its kind in operation in the United States.
Nikko, Japan

Three Wise Monkeys of Tōshōgū Shrine

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
Traverse City, Michigan

World's Largest Cherry Pie Tin

An enormous roadside pan tells the story of a battle for pie glory.
St. Louis, Missouri

Wainwright State Office Building

One of the world's earliest skyscrapers.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Grave of Hubert H. Humphrey

Vice President Humphrey's final resting place is tucked away in this cemetery along with a few other notable figures.
Chicago, Illinois

Heaven On Seven

Hidden on the 7th floor of a historic building, this Cajun spot features wall-to-wall bottles of hot sauce.
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Witches Gulch

Over thousands of years, this slot canyon was carved out of the bed of an ancient lake.