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Flamingos on Flamingo Island
Las Vegas, Nevada

Flamingo Habitat

An exotic wildlife habitat right off The Strip.
36.1166, -115.1712
Las Vegas, Nevada

Pinball Hall of Fame

Incredible collection of vintage pinball machines can be played at 25 cents a pop.
36.1013, -115.1305
History of Humanity
Felicity, California

Felicity, California: Center of the World

Semi-recognized center of the world, with many oddities.
32.7503, -114.7653
Lake Havasu's London Bridge
Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Lake Havasu's London Bridge

This immigrant bridge once spanned the Thames but is now a fixture of an Arizona city.
34.4717, -114.3467
Tucson, Arizona

Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

Miniature art that tells an enormous story.
32.2654, -110.8956
A view of the Biosphere's million-gallon "ocean"
Oracle, Arizona

Biosphere 2

A reproduction of earth's many biomes.
32.5798, -110.8507
Petrified Wood
Holbrook, Arizona

Petrified Forest National Park

Discover fossils that are over 200 million years old in northeastern Arizona.
34.8158, -109.8649
Wupatki National Monument
Flagstaff, Arizona

Wupatki National Monument

This historic national park is covered in the stunning ruins of red rock pueblos.
35.5234, -111.3688
Crater Parking Lot, Mountain in the Distance 2007
Winslow, Arizona

Meteor Crater

This 4,000-ft. in diameter hole claims to be "the most well known, best preserved meteorite crater on Earth."
35.0281, -111.0232
Momentum
Chandler, Arizona

Momentum

A $100,000 tumbleweed decorates an Arizona park and ride that got their priorities a bit tangled.
33.2767, -111.8286
Phoenix, Arizona

Mystery Castle

A self-built castle made by a mysterious man.
33.3568, -112.0619
Jerome's Sliding Jail
Jerome, Arizona

Jerome's Sliding Jail

A Wild West jailhouse that slid down the mountainside.
34.7508, -112.1147
Tumbleweed Christmas Tree
Chandler, Arizona

Tumbleweed Christmas Tree

Every Christmas one Arizona city makes the most of its dry climate by creating an arid desert tannenbaum.
33.3038, -111.8421
The Chapel has a commanding presence (Flickr/Nick Humphries)
Sedona, Arizona

Chapel of the Holy Cross

A spiritual vortex among the red rocks in Sedona.
34.8321, -111.7667
The Octobass at the Musical Instrument Museum
Phoenix, Arizona

Octobass

The massive, incredibly rare instrument is over 11 feet tall with a range so deep it goes lower than humans can hear.
33.6676, -111.9784
Action mounted taxidermy bobcat and quail.
Apache Junction, Arizona

The Superstition Mountain Museum

This collection of Wild West movie memorabilia also claims to hold some secrets of the Lost Dutchman's mine.
33.4468, -111.5018
Cabazon Dinosaurs. Dinny the Dinosaur.
Cabazon, California

Cabazon Dinosaurs

"World's biggest dinosaur" featured in Pee Wee's Big Adventure, now houses a creationist museum in its abdomen.
33.9229, -116.7743
Honolulu, Hawaii

Shangri La

Doris Duke's lasting collection of Islamic Art, hidden in a Hawaiian paradise.
21.2571, -157.7950
A small group stands as close as they dare
Pāhoa, Hawaii

Big Island Lava Flow

Watch the newest land on the planet form before your eyes.
19.3956, -154.9331
The Canada France Hawaii Telescope.
Hilo, Hawaii

Mauna Kea

Earth's tallest volcano is home to a dozen world-class observatories.
19.8244, -155.4733
Louise Bourgeois' Spider. (Creative Commons)
Ottawa, Ontario

Maman

Louise Bourgeois' 30-foot-tall steel spider sculpture.
45.4294, -75.6984
Hodge the Cat, looking slightly grumpy
London, England

Monument to Hodge the Cat

Dictionary Johnson’s favorite feline.
51.5151, -0.1082
Einstein's Brain Slides
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mütter Museum

America's most famous museum of medical oddities, and home to the remains of Einstein's brain.
39.9535, -75.1768
Wellington, New Zealand

Colossal Squid

The world's only complete colossal squid specimen is on display at the Te Papa Museum.
-41.2905, 174.7817