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Zweibrücken, Germany

Zweibrücken R2-D2

A university observatory dome painted like the beloved "Star Wars" robot.
Larnaca, Cyprus

Larnaca Salt Lake

Once part of an ancient international harbor, it's now an all-you-can-eat shrimp buffet for flamingos and other water birds.
Al Madam, United Arab Emirates

Buried Village of Al Madam

An abandoned desert hamlet swallowed up by sand.
Pine Bush, New York

Ellenville Fault Ice Caves

The largest known open fault in the United States is basically a giant natural refrigerator.
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Pizza Pi

Swim or sail to this pie-slinging boat off the coast of St. Thomas.
Aquinnah, Massachusetts

Aquinnah Cliffs

Colorful clay cliffs tower over an unofficial nudist beach on Martha's Vineyard.
Deal, England

Deal Maritime and Local History Museum

A jumble of treasures in a small space, this old-fashioned local museum is full of surprises.
Newmarket, England

Potoooooooo

A misunderstanding gave this 18th-century racehorse a most amusing name.
Berwick-upon-Tweed, England

The Loovre

One of the few surviving examples of Victorian-era public toilets now houses a coffee bar.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Spruce Hill Bird Sanctuary

Hidden behind West Philadelphia rowhomes is a haven for migratory and local bird species both ordinary and rare.
Jáchymov, Czechia

Hotel Radium Palace

Visitors flock to the historic birthplace of radiobalneology for its therapeutic radium treatments.
Erlach, Switzerland

St. Peter’s Island

The idyllic island where the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau spent “the happiest time of his life.”
Scotland

Corryvreckan Whirlpool

Legend says a witch conjured the world's third largest whirlpool to protect Scotland from a nasty pirate.
Cabanas, Spain

Fragas do Eume

This enchanting natural park is a magical example of a temperate rainforest in Europe.
Wrocław, Poland

Hydropolis

This oddly beautiful water cistern is a techno-temple to the wet stuff and a multimedia masterpiece.
Seymour, Wisconsin

Hamburger Charlie

A statue honors the genius who allegedly first took a meatball and made it into a hamburger.
Doha, Qatar

National Museum of Qatar

The building is a gigantic piece of art inspired by the shape of a desert rose.
Balkanabat, Turkmenistan

Yangykala Canyon

Few people have ever heard of, let alone visited, one of Turkmenistan’s most impressive natural attractions.
Vaadhoo, Maldives

Sea of Stars

Bioluminescence in the reefs of the Maldives causes the sea to glow like a starry night sky.
Connemara, Ireland

Kylemore Abbey

A stunning Victorian abbey and walled garden on a lakefront.
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Ahsan Manzil (Pink Palace)

This colorful palace is an oasis of calm amid the hustle and bustle of the Buringa riverfront.
Uganda

Murchison Falls

Where the White Nile River dramatically cascades between Lake Kyoga and Lake Albert in Uganda.
Domžale, Slovenia

Domžale Straw Hat Museum

A wonderful museum dedicated to the local straw hat industry.
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Gary Gygax Memorial

Legend says Dungeons and Dragons players can get their dice blessed at the creator of the game's memorial.