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Climbing the Lookout Mountain Incline
Lookout Mountain, Tennessee

Lookout Mountain Incline Railway

This funicular railway rumbles along for a mile up the nearly vertical face of Chattanooga’s Lookout Mountain.
35.0060, -85.3429
Ruby Falls.
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Ruby Falls

The mysterious wonder of an underground waterfall is illuminated by multicolored lights.
35.0191, -85.3394
In 1982, the theme was "Energy Turns the World"
Knoxville, Tennessee

The Sunsphere

Knoxville’s architectural icon was the symbol of the 1982 World’s Fair, even catching the googly eye of Bart Simpson.
35.9617, -83.9232
Rapid City, South Dakota

Firehouse Brewing Co.

South Dakota's oldest operating brewery is housed inside a historic firehouse.
44.0814, -103.2275
Elfreth's Alley in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Elfreth's Alley

This charming colonial alleyway is one of the oldest continuously used residential streets in the U.S.
39.9528, -75.1424
Mary Tyler Moore in downtown Minneapolis.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mary Tyler Moore Statue

A bronze statue on a downtown corner honors Minneapolis's favorite career gal.
44.9767, -93.2729
Spoonbridge and Cherry
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Spoonbridge and Cherry

A toweringly silly piece of modern art has been delighting locals since the 1980's.
44.9706, -93.2890
Albuquerque, New Mexico

American International Rattlesnake Museum

A museum devoted entirely to the rattlesnakes and snake-related art.
35.0954, -106.6693
Inside
New Orleans, Louisiana

Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo

A museum and shop on Bourbon Street located in the former home of the second Voodoo Queen of New Orleans.
29.9595, -90.0650
Oslo, Norway

Fram Museum

Housing the famous Norwegian ice-defying 19th century polar exploration ship.
59.9032, 10.6985
Oslo, Norway

Kon-Tiki Museum

Across the Pacific in a raft, a museum dedicated to Thor Heyerdahl's now legendary expedition.
59.9036, 10.6981
Complete with a plastic Steve Buscemi leg
Fargo, North Dakota

Fargo Wood Chipper

"...I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper?"
46.8490, -96.8597
Dr Seuss, Cat in the Hat, and a book with lines from Oh The Places You'll Go.
Springfield, Massachusetts

Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden

Life-size bronzes of the Grinch, Cat in the Hat, Yertle the Turtle, Sam-I-Am, and the Lorax—and the author himself.
42.1045, -72.5873
A sign marking the Tropic of Capricorn.
Namibia

Tropic of Capricorn Crossing

Road signs in Namibia mark the location of one of the five major circles of latitude.
-23.4394, 15.8051
The circular patterns also form in the light vegetation and plant life of the arid desert locales
Namibia

Fairy Circles of Southern Africa

Unexplained bald patches speckle the south African countryside, growing and receding over time as though they were somehow alive.
-25.0191, 16.0170
Dead Vlei
Namibia

Dead Vlei

This "dead marsh" sits among the largest sand dunes in the world, a forest frozen in time.
-24.7350, 15.3248
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Yavapai County, Arizona

Montezuma Castle

Ninety feet off the valley floor is an ancient dwelling put under protection of the U.S. government by Teddy Roosevelt.
34.6116, -111.8351
The Salty Dawg Saloon's "Lighthouse".
Homer, Alaska

Salty Dawg Saloon

Buy your friend a drink or staple some cash to the wall for the next guy at the Salty Dawg Saloon.
59.6064, -151.4339
Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska. (Creative Commons)
North Pole, Alaska

Santa Claus House

Trading post in North Pole where children send letters.
64.7552, -147.3445
Mount Denali
Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Denali

The king of US high points towers over every other peak in North America.
63.7366, -148.8975
New and old books clamor for shelf space.
Birmingham, Alabama

Museum of Fond Memories at Reed Books

A unique book shop with a collection of rare tomes and a nostalgia museum.
33.5165, -86.8058
Stratton Spring
Manitou Springs, Colorado

Manitou Mineral Springs

There are eight natural springs around town, each with a slightly different taste.
38.8581, -104.9172
Two mile-high markers.
Denver, Colorado

Mile-High Steps at the Colorado State Capitol

The spot in the Mile-High City that's exactly 5,280 feet above sea level (at least for now).
39.7392, -104.9848
The Molly Brown House in winter
Denver, Colorado

'Unsinkable' Molly Brown House

One of the greatest heroes of the Titanic tragedy came from humble beginnings to this beautiful home.
39.7375, -104.9808