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The sign welcoming visitors to the Red Rock National Conservation Area.
Las Vegas, Nevada

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Dyed by iron oxide over centuries, these sandstone rocks rise thousands of feet into the sky.
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Flamingos on Flamingo Island
Las Vegas, Nevada

Flamingo Habitat

An exotic wildlife habitat right off The Strip.
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Big Edge appearing to defy gravity
Las Vegas, Nevada

The Big Edge

A giant open-air sculpture made of over 200 full-sized boats.
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One of Yayoi Kusama's wonderful pumpkins.
Naoshima, Japan

Bennesse Art Site Naoshima

A Japanese corporation has turned this small island town into living modern art gallery.
34.4745, 133.9665
Takaoka, Japan

Takaoka Daibutsu: The Great Buddha of Takaoka

This giant bronze Buddha, the third largest in Japan, is the last in an ill-fated series of statues.
36.7457, 137.0172
<em>Photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ginza-line/2766272121/sizes/l/">Ginza-line</a></em>
Ushiku, Japan

Ushiku Daibutsu: The Great Buddha of Ushiku

The third-tallest statue in the world depicts the "Buddha of Infinite Light," complete with observation deck in his chest.
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watch stopped at 8:15 by the blast
Hiroshima, Japan

A-bomb Memorial

Peace Park and the A-bomb dome.
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Hachikō at the station
Tokyo, Japan

Hachiko

After a profound show of devotion for his master, a dog becomes the symbol of loyalty for an entire nation.
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Kamakura, Japan

The Great Buddha of Kamakura

A bronze statue dating back as far as 1252, still has remnants of gold around its ears from its ancient gilding.
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The O-torii, 16 meters high, was rebuilt in 1875.
Hatsukaichi, Japan

Itsukushima Shrine

Japanese national treasure originally built in 593 CE.
34.2924, 132.3152
Kyoto, Japan

Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

The Ten Thousand "Torii" Shrine.
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(Gnurou/Flickr)
Hakone, Japan

Hakone Open-Air Museum

Open-air museum with an elaborate sculpture garden, stretching for over 70,000 square-meters.
35.2447, 139.0515
Hitachinaka, Japan

Kochia Hill

Every autumn, this hillside is ablaze with red summer cypress.
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Sagano Bamboo Forest
Kyoto, Japan

Sagano Bamboo Forest

The sound of swaying stalks in this stunning grove has been voted to be a governmentally recognized sound.
35.0167, 135.6710
Kyoto, Japan

Sanjūsangen-dō

1001 carved statues of the Buddhist God of Mercy, each with a unique face.
34.9882, 135.7717
Labyrinth Park of Horta
Barcelona, Spain

Labyrinth Park of Horta

This semi-secret storybook hedge maze is also the oldest garden in the city.
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Sagrat Cor, the church at the very top of Tibidabo. (Wikimedia Commons)
Barcelona, Spain

Tibidabo

Mountain where Jesus was first tempted by the Devil.
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Barcelona, Spain

Montjuïc Cemetery

This cemetery features modernist statues as strange as its name.
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Houses inside Park Güell designed by Gaudí
Barcelona, Spain

Park Güell

Gaudí's famously flamboyant architectural style is on full display in this sprawling park and garden.
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The church's interior
Barcelona, Spain

Sagrada Família

Construction of Barcelona's iconic (but controversial) church is expected to be completed in 2026—a century after the death of its architect.
41.4036, 2.1744
Upper canyon. (Wikimedia Commons)
Page, Arizona

Antelope Canyon

Most-visited and most-photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest.
36.8618, -111.3743
(Flickr/Courtarro)
Page, Arizona

Horseshoe Bend

Dramatic river bend surrounds a natural red-rocked pedestal.
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Street view of Casa Batlló
Barcelona, Spain

Casa Batlló

One of Antoni Gaudi's most classic buildings is well-known for its "dragon-back" design.
41.3917, 2.1650
Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

Hash Marijuana & Hemp Museum Barcelona

A stately palace has been converted into the world's largest cannabis museum.
41.3808, 2.1801