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Al Madam, United Arab Emirates

Buried Village of Al Madam

An abandoned desert hamlet swallowed up by sand.
Los Angeles, California

The El Segundo Butterfly Preserve

A ghost town at the airport is now a refuge for blue butterflies.
Berkeley, California

Fairy Post Office

Travelers exchange letters with woodland creatures at this mini post office.
El Calafate, Argentina

Glaciarium

This glacier interpretation center houses the world’s only bar made completely from glacial ice.
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.
Agra, India

Sheroes' Hangout

This small cafe aims to empower acid attack victims and stop violence against women in India.
Sisters, Oregon

Clear Lake

The trunks of 3,000 year-old trees lurk beneath the surface of this crystal clear lake in Oregon.
Coleford, England

Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

On this wooded path, a stained glass window creates a spellbinding forest cathedral.
Medellín, Colombia

Casa Museo Pablo Escobar

This unofficial museum details the rise and fall of Colombia's most notorious narcotrafficker, Pablo Escobar.
Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu Durbar Square

This historic square in Nepal is home to temples dating back to the third century.
Democratic Republic of the Congo

Senkwekwe Mountain Gorilla Center

The world's only facility where orphaned mountain gorillas are cared for.
Hobart, New York

Hobart Book Village

This small Catskills village has five independent bookstores and more books than people.
West Baden Springs, Indiana

West Baden Springs Hotel Library

A historic hotel library in Indiana hides more than a few secrets on its shelves.
Sesquilé, Colombia

Lake of Guatavita

Known as the site of 'El Dorado,' this mysterious lake is rumored to hold gold beneath its waters.
Unguja Ukuu, Tanzania

Unguja Ukuu

A remote island settlement off the coast of Tanzania is a storied archaeological site with an ancient past.
Bogotá, Colombia

Bogotá Botanical Garden

Colombia's biggest botanical garden contains plants from all across the country.
Paris, France

I Love You Wall

Paris' linguistic guide to the international language of, yes, love.
Bogotá, Colombia

BD Bacatá

The world's first crowdfunded skyscraper has not gone quite to plan.
Medellín, Colombia

Comuna 13

Outdoor escalators and art have helped change what was once a notoriously dangerous part of Medellín.
Kuşadası, Turkey

Kuşadası

A charming beach town in Turkey captures all the colors of the rainbow.
Lítla Dímun, Faroe Islands

Lítla Dímun

This isolated island is often capped by its own fluffy cloud.
New Orleans, Louisiana

F. Scott Fitzgerald's Boarding House

A house of courtship where the Jazz Age's most storied lovers got their start.
Santa Ysabel, California

The JAB Canid Education and Conservation Center

Spend a day hanging out with domesticated Russian foxes.
Gryfino, Poland

Crooked Forest

Countless stories attempt to explain Poland's mysterious J-shaped trees.