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Bainbridge Island, Washington

Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

This monument remembers the first Japanese Americans forcibly relocated during World War II.
Leggett, California

Chandelier Tree

This massive redwood tree has a hole in the base big enough to drive through.
Little River, California

Pygmy Forest Trail

A raised boardwalk winds through a thicket of stunted century-old trees no more than nine feet tall.
San Francisco, California

Alcatraz Island

In all of the 29 years it was in operation, no prisoners ever escaped successfully... or so they claim.
San Francisco, California

Golden Gate Park Bison

San Francisco's very own urban bison herd have persisted in the face of extinction, development and disease.
Pontiac, Michigan

Pontiac Silverdome

What was once the largest NFL stadium is now an abandoned ruin.
Kent, England

Coldrum Long Barrow

A Neolithic burial site built 1,000 years before Stonehenge.
Ercolano, Italy

Herculaneum

Pompeii's less famous neighbor is still revealing her secrets.
Corofin, Ireland

The Burren

A hugely vast Irish landscape of barren rock that stretches for miles.
Madrid, Spain

Sobrino de Botin

The oldest restaurant in the world is this old-world Spanish eatery, still known for its suckling pig.
Baarle-Hertog, Belgium

Borders of Baarle-Nassau and Baarle-Hertog

The mixed up borders of these Belgian/Netherlands towns look like broken glass.
Doğubeyazıt, Turkey

Ishak Pasha Palace

Standing proud atop a Turkish bluff, this abandoned Ottoman palace looks like a real-life Temple of Doom.
Madaba, Jordan

Madaba Mosaic Map

The world's oldest map of the holy land gives us a fragmented glimpse of the layout of biblical nations.
Jerusalem, Israel

Shrine of the Book

The home of the Dead Sea Scrolls is an abstract modernist dream.
Acre, Israel

Rosh HaNikra Grottoes

The bluer than blue waters in these natural Israeli caves are reached via the world's steepest cable car.
Cornwall, England

Lost Gardens of Heligan

400-year-old garden, restored to beauty.
Cumbria, England

Scafell Pike

The highest peak in all of England is plagued by dangerously fickle climate shifts.
Anacapri, Italy

Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto)

The glowing blue Nymphaeum of Emperor Tiberius.
Pompei, Italy

The Ancient Brothels of Pompeii

In the Lupanare Grande the walls are still adorned with the services there offered.
Hama, Syria

Norias of Hama

Only a handful of these gorgeous historic waterwheels remain but even those are in danger from local unrest.
Waterloo, England

Another Place

A hundred copies of Antony Gormley's naked body stare out across the water.
Eyam, England

Eyam Plague Village

Eyam took steps to quarantine themselves and keep the plague from spreading.
Derbyshire, England

Blue John Cavern

A semi-precious cavern system that not only mines rare minerals but also tourists' dollars.
Paris, France

Catacombes de Paris

The Catacombs hold secrets much stranger than the bones stacked within them.