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The geyser was added in place of Eero Saarinen's original plan for a twin arch on the east side of the river
East St. Louis, Illinois

Gateway Geyser

Man-made geyser that rises to the exact height of the Gateway Arch across the river.
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Lincoln Tomb
Springfield, Illinois

Lincoln Tomb

When you visit his grave, be sure to rub the Great Emancipator's nose for good luck.
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Austin, Texas

Congress Bridge Bats

Home to the largest urban bat colony in North America, estimated at 1.5 million bats.
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Big Sam towers over the Texas interstate at 67-feet. (Leah Caldwell/Atlas Obscura)
Huntsville, Texas

Sam Houston Statue

World's tallest statue of an American hero.
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Houston, Texas

The Orange Show

One man's homage to the Orange as realized through a long-term folk art labor of love.
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Houston, Texas

Beer Can House

Beer lover's can-covered house.
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Houston, Texas

Museum of Health and Medical Science

A health museum containing a 27’’½-foot intestine.
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Aurora Picture Show.
Houston, Texas

Aurora Picture Show

Local arts organization founded in a former church.
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Houston, Texas

Art Car Museum

At the "Garage Mahal" in Houston, car culture is about more than just driving.
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Houston, Texas

David Adickes Studio

Giant heads occasionally litter the industrial, Houston neighborhood where sculptor David Adickes has his studio.
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Poised to go sledding at White Sands National Monument.
Tularosa, New Mexico

White Sands National Monument

Explore the largest pure gypsum deposit in the world, and go dune sledding while you're at it.
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Dragoon, Arizona

The Thing

What is the Thing?
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Mardi Gras World
New Orleans, Louisiana

Mardi Gras World

This float factory takes the mask off of Mardi Gras and lets visitors see where the magic happens.
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The museum as viewed from the street.
Miami Beach, Florida

World Erotic Art Museum

12,000 sq. ft. museum tracing erotic art from antiquity to modern times.
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Miami Marine Stadium
Key Biscayne, Florida

Miami Marine Stadium

An abandoned water sports stadium that has become a haven for graffiti and decay.
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Alcatraz from the Bay 2012
San Francisco, California

Alcatraz Island

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

Pier 22½ & the SFFD Fire Boats

Prone to disastrous fires, the city of San Francisco has the Guardian, a fireboat gifted by residents, to watch over them from the bay.
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The top of the Space Needle exemplifies Googie architecture. (Wikimedia Commons)
Seattle, Washington

Space Needle

Iconic symbol of the Pacific Northwest.
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Seattle, Washington

Museum of Pop Culture

A museum dedicated to the history and exploration of both popular music and science fiction.
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Julius Pierpont Patches
Seattle, Washington

J.P. Patches Statue

Leave a button on the jacket of this iconic Seattle clown.
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Seattle, Washington

Fremont Troll

A giant Troll lurks under a Seattle bridge overpass.
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