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Halifax, England

Wainhouse Tower

This tallest folly in the world began its life as an elaborate factory chimney.
Halifax, England

The Halifax Gibbet

A copy of the brutal decapitation device that predated the French Guillotine by about 200 years.
Lyon, France

Traboules Secret Passages

Hundreds of hidden passageways weave through the old quarters of Lyon.
Lyon, France

Metallic Tower of Fourvière

Lyon's miniature version of the Eiffel Tower was built as a statement in support of French secularism.
Withernsea, England

The Sandcastle

This two-towered gateway is all that remains of the unluckiest pier in the world.
Monmouth, Wales

Monnow Bridge

The only medieval bridge in Britain with its defensive tower still in tact.
Sheffield, England

Water Sculptures of Sheaf Square

An enormous steel waterfall is a nod to the substance that shaped Britain's Steel City.
Leeds, England

Royal Armouries Museum

One of three sites in England that house the National Collection of Arms and Armour.
Coventry, England

Thrust SSC and Thrust 2

One of these two land speed record-breaking vehicles went so fast it shattered the sound barrier.
Lincoln, England

Newport Arch

Modern commuters still pass through this 2,000-year-old Roman archway.
Guadalajara, Spain

Osborne Bull

Originally used to sell brandy, the bull-shaped billboard became an iconic symbol of Spain.
Los Angeles, California

Muscle Beach

An historic and oft-filmed spot for musclebound iron pumpers on the Pacific coast.
Los Angeles, California

Venice of America Canals

After starting as a whimsical tourist attraction that eventually found its way to ruin, these renovated canals offer a lush and exotic locale on the Pacific Coast.
Los Angeles, California

Binoculars Building

In a city filled with Frank Gehry buildings, one stands out as one of the architect's weirder works.
Los Angeles, California

La Brea Tar Pits Dragonfly Fossils

These delicate buggers are some of the rarest fossils that have bubbled up from the Tar Pits.
Los Angeles, California

Hollywood Sign

Hollywood's most famous landmark, the "temporary" sign that has stood for decades longer than intended.
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

San Francisco's Cable Car Museum

Not merely a museum – but a whirring powerhouse that offers a subterranean peek into the heart and soul of cable car operations.
San Francisco, California

The Tonga Room

Tiki luxury on Nob Hill.
Ely, England

Octagon Tower

A remarkable medieval structure born from a 14th-century disaster.
Lytham, England

Lytham Mussel Tanks

Once upon a time these giant concrete tanks were used by local fishermen to clean their wild-caught mussels.
Somosierra, Spain

Battle of Somosierra Memorial

A tiny church remembers the Polish cavalrymen who charged their way into a Napoleonic victory.
Bamburgh, England

Teak Ceiling at Bamburgh Castle

The medieval-looking hammer beam teak roof may be a Victorian vanity, but it's still absolutely magnificent.
East Sussex, England

Seven Sisters Cliffs

These stark white cliffs were spat up by the sea and are slowly being retaken by it.