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Collinsville, Illinois

Illinois Woodhenge

Fresh wooden posts have been added to ancient holes to recreate a primitive henge clock.
Collinsville, Illinois

Cahokia Mounds

Once one of the world's great cities, Cahokia was a place of religious worship, trade and mass human sacrifice before being mysteriously abandoned.
Katoomba, Australia

The Giant Stairway

A massive stairway that almost wasn't leads to one of Australia's most scenic vistas.
Mysore, India

Mysore Palace

Modest by day, illuminated majestically at sunset.
Mahabalipuram, India

Krishna's Butter Ball

This precariously balanced boulder is said to be a hunk of stolen butter dropped by the gods.
Velha Goa, India

Body of St. Francis Xavier

Scholar, adventurer, saint, and instigator of the Goa Inquisition.
Kansas City, Missouri

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

The world's largest collection of fine-scale miniatures and one the nation's largest collections of antique toys.
St. Joseph, Missouri

The Pony Express National Historic Trail and Museum

The fastest mail service in the west is tracked and memorialized along this 1,400 mile trail.
Cleveland Heights, Ohio

James A. Garfield's Memorial and Tomb

The only presidential monument to display a late POTUS's actual casket.
Mansfield, Ohio

Ohio State Reformatory

Prison made famous by The Shawshank Redemption has been out of commission since 1990.
Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati Observatory

This humble star-gazing center touts itself as the "Birthplace of American Astronomy."
Birmingham, Alabama

Statue of Vulcan

A 56-foot tall statue of the god of fire looks out over Birmingham, Alabama.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Metairie Cemetery

New Orleans' famous cemetery, located on the site of a former race track.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Mardi Gras World

This float factory takes the mask off of Mardi Gras and lets visitors see where the magic happens.
New Orleans, Louisiana

National World War II Museum

Formerly known as National D-Day Museum, this collection commemorates the battles of Normandy and WWII.
New Orleans, Louisiana

The Sazerac Bar

This bar named after the world's first mixed cocktail was home to one of New Orleans' most notorious politicians.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Randyland

Found art has transformed this Pittsburgh neighborhood into a psychedelic dream.
Barnwell, South Carolina

Barnwell Sundial

The only free-standing, vertical sundial in the US was keeping standard time before it was even invented.
St. Helena Island, South Carolina

St. Helena Parish Chapel of Ease Ruins

The remains of a chapel created for convenience.
Beaufort, South Carolina

Kazoobie Kazoo Museum

This museum gives tribute to the underappreciated "Down-South Submarine."
San Francisco, California

San Francisco Columbarium

The restored and active Victorian-era final resting place of San Francisco.
Cincinnati, Ohio

The Cincinnati Mushroom House

What is it about mushrooms that makes people wish they lived inside of them?
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Curator's Office

A Borgesian work of art that may blur the line between fiction and reality a little too convincingly.
Cleveland Heights, Ohio

The Haserot Angel

The angel of death appears to weep black tears at this grave marker.