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Saugerties, New York

Opus 40

One man's swirling six-acre monument of stone.
Troy, New York

Grave of Uncle Sam

The original Uncle Sam was actually a New York meatpacker who is buried under this historic grave.
Haines Falls, New York

Kaaterskill Falls and the Bayard of Dogs

A stunning, two-tiered waterfall made famous by poets, artists and the legend of a ghost dog.
New York, New York

Evolution Nature Store

A terrific purveyor of natural history objects and curios.
Raleigh, North Carolina

Joel Lane House Museum

Eighteenth century house of the mysterious "Father of Raleigh."
Saratoga Springs, New York

Petrified Sea Garden

The first evidence of some of the Earth's earliest life was found in this fossilized undersea grotto.
McLean, Virginia

CIA Museum

This collection of artifacts from the history of the CIA is as secretive as the organization itself.
Fredericksburg, Virginia

Abandoned Virginia Renaissance Faire

The remains of a failed attempt at medieval nerdery are hidden deep in the woods of Virginia.
Richmond, Virginia

Egyptian Building

A convincing little bit of ancient Egypt smack dab in Richmond, Virginia.
Richmond, Virginia

James River Park Pipeline Walkway

Heron, whitewater rapids, and urban industrialism all add to the beauty of this concrete nature walk.
Staunton, Virginia

American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse

The only recreation of William Shakespeare's indoor playhouse.
Lexington, Virginia

Lee Chapel

This “shrine of the south” packs a controversial historical punch.
Lyndhurst, Virginia

Swannanoa Mansion

This historic mansion was built as a symbol of love between a husband and wife.
Faber, Virginia

The Monroe Institute

Take an otherworldly journey in a school dedicated to out-of-body experiences.
Boiceville, New York

Steve Heller's Fabulous Furniture (and Sculpture Garden)

Homemade rockets, dinosaurs, and robots make this New York small business much more than a furniture store.
Davidson, North Carolina

Homeless Jesus

The first statue of Christ sleeping on a bench in the United States confused its affluent parish.
Kershaw, South Carolina

Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve

Granite outcropping that the state's tourism bureau doesn't promote because of its delicate ecosystem.
Claremont, North Carolina

The Bunker Hill Covered Bridge

A historic covered bridge, possibly the last of its kind in the United States.
Danville, Virginia

AAF Tank Museum

This sprawling museum holds one man's giant collection of real tanks.
Southern Pines, North Carolina

Creation Museum, Taxidermy Hall of Fame, and Antique Tool Museum

A curious blend of taxidermy, antique tools, creationism, and a purported antediluvian rock.
Rougemont, North Carolina

Castle Mont Rouge

A sculptor's dream studio turned fantastical ruin.
Durham, North Carolina

Duke Lemur Center

This research center for rare prosimians is studying how they sleep to help prolong human life.
Mount Tremper, New York

Kaatskill Kaleidoscope

The world's largest kaleidoscope, designed by a 1960s psychedelic artist.
Sunderland, Massachusetts

The Buttonball Tree

This giant Massachusetts sycamore is said to hold the dubious distinction of being the "widest tree East of the Mississippi!"