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Warp Drive
Sterling, Virginia

Warp Drive

This pun was simply waiting to come to life, and one defense contractor made it so.
39.0138, -77.4302
The reading room is a bookworms' paradise.
Washington, D.C.

Reading Room at the Folger Shakespeare Library

Home to a vast and influential collection of Shakespeareana.
38.8894, -77.0028
The MegaZapper.
Bellingham, Washington

SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention

An electrifying collection of gadgets and literature from the 16th through 20th centuries.
48.7513, -122.4803
Miami, Florida

Miami Jai-Alai

The timeworn "Yankee Stadium" of the fastest game in the world isn't going anywhere.
25.8082, -80.2564
1950s Brown Derby on Wilshire Boulevard.
Los Angeles, California

Brown Derby

Outposts of this restaurant chain were shaped like jaunty chapeaus.
34.0623, -118.2975
Dignity in August 2017.
Chamberlain, South Dakota

Dignity of Earth and Sky

A striking sculpture honoring the women of the Lakota and Dakota Nations.
43.7869, -99.3383
The building lit up at night.
Los Angeles, California

LAX Theme Building

This quirky UFO-shaped curiosity is often mistaken for the airport’s control tower.
33.9441, -118.4024
Devils Tower, Wyoming

Devils Tower

The first declared National Monument in the United States.
44.5904, -104.7147
Center of the Nation Monument
Belle Fourche, South Dakota

Center of the Nation Monument

Yes, this monument is aware that it is about 20 miles away from the actual center of the United States.
44.6744, -103.8527
Wall, South Dakota

Wall Drug

The granddaddy of all tourist traps, built on ice water and jackalopes.
43.9933, -102.2418
Vintage Postcard of the Ranch Store & Prairie Dog
Philip, South Dakota

Giant Prairie Dog

A 6 ton, 12 ft. tall concrete prairie dog, touted as the "world's largest."
43.8116, -101.9093
Rapid City, South Dakota

Cosmos Mystery Area

A place where the laws of nature seem to have gone completely berserk... but of course haven't.
43.9232, -103.4204
Custer, South Dakota

Crazy Horse Memorial

The world's largest mountain carving could fit all of Mount Rushmore inside it many times over.
43.8368, -103.6244
Second Beach.
Forks, Washington

Second Beach

A surreal landscape where fanged rocks rise from the ground and the ocean feels like a great mystery.
47.8852, -124.6207
Baker City’s salt lick statue.
Baker City, Oregon

The Great Salt Lick

A bronze replica of half-consumed salt lick honors a quirky town tradition.
44.7762, -117.8290
Bunkers looking North (I-84 view)
Hermiston, Oregon

Umatilla Chemical Depot

A stunning landscape with bunker after bunker of chemical weapons as far as the eye can see.
45.8082, -119.4001
Cape Foulweather. (Valleycat/Atlas Obscura)
Depoe Bay, Oregon

Cape Foulweather

First landing spot for James Cook on his voyage of discovery to the Sandwich Islands.
44.8084, -124.0632
Octopus Tree of Oregon
Tillamook, Oregon

Octopus Tree of Oregon

No one knows how this Pacific Northwest spruce tree came to have so many trunks.
45.4863, -123.9780
Center of the Universe manhole
Wallace, Idaho

Center of the Universe Manhole

The mayor made the declaration in 2004.
47.4731, -115.9250
Closeup of wagon tracks and hoofprints.
Orleans, Massachusetts

Nauset Beach

Centuries-old hoofprints and wagon tracks reveal themselves in the peat after a good winter storm.
41.7889, -69.9369
The Metallic Tower of Fourvière.
Lyon, France

Metallic Tower of Fourvière

Lyon's miniature version of the Eiffel Tower was built as a statement in support of French secularism.
45.7639, 4.8223
Exterior of the tavern.
Alexandria, Virginia

Gadsby's Tavern

This colonial tavern played host to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other famous early Americans.
38.8055, -77.0435
787 jet assembly.
Mukilteo, Washington

Future of Flight Aviation Center

A rare tour of a commercial jet assembly plant, held inside one of the largest buildings in the world.
47.9213, -122.2901
Monument to Antonio Canova.
Venice, Italy

Tomb of Antonio Canova

A sinister pyramid in the Frari contains the heart of the famous neoclassical sculptor.
45.4370, 12.3266