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Stones and Henge, respectively.
Wiltshire, England

Stonehenge World Heritage Site

Famously misunderstood wonder of the ancient world.
51.1797, -1.8265
Einstein's Brain Slides
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mütter Museum

America's most famous museum of medical oddities, and home to the remains of Einstein's brain.
39.9535, -75.1768
A view of City Hall from below. (Photo:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia City Hall

This elaborate towering structure was once famed for its revolutionary height.
39.9541, -75.1644
Elfreth's Alley in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Elfreth's Alley

This charming colonial alleyway is one of the oldest continuously used residential streets in the U.S.
39.9528, -75.1424
The Peacock Room.
Washington, D.C.

Peacock Room

This stunning blue and gold room changed cities twice before becoming part of the Smithsonian.
38.8880, -77.0264
Tehachapi Wind Farm
Tehachapi, California

Tehachapi Wind Farm

Thousands of turbines whir at at the origin of North American wind power.
35.1681, -118.4737
The RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach Harbor.
Long Beach, California

The RMS Queen Mary

The awe-inspiring ship from the golden era of cruising has an incomparable history and a reputation as one of the world’s most haunted places.
33.7528, -118.1897
Looking at the town of Lake Los Angeles from atop the butte
Lake Los Angeles, California

Lake Los Angeles

A dry lake is what remains of a community founded on a real estate scam.
34.6042, -117.8266
The banded, colorful cliffs
Nevada City, California

Malakoff Diggins

The beauty and the beast of hydraulic mining is on full display at this California Historic State Park.
39.3680, -120.8993
Winters, California

The Lonely Parking Meter

The only parking meter in the entire town, it is surrounded by 100 free spaces.
38.5216, -121.9699
The gym
Los Angeles, California

Muscle Beach

An historic and oft-filmed spot for musclebound iron pumpers on the Pacific coast.
33.9854, -118.4727
Original floor level
Sacramento, California

Sacramento's Original Street Level

The California capital city once stood 10 feet lower than it does today.
38.5835, -121.5038
William Randolph Hearst's private castle.
San Simeon, California

Hearst Castle

The unbelievably opulent home built for an infamous newspaperman.
35.6501, -121.1866
Two Princes Staircase in the White Tower.
London, England

Two Princes Staircase

Richard III supposedly disposed of his nephews' bodies here in an effort to seal his claim to the throne.
51.5081, -0.0781
Juliet's balcony
Verona, Italy

Juliet's Balcony

Pilgrimage site for star-crossed lovers.
45.4418, 10.9984
Medieval torture devices including a maiden on the right.
San Gimignano, Italy

The Museum of Medieval Torture

Medieval torture techniques with a modern conscience.
43.4648, 11.0426
St. Catherine of Siena's Severed Head
Siena, Italy

St. Catherine of Siena's Severed Head

A dismembered holy head stares out from her beautiful reliquary at the St. Dominic Basilica.
43.3247, 11.3330
Peggy Guggenheim and her dogs' graves.
Venice, Italy

Peggy Guggenheim's Grave

The only museum with its curator—and her pets—buried inside.
45.4308, 12.3315
Vasari Corridor
Florence, Italy

Vasari Corridor

This private skyway is filled with art and was expanded explicitly so that Hitler could appreciate a river.
43.7710, 11.2480
Florence, Italy

Ospedale degli Innocenti (Hospital of the Innocents)

Renaissance hospital featuring a rotating door into which unwanted babies were dropped.
43.7763, 11.2612
Il Porcellino
Florence, Italy

Il Porcellino

This bronze boar's snout has been rubbed to a golden sheen by visitors seeking good fortune.
43.7699, 11.2542
Buontalenti Grotto. (61736507/Flickr)
Florence, Italy

Buontalenti Grotta

A large grotto built in the 16th century amidst Florence's famous Boboli gardens.
43.7661, 11.2523
Studiolo Francesco I de’ Medici. (61736507/Flickr)
Florence, Italy

Studiolo Francesco I de’ Medici

Secret refuge and museum of the Duke of Florence.
43.7695, 11.2556
Michelangelo doodles better than you do
Florence, Italy

Michelangelo's Hidden Drawings

The doodles of a genius line the walls of a secret room under the Medici Chapel.
43.7751, 11.2534