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Marfa, Texas

Marfa Lights

Mysterious glowing orbs float through the desert night.
Marfa, Texas

Chinati Foundation

Minimalist modern art on a repurposed military base in rural Texas.
Valentine, Texas

Prada Marfa

A Prada store in the West Texas desert that is never open for business.
Solvang, California

OstrichLand USA

Get up close to emus and ostriches, or buy their tasty meat.
Hillsborough, California

The Flintstone House

A burnt orange monolithic dome structure perched on a hillside near Interstate 280.
Pescadero, California

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

A New England-style lighthouse along California's beautiful Highway 1 gets a re-do.
Baker, California

World's Largest Thermometer

This giant temperature attraction created some giant electric bills.
Liberty, New York

Ruins of Grossinger's Resort

This once luxurious Catskills resort is now a haunting ruin.
New York, New York

Museum of Sex

A semi-scholarly approach to sex.
New York, New York

Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

Celebrate Thanksgiving with pumpkin pie ice cream.
Boyers, Pennsylvania

Office of Personnel Management Retirement Operations Center

The aggressively banal name of this underground fortress of bureaucracy does little to evoke its truly surreal existence.
Fort Bragg, California

Glass Beach

A trash dump made beautiful by nature's power.
Inyo, California

Amargosa Opera House

Marta Becket's hand-painted theater in the desert.
Beatty, Nevada

Rhyolite's District of Shadows

A land of debatable treasure.
Beatty, Nevada

Rhyolite Ghost Town

Odd outsider art installations surround a Gold Rush era ghost town.
Inyo County, California

Harmony Borax Works

This crumbling Death Valley mining complex was known for its use of giant, 20-mule wagon teams.
Bloomington, Minnesota

The Mall of America

Equal parts record-breaking temple to consumerism and bizarre fun park, it's more then you think it is...
Blue Earth, Minnesota

Jolly Green Giant Statue

This massive roadside mascot was the first version of the giant to illustrate his butt.
Weehawken, New Jersey

Weehawken Dueling Grounds

The boulder on which Alexander Hamilton laid his head as he died can still be visited on the New Jersey coast.
Tomigusuku, Japan

Naval Underground Headquarters

Elaborate series of tunnels where traces of mass suicide are still visible.
Kyoto, Japan

Ryōan-ji

The quintessential Japanese rock garden has existed for more than 500 years.
Hiroshima, Japan

A-bomb Memorial

Peace Park and the A-bomb dome.
Hatsukaichi, Japan

Itsukushima Shrine

Japanese national treasure originally built in 593 CE.
Phela, Thailand

Phra Nang Cave

A phallic shrine to a princess goddess in Krabi, Thailand.