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Nashville, Tennessee

Concrete Parthenon

"Athens of the South."
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The proud legacy of Don Juan Ponce de Leon.
St. Augustine, Florida

The Fountain of Youth

A tribute to Ponce de Leon's supposed quest for eternal youth.
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One of the two completed sections for the Barge Canal.
Palatka, Florida

Cross Florida Barge Canal

Public works and national defense project meant to carve a canal all the way across the state of Florida.
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A Pistol Shrimp
Sanibel, Florida

Pistol Shrimp of Ding Darling

Just below the surface, shrimp are producing temperatures hotter than the sun.
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Sarasota, Florida

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

A Circus legend leaves an unexpected endowment.
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Typical "krewe" during the parade.
Tampa, Florida

Gasparilla Pirate Festival

Like Mardi Gras, only everyone's a pirate.
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The memorial sign.
St. Petersburg, Florida

Jungle Prada Site

The site of a gold digging conquistador's bloody landing in the Americas.
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Atlanta, Georgia

The Krog Street Tunnel

An underground magnet for ever-changing street art.
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Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta Cyclorama

The Battle of Atlanta in 360 degrees, featuring Clark Gable as a corpse.
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storefront, front view
Atlanta, Georgia

Junkman's Daughter

A purveyor of unusual items located in the center of Atlanta, Georgia.
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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Atlanta
Lilburn, Georgia

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Atlanta

This intricate Hindu temple is the largest of its kind outside of India itself and was constructed like a giant puzzle.
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The Big Chicken
Marietta, Georgia

Big Chicken

This abstract roadside poultry was saved from demolition by outraged drivers and pilots.
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Cordele, Georgia

Titan I Missile

A real (but thankfully not live) missile stands tall as a monument to the United States military in the small town of Cordele.
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Leslie, Georgia

Georgia Rural Telephone Museum

Oldest and rarest examples of telecommunication in the world.
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Mexico City, Mexico

Chapultepec Castle

The only castle in North America to ever house actual sovereigns.
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(Flickr/Juan Barrios)
Mexico City, Mexico

Soumaya Museum

66,000 pieces of art, donated by one of the world's richest men.
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Viewing windows in the lock.
Seattle, Washington

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

Allowing humans and fish alike to migrate from freshwater to saltwater and back again.
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Some of the interesting flora in the garden.
Seattle, Washington

Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Gardens

A young botanist's horticultural vision realized through a lifetime of planting, tending, and collecting seeds.
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Seattle, Washington

Lenin Statue of Fremont

Statue of Lenin, from Cold War era Czechoslovakia, now in a neighborhood of Seattle.
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Seattle, Washington

Fremont Troll

A giant Troll lurks under a Seattle bridge overpass.
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The Rosslyn Metro escalator. (Steven Cohen/Atlas Obscura)
Arlington, Virginia

Rosslyn Metro Escalator

At 207 feet, one of the world's longest continuous escalators.
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Washington, D.C.

National Capitol Columns

The United States Capitol's former columns still stand.
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Washington, D.C.

Palace of Wonders

Bar full of oddities, specimens, artifacts and homages to the great dime museums of the past.
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Espionage Tools
Washington, D.C.

International Spy Museum

“They say you're judged by the strength of your enemies”—James Bond, Quantum of Solace.
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