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Portland, Oregon

The Grotto

A beautiful 62-acre Catholic shrine and botanical garden.
Florence, Italy

Vasari Corridor

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

Gipsoteca Bartolini

A slightly creepy gallery of plaster cast models in the same museum as Michelangelo's David.
Oxford, Mississippi

Rowan Oak

William Faulkner kept his beloved estate wild and untamed.
Clarksdale, Mississippi

Clarksdale Crossroads

Giant novelty guitars now mark the spot where Robert Johnson is said to have sold his soul to the devil.
Collinsville, Illinois

Cahokia Mounds

Once one of the world's great cities, Cahokia was a place of religious worship, trade and mass human sacrifice before being mysteriously abandoned.
Cairo, Illinois

Abandoned Town of Cairo, Illinois

A once-booming Mississippi River town with a history of racial violence is now eerie and mostly abandoned.
Memphis, Tennessee

Isaac Hayes' Gold-Plated Cadillac

The bad ass ride of a soul legend, housed in one of the world's few soul museums.
Nashville, Tennessee

United Record Pressing

When Motown musicians came to Nashville in the 1960s they stayed at this historic record press, because hotels wouldn't host them.
Nashville, Tennessee

Hermitage Hotel Men's Bathroom

This award-winning men's bathroom was just too beautiful to not allow women to see.
Nashville, Tennessee

Hatch Show Print

At 135 years old and counting, this historic print shop is heaven for poster nerds and music buffs.
Memphis, Tennessee

National Civil Rights Museum

The hotel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot now functions as a museum dedicated to his life's work.
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Ruby Falls

The mysterious wonder of an underground waterfall is illuminated by multicolored lights.
Memphis, Tennessee

Peabody Hotel Duck March

Every day a troupe of pampered water fowl walk the red carpet to their favorite fountain.
Nashville, Tennessee

Concrete Parthenon

This replica of the Greek structure is in the heart of Nashville.
Frankfort, Kentucky

Kentucky Floral Clock

This huge clock made of flowers and simple machinery was once used a political weapon.
Florence, Kentucky

Florence Y'all Water Tower

After a water tower painting was accused of being an ad, a simple fix was made that gave the city a motto.
Mammoth Cave, Kentucky

Mammoth Cave

The world's longest known cave system.
Williamsburg, Kentucky

Cumberland Falls State Park

Moonbows over Kentucky.
Cave City, Kentucky

Wigwam Village #2

One of the few surviving "Wigwam"-themed motels.
Cave City, Kentucky

Funtown Mountain

An abandoned theme park with a strange and tumultuous past.
Palmyra, Tennessee

E.T. Wickham Sculpture Trail

Crumbling Kennedys and a decaying Tecumseh are just some of the haunting remains of one man's cement art trail.
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France

Saint-Paul de Mausole

The mental institution where Van Gogh created some of his most famous work now allows guests to walk in the artist's footsteps.
Le Puy, France

Saint Michel d'Aiguilhe (St. Michael of the Needle)

A chapel on a volcanic core, marking the end of a successful journey.