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Washington, D.C.

Uncle Beazley the Triceratops

A celebrity from the late Cretaceous period.
Washington, D.C.

U.S. Naval Observatory Master Clock

The most accurate timepiece in the world.
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

John Brown's Fort

The last holdout of a pre-Civil War rebel who took the matter of slavery into his own hands.
Chicago, Illinois

Palmer House Hilton

This historic hotel invented the chocolate brownie.
Lookout Mountain, Georgia

Rock City

A bizarre roadside attraction and the first instance of miniature golf in the world.
Stone Mountain, Georgia

Stone Mountain

A stately granite mountain that bears a Lost Cause-era monument.
Athens, Georgia

The Athens Double Barreled Cannon

After just one epic test blast, this literal loose cannon proved too explosive for combat.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mütter Museum

America's most famous museum of medical oddities, and home to the remains of Einstein's brain.
Annapolis, Maryland

John Paul Jones' Crypt

Rediscovered after a century, the father of the American Navy was reinterred in something dredged up from Davy Jones' Locker.
Alexandria, Virginia

The George Washington Masonic National Memorial

This stately building in Alexandria, Virginia was built by Freemasons to honor one of their most famous members.
Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta Cyclorama

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

The Tree That Owns Itself

A white oak with property rights.
Cleveland, Georgia

Babyland General Hospital: Cabbage Patch Kids

A museum and doll store featuring a surreal and super sanitized version of where babies come from.
Alexandria, Virginia

South Boundary Stone of Washington, DC

America's first federal monument.
Alexandria, Virginia

Torpedo Factory Art Center

A former major munitions plant that has been converted into a sprawling art space.
Arlington, Virginia

Rosslyn Metro Escalator

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

Martha, the Last Passenger Pigeon

The last known passenger pigeon, Martha's remains serve as a tool to educate about conservation.
Washington, D.C.

Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Vega

The "lovely red Vega" of the legendary record-settling pilot.
Washington, D.C.

National Museum of Crime and Punishment

America's Most Wanted's set resides in this tribute to the history of crime and punishment.
Washington, D.C.

International Spy Museum

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