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Arlington, Virginia

Pentagon Hot Dog Stand

Rumor has it the hot dog stand was targeted by two Russian nuclear missiles.
Buffalo, New York

Shark Girl

The absurd creation is a compulsory destination for selfies in Buffalo.
New York, New York

Sakagura

More than 250 sakes are available in an izakaya hidden in the basement of a Midtown office building.
New York, New York

767 Third Avenue

A Manhattan office building is home to the world's largest chess board.
New York, New York

Frick Bowling Alley

Bowl in splendor, if you're lucky.
Queens, New York

Houdini's Grave

The final resting place of the great escape artist, where some still gather to wait for his escape from death.
New York, New York

Campbell Apartment

A very classy 1920s-era bar right in Grand Central Station.
Stockholm, Sweden

Vasa Museum

It houses the remains of a 17th-century version of the Titanic.
San Jose, California

Communications Hill Grand Staircase

This 252 step staircase offers stunning views of San Jose.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

‘Welcome to Cleveland’ Sign

This rooftop sign has been confusing Milwaukee-bound airline passengers for decades.
Tokyo, Japan

Book and Bed Hostel

If you forgot something to read during your trip to Tokyo, this hostel has you covered.
Etten-Leur, Netherlands

The Van Gogh Church

Stained-glass windows inspired by Vincent van Gogh's paintings decorate this church in the town where the artist's career began.
Aspen, Colorado

Conundrum Hot Springs

It takes a nine-mile hike to reach these hot springs, but weary hikers are rewarded with stunning views and a warm soak.
Sonoma, California

Location of the Microsoft Windows XP Default Wallpaper

The unedited photograph called "Bliss" has graced the screens of over a billion computers.
Petaluma, California

Rancho Obi-Wan

The largest Star Wars collection in the world is its own galaxy of collectibles.
Ukiah, California

City of 10,000 Buddhas

One of the largest Buddhist communities in the West sits on the site of an old hospital.
Montague, Massachusetts

The Montague Book Mill

Books you don’t need in a place you can’t find.
Queens, New York

Geographic Center of New York City

This mysterious marker puzzles pedestrians and infuriates geographers.
San Jose, California

Show Your Stripes

Anyone can control this glittery light installation with just a phone call.
Whitethorn, California

Enchanted Forest

A grove of "candelabra redwoods" deep in California's Lost Coast.
Tucson, Arizona

Hotel Congress

Sleep where gangsters fell amidst smoke and flame, with nary a bullethole to show for the legendary struggle.
Wilmington, Delaware

Winterthur

A blend of art, antiquities, and Americana fill this museum, surrounded by whimsical, enchanting gardens.
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

International Intellectual and Puzzle Museum

An institution dedicated to curiosity, logic, riddles, and Mongolia's long history of puzzles.
London, England

Rules

Classic game cookery takes center stage at what's widely considered London's oldest restaurant.