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East Timor

Marobo Hot Springs

No one is quite sure of the origins of these idyllic natural hot springs at an abandoned mountain resort.
Lospalos, East Timor

Uma Lulik

These sacred totem houses connect the Fatakulu people with the spirits of their ancestors.
Orient, New York

Plum Island Animal Disease Center

A tiny islet just off Long Island offers a wealth of infectious curiosities.
Alnwick, England

Alnwick Poison Garden

The sign at the garden gate reads: "These Plants Can Kill."
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mütter Museum

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

Swing at the End of the World

A swing to dangle you off the very edge.
Sequoia National Park, California

General Sherman

Quite simply the largest tree in the world (by volume).
Edurudona, India

Thimmamma Marrimanu

The world's largest banyan tree is followed by a cult of worshipers.
Victoria Falls, Zambia

Devil's Swimming Pool

The world's highest and most dangerous infinity pool lies at the precipice of Victoria Falls.
Godalming, England

Witley Wonder Underwater Ballroom

The hidden "ballroom" under a mansion lake was built by a criminal who ate a cyanide pill during his trial.
Tateyama-machi, Japan

Snow Canyon

A massive wintry wall of snow up to 66 feet tall flanks a highway through Japan's mountains.
Islas Marietas, Mexico

Hidden Beach

A lovers' beach, tucked below the surface of the island, provides a safe haven for romance.
Provincia de Bongará, Peru

Yumbilla Falls

The world's fifth tallest waterfall is a spectacular silver chute of water that cuts through the cloud forest in northern Peru.
Windhoek, Namibia

The Gibeon Meteorites

A public display of prehistoric space rocks named for the Namibia village where they were found.
Monticello, Utah

Hole n" the Rock

A house carved into a rock in the 1940s.
Yamanouchi, Japan

Jigokudani Monkey Park

Hot springs monkey spa in the middle of Hell's Valley.
Isle of Staffa, Scotland

Fingal's Cave

This astonishingly geometric cave has inspired everyone from Jules Verne to Pink Floyd.
Page, Arizona

Horseshoe Bend

Dramatic river bend surrounds a natural red-rocked pedestal.
Turkmenistan

The Gates of Hell

A fiery crater has been burning in the Karakum Desert since 1971.
Antarctica

The Ceremonial South Pole

Naked scientists race around the pole in the frigid cold to try to join Antarctica's exclusive 300 Club.
Micronesia

Ghost Fleet of Truk Lagoon

Tropical paradise strewn with hundreds of World War II wrecks.
Micronesia

Nan Madol Ruins

The ruins of a South Pacific island city are spectacular and strange enough to have inspired H.P. Lovecraft.
Marshall Islands

Cactus Dome

An enormous concrete structure built over a nuclear crater.
Hayakawa, Japan

Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan

The oldest hotel in the world has been operated by the same family for over 1,300 years, even catering to samurai.