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Democratic Republic of the Congo

Nyiragongo Volcano

Mount Nyiragongo has erupted at least 34 times since 1882 & is home to the world's largest lava lake.
Puno, Peru

The Uros People of Lake Titicaca

The Uros people live on floating reed islands in lake Titicaca.
Saint Petersburg, Russia

Nelson's Courtyard

A surreal pile of colorful junk fills a small yard in an otherwise gray neighborhood.
Georgia

Uplistsikhe Cave Town

Ancient rock-hewn town that witnessed key events of Georgian history.
Aybak, Afghanistan

Stupa of Takht-e Rostam

Highly unusual subterranean stupa and adjacent cave monastery.
Jordan

Petra

An ancient capital city 3000 years old and harboring many surprises.
Uribante, Venezuela

The Drowned Church of Potosi

A town church once nearly submerged by the damming of a river is now hauntingly visible as the water recedes.
San Andrés Cholula, Mexico

The Great Pyramid of Cholula

An Aztec temple, the largest man-made pyramid in the world, sits buried in earth with a Spanish church set on top.
Hunedoara, Romania

Corvin Castle

This Romanian fairytale castle would make Dracula (who is said to have been imprisoned there) jealous.
London, England

Parkland Walk

Following the trail of an old metro line, this scenic path is haunted by a creepy spriggan statue.
Kunming, China

Shilin Stone Forest

270 million year-old forest of stone.
French Guiana

Devil's Island

An abandoned colonial French prison notorious for its hellish conditions.
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok Airplane Graveyard

Derelict airplane bodies serve as both home and income for three Thai families.
Sudogda, Russia

Muromtzevo Castle

Abandoned castle was once a grand example of Russian privilege, built exclusively to win a frivolous bet between noblemen.
Nevada

McFarthest Spot

The farthest you can be in the contiguous U.S. from a McDonald's location.
Libya

Waw an Namus

Surrounded by a smudge of dark earth, this isolated volcano sits in stark contrast to the surrounding Sahara.
Varese, Italy

Grand Hotel Campo dei Fiori

A once-luxurious, now abandoned hotel in the Italian Alps.
Nahariya, Israel

Akhzivland

The most peaceful "country" in the Middle East.
East Lothian, Scotland

Bass Rock

This tiny island is home to the world's largest colony of Northern gannets.
Bethesda, Maryland

Naval Surface Warfare Center

This massive swimming pool is the high tech home to the human-powered submarine races.
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya

An ancient stone fortress considered by many to be the eighth wonder of the world.
Anegada, British Virgin Islands

Anegada Conch Middens

A mountain of conch shells created by centuries of fishermen.
Boljetin, Serbia

Lepenski Vir

Stone age urban planning.
Rome, Italy

The Aventine Keyhole

Rome's semi-secret peephole vista is also a former Crusader stronghold.