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Celebration, Florida

Mickey Pylon

Electrical pylon in the shape of Disney's beloved mouse.
28.3038, -81.5742
Cabins
Sodus, New York

Abandoned Girl Scout Camp at Beechwood State Park

A deteriorating 1990s Girl Scout camp in a beautiful lush park on Lake Ontario.
43.2637, -77.0315
Upside Down Traffic Light in Syracuse, New York.
Syracuse, New York

Upside-Down Traffic Signal

A reversed traffic signal that was once violently misinterpreted as a statement on British-Irish relations.
43.0466, -76.1856
Niagara Mohawk Building
Syracuse, New York

Niagara Mohawk Building

This Art Deco fortress in upstate New York gives Manhattan's vaunted examples of the style a run for their money.
43.0516, -76.1572
The wishbones of departed soldiers.
New York, New York

The Wishbones of McSorley's Old Ale House

Touching mementoes from those who didn't make it back from World War I still hang in one of New York's oldest bars.
40.7288, -73.9897
The glowing Times Square Ball as it rests today.
New York, New York

One Times Square

This historic address is home to the beloved ball and is an almost totally empty building among the most expensive real estate in the world.
40.7563, -73.9864
(WikiCommons)
New York, New York

Strawberry Fields Memorial

Central Park mosaic dedicated to John Lennon, groomed for years by a Beatles super-fan.
40.7756, -73.9747
New York, New York

Times Square Hum

A pedestrian island in the middle of world-famous Times Square emits a strange, and purposeful, humming noise.
40.7585, -73.9853
World's Largest Cross.
Effingham, Illinois

America's Largest Cross

Known as the "Cross At The Crossroads" this massive metal crucifix is just short enough to avoid the FAA.
39.0951, -88.5665
Chicago, Illinois

Garfield Park Conservatory

A green oasis in Chicago.
41.8865, -87.7178
McDonald's First Store Museum
Des Plaines, Illinois

McDonald's First Store Museum

Despite its name, this fast food museum is actually a replica of the ninth McDonald's store.
42.0461, -87.8861
The largest 24-karat gold plated object in existence.
Wadsworth, Illinois

Onan's Gold Pyramid House

A six-story-tall golden pyramid, surrounded by a moat.
42.4135, -87.9411
One of nine gardens
Wilmette, Illinois

Bahá'í Temple

The only Bahá'í house of worship in North America and one of only eight worldwide.
42.0744, -87.6842
Chicago, Illinois

Former Home of MTV’s “The Real World Chicago"

Location of the Real World's disastrous, and protested, eleventh season.
41.9106, -87.6764
Chicago, Illinois

Puerto Rican Flag Sculptures

Huge abstract sculptures of the Puerto Rican Flag.
41.9030, -87.6870
Essanay Studios
Chicago, Illinois

Essanay Studios

This landmark of the Chicago silent film industry may not be in the picture business anymore but it still stands proudly.
41.9721, -87.6633
Looking down the lobby
Chicago, Illinois

Palmer House Hilton

This historic hotel invented the chocolate brownie.
41.8803, -87.6269
Rock N Roll McDonald's and Museum
Chicago, Illinois

Rock N Roll McDonald's and Museum

The palatial McDonald's that inspired Wesley Willis.
41.8925, -87.6313
U-505
Chicago, Illinois

U-505

The unluckiest U-boat in the entire German fleet is now on display in a Chicago museum.
41.7906, -87.5831
Chicago, Illinois

The Wieners Circle

A hot dog stand where the heads are just as hot as the dogs.
41.9302, -87.6436
Chicago, Illinois

Hot Doug's

Hot Doug's "Hot Dog" Stand.
41.9321, -87.6976
As there are no street signs on Carroll Avenue, people spray paint both locations and overhead cross streets to keep others from getting lost
Chicago, Illinois

Carroll Avenue

A little-known subterranean street runs under some of the best-known buildings in Chicago's River North.
41.8885, -87.6325
Chicago, Illinois

The Empty Bottle

A beloved Chicago music venue offering cold beer and lots of “Friendly."
41.9004, -87.6868
Crown Fountain
Chicago, Illinois

Crown Fountain

The twin towers in this Chicago fountain use 50 foot tall video screens to spit on people.
41.8816, -87.6242