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Alexandria, Virginia

Civil War Graffiti at Washington's Tomb

The tomb was guarded by soldiers from both sides of the war, and some left their initials carved in the brick.
Arlington, Virginia

Rosslyn Metro Escalator

At 207 feet, one of the world's longest continuous escalators.
Sunnyvale, California

WeirdStuff Warehouse

An Aladdin's cave of old Silicon Valley tech.
San Jose, California

Santana Row Chess Plaza

A giant chess set, minus the psychedelic drug trip.
San Jose, California

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

An extensive collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts and mummies.
San Jose, California

The Winchester Mystery House

A peculiar mansion built by the troubled heir to the Winchester gun fortune.
Ayelet HaShahar, Israel

Tel Hazor

A Biblically notable site over the ruins of an ancient city that is now a protected World Heritage site.
New York, New York

Spotlight on Broadway Map

The 28-foot granite map plots the locations of 40 theaters in New York City.
New York, New York

Statue of Liberty's Original Torch

Lady Liberty's first beacon of enlightenment is now displayed inside the Pedestal lobby.
San Francisco, California

Battery Chamberlin

Guns that have been defending San Francisco since 1904.
San Francisco, California

Palace of Fine Arts

The last remaining relic of San Francisco's glittering 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition.
San Francisco, California

Exploratorium

San Francisco's newly reopened hands-on science museum.
Brooklyn, New York

770 Eastern Parkway

Headquarters of the world's fourth largest Hasidic sect and the first of many "770s" around the world.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wanamaker Grand Court Organ

The sounds of the world's largest fully functioning pipe organ dazzle shoppers at a Philadelphia Macy's.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia City Hall

This elaborate towering structure was once famed for its revolutionary height.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wanamaker Building

The first American department store, and home to the largest operating musical instrument in the world.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mütter Museum

America's most famous museum of medical oddities, and home to the remains of Einstein's brain.
West Chester, Pennsylvania

Baldwin's Book Barn

This might just be the TARDIS of bookstores.
Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Sniff the Titan Arum's rotting flesh.
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Cats of Longwood Gardens

These lush botanical gardens employ the most purrfect pest control force.
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Longwood Gardens

This palatial botanical garden is home to one of the largest pipe organs ever installed in a private residence, and a piece of Wood's cycad.
Jerusalem, Israel

President's Room

On holy holidays, Israel's second president used this room atop Mount Zion as a refuge to read the Torah.
Tiberias, Israel

Zodiac Mosaic of Hammat Tiberias

The mosaic floor of a 4th-century synagogue features a pagan zodiac wheel alongside traditional images of a Torah ark and menorahs.
Be'er Sheva, Israel

Ein Avdat

A magical oasis in the middle of the Negev Desert.