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El Paso, Texas

Dave's Pawn Shop

A decades-old pawn shop featuring an extensive collection of oddities and bizarre trinkets.
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Spaceship UFO House

Also known as the Bug House, this terrestrial UFO is actually the residence and studio of architect Bart Prince.
Las Cruces, New Mexico

Recycled Roadrunner Statue

A 20-foot tall roadrunner constructed of discarded items watches over the I-10.
St. Augustine, Florida

Castillo de San Marcos

The walls of America's oldest masonry fort famously "swallowed" cannonballs.
Tampa, Florida

Tampa Theatre

One of the last of the great 1920s movie palaces is a Floridian Greco-Spanish-Persian dreamscape.
Gibsonton, Florida

Gibsonton, Florida

The snowbirds here are circus sideshow performers.
Safety Harbor, Florida

Whimzeyland

This home is decked out like a psychedelic explosion of colors and bowling balls.
Jekyll Island, Georgia

Driftwood Beach

Constant erosion has created a surreal landscape of bleached and preserved fallen trees in Georgia.
Norfolk, Virginia

Yellow Fever Park

One tiny triangular park commemorates the victims of a yellow fever epidemic—many of whom are buried right below the grass.
New York, New York

Indian Rhinoceros Diorama

An eerie diorama that captures the majestic nature of a few prehistoric-looking beasts.
New York, New York

Libyan Desert Diorama

This poignant display is now a memorial to these regionally extinct species.
New York, New York

Asiatic Leopard Diorama

One of the most dazzling dioramas at the American Museum of Natural History is also one of the oldest.
New York, New York

Scavenger Taxidermy Diorama

This morbid scene depicts the Darwinian drama of death on the African savannah.
New York, New York

Okapi Taxidermy Diorama

This impressive scene portrays the elusive forest giraffe of Central Africa.
New York, New York

African Elephants Diorama

This magnificent herd of stampeding elephants has been frozen in time for over a century.
Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn Battery Tunnel

The longest continuous underwater road in North America was built at the insistence of Franklin Roosevelt.
Brooklyn, New York

The Brooklyn Navy Yard

A decommissioned military complex that's now a modern industrial park.
New York, New York

Congee Village

Try not to fill up on duck blood, so you have room for live boiled shrimp.
Ercolano, Italy

Osservatorio Vesuviano (Vesuvius Observatory)

The oldest volcanology research center in the world.
Furore, Italy

Fiordo di Furore

A narrow opening between the mountains of the Amalfi Coast creates a scenic hidden beach.
Wiesbaden, Germany

Gebr. Stern GmbH's Giant Cuckoo Clock

This tremendous timepiece was once the largest cuckoo clock in the world.
Cologne, Germany

St. Petersglocke

The largest bell in the world has been swinging high above a Cologne cathedral for almost a century.
Cologne, Germany

Cologne's Love Locks Bridge

Thousands of tourists and residents in Cologne affix "love padlocks" on the Hohenzollernbrücke Bridge to symbolize their affections.
Genova, Italy

Genoa Cathedral

This cathedral hides a sculpted dog that determines your fate and an unexploded shell from World War II.