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Chill forest
Santa Fe, New Mexico

House of Eternal Return

Immersive environment funded by George R.R. Martin is part haunted house, part choose-your-own-adventure, and part jungle gym.
35.6546, -105.9965
Drivers have to go 45 miles per hour to hear the song.
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Musical Highway

If drivers cross the rumble strip on this stretch of Route 66 at just the right speed it plays "America the Beautiful."
35.0708, -106.4175
Bourbon Street
Edmonton, Alberta

West Edmonton Mall

This massive mall has hundreds of shops, an amusement park, and a history of deadly amusement attractions.
53.5222, -113.6228
Prospect, Maine

Fort Knox State Historic Site

This 19th century granite fortification is one of the most well preserved forts in New England.
44.5662, -68.8024
Sargasso
North Atlantic Ocean

Sargasso Sea

The only sea in the world that has no land boundary.
34.3071, -66.2695
Ruby Falls.
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Ruby Falls

The mysterious wonder of an underground waterfall is illuminated by multicolored lights.
35.0191, -85.3394
Banff, Alberta

Banff Springs Hotel

Few other hotels can rival the grandeur of the Castle in the Rockies.
51.1644, -115.5619
Three levels of shopping stacked on top of one another, built above the world's largest underground aquarium, and centered around a full-blown indoor amusement park.
Bloomington, Minnesota

The Mall of America

Equal parts record-breaking temple to consumerism and bizarre fun park, it's more then you think it is...
44.8550, -93.2421
Mammoth Cave, Kentucky

Mammoth Cave

World's longest known cave.
37.2136, -86.1548
Petrified Wood
Holbrook, Arizona

Petrified Forest National Park

Discover fossils that are over 200 million years old in northeastern Arizona.
34.8158, -109.8649
Blue Mustang
Denver, Colorado

Blue Mustang

The Denver airport is guarded by a 32-foot-tall sculpture of a demonic horse.
39.8342, -104.6759
Custer, South Dakota

Crazy Horse Memorial

The world's largest mountain carving could fit all of Mount Rushmore inside it many times over.
43.8368, -103.6244
Hamer, South Carolina

South of the Border

I-95's Tijuana-style celebration of kitsch at the Carolina border.
34.4992, -79.3082
Wall, South Dakota

Wall Drug

The granddaddy of all tourist traps, built on ice water and jackalopes.
43.9933, -102.2418
The top of the Space Needle exemplifies Googie architecture. (Wikimedia Commons)
Seattle, Washington

Space Needle

Iconic symbol of the Pacific Northwest.
47.6201, -122.3484
"Neptune's Ride."
Thomaston, Maine

Maine State Prison Showroom

Trinkets and toys lovingly handmade by maximum security prisoners.
44.0776, -69.1915
Tourists flock to the buoy (Flickr/Turtle43)
Key West, Florida

Southernmost Point of the Continental U.S.

A monument celebrating the idea of reaching inaccessible places.
24.5465, -81.7975
View from the Cape Florida Light.
Key Biscayne, Florida

Stiltsville

Community of collapsing homes more than a mile out from the Florida coast.
25.6513, -80.1742
AMAFCA's tumbleweed snowman
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Tumbleweed Snowman

A nuisance most times of the year, Albuquerque found the perfect use for tumbleweeds at Christmastime.
35.1075, -106.6132
Bradbury Science Museum
Los Alamos, New Mexico

Bradbury Science Museum

This museum started as a collection of Manhattan Projects and continues to add exhibits as they are declassified.
35.8817, -106.2985
The De Anza Motor Lodge
Albuquerque, New Mexico

The De Anza Motor Lodge

This burnt out motel hides priceless Native American artwork in its basement.
35.0799, -106.5956
Nestled in the caves
Magdalena, New Mexico

Gila Cliff Dwellings

These ruins of a pre-Columbian cliff village are among the most beautiful and well preserved in New Mexico.
33.2238, -108.2428
Jemez Springs, New Mexico

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

A unique geological area spiked with wind-carved rocks that resemble teepees.
35.6567, -106.4111
Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua

Major tourist destination known for its bubbling mud-pools and hot thermal springs.
-38.1368, 176.2497