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Inside the Arctic Club
Seattle, Washington

The Arctic Club

The historic bar where local ship captains, traders, and gold miners would come together to do business a century ago.
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Grouping of gravestones, Comet Lodge Cemetery.
Seattle, Washington

Comet Lodge Cemetery

The gravestones in this lost burial ground were bulldozed and replaced with houses and a dog park.
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The tower of books.
Washington, D.C.

Lincoln Book Tower

A three-story tower of books about Abraham Lincoln is one of the more unusual monuments to the president.
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The Fitzgerald house is the second one from the left.
Saint Paul, Minnesota

F. Scott Fitzgerald House

The home where a lovestruck Fitzgerald wrote his first published novel, "This Side of Paradise."
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The giant sequoia.
Seattle, Washington

Seattle's Giant Sequoia Tree

This grand old 80-foot sequoia towers above the buildings in the city’s retail center.
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Labor Temple
Seattle, Washington

Seattle Labor Temple

This historic hub for labor unions has survived the city's changing landscape.
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The sail of the USS Parche.
Bremerton, Washington

Sail of the USS Parche

The only surviving piece of a submarine said to be the most decorated vessel in U.S. history.
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Exterior of James Turrell Skyspace
Seattle, Washington

James Turrell Skyspace

An enclosed rotunda at the Henry Art Gallery in which viewers can look up and see the uninterrupted sky.
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The H-4 Hercules, aka "Spruce Goose."
McMinnville, Oregon

The Spruce Goose

The wooden airship was the largest flying boat ever built.
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Seattle, Washington

Montlake Spite House

This tiny home built on revenge appears to be scarcely wider than a Volkswagen.
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Seattle, Washington

Plymouth Pillars Park

The four tall pillars once marked the entrance of the historic Seattle church that fought for women's suffrage and civil rights.
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West Point Lighthouse at Fort Lawton (Discovery Park).
Seattle, Washington

Fort Lawton

This Puget Sound military post has a long, turbulent history as a gateway to the Pacific.
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The echoing X. (Photo via Waymarking.com)
Savannah, Georgia

Rousakis Plaza Echo Square

"X" marks the spot of an echo chamber in the middle of a plaza.
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The song of a sacred bird echoes up the stairs if you clap your hands.
Tinum, Mexico

Chichen Itza Chirp

Clap your hands at the base of the pyramid, and the song of a sacred Mayan bird will echo through the air.
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International
Jerome, Arizona

Gold King Mine Ghost Town

Once the product of an inexplicable gold strike, this ghost town is now home to one man and his love of classic machines.
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Jerome's Sliding Jail
Jerome, Arizona

Jerome's Sliding Jail

A Wild West jailhouse that slid down the mountainside.
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The Chapel has a commanding presence (Flickr/Nick Humphries)
Sedona, Arizona

Chapel of the Holy Cross

A spiritual vortex among the red rocks in Sedona.
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Montezuma Castle National Monument
Yavapai County, Arizona

Montezuma Castle

Ninety feet off the valley floor is an ancient dwelling put under protection of the U.S. government by Teddy Roosevelt.
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787 jet assembly.
Mukilteo, Washington

Future of Flight Aviation Center

A rare tour of a commercial jet assembly plant, held inside one of the largest buildings in the world.
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Graffiti from 1861.
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.
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Florence, Italy

Bronze Replica of Michelangelo’s David

A copy of the famous statue can be found in this Florence piazza, along with one of the most breathtaking views of the city below.
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Seattle, Washington

East Kong Yick Building at the Wing Luke Museum

A piece of Seattle’s historic Chinatown preserved inside a modern museum.
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Courtyard monument.
Las Vegas, Nevada

Bugsy Siegel Monument

An overlooked monument to the celebrity gangster who helped put the sin in Sin City.
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Allegorical figures for the Demidoff monument, Gipsoteca Bartolini.
Florence, Italy

Gipsoteca Bartolini

A slightly creepy gallery of plaster cast models in the same museum as Michelangelo's David.
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