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Glass House
New Canaan, Connecticut

Glass House

Home of Philip Johnson, one of the 20th century's most influential architects.
41.1463, -73.4968
The entrance of Frank Lloyd Wright's V.C. Morris Shop, a precedent for the Guggenheim. (Wikimedia Commons)
San Francisco, California

V. C. Morris Gift Shop

Early prototype for Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim (Closed for the time being.).
37.7883, -122.4059
(Flickr/dbking)
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado

Cadet Chapel

Air Force Academy Chapel made of 100 identical tetrahedrons works to inspire those of all religions.
39.0080, -104.8903
Ajanta, India

Ajanta Caves

Rock-cut cave complex filled with ancient Buddhist artwork.
20.5329, 75.7502
(Flickr/meckert75)
Simpson Bay, Saint Martin

Maho Beach

Commercial airplanes land mere feet over the heads of sunbathing beachgoers on this tiny island.
18.0401, -63.1209
Sunrise at the Queens panorama
Queens, New York

A Panorama View of New York City

A 9,335 square foot architectural model of the entire New York City.
40.7459, -73.8467
San Francisco, California

Secret Tiled Staircase

An artsy hidden staircase leads to breathtaking views of San Francisco.
37.7563, -122.4735
Verul, India

Ellora Caves

This complex of vertically-excavated Buddhist, Jain, and Hindu monolithic temples in India's Maharashtra providence illustrates a spirit of tolerance characteristic of ancient India.
20.0229, 75.1792
Caravansary of Joy, designed by Lloyd Wright
Joshua Tree, California

Institute of Mentalphysics

Located on 420 acres in the high desert, spiritual center dedicated to the "science of the future."
34.1349, -116.3608
Underground Cathedral (Flickr/magro kr)
Wieliczka, Poland

Wieliczka Salt Mine

An underground city of salt.
49.9830, 20.0557
Seattle, Washington

Smith Tower Penthouse

42nd story Pyramid shaped penthouse tops Seattle's oldest skyscraper.
47.6018, -122.3321
Tucker's Treehouse
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Tucker's Treehouse

A treehouse assailed by the elements and the government, now gone.
44.9488, -93.3409
Queens, New York

The Noguchi Museum

A self-made museum in Queens, New York continues to display the work of a sculptor known for paving his own way.
40.7668, -73.9381
Santa Monica, California

Frank Gehry Residence

Perhaps the most unique of any Frank Gehry design for one simple reason: Gehry himself actually lives here.
34.0352, -118.4848
Ironbridge, England

The Iron Bridge

This bridge is the first to be made entirely from iron, but designed like it was still made of wood.
52.6272, -2.4855
Cardiff, Wales

The Arab Room at Cardiff Castle

A harem-inspired Moorish fantasy design in a Victorian-era Welsh castle.
51.4818, -3.1822
Palace of the Winds.
Jaipur, India

Palace of Winds

The 953 windows undoubtedly make this the world's most beautiful screened porch.
26.9124, 75.7873
The Red Castle, built for beauty on the ruins of a 13th century fortification.
Tongwynlais, Wales

Castell Coch - The Red Castle

High Victorian fantasy created a fairytale castle out of a ruined fortress in Wales.
51.5358, -3.2546
Detroit, Michigan

The Caryatids of Book Tower

38-story baroque tower reflecting Detroit's rise, fall, and possible rise again.
42.3335, -83.0514
Chittorgarh, India

Hill Forts of Rajasthan

A complex of six forts embedded in the Rajasthan hills.
24.8835, 74.6461
Las Vegas, Nevada

Neon Boneyard

Neon icons of Las Vegas.
36.1770, -115.1353
The sign welcoming visitors to the Red Rock National Conservation Area.
Las Vegas, Nevada

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Dyed by iron oxide over centuries, these sandstone rocks rise thousands of feet into the sky.
36.1357, -115.4279
Entryway to the museum.
Las Vegas, Nevada

National Atomic Testing Museum

Stepping away from the glitz of mobsters and casinos to learn about the other history of Vegas.
36.1141, -115.1484
Marble Palace
Kolkata, India

Marble Palace

This lavish estate recalls the opulent history of Calcutta.
22.5828, 88.3604