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Chichen Itza, Mexico

El Caracol - The Observatory of Chichen Itza

No telescopes, no power, no gift shop—one of the world's oldest observatories takes astronomy back to basics.
20.6802, -88.5707
The descent of the snake god.
Chichen Itza, Mexico

Pyramid of Kukulcan at Chich'en Itza

Every equinox this Mayan pyramid puts on a spooky ancient light show.
20.6816, -88.5677
International Museum of Surgical Science
Chicago, Illinois

International Museum of Surgical Science

Museum dedicated to Surgical Science, and its assorted arts.
41.9101, -87.6268
Rock N Roll McDonald's and Museum
Chicago, Illinois

Rock N Roll McDonald's and Museum

The palatial McDonald's that inspired Wesley Willis.
41.8925, -87.6313
Crown Fountain
Chicago, Illinois

Crown Fountain

The twin towers in this Chicago fountain use 50 foot tall video screens to spit on people.
41.8816, -87.6242
Chicago, Illinois

Willis Tower Glass Platform

Four glass boxes hover over 1,000 feet in the air to give visitors an unparalleled view of Chicago.
41.8789, -87.6363
Scotty's Castle at Sunset
Inyo, California

Scotty's Castle

Abandoned Jazz Age Dream Home and Con Man's Hide-Out in Death Valley Desert.
37.0323, -117.3410
Devil's Hole
Amargosa Valley, Nevada

Devil's Hole

Water of undetermined depth that attracted rare fish and cult leaders alike.
36.4252, -116.2909
Inyo, California

Amargosa Opera House

Marta Becket's hand-painted theater in the desert.
36.3014, -116.4144
Inyo, California

Devils Golf Course Landscape

"Only the devil could play golf here."
36.2201, -116.8817
Badwater Basin
Inyo County, California

Badwater Basin

The lowest point in North America is home to an undrinkable pool surrounded by fields of geometric salt flats.
36.2503, -116.8258
Homes inside the Viking village set.
Höfn, Iceland

Viking Village Film Set

This replica Viking village was created for a film that was never shot and is now open to visitors.
64.2500, -15.2083
Blue Lagoon
Grindavík, Iceland

Blue Lagoon

Medicinal spa created with the discharge from a geothermal energy plant.
63.8801, -22.4494
(Flickr/Surf Cologic)
Iceland

Jokulsárlón

Iceland's largest lagoon is home to stunning multi-colored icebergs.
64.0736, -16.2048
Hallgrimskirkja
Reykjavik, Iceland

Hallgrimskirkja

The tallest building in Iceland, and certainly one of the most visually impressive.
64.1417, -21.9266
Gljúfrafoss, Iceland
Iceland

Gljúfrafoss

This fantastical waterfall is hidden in a cave located in a cracked cliff.
63.6213, -19.9881
Original Edgar Cayce hospital.
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Edgar Cayce A.R.E. Library

Headquarters of the legendary clairvoyant's readings, spiritual hospital, and massage school.
36.8928, -75.9899