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lilies blooming in September
Washington, D.C.

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

A lovely aquatic park built by a one-armed Civil War veteran who made a fortune from Lotus flowers.
38.9128, -76.9433
Bazaar
Baltimore, Maryland

Bazaar

Crammed into a Baltimore row house is an oddities shop that sells everything from skulls to dead insects.
39.3308, -76.6297
Entrance to the museum
Fort Meade, Maryland

National Cryptologic Museum

A priceless collection of the Nation's cryptologic history.
39.1117, -76.7711
Duke Lemur Center
Durham, North Carolina

Duke Lemur Center

This research center for rare prosimians is studying how they sleep to help prolong human life.
35.9993, -78.9640
How would you have positioned this statue?
Twickenham, England

The Naked Ladies

No one knows who created the statues or if they are arranged properly, let alone the artwork's real name.
51.4468, -0.3242
America's Most Wanted studio
Washington, D.C.

National Museum of Crime and Punishment

America's Most Wanted's set resides in this tribute to the history of crime and punishment.
38.8967, -77.0217
Aerial view of a "safety flared" intersection
Arlington, Virginia

George Washington Memorial Parkway

This isn't your average roadway—it's actually a National Park and a transportation pioneer.
38.8438, -77.0491
Edgar Allan Poe Museum
Richmond, Virginia

Edgar Allan Poe Museum

This museum devoted to the gothic author holds such interesting ephemera as his socks and walking stick.
37.5323, -77.4260
(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
The Rose Kennedy Rose Garden
Boston, Massachusetts

Rose Kennedy Rose Garden

An easy-to-miss garden in Boston's North End honors the mother of JFK and others who lost children in WWII.
42.3610, -71.0516
Boston, Massachusetts

Rainbow Swash

World's Largest Piece of Copyrighted Artwork.
42.3015, -71.0452
Boston, Massachusetts

Faneuil Hall Weathervane

An interesting decoration on this historic site, this weathervane comes with as many legends as it does questions.
42.3601, -71.0560
USS Constitution
Boston, Massachusetts

USS Constitution

Berthed near the end of the Freedom Trail in Boston, "Old Ironsides" is the oldest commissioned US Navy warship still afloat.
42.3727, -71.0531
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston's First Street

Historic Hull Street was actually the first street with a proper name in the Boston area.
42.3674, -71.0570
Boston, Massachusetts

Site of St. Anthony's Feast

Each August, one of the largest religious (and food) celebrations in the country is held in Boston.
42.3664, -71.0579
Boston, Massachusetts

Faneuil Hall

A former waterfront market is now in the center of town due to some interesting Boston engineering.
42.3600, -71.0562
Salada Tea Doors
Boston, Massachusetts

Salada Tea Doors

The history of the tea trade is told in bas-relief on this historic pair of Boston doors.
42.3497, -71.0716
Boston, Massachusetts

Hood Milk Bottle

Ice cream stand, snack bar, and time capsule of milk conveyance.
42.3517, -71.0502
The tea kettle at E Badger and Sons Cambridge, MA
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Tea Kettle

This massive tea kettle was once a promotional stunt for the Oriental Teashop.
42.3593, -71.0592
Many of the gravestones appear to be sinking into the ground
Boston, Massachusetts

Copp's Hill Burying Ground

This landmark cemetery in Boston was created more than 300 years ago.
42.3670, -71.0561
Boston, Massachusetts

Emperor's Garden Restaurant

Boston's Best Dim Sum Housed in a Grand Old Theater.
42.3515, -71.0628
One of the original torpedoes is still on display.
Alexandria, Virginia

Torpedo Factory Art Center

A former major munitions plant that has been converted into a sprawling art space.
38.8049, -77.0398
Mystery Hole
Ansted, West Virginia

Mystery Hole

The "mysteries" of this quintessential roadside oddity were almost destroyed by neglect but were saved by fans of kitschy wonder.
38.1240, -81.1411
Mothman Museum
Point Pleasant, West Virginia

Mothman Museum

A small storefront museum explores the history and myth of West Virginia's famous urban legend.
38.8428, -82.1386