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San Diego, California

Fallen Star

This little blue house pokes out over the campus of UC San Diego, seven stories high.
DeKalb, Illinois

The Egyptian Theatre

This architectural stunner is one of the few surviving Egyptian Revival theaters in the U.S.
Springfield, Illinois

Proud Raven Totem Pole

Abraham Lincoln's likeness rests at the top of this giant totem pole.
Springfield, Illinois

Abraham Lincoln's Receiving Vault

The original vault that held the president's remains still stands, empty, not far from where he was finally buried.
Bartlett, Illinois

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Sanstha Mandir Chicago

This elaborate Hindu temple is located in a Chicago suburb, but looks like it was transported directly from India.
Saint Petersburg, Russia

Chizhik Pyzhik

Perhaps the tiniest sculpture in Saint Petersburg is a little bronze finch inspired by a song.
Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico

Echo Amphitheater

Natural sonic phenomenon comes with a grisly legend of murder and blood.
Belleville, Wisconsin

Stewart Tunnel Ice Formations

Every winter, the wind carves blocks of frozen water into beautiful abstract shapes inside this unusually curved tunnel.
Oslo, Norway

Viking Ship Museum

Home to three historic ships from the age of Vikings.
Brookfield, Illinois

Brookfield Zoo's Sinclair Dinosaur

It was originally part of a "terrible lizards" collection at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.
Beloit, Wisconsin

Angel Museum

The world’s largest collection of angel figurines includes 600 black angels donated by Oprah Winfrey.
Kansas City, Missouri

Treasures of the Steamboat Arabia

Two hundred tons of pioneer artifacts were painstakingly recovered from a shipwreck at the bottom of the Missouri River.
Springfield, Illinois

Lincoln Tomb

When you visit his grave, be sure to rub the Great Emancipator's nose for good luck.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

American Science & Surplus

Robots, Lasers, and Whoopee Cushions. Oh My!
Albuquerque, New Mexico

The De Anza Motor Lodge

This burnt out motel hides priceless Native American artwork in its basement.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee Art Museum

This striking art museum holds an amazing series of curiosity cabinets.
Chicago, Illinois

Tsavo Man Eaters

These pretty kitties killed and ate as many as 135 railway workers.
London, England

Twinings Tea Shop

A 300-year-old tea shop that brought tea to the English people, not to mention the Queen herself.
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Tumbleweed Snowman

A nuisance most times of the year, Albuquerque found the perfect use for tumbleweeds at Christmastime.
Collinsville, Illinois

Cahokia Mounds

Once one of the world's great cities, Cahokia was a place of religious worship, trade and mass human sacrifice before being mysteriously abandoned.
Melbourne, Australia

Coop's Shot Tower

This historic Melbourne bullet factory is fully encased in a massive glass and steel cone.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Spoonbridge and Cherry

A toweringly silly piece of modern art has been delighting locals since the 1980's.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis Manhole Covers

Downtown Minneapolis mixed art and function by turning some of their sewer covers into works of art.
United States / Canada

US-Canada Border Slash

The entire length of the US-Canada boundary is marked by a 20-foot-wide slash through the trees.