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Cannon Beach, Oregon

Haystack Rock

A massive sea stack famous for its appearance in The Goonies.
45.9031, -123.9610
An aerial view of the rose garden.
Portland, Oregon

International Rose Test Garden

10,000 flowered plants bloom in the City of Roses.
45.5191, -122.7054
Toy horse tied to a sidewalk ring in Portland, Oregon.
Portland, Oregon

Portland Horse Rings

Tiny horses tethered to antique rings are scattered around the city.
45.5251, -122.6822
The salmon swimming through the building.
Portland, Oregon

Transcendence

A sculpture of a salmon swimming through a brick building.
45.5180, -122.6824
Over 100 selections baked fresh daily, including the Tex-Ass doughnut (center-right, for scale).
Portland, Oregon

Voodoo Doughnut and Wedding Chapel

The magic's in the hole!
45.5227, -122.6732
The bridge project was completed in 2011.
Madrid, Iowa

High Trestle Trail Bridge

Half a mile long and 13 stories high, the bridge over the Des Moines River Valley lights up the wide night vista.
41.8669, -93.8686
"Other Arts Follow" (Agricultural panel)
Ames, Iowa

Grant Wood Murals

The “American Gothic" artist's largest works hang in an Iowa State University library.
42.0279, -93.6481
Step right this way
Acarlar Köyü, Turkey

The Brothel Advertisement at Ephesus

Carvings in Turkey's Marble Road may have directed ancient Romans to a hidden brothel.
37.9394, 27.3410
Looking back on the road into the Park
Huallin, Peru

Huascarán National Park

The highest tropical mountain range in the world is in Central Peru, home to a vast array of exotic and quirky plants and animals.
-9.2267, -77.4470
The GPO at night
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin General Post Office

The modern birthplace of Irish freedom.
53.3493, -6.2611
Obelisk of Theodosius
Istanbul, Turkey

Obelisk of Theodosius

This remarkably well-preserved Egyptian plinth is pretty well traveled for a giant piece of stone.
41.0059, 28.9754
Kyteler's Inn today.
Kilkenny, Ireland

Kyteler's Inn

The oldest inn in Kilkenny was established by the first convicted witch in Ireland.
52.6532, -7.2532
Minneapolis Manhole Covers
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis Manhole Covers

Downtown Minneapolis mixed art and function by turning some of their sewer covers into works of art.
44.9833, -93.2667
Baraboo, Wisconsin

Circus World Museum

A large circus museum with summer performances.
43.4838, -89.7583
The six pack in 2008
La Crosse, Wisconsin

World's Largest Six-Pack

Giant six-pack could provide one person a six-pack a day for 3,351 years.
43.8025, -91.2530
Fiberglass Paul Bunyan and Blue
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum

The titular fictional logger only inhabits this otherwise historically focussed museum via a piece of fiberglass kitsch.
44.8070, -91.5210
The World's Tallest Concrete Gnome
Ames, Iowa

Elwood, The World's Tallest Concrete Gnome

Beating out all other concrete comers this massive garden feature's pointy hat has earned it a world record.
42.0114, -93.6381
The Mouth of Truth
Rome, Italy

The Mouth of Truth

The yawning maw of this pagan visage is said to bite off the hands of liars.
41.8888, 12.4816
Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls
Rome, Italy

Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls

One of Catholicism's four major basilicas has a series of papal portraits that are said to predict the end of the world.
41.8614, 12.4769
The street art of El Carmen, Valencia.
Valencia, Spain

El Carmen Street Art

Vibrant street art created with mixed media.
39.4745, -0.3710
The church's interior
Barcelona, Spain

Sagrada Família

Construction of Barcelona's iconic (but controversial) church is expected to be completed in 2026—a century after the death of its architect.
41.4036, 2.1744
Street view of Casa Batlló
Barcelona, Spain

Casa Batlló

One of Antoni Gaudi's most classic buildings is well-known for its "dragon-back" design.
41.3917, 2.1650
View of 'the wave.'
Gdańsk, Poland

Falowiec

Communist-era residential block is the longest residential building in Europe.
54.4092, 18.5966
A seemingly busy Gdansk Shipyard.
Gdańsk, Poland

Gdansk Shipyard

A floundering Polish shipyard was once the soul of the Solidarity movement that capsized communism.
54.3762, 18.6488