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Rome, Italy

Mussolini's Balcony

The spot where the fascist dictator made some of his most famous speeches including declaring war on Britain and France.
Rome, Italy

The Head of St. John the Baptist at San Silvestro in Capite

One of four skulls claiming to belong to the beheaded St. John the Baptist is on display at this Roman church.
Venice, Italy

Libreria Acqua Alta

This Venice bookstore has resigned itself to constant flooding by keeping its books in bathtubs and boats.
Gary, Indiana

City Methodist Church

This stunning gothic ruin was a casualty of the Indiana steel industry crash.
East Chicago, Indiana

Marktown Historic District

This old steel industry company town has a tradition of parking cars on the sidewalk so people can walk in the narrow streets.
Baltimore, Maryland

Vote Against Prohibition Sign

A faded sign from the 1920s remembers Baltimore's resistance toward banning alcohol.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia City Hall

This elaborate towering structure was once famed for its revolutionary height.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rocky Statue

Yo, Adrian!
Mill Run, Pennsylvania

Fallingwater

Frank Lloyd Wright's most iconic home dangles over a Pennsylvania waterfall.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Kaufmann's Clock

Meet your friends, marry your true love, or tell your enemies to kiss your butt under this historic Pittsburgh timepiece.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Allegheny County Belt System

Color-coded signs direct drivers on a network of routes designed to avoid Pittsburgh traffic.
New York, New York

Trinity Churchyard

This cemetery has graves dating back to the 17th century, including the city's oldest carved tombstone and an ominous cryptogram.
New York, New York

Brooklyn Bridge Love Locks

A popular European tradition makes its way to the states on one of America's most famous bridges.
Jersey City, New Jersey

Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital

Now abandoned, the first public health hospital in the U.S. saw more than one million immigrants from around the world.
Boston, Massachusetts

Bunker Hill Monument

This monument on Breed's Hill proves that one of the most famous battles of the Revolutionary War is misnamed.
Boston, Massachusetts

St. Stephen's Church

A centuries-old church stands as a testament to Boston's "father of architecture."
Boston, Massachusetts

Old North Church

The site of Paul Revere's historic two lantern warning.
Boston, Massachusetts

USS Constitution

Berthed at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston, "Old Ironsides" is the oldest commissioned warship still afloat.
Democratic Republic of the Congo

Virunga National Park

The most biologically diverse protected area in Africa is also the most dangerous.
San Simeon, California

Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery

This stretch of beach along California's central coast is a busy highway for the largest seal in the northern hemisphere.
Yosemite National Park, California

The Ahwahnee Hotel

The interior of The Shining's Overlook Hotel was based on this Yosemite original.
Wall, South Dakota

Wall Drug

The granddaddy of all tourist traps, built on ice water and jackalopes.
What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer

No one knows the origin of this small town’s unique name.
Pella, Iowa

Vermeer Windmill

An Iowa town celebrates its heritage with the tallest working Dutch windmill in North America.