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Victoria, British Columbia

The Empress Hotel

This historic Victorian hotel has a scandalous history of affairs and murder.
White Rock, British Columbia

The Great White Rock

Bird dung painted this huge boulder which in turn inspired the name of a city.
Vancouver, British Columbia

Brock Commons Tallwood House

The "plyscraper" is the world's tallest building made predominantly out of wood.
Vancouver, British Columbia

Stanley Park

"Girl in a Wetsuit" is what happens when a sculptor has to find a way around a 100 year old copyright.
Vancouver, British Columbia

The Marine Building

This art deco masterpiece has stood in for some of the most famous buildings in comic book history.
Whittier, Alaska

Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel

Running under an entire mountain, the longest highway tunnel in North America is kept fresh using portal fans and jet fans.
Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Denali

The king of U.S. high points towers over every other peak on the continent.
Tây Ninh, Vietnam

Cao Dai Holy See

The lavish temple of the Cao Dai religion that includes Buddha, Mohammed, Joan of Arc, and Victor Hugo.
Xuân Trạch, Vietnam

Hang Son Doong

World's largest cave was only discovered in 1991, and now offers tours to the public.
Hanoi, Vietnam

Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre

Home of the unusual art of water puppetry, one of Vietnam's oldest curiosities.
Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

Ta Prohm

A battle between nature and architecture in the Cambodian jungle.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Cu Chi Tunnels

A nightmare for the claustrophobic lies hidden in Southeast Asia.
Huế, Vietnam

Thien Mu Pagoda

Giant pagoda houses the car that drove Thích Quảng Đức to his death by self-immolation.
Da Nang, Vietnam

Am Phu Cave

This Vietnamese hell cave lets visitors take a walk through a devilish underworld full of demons.
Aguas Calientes, Peru

Machu Picchu: The Lost City of The Inca

The intricate stonework of Machu Picchu serves as a testament to Incan engineers.
Aguas Calientes, Peru

Machu Picchu Discovery Plaques

It took 82 years and four different plaques to finally get the story right.
Urubamba, Peru

Wiñay Wayna

These steeply terraced ruins are a stop along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Urubamba, Peru

The Former Wiñay Wayna Pub

This is why we can't have nice things on the Incan Trail.
Ollantaytambo, Peru

Ollantaytambo Ruins

Preserved Inca city and site of the last Inca stronghold against the Spanish conquistadors.
Urubamba, Peru

Skylodge

Sleep in a glass pod dangling off a cliff.
Urubamba, Peru

Moray

Huge stone depressions which may have acted as an Incan agricultural experiment.
Maras, Peru

Salt Pans of Maras

This Peruvian canyon is filled with geometric salt pools that have been being harvested since the Incan empire.
Lima, Peru

Huaca Pucllana

This stone complex marks the urban center of a lost civilization.
Valentine, Texas

Prada Marfa

A Prada store in the West Texas desert that is never open for business.