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San Antonio, Texas

The Picasso Benches

Tile mosaics and quotes from Pablo Picasso add an artistic flair to these bus stop benches.
San Antonio, Texas

The Berlin Bear

The quirky gift from West Berlin for the 1968 World's Fair still stands in Hemisfair Park.
San Antonio, Texas

Alamo Cat Graves

Two small markers remember the Alamo's feline protectors.
San Antonio, Texas

Chris Park

A mother's mourning for her lost son is remembered in this small park embedded with his memory.
San Antonio, Texas

Rosita's Bridge

An ivy-covered arch bridge dedicated to Tejano music singer and legend Rosita Fernandez.
San Antonio, Texas

McNutt Sculpture Garden

This hidden sculpture garden full of Wild West art is one of San Antonio's best-kept secrets.
San Antonio, Texas

Mission San Jose

Three hundred years of preserved Spanish colonial history in San Antonio.
San Antonio, Texas

Buckhorn Saloon and Museum

A 131-year-old wunderkammer of Texan history.
San Antonio, Texas

The Quadrangle

An urban military fort filled with deer, rabbits, peacocks, and other birds.
Laredo, Texas

World Trade Bridge

The biggest drug trafficking passage between Mexico and the U.S.
Laredo, Texas

Republic of the Rio Grande Museum

Seven flags adorn this Texas museum, one for each of the powers that have ruled the area.
Washington, D.C.

Albert Einstein Bronze Statue

The beloved statue at the National Academy of Sciences is oh so inviting to sit on.
Sterling, Virginia

Dulles Airport Mobile Lounges

These unusual rooms on wheels are holdovers from the 1960s.
Arlington, Virginia

Reagan National Airport Bird Cannon

The system of air guns are fired off remotely to scare any trespassing avians.
Arlington, Virginia

Ronald Reagan National Airport's Historic Terminal A

The romance of early commercial flight still fills this Art Deco destination.
Arlington, Virginia

The Graves of Robert E. Lee's Garden

Soldiers were buried next to Lee's house in the center of Arlington Cemetery to dissuade the general from reclaiming his property after the war.
Alexandria, Virginia

South Boundary Stone of Washington, DC

America's first federal monument.
Arlington, Virginia

Headstone-Eating Trees

The rogue roots are gradually consuming some of the historic marble grave markers.
Arlington, Virginia

Rosslyn Metro Escalator

At 207 feet, one of the world's longest continuous escalators.
Arlington, Virginia

Dark Star Park

This unique historical monument features large concrete spheres designed to resemble fallen stars.
McLean, Virginia

CIA Museum

A secretive collection featuring objects that were designed specifically for U.S. intelligence operations.
Williamsburg, Virginia

President Heads

43 giant busts of U.S. presidents are sitting in a field in Virginia.
Fredericksburg, Virginia

Abandoned Virginia Renaissance Faire

The remains of a failed attempt at medieval nerdery are hidden deep in the woods of Virginia.
Ellicott City, Maryland

Enchanted Forest Theme Park

Remnants of a storybook amusement park hidden behind a strip mall.