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Rocky Ridge, Maryland

Loy's Station Covered Bridge

First built around 1848, this bridge was destroyed by arson, but original timbers are included in the replacement.
Thurmont, Maryland

Lawyer's Farm

This Maryland farm is known for its amazing corn mazes and its 30-foot junkbots.
Seoul, South Korea

Gyeonggyojang House

The headquarters of Korea’s provisional government later became the site of a prominent statesman's assassination.
Portsmouth, Virginia

Lightship Portsmouth Museum

A lightship turned museum, outfitted with artifacts from the vessel's past as part of the U.S. Lighthouse Service.
Milan, Italy

Cimitero di Guerra di Milano (Milan War Cemetery)

An American-English cemetery in the heart of Milan, with 421 allied soldiers died during World War II.
Chesapeake, Virginia

Great Bridge Lock

This environmental engineering marvel keeps salt water from the Elizabeth River.
Portsmouth, Virginia

Hog Island Lighthouse First Order Fresnel Lens

Get up close and personal at this Fresnel Lens.
Carlisle, Pennsylvania

U.S. Army War College Erased Names Plaque

Honorable ranks graduating from the prestigious Army War College work hard to maintain their high standards of honor and erase those who don't.
Washington, D.C.

Congressional Garbage Tunnel

The tunnel under the Capitol Building where Congress takes out its trash.
Washington, D.C.

Boy Scout Memorial

The innocent intentions of this monument are somewhat lost in the sculpture's muscled imagery.
Washington, D.C.

Organization of American States Building

The grand marble structure next to the White House is Andrew Carnegie's temple to Pan-American diplomacy.
Washington, D.C.

White House Helipad

Disks are rolled out onto the south lawn to absorb the impact of Marine One's wheels like giant coffee coasters.
Washington, D.C.

Walter Johnson Statue

This statue of one of baseball’s greatest pitchers looks like something out of a sci-fi horror movie.
Washington, D.C.

Clean Rivers Tunnel

An 18-mile-long tunnel for sewage waste will soon wind within the bowels of Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.

Potomac Park Flood Levee

This mysterious structure by the Washington Monument is a flood barrier designed to protect the White House against rising waters.
Washington, D.C.

Washington City Canal Outfall

A portal into the bricked up canal that runs through the heart of Washington D.C.
Washington, D.C.

Defense Intelligence Agency Museum

Amid the sprawling Defense Intelligence Agency Headquarters is one of the Smithsonian’s least accessible museums.
Washington, D.C.

NASA Full Scale Wind Tunnel Propeller

While most wind tunnels test scale models, the "Cave of Winds" was large enough for actual airplanes.
Washington, D.C.

Churchill and Mandela Call and Response

When it comes to handsignals (and colonialism) rock always beats scissors.
Washington, D.C.

Water Gate at the Watergate Complex

Before Nixon, "watergate" meant canals.
Washington, D.C.

The Cairo

This unacceptably tall building was the real reason for Washington, D.C.'s skyscraper ban.
Washington, D.C.

Holodomor Memorial

An easily overlooked memorial to a Ukrainian famine-genocide that killed over 4 million people.
Washington, D.C.

D.C.'s Underground Bald Cypress Fossils

Four bald cypress trees in Lafayette Square, across from the White House, mark the southern edge of a 100,000 year old cypress swamp.
Washington, D.C.

The Mary Surratt Boarding House

The house where John Wilkes Booth conspired with his co-conspirators.