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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Elfreth's Alley

This charming colonial alleyway is one of the oldest continuously used residential streets in the U.S.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Whitewashed mosque contains the world's largest carpet.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Masdar City

The world’s first zero carbon city is currently meeting less than 1% occupancy.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Burj Al Arab

A preposterously luxurious hotel with gold-plated iPads, Rolls Royce chauffeurs, and a staff that trains by watching "Downton Abbey."
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai Gold Souk

On any given day this sprawling market houses literally tons of government-regulated gold, gems, and precious metals.
Aguadilla Pueblo, Puerto Rico

Punta Borinquen Lighthouse Ruins

Mother Nature and years of neglect took their toll on this 19th-century lighthouse.
Craftsbury, Vermont

Witch Windows

According to the folklore, Vermont's slanted windows were installed to keep witches from flying into the house.
Skagway, Alaska

Arctic Brotherhood Hall

The facade of this relic from the Klondike gold rush is decorated with over 8,800 pieces of driftwood.
New York, New York

Dyckman Farmhouse

This Dutch Colonial home is the oldest remaining farmhouse in Manhattan.
Queens, New York

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery

The graveyard holds the remains of Irish immigrants who arrived in Queens after fleeing the Great Famine.
St. Petersburg, Florida

Jungle Prada Site

The site of a gold-digging conquistador's bloody landing in the Americas.
Titusville, Florida

NASA Vehicle Assembly Building

A building so large that it has its own weather.
Cape Canaveral, Florida

Launch Complex 34

This abandoned NASA launch site is now a memorial to a trio of astronauts who were killed there.
St. Augustine, Florida

The Ponce de León Hotel

A luxurious 1880s hotel with its fair share of Tiffany stained glass, Edison electricity, and of course, ghosts.
North Port, Florida

Warm Mineral Springs

This ancient sinkhole-turned-healing-pool is a treasure trove of archeological discoveries and may even be the Fountain of Youth.
Chiefland, Florida

Manatee Springs

Where manatees are the snowbird vacationers in these balmy Florida springs.
Natural Bridge, Virginia

Dinosaur Kingdom II

An alternate history park where the Union Army loses the war... to dinosaurs.
Fairfax, Virginia

National Firearms Museum

Collecting 700 years of mechanical death-dealing, the NRA's sprawling gun museum is a revealing testament to the American obsession with armament.
Elsie, Oregon

Camp 18 Restaurant

A logging-themed roadside restaurant surrounded by museum-quality machinery and artifacts from the industry's heyday.
Portland, Oregon

International Rose Test Garden

10,000 flowered plants bloom in the City of Roses.
Corvallis, Oregon

Corvallis Sidewalk Stamps

Contractors in this Oregon town have been stamping their names in sidewalks since 1908.
Portland, Oregon

Voodoo Doughnut and Wedding Chapel

The magic's in the hole!
Crater Lake, Oregon

Old Man of the Lake

A vertically floating hemlock controls the waves and weather at Crater Lake.
Mount Hood, Oregon

Mount Hood

Despite a legend that says this highest peak in Oregon was climbed in high heels scores of people have died on its slopes.