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Birmingham, Alabama

Sloss Furnaces

Once one of the largest producers of pig iron in the world.
33.5205, -86.7916
St. Louis' Old Courthouse was the scene of the Dred Scott Decision, which served as a catalyst in the eradication of slavery in the United States.
St. Louis, Missouri

Old St. Louis County Courthouse

The Old Courthouse takes visitors on a captivating trip through St. Louis' timeline.
38.6249, -90.1863
Timewheel
Budapest, Hungary

Timewheel

Possibly the world's largest hourglass only needs to be reset every New Year's Eve.
47.5128, 19.0805
The Top - Moro Rock at Sequoia National Park
Three Rivers, California

Moro Rock

400 granite steps were built into this massive rock by the National Park Service.
36.5442, -118.7652
Digging out a mine from years of overgrowth, preparing for work on the park. (Red Mountain Park)
Birmingham, Alabama

Red Mountain Park

1500-acre development hopes to be the Central Park of the south.
33.4445, -86.8614
Birmingham, Alabama

Statue of Vulcan

A 58-foot tall statue of the god of fire looks out over Birmingham, Alabama.
33.4918, -86.7955
The Rosslyn Metro escalator. (Steven Cohen/Atlas Obscura)
Arlington, Virginia

Rosslyn Metro Escalator

At 207 feet, one of the world's longest continuous escalators.
38.8959, -77.0715
Washington, D.C.

International Spy Museum

“They say you're judged by the strength of your enemies”—James Bond, Quantum of Solace.
38.8969, -77.0235
Lake Bled. (Wikimedia Commons)
Bled, Slovenia

Bled Island and Castle

This one-time health resort was used by aristocrats around the world.
46.3632, 14.0899
Washington, D.C.

Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Vega

The "lovely red Vega" of the legendary record-settling pilot.
38.8879, -77.0200
The stairs at night
Washington, D.C.

The Exorcist Stairs

Site of the climactic scene from The Exorcist.
38.9055, -77.0702
Darth Vader grotesque on the northwest tower of the Washington National Cathedral.
Washington, D.C.

Darth Vader Grotesque at the Washington National Cathedral

The sci-fi villain is a little known inhabitant of the Washington National Cathedral.
38.9304, -77.0716
The moon rock is located in the center of the red planet in the Space Window's upper half
Washington, D.C.

Space Window at the Washington National Cathedral

A tiny piece of the moon is embedded in this stained glass masterpiece.
38.9311, -77.0716
Wheaton Station Escalator
Silver Spring, Maryland

Wheaton Station Escalator

The longest escalator in the Western Hemisphere takes over three minutes to ride down.
39.0384, -77.0507
General Sherman
Sequoia National Park, California

General Sherman

Quite simply the largest tree in the world (by volume).
36.5817, -118.7514
Working People's Cultural Palace
Beijing, China

Working People's Cultural Palace

This smaller cousin of the Forbidden City has gone from ancestral sacrifice to tourist's whispers.
39.9137, 116.3982
The Forbidden City
Beijing, China

The Forbidden City

The most famous location in China was home to whole dynasties worth of imperial rulers.
39.9225, 116.3968
View of Shanghai and the Oriental Pearl Tower
Shanghai, China

Oriental Pearl Tower

The once highest point in China blends symbolic design with a kick of adrenaline.
31.2420, 121.4950
The Rainbow Hall
Lookout Mountain, Georgia

Rock City

A bizarre roadside attraction and the first instance of miniature golf in the world.
34.9740, -85.3504
Climbing the Lookout Mountain Incline
Lookout Mountain, Tennessee

Lookout Mountain Incline Railway

This funicular railway rumbles along for a mile up the nearly vertical face of Chattanooga’s Lookout Mountain.
35.0060, -85.3429
Puppy at its permanent location in Aguirre plaza outside the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum.
Bilbao, Spain

Jeff Koons' Puppy

Giant topiary dog once played a role in a terrorist bomb plot.
43.2743, -2.9337
The Citadella
Budapest, Hungary

The Citadella

From Austrians to Nazis to Soviets, this historic Budapest fortress has a history as complex as the city itself.
47.4869, 19.0466
Columbo Statue
Budapest, Hungary

Columbo Statue

Uh, pardon me, ma'am, but I couldn't help noticing that there's a Columbo statue in the middle of Budapest.
47.5126, 19.0489
Shoes on the Danube
Budapest, Hungary

Shoes on the Danube Promenade

A trail of iron footwear stands as a monument to the thousands executed along this riverbank during WWII.
47.5040, 19.0448