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Washington, D.C.

Blind Whino

A historic neighborhood church is reborn as a psychedelic arts collective.
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The carousel in summer months
Washington, D.C.

Carousel on the National Mall

Washington's iconic carousel has a nice piece of Civil Rights history.
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Washington Coliseum in 2006, seen from a MARC train.
Washington, D.C.

Washington Coliseum

A historic arena where The Beatles played their first concert in the U.S.
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The entrance to the Udvar-Hazy Center
Chantilly, Virginia

Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center

At Washington's Dulles Airport is a satellite museum (no pun intended) with three quarters of a million square feet of aircraft history.
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View from the Exhibit Hall looking into the waiting area.
Arlington, Virginia

Ronald Reagan National Airport's Historic Terminal A

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

Gravelly Point Park

This lovely picnic spot featuring thunderous jet landings is an aircraft spotter’s dream.
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Aerial view of Greenbelt, Maryland, 1939.
Greenbelt, Maryland

Greenbelt Historic District

A relic of FDR's brief foray into utopian urban planning.
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Mr. Trash Wheel, doing good work on a cloudy Baltimore day.
Baltimore, Maryland

Mr. Trash Wheel

This bug-eyed water wheel uses the power of the Sun to clean up Baltimore Harbor.
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Wheaton Station Escalator
Silver Spring, Maryland

Wheaton Station Escalator

The longest escalator in the Western Hemisphere takes over three minutes to ride down.
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Looking down the alley
Baltimore, Maryland

Graffiti Alley

A hidden alley in urban Baltimore is a haven for graffiti artists.
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Silver Spring, Maryland

National Park Seminary

The remains of a girls' boarding school in arresting decay.
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Young Skeletons
Silver Spring, Maryland

National Museum of Health and Medicine

An astounding collection of medical specimens, including bits of President Lincoln.
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Baltimore, Maryland

Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death

Eighteen miniature death-scene dioramas.
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Wall, South Dakota

Wall Drug

The granddaddy of all tourist traps, built on ice water and jackalopes.
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Custer, South Dakota

Crazy Horse Memorial

The world's largest mountain carving could fit all of Mount Rushmore inside it many times over.
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Key West, Florida

Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum

The former home of the Nobel Prize-winning American writer is now home to dozens of six-toed cats.
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The top of the Space Needle exemplifies Googie architecture. (Wikimedia Commons)
Seattle, Washington

Space Needle

Iconic symbol of the Pacific Northwest.
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Randyland, Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Randyland

Found art has transformed this Pittsburgh neighborhood into a psychedelic dream.
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General Sherman
Sequoia National Park, California

General Sherman

Quite simply the largest tree in the world (by volume).
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International Cryptozoology Museum
Portland, Maine

International Cryptozoology Museum

The world's only international cryptozoology museum is host to an unrivaled collection of cryptid specimens.
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New York, New York

The High Line

Elevated freight railway turned wildly successful urban park.
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Toledo, Ohio

Art Tatum Celebration Column

A 30-foot stack of piano keys memorializes one of the greatest keys players in jazz history.
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The lamps shine along Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California

Urban Light

Scores of vintage street lamps shine along L.A.’s Miracle Mile.
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Los Angeles, California

Watts Towers

America's most famous piece of self-built architecture.
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