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The cave from the front.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Cave of Kelpius

Here, “The Society of the Woman of the Wilderness," America's first doomsday cult, awaited the end of the world.
40.0238, -75.2016
Section of the restored Cliff Walk
Newport, Rhode Island

Newport Cliff Walk

Three and a half miles of cliffs, rocky beaches, Gilded Age mansions and 40 Steps to nowhere in particular
41.4851, -71.2976
Fetal whale skeleton
New Bedford, Massachusetts

The Oozing Whale Skeleton of New Bedford

For 20 years, this whale skeleton has been slowly dripping oil on the floor of the museum where it hangs.
41.6355, -70.9231
Seaman's Bethel
New Bedford, Massachusetts

Seamen's Bethel

Built to bless whalers before their voyages, this Massachusetts church now features a ship-shaped pulpit
41.6352, -70.9235
Providence, Rhode Island

John Hay Library

Books bound in human skin and H. P. Lovecraft's letters are among a few of the treasures this library has to offer
41.8259, -71.4046
The main reading room of the Athenaeum.
Providence, Rhode Island

Providence Athenaeum

A 19th century library favored by Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, known by locals as "the Ath."
41.8258, -71.4063
Woodrow Wilson Bridge
Fort Washington, Maryland

Woodrow Wilson Bridge

This rare triple-jurisdiction drawbridge passes through Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
38.7934, -77.0317
Edgar Allan Poe Museum
Richmond, Virginia

Edgar Allan Poe Museum

This museum devoted to the gothic author holds such interesting ephemera as his socks and walking stick
37.5323, -77.4260
Shockoe Hill Cemetery
Richmond, Virginia

Shockoe Hill Cemetery

Within this lovely Richmond cemetery lie the remains of some of Edgar Allan Poe's most beloved family and friends.
37.5514, -77.4279
A Union soldier in the jaws of a dinosaur.
Natural Bridge, Virginia

Dinosaur Kingdom II

An alternate history park where the Union Army loses the war... to dinosaurs.
37.6490, -79.5248
Statue of Franz Kafka with headphones for size comparison.
Prague, Czechia

Statue of Franz Kafka

A surreal statue honoring Prague's favorite literary son.
50.0901, 14.4207
The Bonaventure Jogger.
Savannah, Georgia

The Bonaventure Jogger

An eerie smiling woman looms above the granite tombstones.
32.0440, -81.0471
The Paste Eater's grave in Goldfield Pioneer Cemetery.
Goldfield, Nevada

Paste Eater's Grave

Eulogizing an unknown man's unusual demise.
37.7161, -117.2520
Overlooking New York Harbor.
Brooklyn, New York

Green-Wood Cemetery

A Victorian cemetery in the heart of Brooklyn remains a popular mecca of morbid curiosity.
40.6590, -73.9956
People place pennies on the blank headstone.
Baltimore, Maryland

Grave of John Wilkes Booth

A blank headstone topped with a pile of pennies marks the final resting place of the infamous assassin.
39.3070, -76.6085
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
38.9115, -77.4442
Ruins of the Eyrie House
Holyoke, Massachusetts

Eyrie House Ruins

The walkable ruins of an 18th century hotel, destroyed in a horse cremation gone wrong
42.2802, -72.6205
The cliffs at Calvert Cliffs State Park
Lusby, Maryland

Calvert Cliffs State Park

Captain John Smith thought these cliffs were amazing in 1608 but sharks thought so 20 million years before him
38.3583, -76.4390
The Throne
Washington, D.C.

The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations' Millennium General Assembly

Light bulbs, scrap wood, and tinfoil comprise this homemade throne of the gods
38.8980, -77.0230
Looking down the alley
Baltimore, Maryland

Graffiti Alley

A hidden alley in urban Baltimore is a haven for graffiti artists.
39.3115, -76.6188
Maryland's 3rd Congressional District.
Halethorpe, Maryland

Maryland's 3rd Congressional District

A winding district gerrymandered into the shape of a mantis.
39.2389, -76.6812
Thelma and Louise.
Hardeeville, South Carolina

Thelma and Louise

A pink and gray pair of pachyderms advertise a fireworks shop.
32.2697, -81.0797
The dramatic staircase of Madame Sherri's Castle.
Chesterfield, New Hampshire

Madame Sherri's Castle

Ruins of the elaborate house where the enigmatic costume designer threw glamorous parties for New York's theatrical elite.
42.8647, -72.5191
Lindow Man, on display at the British Museum.
London, England

Lindow Man

Naturally mummified 2,000-year-old man
51.5180, -0.1270