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Kathmandu, Nepal

Swayambhunath Monkey Temple

Sacred Buddhist home of some spiritual monkeys.
27.7152, 85.2899
Boudhanath Stupa
Kathmandu, Nepal

Boudhanath Stupa

One of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world keeps an eye out in every direction.
27.7201, 85.3578
Chimi Lhakhang
Punakha, Bhutan

Chimi Lhakhang

This penis-focused monastery is dedicated to Buddhism's "Divine Madman."
27.5921, 89.8797
The monastery overlooks the Shorong valley.
Lhasa, Tibet

Drigung Monastery

This Tibetan monastery has survived multiple attacks and is home to one of the world's last sky burial sites.
30.1065, 92.2041
Paro, Bhutan

Paro Taktsang: The Tiger's Nest Monastery

This small monastery on a cliff in Bhutan where the 'Second Buddha' is said to have meditated.
27.4917, 89.3633
(Flickr/andreakw)
Paro, Bhutan

Paro Airport

Himalayan airport provides one of the most difficult landings in the world.
27.4333, 89.4167
Ushuaia's Time Capsule + instructions
Ushuaia, Argentina

The Time Capsule of Ushuaia

This plaza at the end of the world teems with monumental tributes to a problematic history, and laser discs.
-54.8074, -68.3037
Tourists enjoy a warm volcanic bath
Antarctica

Deception Island

An abandoned whaling station on an active volcano offers hot springs in Antarctica, surrounded by ruined giants of industry.
-62.9573, -60.5509
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

South Georgia

Final resting place of Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton.
-54.4138, -36.5827
A brutalist fountain at Freeway Park.
Seattle, Washington

Freeway Park

The first park to ever be built over a freeway was a brutalist masterwork.
47.6091, -122.3324
The Enchanted Forest
Turner, Oregon

Enchanted Forest

This charmingly homemade amusement park has been growing for 40 years despite originally being dubbed, "Idiot's Hill."
44.8313, -123.0076
Bleu Horses
Three Forks, Montana

Bleu Horses

These giant metal horses graze on a hilltop near the Montana highway.
45.9788, -111.5962
Glacial Grooves
Kelleys Island, Ohio

Kelley's Island Glacial Grooves

Deep scars on the earth left by the Ice Age.
41.6136, -82.7054
Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial
Put-in-Bay, Ohio

Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial

The world's tallest doric column is this Ohio monument to a naval victory in the War of 1812.
41.6529, -82.8130
Jerusalem Township, Ohio

Turtle Island

Small, privately owned island divided between Michigan and Ohio with abandoned vacation homes and a derelict lighthouse.
41.7522, -83.3908
Aerial view of the Fifth Y-Bridge
Zanesville, Ohio

Zanesville Y-Bridge

A favorite of Amelia Earhart, ranking among those rare bridges that can be crossed without changing sides of the river.
39.9404, -82.0143
Mothman Statue
Point Pleasant, West Virginia

Mothman Statue

This red-eyed chrome beast pays homage to the popular modern myth of West Virginia's insectoid monster.
38.8426, -82.1388
Moonville Tunnel
McArthur, Ohio

Moonville Tunnel

The only remnant of a small mining town is an abandoned railroad tunnel that is steeped in ghostly lore.
39.2885, -82.4247
Athens Lunatic Asylum
Athens, Ohio

Athens Lunatic Asylum

An abandoned hospital incorporated into a college campus.
39.3292, -82.1013
Satellite view of the closed down W.R. Grace Mine
Libby, Montana

Asbestos Town — Libby, Montana

After unregulated mining caused an asbestos emergency this small town.
48.3883, -115.5560
Some of the 1000 Buddhas.
Arlee, Montana

Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

This giant meditative chakra is working on just as many Buddhas as advertised.
47.1908, -114.0897
Whalebone Arch.
Barrow, Alaska

Barrow Whale Bone Arch

The "Gateway to the Arctic" connects Barrow's indigenous population with the sea and its traditional industry: whaling.
71.2987, -156.7737
With a building in the background
Seattle, Washington

Center of the Universe Sign

Residents of Fremont in Seattle have considered it the center of the universe since the 1970s.
47.6504, -122.3502
Washington, D.C.

Daguerre Monument

Go take a picture with the inventor of the daguerreotype photographic process.
38.8973, -77.0221