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The Fireproof Building
Charleston, South Carolina

Fireproof Building and South Carolina Historical Society

Once the most flame resistant building in the country, the South Carolina Historical Society building was almost burnt down in a fire
32.7773, -79.9309
The mailbox.
Bird Island, North Carolina

Kindred Spirit Mailbox

A mailbox that saved a nature reserve.
33.8678, -78.5306
Manneken Pis in US Air Force uniform
Brussels, Belgium

Manneken Pis

A little sculpture with a large wardrobe
50.8450, 4.3500
The figures of "La Mort" (Death) and "L'oiseau de Feu" (the Firebird).
Paris-4E-Arrondissement, France

The Stravinsky Fountain

A series of abstract, silly sculptures represent the works of a great modern classical composer.
48.8595, 2.3515
Baltimore, Maryland

The American Visionary Art Museum

A museum dedicated to exhibiting remarkable outsider art
39.2801, -76.6068
San Antonio, Texas

Mission San Jose

Three hundred years of preserved Spanish colonial history in San Antonio
29.3614, -98.4783
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Barnes Foundation

Dr Barnes' $25 billion private collection of art and arboretum
39.9605, -75.1726
Entrance to the main cave.
Gharapuri, India

Elephanta Caves

An extraordinary "City of Caves" carved from solid stone
18.9633, 72.9316
Lakihegy Radio Tower.
Szigetszentmiklós, Hungary

Lakihegy Radio Tower

World's tallest cigar-shaped radio tower
47.3732, 19.0048
Outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. (ncindc/Flickr)
Washington, D.C.

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Largest Roman Catholic church in North America
38.9335, -77.0007
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
Washington, D.C.

Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Vega

The "lovely red Vega" of the legendary record-settling pilot
38.8879, -77.0200
The Fugitive Train Wreck
Sylva, North Carolina

The Fugitive Train Wreck

The remains of the iconic train crash from the movie The Fugitive can still be found rusting along the Great Smoky Railroad
35.3704, -83.2633
Sliding Rock
Pisgah Forest, North Carolina

Sliding Rock

Who needs fancy modern water slides when this giant North Carolina rock works just as well?
35.3115, -82.7876
New River Gorge Bridge
Fayetteville, West Virginia

New River Gorge Bridge

One day a year it is legal to jump off of this astoundingly tall bridge that spans an Appalachian gorge
38.0683, -81.0833
Lake Lure
Lake Lure, North Carolina

Lake Lure

Practice your Dirty Dancing lifts in the manmade lake where Johnny Castle himself did.
35.4356, -82.2317
Tunnelvision
Columbia, South Carolina

Tunnelvision

This psychedelic tromp l'oeil seems to be beckoning drivers to crash into a wall
34.0072, -81.0325
Autumn in Oz
Beech Mountain, North Carolina

Land of Oz Theme Park

An Oz-themed attraction that has fallen into disrepair but still holds some of that original magic
36.2110, -81.8890
135 ft Peachoid water tower
Gaffney, South Carolina

Gaffney Peachoid

The record holder for the world’s largest peach.
35.0953, -81.6859
Terrace of the Lions
Mikonos, Greece

Terrace of the Lions

Replicas of Apollo's leonine stone guard cats still line a sacred row in Greece
37.4467, 25.3310
The Temple of Dionysos, Delos
Mikonos, Greece

The Temple of Dionysos

Giant marble phalluses on the sacred island of antiquity
37.3999, 25.2669
Dikteon Cave
Psichro, Greece

Dikteon Cave

According to myth, Zeus himself was hidden in this cave to escape being eaten by his dad
35.1649, 25.4506
The ruins of Knossos.
Iraklio, Greece

Knossos

A minotaur, a labyrinth, and a dubious restoration pull in visitors from around the world
35.2980, 25.1630
Heraklion, Greece

Phaistos Disc

This famous archeological mystery may be an ancient example of movable type.
35.3418, 25.1372