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Facing the old station. The small sign tells tale of the counterfeit scheme.
Luther, Oklahoma

Old Route 66 Filling Station

Along the historic Mother Road is an old gas station with a secret counterfeiting past.
35.6638, -97.2736
The neon sign as it was represented on Seinfeld.
New York, New York

Tom's Restaurant

The "Seinfeld" diner.
40.8055, -73.9652
Texas Woofus
Dallas, Texas

The Texas Woofus

A mythical chimera first sculpted in 1936 as a mix of the main animals of Texas livestock.
32.7806, -96.7574
William Randolph Hearst's private castle.
San Simeon, California

Hearst Castle

The unbelievably opulent home built for an infamous newspaperman.
35.6501, -121.1866
Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern
Houston, Texas

Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern

A 90-year-old underground water reservoir offers a more industrial kind of tranquility.
29.7624, -95.3764
Houston, Texas

Eclectic Menagerie Park

A private collection of massive steel monsters guarding a Texas pipe works
29.6709, -95.3925
Mount Rainier
Ashford, Washington

Mount Rainier

The highest point in Washington state is a volcano covered in glaciers
46.8537, -121.7590
Boston, Massachusetts

Hood Milk Bottle

Ice cream stand, snack bar, and time capsule of milk conveyance
42.3517, -71.0502
Inside the Tent of Tomorrow of the New York State Pavilion (2009)
Queens, New York

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

The remnants of two World's Fairs are here, complete with a 12-story globe, a mini-Manhattan, and a UFO shaped pavilion
40.7462, -73.8445
San Gimignano, Italy

Towers of San Gimignano

These medieval skyscrapers dominate the skyline of this small Tuscan town.
43.4676, 11.0431
(Flickr/pvsbond)
New York, New York

Life Underground Sculptures

Artist's cute bronze subway sculptures belie his violent artistic past
40.7398, -74.0025
(WikiCommons)
New York, New York

Strawberry Fields Memorial

Central Park mosaic dedicated to John Lennon, groomed by a Beatles super-fan
40.7756, -73.9747
One Times Square
New York, New York

One Times Square

This historic address is home to the beloved ball and is an almost totally empty building among the most expensive real estate in the world
40.7563, -73.9864
Alcatraz from the Bay 2012
San Francisco, California

Alcatraz Island

In all of the 29 years it was in operation, no prisoners ever escaped successfully... or so they claim.
37.8267, -122.4230
The top of the Space Needle exemplifies Googie architecture. (Wikimedia Commons)
Seattle, Washington

Space Needle

Iconic symbol of the Pacific Northwest
47.6201, -122.3484
Schwangau, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle

The fairy tale castle of the "fairy-tale king"
47.5574, 10.7495
The temple by night
Madrid, Spain

Templo de Debod

An ancient Egyptian temple in the middle of Madrid, Spain
40.4253, -3.7173
Tower of Hercules
Spain

Tower of Hercules

The oldest Roman lighthouse still in use
43.3859, -8.4067
Betanzos, Spain

Parque del Pasatiempo

The remains of an encyclopedic sculpture garden later used as an internment camp
43.2774, -8.2197
Austin, Texas

Cathedral of Junk

An unique structure in suburban Austin comprised entirely of other people's castaways
30.2186, -97.7714
Oswald's nondescript grave.
Fort Worth, Texas

Lee Harvey Oswald's Grave

Of course the grave of JFK's assassin is surrounded by conspiracy theories.
32.7296, -97.2030
Pops
Arcadia, Oklahoma

Pops

The future of roadside attractions is this sci-fi soda mecca that is home to a 66-foot tall neon pop bottle.
35.6582, -97.3355
Big Sam towers over the Texas interstate at 67-feet. (Leah Caldwell/Atlas Obscura)
Huntsville, Texas

Sam Houston Statue

World's tallest statue of an American hero
30.6674, -95.5143
Moonlight tower at night
Austin, Texas

Austin Moonlight Towers

Turning night into day in Victorian-era Austin to thwart a serial killer.
30.2717, -97.7452