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The Forbidden City
Beijing, China

The Forbidden City

The most famous location in China was home to whole dynasties worth of imperial rulers.
39.9225, 116.3968
Beijing, China

The World Park

Beijing's World Park offers the excitment of international travel without the hassle of actually traveling.
39.9047, 116.4082
From Temple of the Sun -- Pacific Ocean in distance
Lima, Peru

Pachacamac

The remains of what was the most important religious complex in coastal Peru for over a millennium.
-12.2571, -76.9044
Salt Pans of Maras
Maras, Peru

Salt Pans of Maras

This Peruvian canyon is filled with geometric salt pools that have been being harvested since the Incan empire.
-13.3328, -72.1564
Moray
Urubamba, Peru

Moray

Huge stone depressions which may have acted as an Incan agricultural experiment.
-13.3296, -72.1971
Aguas Calientes, Peru

Machu Picchu: The Lost City of The Inca

The intricate stonework of Machu Picchu serves as a testament to Incan engineers.
-13.1547, -72.5254
Lima Cathedral
San Isidro, Peru

Pizarro's Tomb

Now containing the bones of the actual conquistador, instead of someone else.
-12.0931, -77.0464
San Antonio, Texas

Mission San Jose

Three hundred years of preserved Spanish colonial history in San Antonio.
29.3614, -98.4783
San Antonio, Texas

Bracken Cave

The summer home of the largest colony of bats in the world.
29.6872, -98.3526
Strategic Petroleum Reserve imagery
Freeport, Texas

Bryan Mound Strategic Petroleum Reserve

This hollowed salt dome is the largest oil storage facility in the world, hoarding 250 million barrels of crude oil.
28.9171, -95.3769
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.
30.6612, -95.5107
Katy, Texas

Forbidden Gardens

Scale replica of China's ancient terracotta tomb warriors and Forbidden City are the side project of an eccentric millionaire.
29.8023, -95.7772
Houston, Texas

Beer Can House

Beer lover's can-covered house.
29.7638, -95.4190
Houston, Texas

Museum of Health and Medical Science

A health museum containing a 27’’½-foot intestine.
29.7217, -95.3859
Houston, Texas

David Adickes Studio

Giant heads occasionally litter the industrial, Houston neighborhood where sculptor David Adickes has his studio.
29.7686, -95.3456
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
Postcard of the ghost town cemetery.
Terlingua, Texas

Terlingua Ghost Town

An abandoned quicksilver mining town surrounded by the Big Bend parks.
29.3370, -103.5958
County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Giant's Causeway

Northern Ireland's Brobdingnagian stepping stones.
55.2417, -6.5112
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Ballintoy, Northern Ireland

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

This short bridge is the only thing connecting a tiny Irish island to the mainland.
55.2362, -6.3440
Garden of Remembrance
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin's Garden of Remembrance

Amidst the bustling streets of Dublin, there is a hushed garden that is dedicated to "All those who gave their lives in the cause of Irish Freedom."
53.3539, -6.2641
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Launch Site of the Titanic

A museum marks and documents the site of the Titanic's launch.
54.6107, -5.9086
Cheval de frise on the west side of Dún Aonghasa
Galway, Ireland

Dun Aonghasa

An Iron Age fort on the edge of a seaside cliff offers a glimpse into an ancient, mystical world.
53.1258, -9.7681
The Seven Churches on Inishmore.
Galway, Ireland

Seven Churches

While only two of the ancient buildings at this site are actually churches this was one of the earliest Irish pilgrimage sites ever.
53.1289, -9.7197
Ireland

The Dry Stone Walls of the Aran Islands

Mortarless walls that stretch for miles are a lovely solution for creating grazing land in the harsh terrain of the Aran Islands.
53.0663, -9.5297