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Maroon Bells
Aspen, Colorado

Maroon Bells

Despite being one of the most photographed vistas in the Rockies these twin peaks are rightfully known as the "Deadly Bells."
39.1449, -106.9125
Bracewell Radio Sundial
Magdalena, New Mexico

Bracewell Radio Sundial

A one-of-a-kind sundial at the Very Large Array honors a radio astronomy pioneer, incorporating the original piers from his breakthrough radio telescope.
34.0742, -107.6227
Some remains of an original Ballarat building
Inyo County, California

Ballarat Ghost Town

This old mining town, deep in the California desert, has a year-round population of one.
36.0478, -117.2233
Looking down the Burr Trail Switchbacks
Garfield County, Utah

Burr Trail Switchbacks

Once a menacing challenge for trailblazers, this trail is now the most scenic drive in Utah.
37.8489, -111.0265
Lost City Museum
Overton, Nevada

Lost City Museum

Preserving the remains of Native American cultures which otherwise would have been submerged behind Hoover Dam.
36.5315, -114.4409
Devil's Slide Bunker
Pacifica, California

Devil's Slide Bunker

The graffiti-covered remnants of a former triangulation station are balanced precariously on this California peak.
37.5744, -122.5203
Inside St. Agnes Church
Detroit, Michigan

St. Agnes Church and School

This Detroit ruin was once a gothic bastion of its community, but now it stands as a haunting ruin.
42.3668, -83.0934
Hair jewelry
Colma, California

Colma Historical Association

This odd little museum holds exhibits on everything from blacksmith equipment to hair jewelry.
37.6823, -122.4566
Donald Judd's works at The Chinati Foundation.
Marfa, Texas

Chinati Foundation

Minimalist modern art on a repurposed military base in rural Texas.
30.2973, -104.0279
Treasure Island as seen from Yerba Buena Island
San Francisco, California

Treasure Island

A man-made island in scenic San Francisco Bay.
37.8160, -122.3713
Los Angeles, California

Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel

A carousel trades in its classic horses and calliope for endangered species, native flora and fauna, and a modern soundtrack.
34.1473, -118.2888
Florence, Italy

Ospedale degli Innocenti (Hospital of the Innocents)

Renaissance hospital featuring a rotating door into which unwanted babies were dropped.
43.7763, 11.2612
Big Sur, California

The Henry Miller Memorial Library

It's not your typical library, memorial, or book store.
36.1398, -121.6469
The entire ceiling
Rome, Italy

The Dome Illusion

A master of trompe-l'oeil creates a stunning tourist-fooling dome out of a flat ceiling.
41.8990, 12.4798
Obsidian butte.
Calipatria, California

Obsidian Butte on the Salton Sea

Huge otherworldly domed rocks on the shore of a deadly lake.
33.1716, -115.6380
A view from the blinds.
Calipatria, California

Salton Sea Duck Blinds

The sea once considered an ecological wasteland is now called "crown jewel of avian biodiversity" by scientists.
33.1207, -115.6957
Giant Rock
Landers, California

Giant Rock

This seven-story giant boulder is the site of UFO conferences, Hopi spiritualists, a "rejuvenation machine" and so much more.
34.3328, -116.3887
Escondido, California

Elfin Forest

This dark, quiet forest on the outskirts of San Diego is dense with rumor and lore.
33.0738, -117.1639
Fresno, California

Forestiere Underground Gardens

An underground mansion with fruit-bearing trees and grapes growing beneath the surface of central California.
36.8076, -119.8818
Stadio dei Marmi
Rome, Italy

Stadio dei Marmi

This Italian stadium makes liberal use of fascist statuary to evoke classical sporting arenas.
41.9288, 12.4567
Meridian Line of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs
Rome, Italy

Meridian Line of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs

Installed in an act of one-upsmanship, the annual sundial in this church is also a symbolic victory for the Gregorian calendar.
41.9031, 12.4969
Florence, Italy

Museo Opificio delle Pietre Dure

Overlooked amid the tourist bustle of Florence, this museum is dedicated to the craft of stone inlay.
43.7761, 11.2590
La Specola.
Florence, Italy

La Specola Anatomical Collection

The largest and most famous wax anatomical collection anywhere in the world.
43.7645, 11.2470
View from across Piazza San Marco.
Venice, Italy

St. Mark's Clock Tower - Torre dell'Orologio

Go inside to really appreciate this 500-year-old technological masterpiece.
45.4347, 12.3389