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Tucson Mineral and Gem World.
Tucson, Arizona

Tucson Mineral and Gem World

A natural history wunderkammer in the middle of the desert.
32.1904, -111.0995
Historic Navy Pier
Chicago, Illinois

Aircraft Carriers of Navy Pier

Chicago's Navy Pier on Lake Michigan was a training hub for aircraft carrier pilots during WWII.
41.8916, -87.6079
Outside Hippo Hardware in Portland.
Portland, Oregon

Hippo Hardware

No two pieces are exactly the same at Portland's hippo-themed hardware store.
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The Eldridge Street Synagogue and Museum.
New York, New York

Museum at Eldridge Street Synagogue

America's oldest Eastern European synagogue provided the immigrants of crowded Lower East Side tenements a space of sanctuary.
40.7147, -73.9935
The original Woolworth lunch counter is largely intact at the museum.
Greensboro, North Carolina

Site of the Woolworth Lunch Counter Sit-in

This North Carolina store preserves a historic moment in America's movement for racial equality.
36.0717, -79.7907
The statue at the Smithsonian.
Washington, D.C.

Bare-Chested George Washington

Perhaps the most scandalous statue of America's first president.
38.8913, -77.0299
The wire at 56th Street and 11th Avenue.
New York, New York

The Manhattan Eruv

This nearly invisible wire transforms much of the city into one big, symbolic home on the holy day.
40.7954, -73.9439
"Earth as the Life-giver."
Lincoln, Nebraska

Nebraska State Capitol Mosaic Floor

An ornate Art Deco tile mosaic representing Nebraskan life, both modern and prehistoric.
40.8081, -96.6997
Lower Lower Wacker Drive.
Chicago, Illinois

Lower Lower Wacker Drive

Illegal drag racing two stories beneath Chicago’s streets.
41.8869, -87.6296
Drivers have to go 45 miles per hour to hear the song.
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Musical Highway

If drivers cross the rumble strip on this stretch of Route 66 at just the right speed it plays "America the Beautiful."
35.0708, -106.4175
Goats with sign
Sister Bay, Wisconsin

Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant

Restaurant in Northern Wisconsin comes with a unique feature: a grassy roof covered in living goats.
45.1899, -87.1200
Entrance sign. (Wikimedia Commons)
Mount Angel, Oregon

Mount Angel Abbey Museum

World's largest porcine hairball sits in a collection maintained by Benedictine monks.
45.0553, -122.7710
Willamette Falls, second largest (by volume) in the US
Oregon City, Oregon

Willamette Falls

The second largest waterfall by volume in the US, Willamette Falls is outdone only by Niagara in the amount of water that is pushes northward.
45.3516, -122.6190
Cathedral Park
Portland, Oregon

Cathedral Park

A heavenly experience, right here on Terra Firma.
45.5886, -122.7580
The Witch's Castle
Portland, Oregon

The Witch's Castle

These old stone ruins in the Oregon wilderness have been the site of both murder and restrooms.
45.5286, -122.7245
Mill Ends Park
Portland, Oregon

Mill Ends Park

The world's smallest park was dedicated in 1948 as the only colony for leprechauns west of Ireland.
45.5162, -122.6732
Ramona in the Beverly Cleary Sculpture Park.
Portland, Oregon

Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden

Statues of Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ribsy the dog in the park where their adventures "really happened."
45.5402, -122.6302
Bob's Java Jive
Tacoma, Washington

Bob's Java Jive

Tacoma’s 25-foot coffee pot music spot has served up over 80 years of concrete kitsch.
47.2317, -122.4645
The old gasification plant in Gas Works Park, Seattle
Seattle, Washington

Gas Works Park

This former coal gasification plant found a curious second life as a popular public park.
47.6462, -122.3337
The Red Hall, Seattle Central Library
Seattle, Washington

The Red Hall at Seattle's Central Library

A colorful architectural gem in Seattle's uniquely modern Central Library.
47.6066, -122.3330
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
Gum Wall window ledge
Seattle, Washington

Gum Wall

A wall of chewing gum moonlights as collective art.
47.6081, -122.3403
Seattle, Washington

Fremont Troll

A giant Troll lurks under a Seattle bridge overpass.
47.6510, -122.3473
Seattle, Washington

Seattle Underground

A walk through the historic city center, under the streets of Seattle.
47.6015, -122.3343