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Toa Baja, Puerto Rico

Ruins of Lazaretto de Isla de Cabras

The crumbling remnants of this 19th-century quarantine hospital hint at the touristy island's darker past.
Toa Baja, Puerto Rico

El Cañuelo

This small fort played a huge role defending Puerto Rico’s capital city.
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

Caparra Archaeological Site

The ruins of the first Spanish settlement in Puerto Rico.
Loíza, Puerto Rico

Piñones

Archaeological sites and great food inside the island's largest mangrove forest.
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Garita del Diablo

Legend tells how a Spanish soldier disappeared from this isolated sentry box without a trace.
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Capilla del Santo Cristo de la Salud (Chapel of the Holy Christ of Health)

This chapel on a cliff is renowned for its healing powers and was founded on the site of a supposed divine intervention.
San Juan, Puerto Rico

El Batey

Everyone from Alan Ginsberg to The Rolling Stones has stopped by this classic dive bar.
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Old San Juan Cemetery

This bleach-white graveyard overlooking the ocean is accessed through a tunnel.
San Juan, Puerto Rico

La Puerta de San Juan

This colorful gate stands as an entrance to the walled city of Old San Juan.
San Juan, Puerto Rico

La Casa Estrecha (The Narrow House)

This tiny home was originally a narrow alleyway.
Hagerstown, Maryland

Historic Wilson Bridge

Once damaged by Hurricane Agnes, this bridge is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
Falls Church, Virginia

'Mr. Dixie'

This local mascot has been a presence in the area since the 1960s.
Concord, Massachusetts

Old North Bridge

The phrase "the shot heard around the world" was coined after a skirmish at this bridge.
Dallas, Texas

LBJ Presidential Marker

The unique location where the former president was rapidly sworn in.
Bluemont, Virginia

Snickersville Academy

A glimpse into early 19th-century education.
New York, New York

Gay Street

An aptly-named street near the birthplace of the modern LGBT rights movement.
Arlington, Virginia

Netherlands Carillon

An oft-overlooked, magically musical monolith that stands majestically between Arlington Cemetery and the Iwo Jima Memorial.
New York, New York

Times Square Station Fake Tiles

Fake subway tiles were installed to cover a design that resembled the Confederate flag—it's unclear if the resemblance was intentional.
New York, New York

The Secret Entrance to the Knickerbocker Hotel

An unassuming secret door once led to a legendary watering hole.
Brooklyn, New York

Newkirk Plaza Mural and Mosaic

A mosaic made of materials gathered from this Brooklyn community adorns the walls of this tunnel.
Brooklyn, New York

Ebbets Field Apartments

The ballpark in "Pigtown" where the Brooklyn Dodgers made their name was replaced with a huge apartment complex.
Brooklyn, New York

Friends Quaker Cemetery

19th century cemetery hidden in Brooklyn's Prospect Park.
Brooklyn, New York

Cleft Ridge Span

This elaborate tunnel is the first structure composed of cast concrete in the United States.
Brooklyn, New York

Camperdown Elm

A tree that grows parallel to the ground was declared Brooklyn's "crowning curio" by the poet who saved it.