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Apia, Samoa

To Sua Ocean Trench

The world is full of swimming holes, but few compare to Samoa’s idyllic To Sua ocean trench.
Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage Light Speed Planet Walk

A high school astronomy enthusiast designed this model of our solar system to be traversed on foot.
Cantwell, Alaska

Igloo City

Four-story concrete hotel never opened to customers.
Anchorage, Alaska

The Seward Highway

Considered by many to be one of the most dangerous highways in Alaska.
Honolulu, Hawaii

Amelia Earhart Memorial Plaque

Hiding in plane sight.
Honolulu, Hawaii

Iolani Palace

The only royal palace on U.S. soil has been a territorial capitol, a military headquarters, and a prison for a queen.
Taupo, New Zealand

Taupo McDonald's Airplane

Eat your Big Mac in a DC-3.
Waitomo, New Zealand

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Tubing through a cave lit with glowworms is a magical underground experience.
Matamata, New Zealand

Hobbiton

The real life Hobbiton, this sheep farm has been forever transformed since being built for The Hobbit film series.
Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua

Major tourist destination known for its bubbling mud-pools and hot thermal springs.
Kapa'a, Hawaii

Kalalau Trail

This narrow coastline trail through the dense Kauai wilderness is among the most beautiful and dangerous in the world.
Waimea, Hawaii

Pā‘ula‘ula / Russian Fort Elizabeth and King Kaumuali‘i Statue

This ruined fort and statue are a testament to the last king of Kaua‘i’s savvy diplomacy skills, which briefly brought Russians to Hawai‘i.
New Castle, Colorado

Vulcan Mine

A coal fire has been burning underground here since 1896.
Delta, Colorado

Ute Council Tree

The giant stump of the once towering cottonwood where Ute people held tribal meetings.
Durango, Colorado

White Rabbit Books & Curiosities

A riverside tiny house with books and other treasures galore.
Montrose, Colorado

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

A dangerous narrow-gauge railroad once traced a route through this striking canyon.
Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

Mesa Verde National Park

The ancient dwellings of the Puebloans, located in the cliffs of majestic mesas.
Dolores, Colorado

Canyons of the Ancients

A breathtaking array of ancient Pueblo structures and artifacts counterintuitively preserved by neglect.
Moab, Utah

Upheaval Dome

This raised bulls-eye visible from space was the subject of an intense geologic controversy.
Moab, Utah

Landscape Arch

The fifth-longest natural arch in the world, and the longest outside China.
Friday Harbor, Washington

Afterglow Vista

This family mausoleum is steeped in symbolism and looks more like a fantasy location than a grave.
Honolulu, Hawaii

The Queen Theater

The grand marquee of this abandoned Hawaiian theater remembers the building's elegant past.
Sedro-Woolley, Washington

Northern State Hospital Farm

Former farm staffed by mental patients is now a public park.
Everett, Washington

Laura Palmer's House

This private home is famous for appearing in the cult-classic "Twin Peaks" series.