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New Orleans, Louisiana

Café Lafitte in Exile

One of the oldest continuously-operated gay bars in the United States is allegedly haunted by Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams.
Galveston, Texas

Oleander Garden Park

The deadly but beautiful ornamental Oleander was planted all over the island of Galveston after the Hurricane of 1900.
Dallas, Texas

Texas Centennial Art Deco Buildings

A "Texanic" (gigantic Texas) collection of Art Deco architecture at Dallas' historic Fair Park.
Amarillo, Texas

Cadillac Ranch

A sculpture made of 10 Cadillacs as a monument to the "Golden Age" of the American automobile.
Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth Water Gardens

A modernist landscape of water and sci-fi concrete.
Carrollton, Alabama

Henry Wells' Lightning Portrait

The terrified face of Henry Wells is etched on this garret window.
Birmingham, Alabama

Red Mountain Park

This 1,500-acre development hopes to be the Central Park of the South.
Homewood, Alabama

Alabama Booksmith

Every last book in this bookstore is signed by the author.
Lakeland, Florida

'Child of the Sun' Campus

A Florida college boasts the world's largest single-site collection of structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Clermont, Florida

The Citrus Tower

An icon among Florida's pre-Disney tourist attractions.
Ponce Inlet, Florida

Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse

The third tallest lighthouse in America once guided author Stephen Crane to safety.
Titusville, Florida

NASA Vehicle Assembly Building

A building so large that it has its own weather.
Cape Canaveral, Florida

Launch Complex 34

This abandoned NASA launch site is now a memorial to a trio of astronauts who were killed there.
Orlando, Florida

Harry P. Leu Gardens

A vast array of tropical plants collected by a vacationing couple.
Miami, Florida

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Former villa and estate of James Deering developed to preserve native tropical forests.
St. Augustine, Florida

The Ponce de León Hotel

A luxurious 1880s hotel with its fair share of Tiffany stained glass, Edison electricity, and of course, ghosts.
San Francisco, California

Westin St. Francis Hotel

Only hotel where you can legally launder money.
San Francisco, California

Palace of Fine Arts

The last remaining relic of San Francisco's glittering 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition.
Washington, D.C.

Riggs Bank

The bank that helped fund the Mexican-American War and the purchase of Alaska met its downfall after helping Augusto Pinochet launder money.
Washington, D.C.

Boy Scout Memorial

The innocent intentions of this monument are somewhat lost in the sculpture's muscled imagery.
Washington, D.C.

Organization of American States Building

The grand marble structure next to the White House is Andrew Carnegie's temple to Pan-American diplomacy.
Washington, D.C.

Washington Monument Marble Stripe

Look closely and you’ll notice that the color changes a third of the way up the tower.
Washington, D.C.

Man Controlling Trade

A muscular Art Deco monument represents the struggle between regulators and unbridled markets.
Washington, D.C.

Water Gate at the Watergate Complex

Before Nixon, "watergate" meant canals.