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Granada, Spain

Muslim Gravestones of the Alhambra

Spanish architects used seized Muslim gravestones to rebuild parts of the fortress.
Barcelona, Spain

Mirador de Colom (Columbus Monument)

A vista of the city and sea from atop the little-known viewing deck on an unassuming Columbus statue.
Barcelona, Spain

Street Performers of Las Ramblas

The iconic boulevard is the perfect place to catch sight of a bicycling skeleton, a levitating Satan, or a chef with his head stuck in a pizza.
Barcelona, Spain

Rossend Arús Masonic Library

A once-secret library of Freemason history in Catalonia.
Barcelona, Spain

European Museum of Modern Art

A temple to modernity, tucked away amid Barcelona's more well known museums.
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona's Baby Drop-off

Turntable anonymously received orphans, alms, and groceries.
Barcelona, Spain

Columns of the Temple of Augustus

The 2,000-year-old Roman columns are hidden within Barcelona's Gothic Quarter.
Barcelona, Spain

Jardins de Ca n'Altimira

Bask in the 19th century grandeur of an eccentric Freemason millionaire's private gardens.
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona Erotic Museum

An unusual stroll through gentlemen's erotica demonstrates that pornography is timeless.
Barcelona, Spain

Tibidabo

Mountain where Jesus was first tempted by the Devil.
Barcelona, Spain

Casa Batlló

One of Antoni Gaudí's most classic buildings is well-known for its "dragon-back" design.
Barcelona, Spain

Park Güell

Gaudí's famously flamboyant architectural style is on full display in this sprawling park and garden.
Barcelona, Spain

Calder Mercury Fountain

A beautiful but toxic fountain of mercury.
Barcelona, Spain

Labyrinth Park of Horta

This semi-secret storybook hedge maze is also the oldest garden in the city.
Barcelona, Spain

Sagrada Família

Construction of Barcelona's iconic (but controversial) church is expected to be completed in 2026—a century after the death of its architect.
Mount Hood, Oregon

Mount Hood

Despite a legend that says this highest peak in Oregon was climbed in high heels scores of people have died on its slopes.
Palo Alto, California

Nikola Tesla Statue

This small monument to the great inventor contains a time capsule and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Palo Alto, California

Birthplace of Silicon Valley

A humble garage, world-famous for being the epicenter of a technology revolution.
Palo Alto, California

The Frenchman's Tower

This odd California folly seems like it was almost designed to accumulate urban legends.
Palo Alto, California

Arizona Cactus Garden

A hidden world of exotic succulents and cacti.
San Jose, California

Communications Hill Grand Staircase

This 252 step staircase offers stunning views of San Jose.
Los Gatos, California

The Submarine House

Subterranean house made out of a grain silo, located in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Los Gatos, California

Mt. Umunhum Cube

An ominous concrete cube cuts a dystopian silhouette atop this California mountain.
Alameda, California

Naval Air Station Alameda

A decommissioned Naval base now rents itself out for people who want to blow stuff up.