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Heroica Matamoros, Mexico

La Gran Puerta de México (Mexico's Great Gateway)

A "gateway" into Mexico's northern border, represented by an abstract red tower.
Willemstad, Curaçao

The Abandoned Pietermaai Mansions

The mouldering manses of wealthy colonials still pock the streets of a Curaçao neighborhood.
Columbia, Missouri

BoatHenge

Like Stonehenge, but with boats and oodles more charm.
Clinton, Missouri

Tightwad Bank

This small town bank is very aware of its name thank you very much.
Bonner Springs, Kansas

Barbed Wire Collection

Hundreds of samples of "Devil's Rope" hide in a defunct vintage elevator.
Battle Mountain, Nevada

Armpit of America

Small Nevada town embraced its designation as the "Armpit of America" with an Old Spice-sponsored festival.
Winnemucca, Nevada

Winnemucca to the Sea Highway Marker

This giant slab of driftwood marks the beginning of the Winnemucca to the Sea Highway.
Elko, Nevada

Western Folklife Center

This arts and culture cultural center explores the diverse cultural heritage of the American West.
Elko, Nevada

White King

The world's largest dead polar bear, immortalized by taxidermy and Hunter S. Thompson.
Baker, Nevada

Baker Archaeological Site

This ancient village provides insight into the complexity of the pre-Columbian Fremont Culture.
Baker, Nevada

Permanent Wave Society

A whimsical, punny collection of "fence art" outside the tiny mountain town of Baker, Nevada.
Austin, Nevada

Stokes Castle

This railroad magnate's 19th century tower is more than a little bit out of place in the Nevada desert.
Austin, Nevada

U.S. Route 50

Officially named the "Loneliest Road in America" this barren stretch of Nevada road offers almost nothing but sky and open fields.
Churchill, Nevada

The Shoe Tree of Middlegate

A tree bears footwear on the loneliest road in America.
Galveston, Texas

Betty Head Oleander Garden Park

The deadly but beautiful ornamental oleander was planted all over the island of Galveston after the hurricane of 1900.
Keystone, South Dakota

Hall of Records in Mount Rushmore

Hidden behind Lincoln's head is a 70-foot-long chamber containing enamel plates documenting American history, sealed in a teakwood box in a titanium vault.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Morning Glory Pool

A beautiful geyser under environmental threat.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Old Faithful Geyser

One of nature's most well-scheduled phenomenons resides in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Lone Star Geyser

This Yellowstone geyser may not shoot as high as the nearby Old Faithful, but it erupts for considerably longer.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

The Crow's Nest at the Old Faithful Inn

An architect's childhood fantasy treehouse made real.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Grand Prismatic Spring

The largest hot spring in the United States is, as the name suggests, a stunning show of natural color.
Devils Tower, Wyoming

Devils Tower

The first declared National Monument in the United States.
Rapid City, South Dakota

Chapel In The Hills

This replica stave church looks like a piece of Norway was simply plopped down in South Dakota.
Wall, South Dakota

Wall Drug

The granddaddy of all tourist traps, built on ice water, jackalopes, and a giant dinosaur.