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Blythburgh, England

The Devil's Fingerprints

A legendary ghostly hound supposedly left dark marks on a place of worship.
Cádiz, Spain

Baelo Claudia

The ruins of a 2,000-year-old Roman fishing village perched on one of the best beaches in Spain.
Quận 5, Vietnam

Nghia An Hoi Quan Pagoda

One of the oldest temples in Ho Chi Minh City, dedicated to a deified Chinese military leader.
Honolulu, Hawaii

Bishop Museum

This museum of Hawaiian and Polynesian culture is the legacy of the last descendant of the Kamehameha Dynasty.
Danby, Vermont

Danby Quarry

The world’s largest underground marble quarry is hiding in Vermont.
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Elephant Nature Park

Thailand's distressed elephants find peace at this Chiang Mai sanctuary.
Mexico City, Mexico

Biblioteca de México

This "City of Books" holds a museum, library, and the complete personal book collections of five of Mexico's greatest thinkers.
Cahuita, Costa Rica

Aviarios del Caribe: Sloth Sanctuary

Sloth rehabilitation center in the jungle of Costa Rica.
Limones, Panama

Tigre Salvaje

A no-frills, DIY nature preserve manned by a U.S. expat who has dedicated his life to turtle conservation.
Milan, Italy

Shoah Memorial of Milan

The train platform where Jews were sent to concentration camps is now preserved as a Holocaust memorial.
Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv Roman Theater

This ancient theater, restored in the 20th century, lives on as a venue for dramatic and musical performances.
Vancouver, British Columbia

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Traditional 15th century Chinese garden in the middle of Vancouver.
Otwock, Poland

Zofiówka Sanatorium

An abandoned Jewish sanatorium is tucked within the woods of Poland.
Lviv, Ukraine

Lychakiv Cemetery

Monumental sculptures guard many of the graves, transforming this necropolis into an open-air fine art museum.
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi's Train Street

Twice a day a speeding train passes only inches from the homes of this residential neighborhood.
Paris, France

Shakespeare and Company

This iconic Parisian bookstore doubles as the "Tumbleweed Hotel" for traveling writers.
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Metropolitan Building Staff Cafeteria

The tallest city hall in the world offers an excellent bento box.
Tarsdorf, Austria

Fucking, Austria

American soldiers discovered Europe's best one-liner at the end of World War II.
Berlin, Germany

Spreepark

An eerie, derelict amusement park in Berlin.
Capel Saint Andrew, England

Rendlesham Forest UFO Landing

The scene of the United Kingdom's most famous UFO incident, dubbed the "British Roswell."
Alert Bay, British Columbia

World's Largest Totem Pole

This towering totem holds the title for the tallest in the world but only according to some.
Pruna, Spain

El Castillo de Hierro (The Iron Castle of Pruna)

This remote location of this Moorish stronghold means it doesn’t attract many tourists—and that it still has the aura of fear and bravery of the 1300s.
Conil de la Frontera, Spain

Torre Vigía de Castilnovo

This centuries-old tower hosts endangered bald ibis mating pairs and looms over a pristine beach.
Grazalema, Spain

Pinsapar de Grazalema

A reservation-only highland forest reserve of endangered Pinsapar firs stands above a village in Andalucía.