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Chichen Itza, Mexico

El Caracol

No telescopes, no power, no gift shop: The Observatory of Chichen Itza, one of the world's oldest observatories, takes astronomy back to basics.
Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza Chirp

Clap your hands at the base of the pyramid, and the song of a sacred Mayan bird will echo through the air.
Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Conch Shell House

Beach instrument turned bed and breakfast.
Breezanddijk, Netherlands

Afsluitdijk

The 20-mile causeway that separates the Netherlands from the sea.
Chichen Itza, Mexico

Pyramid of Kukulcan at Chich'en Itza

Every equinox this Maya pyramid puts on a spooky ancient light show.
Eindhoven, Netherlands

Van Gogh Bicycle Path

Inspired by "The Starry Night" this Dutch bike path turns into a glowing work of art each night.
Sequoia National Park, California

General Sherman

Quite simply the largest tree in the world (by volume).
San Francisco, California

Vaillancourt Fountain

This concrete tangle of square pipes has stood as a proud thorn in the city's side since the '70s.
San Francisco, California

Exploratorium

San Francisco's newly reopened hands-on science museum.
San Francisco, California

The Parrots of Telegraph Hill

Staircase winds down the side of Telegraph Hill through gardens, wild parrots flying overhead.
Bodega Bay, California

Children's Bell Tower

A poignant memorial to a young boy whose death spurred a dramatic increase in organ donations in Italy—dubbed the "Nicholas Effect."
Leggett, California

Chandelier Tree

This massive redwood tree has a hole in the base big enough to drive through.
Redcrest, California

Avenue of the Giants

One of the most scenic stretches of road in America winds between some of the country's oldest trees.
Fort Bragg, California

International Sea Glass Museum

Celebrating the transformation of trash into objects of beauty.
Fort Bragg, California

Glass Beach

A trash dump made beautiful by nature's power.
Eureka, California

The Carson Mansion

Commonly referred to as the most photographed Victorian home in the United States.
Darlington, England

Brick Train

A locomotive made from 185,000 bricks celebrates the town's pioneering railway history.
West Sussex, England

Millennium Seed Bank

Nearly 2 billion seeds from 38,000 species are stored and processed at this visitable facility in a quiet corner of England.
Stanton Lees, England

Nine Ladies Stone Circle

Legend says this little-known stone circle is formed from people petrified as punishment for dancing on the Sabbath.
Hartlepool, England

Steetley Magnesite

Derelict chemical plant on the North Sea is a beautiful industrial ruin.
Somerset, England

Willow Man

Wicker sculpture that towers over the M5 motorway.
Gotham, England

The Original Gotham

The storied English village that pretended to be insane inspired NYC's nickname and the fictional namesake in the DC Comics universe.
London, England

Speakers' Corner

London's last remaining public soapbox site has seen speeches from Karl Marx, Vladmir Lenin, and George Orwell.
London, England

Pelicans of St James's Park

Giant, friendly pelicans in Central London, the most unlikely of places.