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Boston, Massachusetts

Edgar Allan Poe Square

The Boston square dedicated to the dark poet who was born nearby.
Austin, Texas

Barton Springs

Home to an endangered salamander, a full moon celebration, and a large spring-fed outdoor swimming pool.
Austin, Texas

'Hi, How Are You' Mural

This simple frog painting created by musician Daniel Johnston embodies the spirit of Austin.
Austin, Texas

Curia Arcanum

This eclectic Austin curiosity shop is home to all things strange and unusual.
Bastrop, Texas

Texas Chainsaw Massacre Gas Station

The real-life version of the horror flick's pit stop serves beef and pork, not people.
Cedar Creek, Texas

Ms. Pearl

The world's largest squirrel statue clutches a pecan bigger than your head.
San Antonio, Texas

Japanese Tea Garden

A gorgeous garden oasis with winding paths, stone bridges, and a troubling history.
Cedar Creek, Texas

Pecan Pie Vending Machine

A 24-hour vending machine restocked daily with homemade full-sized pecan pies.
Salem, Massachusetts

Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery

A collection of full-size movie monsters opened to the public.
Austin, Texas

Frost Bank Tower

Locals dubbed it the "Owl Building" because of its bird-like appearance.
Austin, Texas

Snake Island

A small island hides in plain sight on Austin's Lady Bird Lake.
St. Louis, Missouri

World's Largest Amoco Sign

This titanic oil company sign is a reminder of the Americana boom of the 70's and also its commoditization.
St. Louis, Missouri

City Museum

Less a museum than a bizarre fantasy world created by artists and engineers.
Salem, Massachusetts

The Witch House of Salem

The only structure left with direct ties to the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692.
Salem, Massachusetts

Witch Dungeon Museum

Experience the hysteria of a 17th century witch hunt through goofy reenactments and wax dummies that should probably be burned at the stake.
Austin, Texas

HOPE Outdoor Gallery

This failed condo development was reborn as a street art hub.
Dripping Springs, Texas

Hamilton Pool

An emerald-green grotto just a short trip from Austin.
Wimberley, Texas

Jacob's Well

A popular swimming hole that hides one of America's most deadly diving spots.
Iceland

Silfra

This natural Icelandic fissure allows divers to swim right between two volatile tectonic plates.
Grindavík, Iceland

Blue Lagoon

Medicinal spa created with the discharge from a geothermal energy plant.
Iceland

Jökulsárlón

Iceland's largest lagoon is home to stunning multi-colored icebergs.
Huntsville, Texas

Sam Houston Statue

The world's tallest statue of an American hero.
College Station, Texas

Bottle Cap Alley

Decades of discarded bottle caps line this alleyway, a fixture of Texas A&M.
Fredericksburg, Texas

Enchanted Rock

An enormous pink granite batholith, long attributed with spiritual powers by the Tonkawa Indians.