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Chichen Itza, Mexico

El Caracol - The Observatory of Chichen Itza

No telescopes, no power, no gift shop—one of the world's oldest observatories takes astronomy back to basics.
Tinum, 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.
Xcalacoop, Mexico

Cenote Ik-Kil

A magical sinkhole on the Yucatan peninsula adorned with mini waterfalls and hanging vines.
Edinburgh, Scotland

World's End Close

This otherwise ordinary close on the Royal Mile constituted the end of the world for Edinburgh’s poorest residents.
Ruth, Nevada

Garnet Hill Rockhound Area

Rich red almandine gemstones are waiting inside the drab volcanic rock strewn across this eastern Nevada hillside.
Tombstone, Arizona

Jewish Pioneers Memorial

The Jewish section of the famous Boothill Graveyard was abandoned for nearly 100 years.
Bisbee, Arizona

Bisbee Stairs

Stairs often replace streets on the steep slopes of this old mining town.
Yalcobá, Mexico

Cenote Palomitas

Take a dip in this subterranean pool.
Tulum, Mexico

Pet Cemetery Cenote

An ancient system of freshwater caves filled with animal bones, including that of species long-extinct.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Xaman-Há Ruins

Few of the many visitors to this resort town know of its hidden Maya ruins.
Eureka, Nevada

Eureka County Courthouse

The current Eureka County Courthouse replaced an all-wooden structure that had previously been an ice-skating rink.
Winnemucca, Nevada

Humboldt Museum

Local history museum with mammoth bones and an old myth about local giants
Battle Mountain, Nevada

Armpit of America

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

Morning Glory Pool

A beautiful geyser under environmental threat.
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.
Helena, Montana

Guardian of the Gulch

The old fire tower is one of the last of its kind in the United States.
West Glacier, Montana

Ptarmigan Tunnel

This angular Dwarven tunnel cuts through a mountainside in Glacier National Park.
Wallace, Idaho

Burke Ghost Town

An abandoned mining town built in a canyon so narrow, the railroad ran right through the hotel lobby.
Wallace, Idaho

Oasis Bordello Museum

After this former brothel closed, its interior remained almost frozen in time.
Mackay, Idaho

Borah Peak

This highest peak in Idaho can only be reached by traversing a formation known as "Chicken-Out Ridge."
Boise, Idaho

Freak Alley Gallery

The largest outdoor art gallery in the northwestern United States.
Soda Springs, Idaho

Geyser Park

Home to a timed geyser created by complete accident.
Boise, Idaho

Big Idaho Potato Hotel

When in Idaho, sleep in a giant potato.