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Isle of Skye, Scotland

The Old Man of Storr

An ancient Scottish rock formation said to be the gravesite of a giant remains ensconced in legend and intrigue.
Alto Paraíso de Goiás, Brazil

Vale da Lua

After millennia of erosion by sand and churning water this Brazilian valley now looks like a lunar fantasy.
Dripping Springs, Texas

Hamilton Pool

An emerald-green grotto just a short trip from Austin.
Laughlin, Nevada

Laughlin Labyrinths

A series of labyrinths in the Nevada desert inspire meditation and calmness.
Oatman, Arizona

Oatman Ghost Town

This Wild West ghost town on Route 66 is filled with wild burros.
Parker, Arizona

Parker Dam

This huge dam across the Colorado River caused an armed standoff between two U.S. states.
Quartzsite, Arizona

Reader's Oasis Books

The shop's owner has spent decades in the desert wearing nothing but a strategically placed sock.
Ajo, Arizona

Quitobaquito Springs

This oasis-like spring in the Sonoran Desert is home to unique, endangered species.
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.
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.