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Newport News, Virginia

The Mariner's Museum and Park

The maritime museum that boasts the largest nautical library in the western hemisphere.
Arlington, Virginia

The Graves of Robert E. Lee's Garden

Soldiers were buried next to Lee's house in the center of Arlington Cemetery to dissuade the general from reclaiming his property after the war.
Alexandria, Virginia

Mount Vernon Slave Cemetery

The graveyard holding the remains of George Washington's slaves was forgotten for nearly 200 years.
Alexandria, Virginia

George Washington's Distillery

The only place for a truly presidential dram.
Broad Run, Virginia

Ruins of the Chapman Beverley Mill

This pre-Revolutionary War grist mill ground corn and flour for soldiers in seven American wars.
Luray, Virginia

The Great Stalacpipe Organ

An organ located deep within a cave, whose "pipes" are the geological features of the cave itself.
Natural Bridge, Virginia

The Natural Bridge

A sacred site for Native Americans surveyed by George Washington and owned by both King George III and Thomas Jefferson.
Ocean City, Maryland

1912 Herschell-Spillman Carousel

One of the oldest active carousels in the country—but it might be missed by all but the keenest-eyed boardwalk strollers.
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Longwood Gardens

This palatial botanical garden is home to one of the largest pipe organs ever installed in a private residence, and a piece of Wood's cycad.
Wilmington, Delaware

Nemours Estate

This splendid Versailles-inspired mansion has the largest French-style formal gardens in North America.
Delaware City, Delaware

Fort Delaware

A scenic fort on the harbor protected Philadelphia from an attack that never came.
Cambridge, Maryland

FDR Smokestack Memorial

The elevator hidden in a smokestack on Roosevelt's yacht now serves as a monument to the former president.
Chincoteague Island, Virginia

Misty of Chincoteague

The taxidermy remains of the most popular pony in children's literature.
Dover, Delaware

Miles the Monster

The Dover International Speedway is home to a towering, concrete-skinned, racecar-hungry behemoth.
Ocean City, Maryland

Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum

This building at the south end of the boardwalk was once home to the U.S. Life-Saving Service and the U.S. Coast Guard before being rescued itself.
Dundalk, Maryland

Fort Carroll

This abandoned sea fort has become an accidental bird sanctuary.
Savannah, Georgia

Dotson Runway Graves

Two flush headstones mark the only known graves to be embedded in an airport runway.
Centreville, Virginia

Foamhenge

Exact replica of the ancient monument, but much, much lighter.
Cape May, New Jersey

Wreck of the S.S. Atlantus

The rusting remains are visible sticking out of the waters of the Delaware Bay.
Washington, D.C.

Lincoln Memorial Undercroft

A cavernous three-story, 43,800-square-foot basement that was forgotten about for 60 years.
St. Augustine, Florida

Castillo de San Marcos

The walls of America's oldest masonry fort famously "swallowed" cannonballs.
St. Augustine, Florida

Treasury Street

St. Augustine's record-setting narrow street was designed to protect against pirates.
St. Augustine, Florida

Dungeon Under the Stairs at the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse

It's a pretty creepy lock-up.
St. Augustine, Florida

The Love Trees of St. Augustine

Intertwined, interspecies trees which locals believe can grant boons to lovers.