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Keyser, West Virginia

Pinnacle Knob Fire Tower

This former fire tower found new life as a communications hub complete with a scenic overlook.
Springfield, Virginia

Orange and Alexandria Railroad Culvert

This little brick tunnel built by Confederate forces was used to conduct surprise attacks on the railroad.
Alexandria, Virginia

Wilkes Street Tunnel

This brick-lined pedestrian walkway was once a railway tunnel used during the Civil War.
Washington, D.C.

Theodore Roosevelt Island

The national park was once a plantation estate.
McLean, Virginia

Patowmack Canal

The semi-reclaimed ruins of this canal were once part of an ambitious plan to reroute the mighty potomac.
Warrenton, Virginia

Cold War Museum

This museum sits on the site of a decommissioned military communications base.
Washington, D.C.

Government Printing Office

Need a hardcopy of the 50-title Code of Federal Regulations? This is the place.
Washington, D.C.

Washington Aqueduct Castle Gatehouse

A building shaped like the Army Corps of Engineers logo, because why not?
Washington, D.C.

Washington Aqueduct Chemical Tower

Every drop of D.C. tap water flows through this old waterworks.
Barboursville, Virginia

Barboursville Ruins

The ruins of this Thomas-Jefferson-designed mansion have been left to crumble since the Christmas Day they burnt down.
Charlottesville, Virginia

New Dominion Bookshop Rose Garden

Behind the oldest bookstore in Virginia lies a hidden slice of the English countryside.
Natural Bridge, Virginia

Hidden J.R.R. Tolkien Quote

Lines from a walking song are etched into a rock in Natural Bridge State Park.
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.
White Post, Virginia

The White Post

An eponymous directional signpost erected by the first president of the United States.
Andersonville, Georgia

Andersonville National Historic Site

The site of the notorious Camp Sumter Prison is now a peaceful memorial.
College Park, Maryland

'Hand & Owl Tree Carving'

An unusual sculpture, an interesting history, in a strange place, for a good cause.
Greenbelt, Maryland

Greenbelt Historic District

A relic of FDR's brief foray into utopian urban planning.
Hyattsville, Maryland

Vanadu Art House

An intricately designed junk art house with four extravagant junk art cars hidden in the suburbs.
Lanham, Maryland

NASA Goddard Rocket Garden

A lawn full of retired spacecraft on display at one of NASA's first research labs.
Boston, Massachusetts

Berkeley Weather Beacon

A beacon atop a downtown building provides Bostonians with weather forecasts and baseball news.
Washington, D.C.

Holt House

There's a crumbling old mansion inside the Smithsonian National Zoo.
Washington, D.C.

Overthrust Fault

A surprising, but overlooked example of geology in the middle of the nation’s capital.
Washington, D.C.

The Lindens

The oldest house in Washington, D.C. wasn't originally constructed in the nation's capital.
Washington, D.C.

Marilyn Monroe Mural

A tribute to the pop culture icon overlooks this Washington D.C. intersection.