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New York, New York

Grand Central Oyster Bar

This subterranean oyster house has been the pearl of Grand Central Station since 1913.
Antwerp, Belgium

Hand of Druon Antigoon

The legendary giant's severed hand sits on Antwerp's popular shopping street.
Antwerp, Belgium

Brabo Fountain

A man throwing a giant severed hand towers over Antwerp’s main square.
Antwerp, Belgium

Kulminator

To enter this cluttered-yet-cozy sanctum of Belgian brews, ring the bell and tell the gatekeepers you've come “to taste beer.”
New York, New York

The Ziegfeld Head

The front yard of an Upper East Side town house hides the last fragment of one of New York's most famous theatres.
New York, New York

Albertine

Though its celestial ceiling is impressive, the true star is the vast collection of French books.
New York, New York

Venetian Room

This lavish room at NYC's French Embassy is a rare relic from the end of the Gilded Age.
New York, New York

Ancient Egyptian Beef Shoulder

Even for Egyptian royalty, the afterlife was bring-your-own-beef.
New York, New York

Antioch Chalice

Once thought to be the fabled Holy Grail, it is now known to be an oil lamp.
New York, New York

Unicorn Tapestries at the Cloisters

Mysterious 500-year-old tapestries depict a unicorn hunt.
Portland, Oregon

USS Blueback

The U.S. Navy's last diesel-electric submarine rests half-submerged in the middle of Portland.
Hillsborough, California

The Flintstone House

A burnt orange monolithic dome structure perched on a hillside near Interstate 280.
New York, New York

One Times Square

This historic address is home to the beloved ball and is an almost totally empty building among the most expensive real estate in the world.
Green River, Utah

Goblin Valley State Park

Bizarre lunar-like landscape with thousands of large stone "hoodoos."
Rancho Cordova, California

Back to the 80s Cafe

This diner's a kitschy dreamland for anyone whose heart is stuck in the 1980s.
Sacramento, California

Sacramento's Original Street Level

The California capital city once stood 10 feet lower than it does today.
Three Rivers, California

Moro Rock

400 granite steps were built into this massive rock by the National Park Service.
Sequoia National Park, California

General Sherman

Quite simply the largest tree in the world (by volume).
San Francisco, California

Maltese Falcon Alleyway

Alleyway plaque commemorating the death of a fictional character in The Maltese Falcon, not far from the author's home.
San Francisco, California

Ruth Asawa’s San Francisco Fountain

Created in 1972, the famous sculptor's intricately detailed monument to San Francisco is overflowing with city landmarks.
San Francisco, California

Westin St. Francis Hotel

Only hotel where you can legally launder money.
Woodside, California

Filoli

This old-world mansion with lush gardens is a gem in the heart of Silicon Valley.
Nevada City, California

'Ladies of the Evening' Marker

Hidden in a hotel parking lot is a strange historical plaque erected by an obscure fraternal society.
Auburn, California

The Statues of Ken Fox

Dentist's hated concrete colossi are now beloved icons of the community.