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Banff, Alberta

Grizzly House

Try the alligator at this fondue spot, which has been catering to "lovers and hedonists" since 1967.
Improvement District No. 9, Alberta

Banff Wildlife Crossings

Though many were skeptical at first, these animal-specific routes across the Trans-Canada Highway have been a major conservation success.
Twin Falls, Idaho

Shoshone Falls

These falls, sometimes called the "Niagara of the West," still put on a good show at the right time of year.
Ecuador

Wall of Tears

Building this tragically pointless stone barrier cost the lives of the prisoners made to build it.
Quito, Ecuador

La Carolina Park

This huge green space packed with activities will make you forget you're in the middle of the Ecuadorian capital.
Quito, Ecuador

El Panecillo

A short volcanic hill in Quito doubles as a stellar observation point of an iconic statue.
Quito, Ecuador

Virgen de El Panecillo

The world's tallest aluminum statue is also the world's tallest image of a winged Virgin Mary.
Quito, Ecuador

Teleférico Quito

The gondolas let you glimpse a bird's-eye view of one of the world's highest capital cities.
San Antonio de Pichincha, Ecuador

Middle of the World

An elaborate shrine dedicated to the four corners of the world unfortunately misses its mark.
San Antonio de Pichincha, Ecuador

Intiñan Solar Museum

Home of the "true" equator.
Ecuador

Laguna Quilotoa

A turquoise lake within a volcanic crater.
Bryson City, North Carolina

The Road to Nowhere

This road in the Great Smoky Mountains was supposed to assuage a displaced community, but ended up a $52 million dead end.
Sylva, North Carolina

Plane Crash at Waterrock Knob

Hidden amid a collection of trails is the site of a tragic crash.
Sylva, North Carolina

The Fugitive Train Wreck

The remains of the iconic train crash from the movie The Fugitive can still be found rusting along the Great Smoky Railroad.
Njeguši, Montenegro

Mausoleum of Petar II Petrovic-Njegos

A beautiful mountaintop mausoleum devoted to a Montenegrin icon can't seem to make everyone happy.
Podgorica, Montenegro

Brutalist Church of Podgorica

This virtually windowless mass of smooth concrete is the only Catholic church in the city.
Kotor, Montenegro

Fortifications of Kotor

These historic defenses ensured the city within would survive hundreds of years of occupations, sieges, and invasions.
Montenegro

Our Lady of the Rocks

A tiny church on a man-made island in the Adriatic.
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik Maskeron

Gargoyle head that brings good luck.
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Orlando's Column in Dubrovnik

An ancient knight and a symbol of the city's freedom.
Montenegro

Ostrog Monastery

A curious cave church carved into the face of a cliff.
Fallon, Nevada

Sand Mountain

Singing sand that stands as the final remains of an ancient lake.
Eureka, Nevada

Eureka County Courthouse

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

Mill Creek

A small oasis not far from downtown Moab.