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Seffner, Florida

Airstream Ranch

An octet of classic chrome trailers speared into the ground act as a tribute to the silver bullets of the open road.
Kissimmee, Florida

Splendid China

Once featuring over 60 miniature replicas of famous Chinese locations, the Splendid China theme park was completely abandoned and is now mostly rubble.
New Smyrna Beach, Florida

DC-7 at Epic Flight Academy

An aviation relic that made coast-to-coast travel possible.
Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville Interchange Spiral

Must form and function forever remain at odds? Not if the Florida Department of Transportation has its way.
Sanford, Florida

I-4 Dead Zone

This stretch of highway is said to be haunted by ghosts of settlers whose graves were paved over.
Ormond Beach, Florida

Ormond Beach Watchtower

A replica of one of the more than 15,000 civilian lookout towers that lined the U.S. coast during World War II.
Key West, Florida

U.S. Route 1 Mile 0 Sign

The highway's southernmost spot is a beloved local attraction.
New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Turtle Mound

Mariners once used this prehistoric landfill as a navigational landmark.
Ponce Inlet, Florida

The Green Mound

One of the largest Native American shell middens stands 30 feet tall.
St. Augustine, Florida

Castillo de San Marcos

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

Dummett Sugar Mill Ruins

The ruins of a once-thriving sugarcane plantation that was burned in the Second Seminole War.
North Fort Myers, Florida

The Shell Factory

The largest retailer of seashells in the world.
Ponce Inlet, Florida

Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse

The third tallest lighthouse in America once guided author Stephen Crane to safety.
Titusville, Florida

NASA Vehicle Assembly Building

A building so large that it has its own weather.
Key West, Florida

Southernmost Point of the Continental U.S.

A monument celebrating the idea of reaching inaccessible places.
St. Augustine, Florida

Fort Matanzas National Monument

This Spanish fort is made entirely of seashell and concrete.
New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Cruger-dePeyster Sugar Mill Ruins

Despite being made of a seashell mortar, the crumbling remains of this historic Florida mill are still standing.
Key West, Florida

Captain Tony's Saloon

Florida's oldest bar was once a morgue, complete with a hanging tree and gravestones.
St. Augustine, Florida

The Fountain of Youth

A tribute to Ponce de Leon's supposed quest for eternal youth.
St. Augustine, Florida

The Ponce de León Hotel

A luxurious 1880s hotel with its fair share of Tiffany stained glass, Edison electricity, and of course, ghosts.
Flagler Beach, Florida

Bulow Plantation Ruins

The ruins of this antebellum sugar plantation are the end result of a Seminole attack during the Florida Wars of 1836.
Key West, Florida

Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum

The former home of the Nobel Prize-winning American writer is now home to dozens of six-toed cats.
St. Augustine, Florida

Pirate & Treasure Museum

Arrr! The most authentic collection of pirate artifacts in the world... matey.
Salem, Massachusetts

Derby Square Bookstore

"Try not to knock anything over!"