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Belas, Angola

Miradouro da Lua (Viewpoint of the Moon)

This striking otherworldly landscape outside Angola's capital city is the product of millions of years of erosion.
Calandula, Angola

Quedas de Calandula

This horseshoe-shaped waterfall is the second-largest on the African continent.
Panguila, Angola

Cemitério de Navios (The Ship Cemetery)

Abandoned ships along a deserted beach feel like the set of a post-apocalyptic thriller.
Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

Hand of Timba

This monument memorializes a violent massacre where colonial police killed 50 striking dockworkers.
Ouidah, Benin

La Porte du Non-Retour (The Door of No Return)

A monument to the more than one million enslaved Africans deported from the port of Ouidah.
Cotonou, Benin

Ganvie Lake Village

Africa's Venice on stilts.
Ouidah, Benin

The Temple of Pythons

Dozens of snakes are housed and worshipped within the walls of this Vodun temple.
Lome, Togo

Akodessewa Fetish Market

The Voodoo Superstore of the world.
Hisor, Tajikistan

Hisor Fort

The first version of this stalwart construction appeared around 3,000 years ago.
Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Dushanbe Flagpole

The world's second-tallest flagpole stands proud despite dropping rank.
Ayni, Tajikistan

Anzob Tunnel

This dark, damp, perilous tunnel is the only passage from north to south Tajikistan.
Trongsa, Bhutan

Trongsa Dzong

The largest and, arguably, most scenic fortress in Bhutan.
Punakha, Bhutan

Punakha Suspension Bridge

This colorful overpass is one of Bhutan's longest suspension bridges.
Thimphu, Bhutan

Buddha Dordenma Statue

This giant Buddha statue has 125,000 smaller Buddhas hidden inside it.
Paro, Bhutan

Paro International Airport

This Himalayan airport provides one of the most difficult landings in the world.
Paro, Bhutan

Paro Taktsang

The small cliffside monastery known as the Tiger's Nest is said to be the meditation site of an eighth-century Buddhist master.
Howland Island

Earhart Light

The ruins of a lighthouse on the island Amelia Earhart never reached.
Yazd, Iran

Yazd Atash Behram

The fire inside this temple has burned for more than 1,500 years.
Meybod, Iran

Yakhchāls

Ancient structures used to make and preserve ice in the deserts of Persia.
Yazd, Iran

Zoroastrian Towers of Silence

Putrefaction plateaus in Iran, where the dead were sent for decontamination before going to their final resting place.
Portola Valley, California

Alpine Inn

The Internet Age began with a transmission from this biker bar.
Mountain View, California

Hangar One

One of the largest free-standing structures ever built, this dirigible hangar is now simply a giant skeleton.
Los Altos, California

The Apple Garage

The garage at the childhood home of Steve Jobs was a hangout for the founders of Apple, even if they never built computers there.
Long Beach, California

The Skinniest House in America

The 10-foot-wide Long Beach home was built on a dare.