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Boston, Massachusetts

Site of the Sacco & Vanzetti Funeral

This funeral home had the honor, if that is the correct word, of hosting the funeral of the famous Sacco and Vanzetti.
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston's "Black Sea"

This area was once known for being a lawless haven for rough-and-tumble sailors, earning the maritime-themed nickname "the black sea."
Boston, Massachusetts

Class of 1959 Chapel

The strikingly modern structure stands out among the brick buildings speckling the Harvard Business School's campus.
Boston, Massachusetts

Edgar Allan Poe Square

The Boston square dedicated to the dark poet who was born nearby.
Boston, Massachusetts

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (The Gardner)

Two thousand artifacts from around the world collected by one woman with an addiction.
Boston, Massachusetts

Mapparium

An enormous, inside-out glass globe built in 1935.
Saint Andrews, Scotland

Hamish McHamish Statue

This bronze statue was erected to honor a small Scottish town's beloved stray cat.
Lima, Peru

Convento de San Francisco Ossuary

The mortal remains of an estimated 70,000 people lie in the basement of a monastery in Lima, Peru.
Maras, Peru

Salt Pans of Maras

This Peruvian canyon is filled with geometric salt pools that have been being harvested since the Incan empire.
Urubamba, Peru

Moray

Huge stone depressions which may have acted as an Incan agricultural experiment.
Sur Lípez, Bolivia

Laguna Colorada

Red lake 4,000 meters above sea level is home to rare flamingos.
Bolivia

Great Train Graveyard

On the outskirts of a desert trading village high on the Andean plain, steel giants have been destroyed by salt winds.
La Paz, Bolivia

Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon)

A valley of unique erosion patterns lends to a view like nothing on Earth.
Adalar, Turkey

Büyükada

Over the centuries, this island paradise has done it all, from providing monks with ecclesiastical respite to sheltering an exiled Leon Trotsky.
Istanbul, Turkey

Beylerbeyi Palace

This former Imperial summer home was the venue for a royal slap that once echoed 'round the world.
Istanbul, Turkey

Obelisk of Theodosius

This remarkably well-preserved Egyptian plinth is pretty well traveled for a giant piece of stone.
Istanbul, Turkey

Basilica Cisterns of Istanbul

A marvel of Byzantine engineering under the streets of Istanbul.
Rosignano marittimo, Italy

Spiagge Bianche (White Beaches)

This deceiving white sand beach gets its brilliant hue from the chemical discharge of a nearby factory.
Capo Testa, Italy

Capo Testa Rock Formations

Windblown rock formations in an ancient Roman quarry.
Pahala, Hawaii

Punalu`u Black Sand Beach

This black shoreline is made up of exploded lava particles.
Naalehu, Hawaii

Ka Lae

The southernmost point in the United States is a beautiful place to look at but a deadly place to wade in.
Captain Cook, Hawaii

Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau

These ancient sacred grounds granted amnesty to those who managed to reach them.
Kealakekua, Hawaii

Captain Cook Monument

A controversial memorial at the place where Captain Cook met his violent end.
Hilo, Hawaii

Mauna Kea

Earth's tallest volcano is sacred to Native Hawaiians, and home to a dozen world-class observatories.