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Washington, D.C.

Marilyn Monroe Mural

A tribute to the pop culture icon overlooks this Washington D.C. intersection.
Washington, D.C.

Foundry Branch Tunnel

Once a sewer culvert, this road tunnel now offers cyclists and pedestrians a subterranean stroll under the C&O Canal.
Washington, D.C.

Godey Lime Kilns

A historic ruin just 20 feet away from a busy highway onramp.
Washington, D.C.

Watergate Fountain

The word "Watergate" will forever be associated with the infamous scandal in 1972, but this fountain is famous in its own right.
Washington, D.C.

Serenity Statue

This poor little statue is the most vandalized memorial in Washington.
Washington, D.C.

Carnegie Library of Washington, D.C.

D.C.'s first central library was born out of a chance encounter with the philanthropist whose name it bears.
Washington, D.C.

Washington Family Church National Cathedral

An amazing example of early-20th-century architecture, this church features marble transported from Utah.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Bacchus House

The god of wine stares out at passersby on this busy Pittsburgh thoroughfare.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Homewood Cemetery

A quiet, gothic haven nestled between Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill and Point Breeze neighborhoods.
Castle Shannon, Pennsylvania

Grave of Andy Warhol

The pop art icon's gravesite is broadcast 24 hours a day on his museum's website.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Former Pittsburgh Stock Exchange

When oil was discovered just outside of Pittsburgh, the city became home to this regional stock market.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Shrine of the Blessed Mother

This shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary is also a tribute from a mother to her fallen son.
Braddock, Pennsylvania

Carrie Furnaces

These disused steel furnaces are now haunting ruins that may one day be a national park.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Randyland

Found art has transformed this Pittsburgh neighborhood into a psychedelic dream.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Frick Park Clay Courts

This historic Pittsburgh tennis complex is a rare example of natural red clay courts.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The First Heinz Pickle Charm

The souvenir got the company’s founder out of a pretty pickle at the World’s Fair.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Westinghouse Atom Smasher

This icon of the Atomic Age now lays dormant.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Nine Mile Run

This picturesque stream was up until recently the site of a ten story mountain of slag and sewage.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Magneto Mural

The Master of Magnetism dominates the walls of a scrap metal yard to keep graffiti artists at bay.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Protractors

Hundreds of protractors affixed to surfaces all over the city.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Fort Pitt Blockhouse

The last remnants of Fort Pitt also hold the distinction of being the oldest structure west of the Allegheny Mountains.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Duquesne Brewery Clock

The largest clock face in the United States is twice the size of Big Ben and infinitely more ad-sponsored.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Monongahela Incline

The United States’s oldest funicular railway glides up and down a steep Pittsburgh street.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Canton Avenue

One of the steepest streets in the United States makes an intriguing challenge for cyclists.