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Tintern, Wales

Tintern Abbey

This well-preserved Cistercian Abbey in a romantic pastoral setting has inspired artists like the poet Wordsworth.
Lyndhurst, Virginia

Swannanoa Palace

This historic mansion was built as a symbol of love between a husband and wife.
Alexandria, Virginia

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

An original apothecary from 1792.
New York, New York

Life Underground Sculptures

An artist's cute bronze subway sculptures belie his violent artistic past.
Versailles, Kentucky

Castle Post

This modern castle sat empty for decades before a fire inspired its builders to complete its luxury halls.
Pearl River, Louisiana

Honey Island Swamp

Legend says a primate-like cryptid prowls this otherworldy sliver of the Louisiana bayou.
Point Pleasant, West Virginia

Mothman Statue

This red-eyed chrome beast pays homage to the popular modern myth of West Virginia's insectoid monster.
Nashville, Tennessee

Hatch Show Print

At 135 years old and counting, this historic print shop is heaven for poster nerds and music buffs.
Berlin, Maryland

Assateague Island

The land is home to swimming ponies and a legendary 18th-century treasure.
Cave City, Kentucky

Wigwam Village #2

One of the few surviving "Wigwam"-themed motels.
Ansted, West Virginia

Mystery Hole

The "mysteries" of this quintessential roadside oddity were almost destroyed by neglect but were saved by fans of kitschy wonder.
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Titanic Museum Attraction

A recreation of the doomed ocean liner in the middle of the Smoky Mountains.
Charlottesville, Virginia

The Raven Room

Edgar Allan Poe's old dorm is now a shrine to the author's legacy.
Fayetteville, West Virginia

New River Gorge Bridge

One day a year it is legal to jump off of this astoundingly tall bridge that spans an Appalachian gorge.
New York, New York

Strawberry Fields Memorial

This mosaic dedicated to John Lennon was tended for years by a Beatles super-fan.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Church Brew Works

A restored Pittsburgh house of God has been converted to a marvelous house of suds.
Point Pleasant, West Virginia

Mothman Museum

A small storefront museum explores the history and myth of West Virginia's famous urban legend.
Cave City, Kentucky

Funtown Mountain

An abandoned theme park with a strange and tumultuous past.
Nashville, Tennessee

Concrete Parthenon

This replica of the Greek structure is in the heart of Nashville.
New Orleans, Louisiana

The Cats of Jackson Square

By day this New Orleans square is for pedestrians, but by night it is a kingdom of kittens.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Napoleon House

A 200-year-old building in the French Quarter that was to be Napoleon's home in the New World.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Nicolas Cage's Pyramid Tomb

In 2010, Nicolas Cage purchased two plots in this cemetery using one to construct this strange pyramid mausoleum.
St. Louis, Missouri

City Museum

Less a museum than a bizarre fantasy world created by artists and engineers.
Lookout Mountain, Georgia

Rock City

A bizarre roadside attraction and the first instance of miniature golf in the world.