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Quito, Ecuador

Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús

It took 160 years to complete the most ornate church in Ecuador.
Quito, Ecuador

Basílica del Voto Nacional

Legend says if this neo-Gothic basilica is ever officially completed, the world will come to an end.
Quito, Ecuador

Teleférico Quito

The gondolas let you glimpse a bird's-eye view of one of the world's highest capital cities.
Quito, Ecuador

La Carolina Park

This huge green space packed with activities will make you forget you're in the middle of the Ecuadorian capital.
Tikal, Guatemala

Tikal Temple IV

Deep in the Guatemalan jungle stands an ancient pyramid that once marked the reign of a king.
Tikal, Guatemala

Spider Monkeys of Tikal

Monkeys inhabit the lush forest surrounding ancient Mayan ruins once considered sacred.
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Mapa en Relieve

An impressive century-old, to-scale topographical map of Guatemala.
Tikal, Guatemala

Howler Monkeys of Tikal

These roaring primates were considered a divine creature in the cosmology of the Maya.
Vienna, Austria

Boltzmann's Grave

Physicist’s epitaph provides final confirmation to a career of turmoil.
Vienna, Austria

Vienna Grand Ferris Wheel

Vienna's giant wonder wheel had a starring role in one of the greatest noir movies of all time.
Hamburg, Germany

St. Pauli Elbtunnel

Hamburgers are intensely proud of their tunnel beneath the river.
Hamburg, Germany

St. Nicholas' Church

Once the tallest building in the world, this abandoned church is now a monument to the destruction of WWII.
Bucharest, Romania

Memorial of Rebirth

This memorial to the victims of the Romanian Revolution of 1989 is often compared to a potato on a skewer.
Bucharest, Romania

Cărturești Carusel Bookstore

This once derelict building is now one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world.
Karlovy Vary, Czechia

Karl Marx Monument

A larger-than-life statue of the German revolutionist stands proud in a small town where he never lived.
Adršpach, Czechia

Adršpach-Teplice Rocks

Enormous sandstone towers loom within a Czech forest.
Beijing, China

The Forbidden City

The most famous location in China was home to whole dynasties worth of imperial rulers.
Beijing, China

Beijing Ancient Observatory

This ancient Chinese observatory still contains early astronomy technology.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Old Faithful Geyser

One of nature's most well-scheduled phenomenons resides in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park.
Villa de Leyva, Colombia

Casa Terracota

This whimsical home made entirely from clay is basically a giant piece of pottery.
Villa de Leyva, Colombia

Museo El Fósil

A museum built around a bus-sized fossil on the side of the highway.
Lake Itasca, Minnesota

Headwaters of the Mississippi River

At this Minnesota state park you can easily wade across the source of the mighty Mississippi.
Bemidji, Minnesota

Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox, Bemidji

These crudely shaped folk giants may be the the second most photographed statues in the U.S.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Stone Arch Bridge

The only arched bridge made of stone on the entire Mississippi River.