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Kotor, Montenegro

Fortifications of Kotor

These historic defenses ensured the city within would survive hundreds of years of occupations, sieges, and invasions.
Zadar, Croatia

Pillar of Shame

Now harmless, this looming post struck fear into the heart of medieval troublemakers.
Zadar, Croatia

Sea Organ

A musical instrument played by the sea.
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik Maskeron

Gargoyle head that brings good luck.
Škaljari, Montenegro

Fortress Gorazda

This World War I fortress is the perfect place to catch a Montenegrin sunset.
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hotel Belvedere

The complex has been abandoned since the Croatian War of Independence, barring a stint as a set for 'Game of Thrones.'
Portland, Oregon

Portland Horse Rings

Tiny horses tethered to antique rings are scattered around the city.
Portland, Oregon

International Rose Test Garden

10,000 flowered plants bloom in the City of Roses.
Calipatria, California

Slab City

During winter months, this abandoned navy base becomes an off-grid home and alternative living community for thousands of retirees.
Bombay Beach, California

Bombay Beach

Version of the French Riviera destroyed by the sea.
Honolulu, Hawaii

Spitting Caves

A unique set of caves that spits waves back out into the ocean.
Denver, Colorado

Blue Mustang

The Denver airport is guarded by a 32-foot-tall sculpture of a demonic horse.
Denver, Colorado

National Ice Core Lab

Where scientists keep miles of very valuable ice from Antarctica and Greenland from melting.
Denver, Colorado

International Church of Cannabis

A technicolor place of worship for Elevationists.
Milwaukie, Oregon

Legendary Safari Club

Hunting trophies decorate Oregon's most unique bar-restaurant.
Sumpter, Oregon

Sumpter Valley Gold Dredge

During its heyday, 72 one-ton buckets from this dredge bore into the Powder River excavating vast gold deposits.
New Princeton, Oregon

Alvord Desert

At the base of the Steen Mountains resides an otherworldly desert.
Dufur, Oregon

Friend Ghost Town

The short-lived railroad town in central Oregon has been abandoned since the 1930s.
Silver Lake, Oregon

Crack in the Ground

A volcanic fissure over two miles long and up to 70 feet deep.
Mitchell, Oregon

Painted Hills

Oregon's unexpected high desert, displaying layers of time in a colorful show.
Klamath, California

Trees of Mystery

Two mammoth statues inspired by equally tall tales lure tourists to this roadside attraction.
Rosser, Manitoba

Cement Cemetery

Mysterious concrete spires left on a small Canadian hill.
Baltimore, Maryland

Dr. Gloom's Crypt of Curiosities

Fiji mermaids, mummified remains, and recreated cryptids are among the morbid oddities at this Baltimore museum.
Alexandria, Virginia

The Grave of the Female Stranger

This grave marks the passing of a historic Jane Doe whose identity remains a mystery to this day.