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Latrobe, Pennsylvania

Birthplace of the Banana Split

A larger-than-life statue of America's favorite sundae marks the place it was invented.
Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania

Old Jail Museum

This jail which was in service for over a century is now open for curious visitors.
Avella, Pennsylvania

Meadowcroft Rockshelter

This Pennsylvania cave holds evidence of the oldest known inhabitants of North America.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Homewood Cemetery

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

Rocky Statue

Yo, Adrian!
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

The remains of a community that was forced to move for a dam that never materialized still rot in this Pennsylvania park.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Rodef Shalom Biblical Botanical Garden

This Old Testament garden features 100 plants from biblical times.
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Longwood Gardens

This palatial botanical garden is home to one of the largest pipe organs ever installed in a private residence, and a piece of Wood's cycad.
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Lehigh Millennium Folk Arch

A park full of outsider art, created by college students studying outsider art.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia

This little-known collection holds everything from "Dracula" notes, to the manuscript of "Ulysses," to the forged works of Shakespeare.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mount Moriah Cemetery

An abandoned cemetery lies in ruins as the surrounding forest swallows it whole.
Murfreesboro, North Carolina

Brady C Jefcoat Museum

A vast collection of everyday items amassed by one man.
Manteo, North Carolina

Freedmen's Colony of Roanoke Island

The lesser-known lost colony of Roanoke was a safe haven for formerly enslaved people during the Civil War.
Asheville, North Carolina

Sander Court

Asheville, North Carolina, was the the second place in the world to enjoy Kentucky Fried Chicken's secret recipe.
Charlotte, North Carolina

Wall Poems of Charlotte

Colorful murals stationed throughout Charlotte bring poetry to everyone.
Asheville, North Carolina

Burton Street Community Peace Gardens

A nourishing complex of found object art, paintings, and sculptures that celebrate key figures in black history.
Robbinsville, North Carolina

Cheoah Dam

A historic dam made famous for its turbines and feature in a Hollywood classic.
Mount Airy, North Carolina

Scoops Ice Cream & Such

Follow the path behind this treat-slinging camper van to a sculpture garden in the forest.
Durham, North Carolina

Bennett Place

The scene of the largest surrender of Confederate troops at the end of the American Civil War.
Asheville, North Carolina

Fleetwood’s

A wedding chapel, vintage clothing shop, and bar all under one roof.
Morrisville, North Carolina

Orchid Trail Greenhouses

Wander through more than 20,000 square feet filled with an amazing collection of orchids.
Hot Springs, North Carolina

Gratitude Garden at ArtiSun Gallery

An art instillation for the sake of "raising vibrations."
Newport, North Carolina

Bob's Sinkhole

This sinkhole is disguised as a pond and named after the man who stumbled upon it.
Asheville, North Carolina

Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum

The fine fabric handwoven at Biltmore Industries was once coveted around the world.