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Places visited in Bethesda, Maryland
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Civita, Italy

Civita di Bagnoregio

This quaint Italian town keeps losing ground as the sides of its plateau slowly erode.
Jekyll Island, Georgia

Driftwood Beach

Constant erosion has created a surreal landscape of bleached and preserved fallen trees.
St. Augustine, Florida

Castle Otttis

Two men built this castle on the Florida coast as an artistic “landscape sculpture.”
Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville Interchange Spiral

Must form and function forever remain at odds? Not if the Florida Department of Transportation has its way.
Pawleys Island, South Carolina

Alice Flagg's Grave

Visitors come from all over to bring gifts and tokens to the grave of Alice, who is thought to have died of a broken heart.
Bird Island, North Carolina

Kindred Spirit Mailbox

A mailbox that saved a nature reserve.
Washington, D.C.

Washington Aqueduct Chemical Tower

Every drop of D.C. tap water flows through this old waterworks.
Fort Meade, Maryland

Architect of the Capitol Archival Warehouse

A remote horde of architectural treasures fit for Indiana Jones.
Washington, D.C.

Old Stone House

The oldest building in the District of Columbia was preserved because of a mistaken connection to George Washington.
Cabin John, Maryland

Union Arch Bridge

The bridge's highly-contested plaque (once again) honors Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
Bethesda, Maryland

Congressional Country Club

Proto-CIA agents trained with grenades in the sand traps and fired machine guns from the fairways.
Bethesda, Maryland

Magruder's Blacksmith Shop

One of the oldest standing structures in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Bethesda, Maryland

Mushroom House of Bethesda

Surrounded by traditional homes, this Tolkien-esque dwelling stands out on a quiet street in suburban Maryland.
Bethesda, Maryland

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

FDR's Art Deco hospital tower was hopelessly inefficient.
Bethesda, Maryland

Madonna of the Trail

She stares out across six lanes of traffic, clutching a musket and infant with determination.
Bethesda, Maryland

Glen Echo Amusement Park

Once home to seven different roller coasters, Glen Echo has undergone many transformations since its founding in 1891.
North Miami Beach, Florida

The Cloisters of the Ancient Spanish Monastery

St Bernard de Clairvaux Episcopal Church, better known as one of the oldest European buildings in the Western Hemisphere.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Mai-Kai Restaurant

When you can't get to the Pacific, just go to Florida.
Boynton Beach, Florida

Green Cay Nature Center and Wetlands

These constructed wetlands naturally filter millions of gallons of treated wastewater every day.
West Palm Beach, Florida

Hurricane of 1928 Mass Burial Site

This mass grave for victims of a massive hurricane remained hidden until 1991.
Palm Beach, Florida

Johnnie Brown's Grave

Grab a slice of pizza next to the remains of the "human monkey" who ran for mayor.
New Port Richey, Florida

Pasco County Stilt Houses

These simple structures are living monuments to the fishermen who built this community over a century ago.
Tarpon Springs, Florida

Spongeorama Sponge Factory

This small museum gives visitors a chance to soak up the history of the "sponge capital of the world."
Tarpon Springs, Florida

Tarpon Springs Epiphany Celebration

Every January 6, young men dive into Spring Bayou in search of a cross and a year's worth of maritime blessings.