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American Precision Museum in Windsor, Vermont

Held in a simple yet historic building in a bucolic Vermont town the American Precision Museum, a collection of machining tools, geared contraptions, and the under appreciated history of the United States' devotion to quality through detail. Show More Summary

Borah Peak in Challis National Forest, Idaho

If climbers can brave "Chicken-Out Ridge," a dangerous expanse that essentially speaks for itself, they can ascend to the highest point in Idaho at 12,668 feet above sea level, Borah Peak. For highpointers, the summits of the northwestern...Show More Summary

Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Nestled among the Great Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is a true monument to monomaniacal collecting: Andrea and Rolf's Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum. Boasting over 20,000 pairs of shakers dating from the 1500's to the modern day, the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum is more than a tacky roadside stop or hobby room. Show More Summary

Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry in Detroit, Michigan

In a city overflowing with street art, murals, and graffiti of all kinds, Diego Rivera's controversial tribute to the Detroit automotive industry still reigns supreme. Commissioned in 1932 by Edsel Ford, son of Henry Ford and then president...Show More Summary

Musk Ox Farm in Palmer, Alaska

In what may be one of the world's only examples of such a business, Alaska's Musk Ox Farm raises the burly, prehistoric beasts not only to bring their population back from the brink of extinction, but also to harvest their downy undercoat which is a remarkable super-wool material. Show More Summary

Reversing Falls in Saint John, Canada

Situated on the Bay of Fundy, the Reversing Falls of Saint John are subject to the immense changes in the remarkably powerful local tides which actually cause the waters to change course multiple times throughout the day. The Bay ofShow More Summary

Old Prison of Trois-Rivières in Trois-Rivières, Canada

Once Canada's longest operating detention center, the prison of Trois-Rivières is now open for tours led by former inmates as well as the chance to take part in a 1920's style Canadian trial by jury, and even the opportunity for groups to spend one edifying yet oddly thrilling night in a 19th-century Québécois prison cell. Show More Summary

Grotto of St Anthony of Padua in Crupet, Belgium

Built in 1903, the Grotto of St Anthony of Padua in the Belgian village of Crupet is like a statuary mix-tape of the miraculous moments from the life of the titular saint using a gaggle of unusually bright, expressive figures to illustrate the man's legendary feats. Show More Summary

Kings Peak in Uinta Mountains, Utah

At 13,528 feet above sea level, Kings Peak is considered by highpointers to be the toughest of the 50 state highpoints that require no advanced mountaineering skills or a guide, however the multiple routes to the top allow hikers to make it only as hard as they want. Show More Summary

The Wildlife Sports and Educational Museum in Amsterdam, New York

Nestled in woody Upstate New York, the Wildlife Sports and Educational Museum displays hundreds of mounted animals right alongside the methods by which they were killed. This impressively large museum is filled wall-to-wall with stuffed critters from the wilds of North America and beyond. Show More Summary

Vajdahunyad Castle in Budapest, Hungary

Showcasing four distinct architectural styles, Vajdahunyad Castle is a thoroughly unique tribute to Hungary's millennium-long architectural tradition. Designed by architect Ignác Alpár in 1896 as part of Hungary's millennial celebrations...Show More Summary

The Devil's Millhopper in Gainesville, Florida

Officially known as the Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park, this massive natural pit has developed its own little environment thanks to the drastically different climate in its depths. Stretching down 120 feet into the Earth, the sinkhole known as the Devil's Millhopper is like a little rainforest right in the middle of Florida. Show More Summary

Happy Rizzi House in Brunswick, Germany

Described as "the happiest house on earth," the Happy Rizzi House (Rizzihaus) in Brunswick is a day-glo masterpiece of cartoon-inspired architecture set smack in the heart of a staid German historic neighborhood. Standing in stark contrast...Show More Summary

Seegrotte in Hinterbrühl, Österreich

Located beneath a disused gypsum mine in the Austrian town of Hinterbrühl, the Seegrotte is a series of underground canals that make up Europe's largest subterranean lake and was created by the same flood that shut down the mine. InShow More Summary

Boundary Peak in White Mountains, Nevada

It took the Supreme Court to determine that this peak in Nevada is the state's highest point, thanks to 19th century surveying margins of error. The Von Schmidt Line, the diagonal line that starts at Lake Tahoe and ends at the Fort Mojave Indian Reservation named after its surveyor, cuts across a saddle on a mountain with two peaks. Show More Summary

Wheeler Peak in Sangre De Cristo Mountains, New Mexico

At least six mountains in the southwestern United States are named after George Montague Wheeler, who led expeditions to map the vast area. New Mexico's Wheeler Peak is the highest point in the state at 13,167 feet above sea level. Already...Show More Summary

Ernie Harwell Park in Detroit, Michigan

As new professional baseball stadiums continue to get larger and more dazzling in their opulence - featuring hi-def laser video boards the size of entire buildings, concourses that double as amusement parks and entire shopping centers,...Show More Summary

Le Passe-Muraille in Paris, France

The Passe-Muraille, or "Passer through Walls" is an homage to a famous work of French literature by the same name which immortalizes the novel's tragic finale wherein a man with the ability to phase through walls finds himself caught in mid-pass after a streak of roguish shenanigans. Show More Summary

Ypsilanti Water Tower in Ypsilanti, Michigan

Dominating the city's landscape, Ypsilanti, Michigan's centrally located water tower was actually named "the most phallic building in the world" by a magazine and the locals would seem to agree. The water tower was designed by architect William R. Show More Summary

Maroon Bells in Aspen, Colorado

Billed as the most photographed mountains in the Rockies, many visitors come to Aspen to take their pictures. However, climbers, local media, and even the US Forest Service know these mountains as the "Deadly Bells." The beauty of the...Show More Summary

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