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Wood Line in San Francisco, California

The woods that cover San Francisco's Presidio are only a little over a century old, planted in the late 19th century by the U.S. Army. In 2011, Scottish artist Andy Goldsworthy made a new intervention on this now thriving woodland — an atmospheric secret path through its trees. Show More Summary

Campderdown Elm in Brooklyn, New York

The strangest tree in Brooklyn may be the gnarled branches of the Camperdown Elm near the Prospect Park boathouse. Its branches grow parallel to the ground instead of up, requiring extra support, so gazing up from beneath it is like standing beneath a giant bonsai. Show More Summary

Schwäbisches Turmuhrenmuseum in Mindelheim, Germany

Ticking away endlessly down the years, the giant timekeepers kept in the collection of the Schwäbisches Turmuhrenmuseum were made to operate in public towers but now sit in a private tower collection where they can be appreciated for their elaborate inner workings as well as the size of their face. Show More Summary

New York Academy of Medicine Rare Book Library in New York, New York

Since the mid-1800s the New York Academy of Medicine has been ensuring that the city's doctors have a unified voice and resource base, and since landing in their longtime headquarters in the 1920s the organization has curated one ofShow More Summary

Berchtesgaden Salt Mine in Berchtesgaden, Germany

The lovely German town of Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps has gained much of its wealth over the years by exploiting the local salt mine which acted as the backbone of the town's economy, and in honor of that legacy the Berchtesgaden...Show More Summary

Beit ed-Dine Palace in Beit Al Dine, Lebanon

When first laying eyes on Beit ed-Dine Palace its easy to see why it is seen as one of Lebanon's greatest cultural treasures with its elaborate architecture, historic mosaics, and priceless decorations, however all of this beauty was created at a high human cost. Show More Summary

Klein Curaçao in Klein Curaçao, Curaçao

After two hours sailing, bearing southeast from the old Dutch Caribbean outpost of Curaçao, travelers can find an abandoned island. Called Klein Curaçao (Dutch for "little"), it is a ghostly island that has been uninhabited for generations. Show More Summary

Hôtel de Glace in STE-CATHERINE-DE-LA-J-CARTIER, Canada

Comprised of 15,000 tons of snow and 500,000 tons of ice, the Hôtel de Glace is a massive undertaking, yet each spring it completely disappears. With only a four-month lifespan, the Ice Hotel takes a month and a half and 60 full-time...Show More Summary

The Snow Tomb of Captain Robert Falcon Scott in Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica

While Sir Ernest Shackleton is often heralded as the hero of polar exploration, he had many contemporaries, among them British naval captain Robert Falcon Scott, who along with four of his men is still buried under the snows of the Antarctic. Show More Summary

Aurora Ice Museum in Fairbanks, Alaska

Located at the Chena Hot Springs Resort, the Aurora Ice Museum is the world's largest year-round ice environment. You may be wondering just what this means exactly – it means jousting knights, polar bear bedrooms, a 2-story snowball fight structure, and perfectly chilled cocktails in icy martini glasses for visitors of age. Show More Summary

Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

200 kilometers above the Arctic Circle in Sweden, about 17 kilometres from Kiruna, is a little village of Jukkasjarvi where dogs nearly out number the humans, but for a few months each year it becomes host to the world's original "ice hotel," which has been melting and being rebuilt since 1990. Show More Summary

The Baths in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Strewn about a sun-drenched beach on Virgin Gorda Island are a number of massive boulders known collectively as "The Baths," and hidden around and beneath these titanic rocks are a number of pools and grottoes waiting to be discovered by leisurely vacationers. Show More Summary

The Mail Rail in London, United Kingdom

Running beneath the feet of unsuspecting Londoners is an ever-clanging railway that quietly (at least on the surface) secrets parcels, missives, and other mail from one sorting station to another. This purpose-built system is known to...Show More Summary

Holmes Medical Museum in Foley, Alabama

While it might not be the largest or most diverse medical museum in the world, the Holmes Medical Museum in Foley, Alabama uses its humble space to celebrate the sterile, slightly frightening history of the obsolete tools of the trade. Show More Summary

The Pinnacles of Gunung Mulu in Sarawak, Malaysia

High atop the Malaysian mountain Gunung Mulu is an impressive alien landscape made up of sharp rock spires that rise up out of the surrounding jungle like spikes of angry earth. The climb to the Pinnacle of Gunung Mulu is gruesome and dangerous, so much so that the national park is sometimes used by the Malaysian Army for training. Show More Summary

Caos Bar & Antiguidades in São Paulo, Brazil

Brazil's Caos Bar & Antiguidades truly deserves its name, offering a chaotic explosion of vintage stuff literally crammed into every space from the floor to the ceiling. Only a few short years ago Rua Augusta in São Paulo was considered...Show More Summary

Kloster Allerheiligen in Oppenau, Germany

Deep inside Germany's Black Forest, are the ruins of Kloster Allerheiligen, the Monastery of All Saints, which has been burnt time and again by lightning and fire but still exists today as a haunting ruin. According to historic reports, the first abbey was installed on the site in 1192 as a simple wooden construction. Show More Summary

Mentone Egg in Mentone, Indiana

Balanced on the tapered end of its elliptical surface, the Mentone Egg is a bizarre monument that honors not only the town's rich history egg production but also claims to be the largest egg in the world. Sitting right near the edgeShow More Summary

Kaufmann's Clock in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

A century-old landmark timepiece in downtown Pittsburgh known as Kaufmann's Clock has been acting as a meet-up spot for everything from weddings to kiss offs down its long, brass history. An ornate bronze 2,500 pound clock replaced a...Show More Summary

Tillamook Air Museum in Tillamook, Oregon

The former blimp hanger that now houses the Tillamook Air Museum is known as likely the largest wooden building in the world, and is currently home to a huge private collection of rare and restored aircraft, although the upkeep of the massive structure may mean that the museum is not long for this world. Show More Summary

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