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Fish Ladder Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan

With the construction of Grand Rapids, Michigan's Sixth Street Dam the migratory population of salmon, steelhead, and even carp were suddenly unable to undertake their yearly upstream journey. The concrete fish ladder at Fish Ladder Park was created to give the swimmers a leg up, and provide visitors with a chance to see the leaping fish in action. Show More Summary

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Frank Lloyd Wright was often known for his nature-inspired, humanistic works of architecture, but while his design for Milwalkee's Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church certainly retains some natural curves, it looks completely alien. Wright...Show More Summary

The Buttonball Tree in Sunderland, Massachusetts

Bigger is better, as the the fans of Sunderland's enormous Buttonball Tree would have you believe. This impressive specimen of flora, an American sycamore, towers above the small Massachusetts village of Sunderland at over 113 feet tall, with a spread of 140 feet, and a hefty girth of 24 feet and 7 inches--and it's still growing. Show More Summary

Betsy the Lobster in Islamorada, Florida

Because nothing is too terrifying to create a giant novelty version of, the Rain Barrel artist's village in Islamorada, Florida is home to "Betsy," a massive roadside lobster statue the is a serious contender for the title of world's largest lobster. Show More Summary

The Lonely Castle in Mada'in Saleh, Saudi Arabia

Among the dozens of ruins located in the archeological playground of Mada'in Saleh, one stands literally alone. Carved into a massive boulder, Qasr al-Farid, or "The Lonely Castle," is a stunning ancient tomb that rivals the majesty of any carved architecture in the world. Show More Summary

Tsarsky Kurgan in Kerch, Ukraine

The Tsarsky Kurgan or Royal Kurgan is believed to have been constructed as long ago as the 4th century BCE, but the lovely vaulted hallway leading to the burial chamber inside looks like it was made much more recently. A "kurgan" isShow More Summary

Octopus Tree of Oregon in Oceanside, Oregon

Located at the Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint, the oddly-shaped, and even more oddly-named Octopus Tree of Oregon is a massive oddity, the origins of which are uncertain. The Octopus Tree (also known as the Council Tree, the Monstrosity Tree, and the Candelabra Tree) is believed to be around 250 to 300 years old. Show More Summary

El Sabroso in New York, New York

Amid the over-stuffed wholesale shops and hole-in-the-wall newsstands of Manhattan's Garment District, it’s easy to miss El Sabroso Restaurant on the first pass since it looks pretty much like every other freight entrance in the city. Show More Summary

Ignatius J. Reilly Statue in New Orleans, Louisiana

Eternally waiting out in front of New Orleans' Chateau Bourbon Hotel, the dumpy looking bronze figure of Ignatius J. Reilly pays homage to one of the greatest satirical novels ever written. Ignatius J. Reilly is the main protagonist in John Kennedy Toole's comedic masterwork A Confederacy of Dunces. Show More Summary

World's Largest Lobster in Shediac, Canada

For those who like their roadside attractions leaning towards the B-movie variety, the World's Largest Lobster is just for you. Located in Shediac, Canada, the self-proclaimed "Lobster Capital of the World," the massive concrete, steel, and fiberglass sea bug acts as both mascot and monstrous vision. Show More Summary

Ales Stenar in Kaseberga, Sweden

Sitting like a crown, atop a flat bluff in Skåne, Sweden are the Ales Stenar, an ancient formation of standing stones erected in the shape of a boat. No one is sure quite why the stone design was created but according to legend is is the resting place of a mythic king. Show More Summary

The Imperial War Museum London in London, United Kingdom

The Imperial War Museum has been a poignant and moving memorial to Great Britain's involvement in modern conflict for nearly a hundred years. In 1917, the British War Cabinet voted to create a national war museum that would record the horrific events still taking place in Flanders. Show More Summary

Vaillancourt Fountain in San Francisco, California

Created by outspoken artist Armand Vaillancourt, the San Francisco fountain that bears his surname is seen as a bizarre eyesore to some and a bold work of singular public art to others. But no matter how people have felt about it over the years, the Vaillancourt Fountain isn't going anywhere. Show More Summary

Red Beach at Mjelle in Bodø, Norway

The military-associated town of Bodø is not known as the most lovely location in Norway. That is because many visitors do not take the time to explore the natural wonders it has to offer, such as the Red Beach at Mjelle, which is said to take its color from jewel dust. Show More Summary

Treaty Oak in Jacksonville, Florida

There are a number of so-called "treaty oaks" found around America, usually singled out as the location of an important agreement or truce, but the treaty oak in Jacksonville, Florida is just called that so no one will tear it down.Show More Summary

Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations in Marseille, France

Sitting on the shore of the Port of Marseille is the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM), a starkly modern cube, connected to the mainland by a skybridge, contained in a swirling concrete cage. Opened in 2013,Show More Summary

The Cats of Jackson Square in New Orleans, Louisiana

In his story, The Garden of Stubborn Cats, Italo Calvino describes a scene that you can see acted out each night in New Orleans’ Jackson Square Park: “...Resting on the capitals, sprawled over the dry leaves of the flower beds, climbed...Show More Summary

Alex Raskin Antiques in Savannah, Georgia

If the walls of the Noble Hardee Mansion could talk, they’d have to speak up to be heard over the hoard of antiques jostling for attention in their rooms. Billing itself as the “last unrestored grand mansion of Savannah,” this decaying southern gem lives up to its own hype; paint peels, plaster crumbles, and genteel neglects. Show More Summary

Cemi Museum in Jayuya, Puerto Rico

In a slightly meta move, the Cemi Museum in the mountains of central Puerto Rico takes the shape of a cemi, the very thing the structure is there to remember. To the pre-Columbian Taino Indians of Puerto Rico the cemi, a small fetish...Show More Summary

Sant'Agata de' Goti in Sant'Agata de' Goti, Italy

Sitting on a raised bluff near the "ankle" of the Italian boot, the historic town of Sant'Agata de' Goti ends in a sheer drop into a river gorge, creating a long, flat wall as though the builders hit some invisible wall and just stopped. Show More Summary

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