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Ocean City, Maryland

Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum

This building at the south end of the boardwalk was once home to the U.S. Life-Saving Service and the U.S. Coast Guard before being rescued itself.
Port Tobacco, Maryland

Stagg Hall

One of the earliest and best-preserved buildings in Charles County, Maryland.
St. Louis, Missouri

Burial Place of Chief Pontiac

A plaque on the side of a parking garage marks the burial place of a great Ottawa chief.
Baltimore, Maryland

First Public Gas Street Lamp in America

One artist’s scheme to expand museum viewing hours into the evening led to the illumination of an entire city.
Bethesda, Maryland

Magruder's Blacksmith Shop

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

'Giganticus Headicus'

A tribute to the statues of Easter Island along Route 66.
Baltimore, Maryland

One Calvert Plaza

Baltimore's first skyscraper may be home to the inspiration behind pulp fiction's most celebrated bird.
Goodyear, Arizona

Phoenix Trotting Park

This abandoned horse racing track was an exercise in hubris from its inception.
Quartzsite, Arizona

Reader's Oasis Books

The shop's owner has spent decades in the desert wearing nothing but a strategically placed sock.
Ocotillo, California

Anza Borrego Desert View Tower

This historic tower in the California desert promises visitors a "vortex of good vibes".
Alexandria, Virginia

Laurel Grove School Museum

The only remaining African American schoolhouse in northern Virginia is now a museum dedicated to formerly enslaved people.
Alexandria, Virginia

The Elk of Prince Street

A massive, majestic mammal watches over pedestrians from his perch atop a former B.P.O.E. lodge.
Flagstaff, Arizona

Old Two Spot Logging Train

Crafted in 1911, this steam locomotive spent its entire working life in Flagstaff.
Flagstaff, Arizona

The Museum Club

This 1930s log cabin began as a taxidermy museum but is now a popular country music venue.
Malibu, California

California Coastal Records Project

View the California coastline (and the home of Barbara Streisand) inch by inch with stunning, government-sanctioned aerial photography.
Wheaton, Maryland

Brookside Gardens Reflection Terrace

Hidden within an idyllic suburban garden is a memorial dedicated to the victims of a terrifying spree of killings committed on U.S. soil.
Oxon Hill, Maryland

The Awakening

The 72-foot giant escaped confinement in a large patch of mulch only to be reburied in the sandy shores of the Potomac River.
Williams, Arizona

Ashfork-Bainbridge Steel Dam

The first steel dam in the world and the only one still functional in the United States.
Henderson, Nevada

Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden

Nevada's largest cactus collection stands outside a candy mogul's small factory.
Nelson, Nevada

Nelson

A mining town once rife with murderous disputes over its copious treasures now creates income as a popular spot for photo shoots.
Laughlin, Nevada

Laughlin Labyrinths

A series of labyrinths in the Nevada desert inspire meditation and calmness.
Sedona, Arizona

Mayhew Lodge

Although now a decaying ruin, this stone cabin's history includes several notable figures.
Uravan, Colorado

Uravan

Only a few signs remain of the buried Colorado mining town that supplied the uranium for the first atomic bomb.
Flagstaff, Arizona

Humphreys Peak B-24 Wreckage

The wreckage of a deadly bomber plane crash can still be found near an Arizona peak.