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San Diego, California

Spreckels Organ Pavilion

The world's largest outdoor organ is played weekly by one of just two civic organists in the U.S.
San Diego, California

Unconditional Surrender

A sculpture of the famous photograph stands on San Diego's "Greatest Generation Walk."
San Diego, California

Zoro Garden

Swarms of butterflies cannot compare to the awe inspired by the publicly-funded nakedness once displayed in this sunken garden.
San Diego, California

Hotel del Coronado

L. Frank Baum wrote part of the "Wizard of Oz" series in this wooden Victorian beach resort.
San Diego, California

Balboa Park Botanical Building and Lily Pond

Built for an exposition in 1915, these horticultural displays have stood the test of time.
San Diego, California

Balboa Park Moreton Bay Fig Tree

One of the largest trees of its kind in California.
San Diego, California

San Diego Museum of Us

An extraordinarily ornate museum in San Diego holds wondrous anthropological treasures.
Baltimore, Maryland

Pool #2 at Druid Hill Park

The only public swimming pool in Baltimore open to Black Americans during segregation is now a permanent memorial art exhibit.
San Juan, Puerto Rico

El Batey

Everyone from Alan Ginsberg to The Rolling Stones has stopped by this classic dive bar.
Darlington, Maryland

Conowingo Dam

Although built to generate electricity for Marylanders, this dam has become an all-you-can-eat buffet for American bald eagles.
Hellam, Pennsylvania

Hellam Township

Hellam Township is reputed to feature seven remote gates, which when passed through in the right order, open an entrance to hell.
Lewes, Delaware

Bunkers of Cape Henlopen State Park

WWII-era bunkers are hidden under the beaches of this picturesque park, which is still scattered with wartime watchtowers. .
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

John Goodway Sycamore Tree

This massive sycamore tree has been labeled as one of the largest in the state.
West Nyack, New York

Mount Moor Cemetery

A historic Black graveyard hidden in the parking lot of one of America's largest malls.
Covington, Virginia

Humpback Bridge

The oldest arched-covered bridge in Virginia has truly withstood the test of time.
Charleston, South Carolina

Old Slave Mart

South Carolina's last remaining slavery auction house is now a museum devoted to its own tragic history.
St. Augustine, Florida

Castillo de San Marcos

The walls of America's oldest masonry fort famously "swallowed" cannonballs.
Fairfield, Pennsylvania

Raven Rock Mountain Complex

The Cold War-era "underground Pentagon" is a sprawling subterranean hideaway for the Defense Department.
Hershey, Pennsylvania

Hotel Hershey

This extraordinary Depression-era expenditure was modeled after a postcard of a Mediterranean hotel.
Boston, Massachusetts

Rainbow Swash

The world's largest piece of copyrighted artwork.
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston's "Black Sea"

This area was once known for being a lawless haven for rough-and-tumble sailors, earning the maritime-themed nickname "the black sea."
Boston, Massachusetts

Faneuil Hall Weathervane

An interesting decoration on this historic site, this weathervane comes with as many legends as it does questions.
Boston, Massachusetts

Stanza dei Sigari - Cigar Bar and Memorabilia

This popular Boston haunt is reminiscent of a time gone by, when slow cafes and sweet-smelling smoke wafting from patios was the norm.
Boston, Massachusetts

Faneuil Hall

A former waterfront market is now in the center of town due to some interesting Boston engineering.