World's Best Art Destinations

Hungry for inspiration? These art destinations worldwide will satisfy your craving with extraordinary works of creativity and genius located in world-class museums and even the great outdoors.

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Madame Tussaud
Madame Tussaud

Madame Tussaud

At Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in New York City’s Times Square, is a wax figure that’s not instantly recognizable to the average visitor. But Madame Tussaud’s intelligence and innate talent helped her launch one of the world’s most unique art forms. 960 1280

  

Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum

Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum

Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum has roots dating back to Paris in 1770. There, the museum’s namesake learned the art of wax modeling from her mentor, Dr. Philippe Curtius. In 2000, a Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum opened in Times Square. 960 1280

  

Municipal Archives in New York City

Municipal Archives in New York City

At the Municipal Archives in New York City is a black and white negative that contains an image of a deadly weapon used in a sinister plot. How was one woman enlisted to become an unlikely assassin and what became of the man who orchestrated this bizarre tale of love and revenge? 960 1280

  

Municipal Archives in New York City

Municipal Archives in New York City

New York’s Municipal Archives was founded in 1950 and is home to records, census data and directories that help its patrons research their family history. 960 1280

  

San Diego Air & Space Museum

San Diego Air & Space Museum

On the grounds of the San Diego Air & Space Museum stands a colossal missile. When a corrosion problem threatened to ground this powerful projectile for good, the search for a solution led to the creation of one of the country’s most common household products: WD-40. 960 1280

  

San Diego Air & Space Museum

San Diego Air & Space Museum

The San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park has more than 120 pieces of aircrafts in their collection. 960 1280

  

Money Museum

Money Museum

At the Money Museum in Colorado Springs, CO, is a tiny 5-cent piece that has become one of the world’s most valuable coins, worth over $3.1 million today. 960 1280

  

Money Museum

Money Museum

The Money Museum at the American Numismatic Association houses a number of galleries dedicated to the association’s comprehensive collection of coins and paper money. 960 1280

  

The Kansas Museum of History

The Kansas Museum of History

The Kansas Museum of History in Topeka houses a 6-foot-long rusted piece of metal with a sharp point, known as the John Brown Pike. This artifact was part of an infamous armed rebellion that put the nation firmly on the road to war. 960 1280

  

The Kansas Historical Society

The Kansas Historical Society

The Kansas Historical Society was founded in 1875, and today, the museum sits on 80 acres of land devoted to preserving the state’s great history. 960 1280

  

Mill City Museum

Mill City Museum

This model of a flour mill dust collector was created after the dust-ignited explosion at the Minneapolis, MN, Washburn A Mill in 1878, increasing the safety of future flour mill workers. 960 1280

  

Mill City Museum

Mill City Museum

Located on the Mississippi River, the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, MN, is built into the ruins of the world’s largest flour mill with many of the mill’s original features still in tact. 960 1280

  

The Jean Bonnet Tavern
The Jean Bonnet Tavern

The Jean Bonnet Tavern

The Jean Bonnet Tavern is a historic bed and breakfast that hosts many who travel between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. In 1791, it became a popular stop for angry whiskey distillers to conspire against the opposition -- the US government. 960 1280

  

Mineral Palace Hotel and Casino

Mineral Palace Hotel and Casino

Today, you won't find gold in Deadwood. But visitors can try to strike it rich at the Mineral Palace Hotel and Casino (formally the Gem Saloon). George Hearst visited Deadwood in the early 1800s, and it’s where he purchased his first gold mine and newspaper belonging to the town of Deadwood. 960 1280

  

Grand Cavern Canyons

Grand Cavern Canyons

Tour the Grand Cavern Canyons, and if you’re strong enough, stay at the elaborate, luxurious and extremely isolated underground hotel suite. 960 1280

  

Summit Inn

Summit Inn

Almost 100 years ago, the Summit Inn sheltered 3 drunken vagabonds during an epic rainstorm. Those 3 men were Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone and Thomas Edison who were testing their inventions up and down the mountain upon which Summit Inn is located. 960 1280

  

The Golden Lamb Hotel

The Golden Lamb Hotel

The Golden Lamb Hotel looks much like it did during the murder case of Thomas S. Myers. Clement Vallandigham, lawyer for the accused, accidentally shot himself in the lobby of the hotel while trying to prove a point. 960 1280

  

St. Nicholas Hotel

St. Nicholas Hotel

Illinois’ St. Nicholas Hotel, the location where there was an attempt to steal Abraham Lincoln’s corpse in 1876, still stands today. 960 1280

  

Congress Plaza Hotel

Congress Plaza Hotel

Standing amidst Chicago’s skyscrapers, the historic, 14-story Congress Plaza Hotel is where professional thief Adam Worth exchanged the Duchess of Devonshire painting with famed detective William Pinkerton for $25,000. 960 1280

  

Hyatt at The Bellevue

Hyatt at The Bellevue

Even after its modern updates, the now Hyatt at The Bellevue in Philadelphia is decorated with chandeliers designed by Thomas Edison himself, which offers guests a glimpse of what it was like when it first opened its doors in 1904. 960 1280

  

Hotel Del Sol

Hotel Del Sol

Located in San Francisco’s Marina District, Hotel Del Sol is where the CIA covertly conducted MKULTRA -- an experiment in which American citizens were given large doses of LSD for research purposes in 1957. 960 1280

  

The Pollard

The Pollard

The Pollard Hotel, located near Yellowstone National Park in Montana, was once robbed by The Sundance Kid and the Wild Bunch. 960 1280

  

Renaissance Cleveland Hotel

Renaissance Cleveland Hotel

Today, the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel is every bit as luxurious as it was in 1928 when Elliot Ness used it as an interrogation headquarters to assist in a case against Dr. Frank Sweeney who was accused of murder. 960 1280

  

The Drake Hotel

The Drake Hotel

The Drake Hotel has been the location of some scandalous affairs, including a bribery that went south between government crony Charles Forbes and private contractors. Forbes was caught and sentenced to 2 years in prison after an unsuccessful escape to Europe. 960 1280

  

InterContinental The Willard Hotel

InterContinental The Willard Hotel

The Occidental Grill inside InterContinental The Willard Hotel in Washington, DC, is where KGB agent Alexander Feklisov and ABC News correspondent John Scali met to strategize on how to breakthrough international political barriers in order to broker a peace agreement between the US and Soviet Union. 960 1280

  

The Engleside Inn

The Engleside Inn

Having set the stage for the bestselling novel and blockbuster film "Jaws," The Engleside Inn’s beachfront property in New Jersey saw its fair share of legs and limbs in 1916. Two bystanders pulled a swimmer missing half his leg onto the shore. In the following days, more swimmers were killed before famed lion tamer Michael Schliesser slayed a rogue great white shark near the town of Matawan. 960 1280

  

Surratt House

Surratt House

It was at Washington, DC's Surratt House where actor John Wilkes Booth, and 3 other people, agreed to simultaneously assassinate President Abraham Lincoln, Vice President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of State William H. Seward. But when they put their devious plan into action on April 14, 1865, only 1 of the 3 dangerous conspirators succeeded. 960 1280

  

fron of the Kedron Valley Inn

fron of the Kedron Valley Inn

In 1817, the Kedron Valley Inn, located in South Woodstock, VT, was the site of a terrible and mysterious outbreak that panicked the town into paranoia, thinking that vampires were to blame for the numerous deaths. Several years later, scientists discovered that tuberculosis was the cause of the outbreak. 960 1280

  

Renaissance Cleveland Hotel

Renaissance Cleveland Hotel

In 1934, in the beautiful lobby lounge of the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, Paula Harmon, girlfriend of the infamous gangster Alvin Karpis, was arrested by the FBI. Paula worked with the FBI to uncover the whereabouts of Karpis’ gang, which led to the arrest of all gang members several months later. 960 1280

  

76 House in Tappan, NY

76 House in Tappan, NY

American General Benedict Arnold was captured and taken to the old 76 House in Tappan, NY, where he was interrogated. General Arnold attempted to reveal classified information regarding West Point in exchange for a high command in the British Army. To this day, guests come from around the country to hang out in one of the nation’s oldest establishments, and to check out the upside down picture of the famous traitor whose plot was exposed. 960 1280

  

Meeker Hotel in Meeker Colorado

Meeker Hotel in Meeker Colorado

In the late 1800s, the Meeker Hotel in Meeker, CO, was the first National Bank Building. During that time, 3 associates of the Wild Bunch gang attempted to rob the bank but their plans were spoiled when the town banded together and put a stop to the robbery. Today, the Meeker Hotel’s lobby is complete with the log burning stove that warmed road-weary travelers for more than a century. 960 1280

  

La Playa Hotel in Carmel California

La Playa Hotel in Carmel California

In 1983, the then smaller tech company known as Apple, held a company retreat at La Playa Hotel in Carmel, CA. The company was celebrating* its newest computer: LISA. At the same time, Steve Jobs was developing his Mac, at another unknown location.
* Apple was banned from La Playa Hotel for 30 years. 960 1280

  

Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, DC

Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, DC

In 1963, the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, DC, hosted civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. the night before his famous "I Have a Dream Speech." 960 1280

  

Sheraton Sand Key

Sheraton Sand Key

Sheraton Sand Key in Clearwater Beach, FL, was once the location for one of the hottest scandals in the 1980s. Evidence of an affair between Jessica Hahn and millionaire-televangelist Jim Bakker, led Bakker to pay Hahn a quarter of a million dollars to keep the affair a secret. 960 1280

  

World’s Fair Hotel

World’s Fair Hotel

In the late 1800s, Chicago master swindler H.H. Holmes enticed World's Fair visitors to stay at his aptly named "World’s Fair Hotel." However, Holmes does not intend to let his guests check out. He captures, murders and eliminates his victims' bodies for years before he's arrested and confesses to the gruesome crimes. Holmes is subsequently hanged, and goes down in history as America's first serial killer. 960 1280

  

The Hotel Hershey

The Hotel Hershey

The Hotel Hershey in Hershey, PA, hosted American spy Amy Elizabeth Pack and her mark, pro-Nazi French diplomat, Charles Brousse in 1942. The two were nearly caught cracking into a safe containing intel that would benefit Allied forces during World War II. 960 1280

  

The Edgewater Hotel

The Edgewater Hotel

The Edgewater Hotel in Seattle is the hotel of choice for rock ‘n’ roll musicians past and present, including The Beatles, Kiss, The Beach Boys, Ray Charles and countless others. 960 1280

  

Century Inn

Century Inn

Just outside of Pittsburgh, PA, is the historic Century Inn. Former President Andrew Jackson, known as "Old Hickory" for being "tough as nails," was a regular guest at the hotel. Visit the hotel today to see their largest collection of historic antiques and have a stay in Andrew Jackson's room. 960 1280

  

The Drake Hotel in Chicago

The Drake Hotel in Chicago

The Drake Hotel in Chicago has hosted many famous socialites. But in 1924 the popular hotel became a refuge for the family of Bobby Franks who was murdered by 2 young socialites -- Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb -- who thought they'd committed the perfect crime until a simple mistake cost them more than 100 years in prison. 960 1280

  

Wolf Creek Tavern Inn

Wolf Creek Tavern Inn

The Wolf Creek Inn was a popular pit stop for stagecoach drivers in the 1800s including the most popular Charley Parkhurst a Wells Fargo stagecoach driver responsible for delivering gold along the Oregon Trail. 960 1280

  

Sitting room of Triangle T Guest Ranch

Sitting room of Triangle T Guest Ranch

Located in Dragoon AZ Triangle T Guest Ranch once housed detained Japanese officials accused of spying on American Navy vessels prior to the December 7 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor. 960 1280

  

St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco

St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco

During a 1916 presidential campaign luncheon for candidate Charles Evans Hughes (who ran and lost against Woodrow Wilson) members of the wait staff from San Francisco's St. Francis Hotel staged a walkout in support of the Union since it was rumored that Hughes was not a Union supporter. The legendary chef Victor Hirtzler of the St. Francis Hotel proceeded with the luncheon for the presidential hopeful -- serving the meal with only the support of his cooks. 960 1280

  

Dining Hall of Palace Hotel

Dining Hall of Palace Hotel

Guests of San Francisco's Palace Hotel can still stay in the Presidential Suite Room 888 where President Warren G. Harding died in 1924. To this day no one is certain of the cause of death. 960 1280

  

Wawona Hotel in Yosemite National Park

Wawona Hotel in Yosemite National Park

Visitors traveling to Yosemite National Park can stay at the Wawona Hotel, about 4 miles from the park's south entrance. Walk along the same trail that welcomed President Theodore Roosevelt and author John Muir in 1903. 960 1280

  

The Don Vicente Inn in Ybor City Florida

The Don Vicente Inn in Ybor City Florida

The Don Vicente Inn in Ybor City, FL, was once a medical clinic and the location for a popular gambling game called Bolita, played by many Cuban immigrants to pass the time. After the clinic was shut down, the establishment remained unused for 30 years. 960 1280

Chris Darnell  

Old Talbott Tavern in Bardstown Kentucky

Old Talbott Tavern in Bardstown Kentucky

It's believed that in 1807 Vice President Aaron Burr conducted secret meetings regarding seceding from the United States at Old Talbott Tavern in Bardstown KY. 960 1280

  

Fairweather Inn in Bannack Montana

Fairweather Inn in Bannack Montana

In the 1860s, during the height of the Montana gold rush, the Fairweather Inn in Bannack, MT, (now located in Virginia City) was a stomping ground for several miners, stage coachmen and "road agents," looking to rob coachmen of their gold. 960 1280

  

Franklin House Hotel

Franklin House Hotel

Constructed in 1836 in Alton, IL, the Franklin House Hotel is where Abraham Lincoln stayed during his last debate with Senator Stephen A. Douglas prior to being elected president in 1860. Today, the hotel is a carefully restored apartment building named the Lincoln Lofts. 960 1280

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Idaho Hotel

Idaho Hotel

Located in Silver City, ID, -- a ghost town that was once a gold and silver mining town -- the Idaho Hotel is the location of the deadly shooting between mining rivals J. Marion Moore and Samuel Lockhart in1868. 960 1280

  

International Palms Resort

International Palms Resort

Nestled along the pristine beaches of Cocoa Beach, FL, is the International Palms Resort, once the Holiday Inn Cocoa Beach, where legendary astronaut John Glenn anxiously awaited a phone call from NASA that nearly started World War III. 960 1280

  

Everglades Historical Bed and Breakfast

Everglades Historical Bed and Breakfast

The Everglades Historical Bed and Breakfast in Everglades City, FL, is where wealthy industrialist Barron Collier started the Everglades Bank and printed his own money. Parts of the old bank, including the vault and adding machines, remain on display in the hotel today. 960 1280

  

General Warren Inne

General Warren Inne

Once owned by John Penn, the General Warren Inne, located in Malvern, PA, is where the 1777 Paoli Massacre was planned and fought during the American Revolutionary War. 960 1280

  

Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel

Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel

Thomas "Fatty" Walsh, a notorious New Yorker gangster, was killed at the Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, FL, after a gambling dispute. 960 1280

  

The Planter's Inn Hotel

The Planter's Inn Hotel

In 1848, The Planter's Hotel, now The Dock Street Theatre in Charleston, SC, accommodated 2 slaves, Ellen and William Craft, who escaped from slavery in Georgia and headed north via train to the “free states.” A fair-skinned Ellen Craft disguised herself as a man. Her travel partner was her husband, William Craft, who played along as her "slave." 960 1280

  

Grinder's Stand or Inn

Grinder's Stand or Inn

The Grinder's Stand or "inn" is located along the Natchez Trace Parkway in Lewis County, TN. It was the final destination of explorer Meriwether Lewis of the famous Lewis and Clark. The accounts of Lewis’ final days are a mystery. Did he commit suicide or was he murdered at The Grinder's Stand? Evidence speaks to both possible outcomes. 960 1280

  

Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Jekyll Island Club Hotel

A group of America's wealthiest and most influential men -- senators, secretaries of state, financial brokers and more -- would disguise themselves as duck hunters and meet at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel in Georgia to discuss major issues that ultimately would affect what’s happening in the world today. 960 1280

  

Pollard Hotel

Pollard Hotel

Pollard Hotel located in Red Lodge, MT, was once the home of Carbon County Bank, a bank that the Sundance Kid (Harry Longbaugh) attempted to rob in 1897. 960 1280

  

Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington DC

Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington DC

The exterior of the beautiful Willard Intercontinental Hotel is where Abraham Lincoln and his family arrived safely, and stayed undetected for weeks before his inauguration, all under the security of John Pinkerton's men -- including the first woman detective, Kate Warne. 960 1280

  

Culver Hotel in Culver City California

Culver Hotel in Culver City California

In 1939, The Culver Hotel in Culver City, CA, was home to hundreds of munchkins during the filming of The Wizard of Oz. 960 1280

  

The Seelbach Hotel in Louisville Kentucky

The Seelbach Hotel in Louisville Kentucky

Between encounters with a local bootlegger by the name of George Remus, who would be the inspiration behind Jay Gatsby, and the extravagant parties held in the hotel's grand ballrooms, The Seelbach Hotel, in Louisville, KY, would eventually inspire F. Scott Fitzgerald to write The Great Gatsby. 960 1280

  

Black and white photo of Hotel Gilpatrick

Black and white photo of Hotel Gilpatrick

On October 14, 1912, President Theodore Roosevelt was leaving Hotel Gilpatrick (now the Hyatt Regency), for the Milwaukee Auditorium to give a campaign speech, when would-be assassin John Schrank pulled a gun on Roosevelt, shooting him in the chest. After realizing the gun wound posed no serious threat to his life, Roosevelt continued on, giving his 80-minute campaign speech. The bullet remained in Roosevelt for the rest of his life. 960 1280

  

Little Bohemia Lodge

Little Bohemia Lodge

Located off of Highway 51 in Manitowish Waters, WI, Little Bohemia Lodge was the location of the famous shootout between the FBI and the Dillinger Gang (known for their bank robberies), with known members John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson. The lodge was also the modern set for the movie Public Enemies, featuring Johnny Depp. 960 1280

  

Mammoth Cave Hotel

Mammoth Cave Hotel

Mammoth Cave Hotel is located adjacent from the entrance to the caves. A sight to behold, Mammoth Cave is a long-standing and popular tourist attraction in Kentucky. Slaves were used as tour guides in the 1800s and often left their distinct marks on the cave walls. 960 1280

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Crescent Hotel in Arkansas

Crescent Hotel in Arkansas

During the 1930s, Norman Baker claimed to be a doctor and brought a "cure" for cancer to the city of Eureka Springs, AK. Today, at the Crescent Hotel, tourists can hear ghost stories and watch portrayals of the infamous phony. 960 1280

  

Ellis Bed and Breakfast

Ellis Bed and Breakfast

Wild West outlaw Billy the Kid spent 2 years hunting down members of a rival gang to avenge a friend's murder. A 5-day gun battle ensues when Billy is surrounded by authorities at New Mexico's Ellis Store (now a bed and breakfast). 960 1280

  

Galt House Hotel

Galt House Hotel

Civil War icon Gen. William “Bull” Nelson ruled over Louisville, KY, and his troops with an iron fist. In 1862, Nelson dismissed Gen. Jefferson C. Davis for shirking his duties. The 2 men argued in the lobby of The Galt House (now the Galt House Hotel), where Davis shot and killed Nelson. 960 1280

  

Merchants Hotel

Merchants Hotel

During the 1850s, a human-trafficking ring started in the tunnels under the Merchant Hotel in Portland, OR. Sailors drinking at the Hobo's Bar in the hotel lobby would be drugged and tossed aboard cargo vessels headed for Shanghai. Portland Walking Tours offer underground tours starting at Hobo’s Restaurant or The Old Town Pizza Shop, all on the same block as the Merchant building, which is now office space. 960 1280

  

La Fonda Hotel

La Fonda Hotel

The La Fonda Hotel located in Santa Fe is roughly 45 minutes from the nearby town of La Alamos, where scientists crafted the Manhattan Project – a program to create the first atomic bomb. Visitors who come to Santa Fe for its artsy atmosphere, food and restaurants, can also experience top-secret US history. 960 1280

  

Beekman Arms Inn

Beekman Arms Inn

Situated in New York's beautiful Hudson Valley, the Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck was the scene of a heated political showdown between former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton and Vice President Aaron Burr, which lead to one of America's most infamous duels. 960 1280

Chris Darnell  

Alaska Building in Seattle

Alaska Building in Seattle

In 1902 Seattle Mayor J. Thomas Humes turned the Alaska Building into a 100-room brothel, officially legalizing prostitution in the city. 960 1280

  

City Center Inn in Bozeman MT

City Center Inn in Bozeman MT

An esteemed art dealer planned to steal a pair of paintings valued at nearly $200,000 until the FBI tracked him down at the secluded City Center Inn in Bozeman, MT. 960 1280

  

Hotel Washington now the W Hotel in DC

Hotel Washington now the W Hotel in DC

A mysterious man by the name of John Burrows first visited Hotel Washington (now the W Hotel) before a scheduled meeting with President Nixon. John Burrows turned out to be an alias for Elvis Presley, who was meeting with Nixon to discuss “hippies” and counterculture in America. Elvis, an avid badge collector, gifted Nixon a Colt 45, and in return, received a federal agent badge from the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. The badge can be seen today at Graceland. 960 1280

  

The Stanley Hotel in Colorado

The Stanley Hotel in Colorado

The grand exterior of The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO, is famous for inspiring one of the greatest books of all time -- "The Shining" by Stephen King. 960 1280

Christian Kober  

Hotel New Yorker in New York City

Hotel New Yorker in New York City

Hotel New Yorker in NYC was a favorite for inventor Nikola Tesla, who was captivated by the hotel’s state-of-the-art (before its time) power plant. 960 1280

  

The Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco

The Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco

Exterior shot of The Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, where Hollywood superstar Roscoe Conkling "Fatty" Arbuckle was accused of murder after a wild hotel room party. 960 1280

  

The Patee House museum in Missouri

The Patee House museum in Missouri

The Patee House Museum, formerly a hotel, is famous for being the first place of refuge that Jesse James' widow turned to immediately following his murder. The museum is located at 1202 Penn St in St. Joseph, MO. 960 1280

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Omni Parker House Hotel

Omni Parker House Hotel

Eight days before assassinating President Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth checked into the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston. 960 1280

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Mike the Headless Chicken
Mike the Headless Chicken

Mike the Headless Chicken

Fruita, CO, plays home to a peculiar sculpture made of rusted metal tools that commemorates a celebrity rooster -- Mike the Headless Chicken -- who defied biology and mesmerized an entire nation. 960 1280

  

Mike the Headless Chicken

Mike the Headless Chicken

Miracle Mike survived slaughter in a seemingly impossible way, becoming a marvel that amazed scientists and changed a farmer's life. 960 1280

  

Boon Island Shipwreck

Boon Island Shipwreck

Off the coast of Maine's popular resorts stands a desolate isle that is home to the tallest Lighthouse in New England -- Boon Island Lighthouse. 960 1280

  

Boon Island Shipwreck

Boon Island Shipwreck

This proud beacon was constructed in the aftermath of a terrible event involving greed, betrayal and some of the darkest deeds that people have ever been reduced to. 960 1280

  

Kidnapped Evangelist

Kidnapped Evangelist

Balboa Park in San Diego is the site that helped launch the career of an evangelical superstar who became embroiled in a scandal involving kidnapping, torture and sex. 960 1280

  

Mini Mummy

Mini Mummy

The Pedro Mountains, located 50 miles south of Casper, WY, are a vast, windswept mountain range with colossal granite domes. 960 1280

  

Mini Mummy

Mini Mummy

This rugged terrain hid a miniature treasure that captured the imaginations of biologists, and questioned what is known about the origin of humans in the American west.This rugged terrain hid a miniature treasure that captured the imaginations of biologists, and questioned what is known about the origin of humans in the American west. 960 1280

  

Foshay’s Folly

Foshay’s Folly

Foshay's Tower in Minneapolis is a landmark skyscraper that was once the tallest building west of the Mississippi. It is now a luxury hotel. 960 1280

  

Foshay’s Folly

Foshay’s Folly

The Art Deco masterpiece known as Foshay's Tower was the focal point of an opulent celebration and devious scheme that shook the nation. 960 1280

  

America’s Forgotten President

America’s Forgotten President

Outside the county courthouse stands a bronze figure in colonial garb, depicting an unsung hero. 960 1280

  

America’s Forgotten President

America’s Forgotten President

This level-headed statesman held a fledgling nation together, but due to a legislative twist, was denied becoming the father of the country. 960 1280

  

Photos

Mount Rushmore (Keystone, SD)

Mount Rushmore (Keystone, SD)

You can't get more presidential than Mount Rushmore. This national memorial in South Dakota features the heads of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. 960 1280

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State Capitol Rotunda (Denver, CO)

State Capitol Rotunda (Denver, CO)

The rotunda of the state capitol building in Denver features portraits of all the US presidents. 960 1280

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Greenbrier Resort (White Sulpher Springs, WV)

Greenbrier Resort (White Sulpher Springs, WV)

The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia has played host to 26 US presidents. The last president to stay at the resort during his presidency was Dwight Eisenhower. 960 1280

Bobak Ha'Eri, Wikimedia Commons  

Mount Vernon (Mt. Vernon, VA)

Mount Vernon (Mt. Vernon, VA)

'Visitors watch as "America's smallest parade" takes place at historic Mount Vernon, Virginia near Washington, D.C., February 20, 2006. The U.S. is celebrating President's Day with parades and pageantry throughout the country. REUTERS/Mannie Garcia' 960 1280

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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum (Springfield, IL)

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum (Springfield, IL)

Visitors look at a depiction of President Abraham Lincoln meeting with his cabinet, while touring the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, IL. 960 1280

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (Washington, DC)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (Washington, DC)

President Clinton touches the statue of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's dog, Fala, as he and first lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton, view the FDR Memorial. The memorial places Roosevelt, the country's 32nd president, alongside giants of US history, Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson with monuments in the heart of the capital. 960 1280

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Harry S. Truman's Farmhouse Sitting Room (Independence, MO)

Harry S. Truman's Farmhouse Sitting Room (Independence, MO)

This humble sitting room is from the farmhouse of President Harry S. Truman, located in Independence, MO. 960 1280

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Dwight D. Eisenhower Childhood Home (Denison,TX)

Dwight D. Eisenhower Childhood Home (Denison,TX)

Dwight D. Eisenhower, born in this house in Denison, TX, rose from modest roots to become Supreme Commander of all Allied forces during World War II and US president from 1953 to 1961. 960 1280

Jim Bowen through the Flickr Creative Commons License  

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (Simi Valley, CA)

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (Simi Valley, CA)

Nancy Reagan touches the grave marker of her husband, Ronald Reagan, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, CA, on June 5, 2005, the one-year anniversary of his death. 960 1280

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Monticello (Charlottesville, VA)

Monticello (Charlottesville, VA)

Monticello, near Charlottesville, VA, was designed by Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States. 960 1280

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Adams Tomb (Quincy, MA)

Adams Tomb (Quincy, MA)

The tomb of John Adams (left), second president of the US, is located at the same site as his son, John Quincy Adams (right), sixth president of the US, and their wives, at the United First Parish Church in Quincy, MA. 960 1280

Daderot, via Wikimedia Commons  

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (Boston, MA)

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (Boston, MA)

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, dedicated in 1979, is located on Columbia Point in Boston, MA. The building is the official repository for the original papers and correspondence of the Kennedy Administration. 960 1280

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Montpelier (Orange, VA)

Montpelier (Orange, VA)

Montpelier, located near Orange, VA, was a large tobacco plantation and estate of the prominent Madison family of Virginia planters, including James Madison, fourth president of the United States.
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George H.W. Bush Library (College Station, TX)

George H.W. Bush Library (College Station, TX)

Four US presidents pose inside the George H.W. Bush Library in College Station, TX, on November 6, 1997. Shown (L-R) are Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Gerald Ford. 960 1280

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William J. Clinton Presidential Library (Little Rock, AR)

William J. Clinton Presidential Library (Little Rock, AR)

Exhibit area featuring an exact replica of the Oval Office in the White House at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, AR, November 17, 2004. 960 1280

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Michael Jackson's childhood home

Michael Jackson's childhood home

Michael Jackson and his famous siblings were raised in this modest house on 2300 West Jackson St., in Gary, IN. 960 1280

Jim Albright  

Motown Hittsville, U.S.A.

Motown Hittsville, U.S.A.

The Jackson 5 -- consisting of Michael and his brothers, Tito, Jackie, Jermaine and Marlon -- signed their first record deal in 1968 with Motown Records. 960 1280

Victor Dvorak  

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan, Michael Jackson and President Ronald Reagan

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan, Michael Jackson and President Ronald Reagan

After lending his hit song 'Beat It' to a campaign against drunk driving, Michael Jackson received the Presidential Special Achievement Award from President Ronald Reagan in 1984. 960 1280

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Michael Jackson performs in Japan during his "Bad" Tour.

Michael Jackson performs in Japan during his "Bad" Tour.

Michael Jackson performs on stage during his 'Bad' World Tour in Tokyo on Sept. 14, 1987. The tour drew 4.4 million people over 123 concert dates. 960 1280

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Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway station in New York

Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway station in New York

Here's a general view of the Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway station in Brooklyn, NY. This is where Martin Scorsese directed the music video for Michael Jackson's 1987 single, 'Bad.' 960 1280

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Neverland, Michael Jackson's estate

Neverland, Michael Jackson's estate

In 1988, Jackson bought this 2,700-acre home in California's Santa Ynez Valley and called it Neverland. The singer turned the estate into a fantastical fiefdom complete with a zoo, Ferris wheel and bumper cars. 960 1280

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Michael Jackson and Fisk University President Henry Ponder

Michael Jackson and Fisk University President Henry Ponder

On March 10, 1988, Michael Jackson poses with Henry Ponder, president of Fisk University, who presented Jackson with an honorary doctorate of humane letters at the 44th anniversary dinner of the United Negro College Fund in New York. 960 1280

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Michael Jackson performs at Super Bowl XXVII

Michael Jackson performs at Super Bowl XXVII

On January 31, 1993, Jackson performs during halftime at Super Bowl XXVII -- between the Dallas Cowboys and the Buffalo Bills -- at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. 960 1280

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A resort in the Dominican Republic

A resort in the Dominican Republic

To some fans' surprise, Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley at a secret ceremony in the Dominican Republic in May 1994. 960 1280

  

Brazilian Favela, Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian Favela, Rio de Janeiro

Michael Jackson dances in a Brazilian favela in Rio de Janeiro for his music video, "They Don't Care About Us," directed by Spike Lee. It was the 4th single from his album, 'HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1.' 960 1280

  

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Michael Jackson, a multi-platinum recording artist, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 19, 2001. 960 1280

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Carolina Renaissance Festival

Carolina Renaissance Festival

Watch knights battle for the Queen’s favor in a modern representation of a Renaissance-era jousting tournament at the annual Carolina Renaissance Festival in Huntersville, NC. This major festival runs from October through November, with several activities and attractions, including an artisan marketplace, games and rides. 960 1280

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Texas Renaissance Festival

Texas Renaissance Festival

Go to the Texas Renaissance Festival in Todd Mission, TX, to experience its 8 themed weekends of fun, including Oktoberfest, All Hallows Eve, Pirate Adventure, Barbarian Invasion, Highland Fling and Celtic Christmas. We recommend checking out the exciting Fire Whip Show. 960 1280

Texas Renaissance Festival  

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Stroll through Valley Meade, Kenwood Lane, White Stag Grove, King’s Field, Kenwood Lane, Meadow Lane and Mary’s Dale Way, at the Maryland Renaissance Festival in Crownsville, MD. Sample tasty food like smoked turkey legs, friar’s fritters, meat pie on a stick, peasant bread, king’s dogs and many more delicious delights. 960 1280

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New York Renaissance Faire

New York Renaissance Faire

Visit Tuxedo Park, NY, to enjoy the fun at the New York Renaissance Faire. Nestled in the groves of Sterling Forest, this faire is a full-on experience of Elizabethan England, complete with 16th-century games, rides, arts, crafts, food, music and dance. From August through September, take the kids to see aerial acrobatics, knife throwers, royal pipers, jousting and storytelling. 960 1280

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Scarborough Renaissance Festival

Scarborough Renaissance Festival

Watch performers Don Juan and Miguel sword fight at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival in Waxahachie, TX. Located south of Dallas, this festival runs from the beginning of April through the end of May. It’s a unique place for a spring wedding, too. Royalty, Nobility and Gentry wedding packages are offered to couples who want to get married in the Wedding Garden. 960 1280

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Bristol Renaissance Faire

Bristol Renaissance Faire

In Kenosha, WI, the Bristol Renaissance Faire is held on a 30-acre site where visitors can meet Robin Hood or Queen Elizabeth in person, or watch swordfighters and jesters perform on open-air stages. At the Bristol Fair Marketplace, more than 200 artisans sell their wares, including jewelry, pottery, tapestries, pewter and crafted leather. 960 1280

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Northern California Renaissance Faire

Northern California Renaissance Faire

For about a month, starting the second week in September, the Northern California Renaissance Faire in Hollister, CA, is the place to be for travelers looking for fun. The Queen’s Band and other musicians fill the streets of Willingtown with magical sounds of the Elizabethan era. The faire also has themed weekends, including Fantasy Weekend, where visitors may catch a glimpse of Titania, the Queen of the Fairies. 960 1280

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Ohio Renaissance Festival

Ohio Renaissance Festival

Welcome to Harveysburg, OH, home of the Ohio Renaissance Festival. Visit a 30-acre recreated 16th-century English village where guests can rub elbows with Queen Elizabeth and over 150 costumed characters. In addition to fire eaters, this festival features nearly 100 shows each day on 11 stages, 135 arts and crafts shops, food and drink fit for a king, games of skill and human-powered rides to amuse all ages. Check out this fun festival on the weekend during August, September or October. 960 1280

Ohio Renaissance Festival  

Arizona Renaissance Festival

Arizona Renaissance Festival

Enjoy feasting on a variety of food and a bevy of beverages, including Medieval Margaritas, Da Vinci Coladas, Dukes of Daiquiri, wine, honey mead, beers, ales and more. Located near Apache Junction, AZ, this daylong family adventure features a 13-stage theater, 30-acre circus, and arts and crafts fair and jousting tournament. The Arizona Renaissance Festival runs from the beginning of February through the end of March. 960 1280

Arizona Renaissance Festival  

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Witness intense live armored jousting at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival in Shakopee, MN. This festival -- held from the beginning of August through Labor Day weekend -- has become the largest Renaissance Festival in the US, with an annual attendance of 300, 000 people. 960 1280

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King Richard's Faire

King Richard's Faire

Cleavage Contest, Vow Renewal, Biker’s Weekend, Children’s Fairies Contest, Prince and Princess Costume Contest and the Beard and Moustache Contest are just a couple-themed weekends held at the King Richard’s Faire in Carver, MA. From August to October, hundreds of people converge on the 80-acre site to see knights battle on horseback, beggars compete in mud, and performers put on an acrobatic show. We recommend a visit to the royal zoo to see birds of prey, snow leopards, Bengal tigers and jaguars. 960 1280

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Georgia Renaissance Festival

Georgia Renaissance Festival

Watch the Celtic rock group The Rogues perform at the Georgia Renaissance Festival in Fairburn, GA. In addition to live music, this festival also features comedic storytelling, 4 pubs, a royal petting zoo, King Henry VIII and his Court, and the Jousting Tournament of Kings. Looking for more to do? Check out the games and rides like the Corkscrew Slide, Junior Joust, Sea Dragon, Drench-a-Wench, Catapulting Frogs, Ax Throw and King of the Log. 960 1280

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