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Luxor Temple (Luxor, Egypt)

The construction of Luxor Temple, which is more than 3,000 years old, spanned the reigns of 3 different pharaohs before it was finished. The site — still used as a place of worship today — is especially impressive at night, when it’s all lit up.

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The Maunsell Sea Forts, England

The Maunsell Sea Forts, England

The Maunsell Forts, located 10 miles offshore in the Thames Estuary in England, were built as gun emplacements during World War II. Now, these abandoned forts can be visited on boat trips, subject to tide and weather restrictions. 960 1280

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Wreck of the SS America, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Wreck of the SS America, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Off the coast of the Canary Islands lies the shipwreck of the SS America, an ocean liner built in 1939. After a long history that included carrying everyone from Nazis to Navy troops to cruise passengers, it went adrift in a thunderstorm in 1993. Today, tourists can visit Garcey Beach, where the ship’s bow is still visible.  960 1280

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Hotel del Salto, Colombia

Hotel del Salto, Colombia

With a dramatic location on a cliff overlooking Tequendama Falls, Hotel del Salto, outside Bogota, Colombia, was once a luxurious lodging catering to wealthy travelers. After Bogota River was contaminated, the area drew fewer tourists, and the hotel closed in the 1990s. The eerie, abandoned building is believed to be haunted because so many suicides have occurred there.  960 1280

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Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia

Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia

Considered to be one of the most haunted locations in the world, this 11-acre abandoned prison in Philadelphia first opened its doors in 1829. Now, it offers many different tours year-round. Or you can watch the Ghost Adventures crew investigate its ghost lore.  960 1280

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Michigan Central Station, Detroit

Michigan Central Station, Detroit

When Michigan Central Station opened in 1913, it was the tallest train station in the world. The once-grand building that was a towering symbol of Detroit’s progress closed in 1988, and now, its dilapidated remains are home to vandals and thrill seekers.  960 1280

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Chateau Miranda, Belgium

Chateau Miranda, Belgium

Chateau Miranda — also known as Chateau de Noisy, despite the fact that it has been silent and empty for 25 years — draws urban explorers and history buffs to its crumbling remains in Belgium. Built in the 19th century in the neo-Gothic style, the dilapidated chateau has suffered fires and storms and is currently in danger of being demolished.  960 1280
Six Flags/Jazzland, New Orleans

Six Flags/Jazzland, New Orleans

A Six Flags amusement park sits idle in New Orleans after it was severely damaged when Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005. Now, the abandoned remains are a popular spot for urban explorers.   960 1280

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Kayaköy, Turkey

Kayaköy, Turkey

Once a thriving Greek village, Kayaköy, Turkey, is now an eerie ghost town after being completely deserted in 1923. The area’s 25,000 Greek inhabitants, along with more than a million other Greeks living throughout Turkey, were returned to their home country following the Greco-Turkish War.  960 1280

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Wonderland Amusement Park, Beijing

Wonderland Amusement Park, Beijing

This Disneyland-inspired amusement park — intended to be the largest in all of Asia — was being developed just outside of Beijing. The failed project lost funding and was abandoned during the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990s. Plans are underway to build a shopping center in its place. 960 1280

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New York World's Fair, Flushing, Queens

New York World's Fair, Flushing, Queens

The remains of New York’s 1964 World's Fair can be seen in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens. The Unisphere, a 140-foot-tall, 700,000-pound, stainless-steel globe, stands as a national treasure and a memory of this iconic moment in New York City’s history. 960 1280

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Sanzhi UFO Houses, Taiwan

Sanzhi UFO Houses, Taiwan

The Sanzhi UFO houses, also known as Sanzhi Pod City, are deserted, pod-shaped buildings in Taiwan. Once intended to be a colorful seaside resort, the project was abandoned in 1980 because of the loss of funding and strange accidents that led to speculation that it’s haunted. Currently, little remains of these unusually designed buildings, which recently have been demolished to nothing but ghost lore and rubbish.  960 1280
Holland Island, Chesapeake Bay, MD

Holland Island, Chesapeake Bay, MD

The last house on Holland Island, a marshy, rapidly eroding island in the Chesapeake Bay, fell into the water in 2010. Once 5 miles long, this island was home to a fishing community with more than 60 houses and other buildings, but the last residents left in 1922.  960 1280

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Nestled within the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite National Park greets nearly 4 million visitors each year. 960 1280

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Arches National Park

Arches National Park

Centuries of wind and water have sculpted the Utah sandstone into over 2,000 natural arches at Arches National Park. 960 1280

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Death Valley

Death Valley

Millions come to Death Valley year-round to soak in the sun,  hike and take in the beauty of this vast, open landscape. 960 1280

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Channel Islands

Channel Islands

Just 90 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, the Channel Islands have 177 miles of coastline with rocky cliffs and beaches. 960 1280

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Columbia River

Columbia River

East of Portland, OR, the Columbia River region has one of the highest concentrations of waterfalls in the United States. 960 1280

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

The first US national park, Yellowstone has 2.2 million acres of mountain scenery, animals and endless natural beauty. 960 1280

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Redwoods National Park

Redwoods National Park

Roughly 300,000 visitors come to Redwoods National Park each year to experience the grandeur of the giant redwoods. 960 1280

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Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

A magnificent example of erosion, the Grand Canyon was formed by water cutting through rocks for millions of years. 960 1280

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Mount Hood

Mount Hood

Since its last eruption 250 years ago, the beautiful Mount Hood volcano has been a paradise for hikers and skiers. 960 1280

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Carlsbad Caverns

Carlsbad Caverns

Carlsbad Caverns consist of 30 miles of vaulted halls and maze-like passages adorned with dazzling formations. 960 1280

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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

Come face to face with 2 billion years of history. It took millions of years for the rushing tides of the Colorado River to cut through prehistoric rock, creating the Grand Canyon. Here, at Horseshoe Bend, the Colorado River makes a sweeping U-turn. 960 1280

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Chaco Culture

Chaco Culture

For 4 centuries, the land we now know as New Mexico was home to an ancient Native American people, the Pueblos. In time, the Pueblos migrated from the area, leaving behind Chaco Canyon -- a testament to the culture that once thrived amid massive sandstone structures like this. 960 1280

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Monticello

Monticello

Just as he helped shape a new country, Thomas Jefferson dreamed of reviving ancient Roman architecture. Over 4 decades, Jefferson designed and built Monticello. Today, Jefferson's Virginia estate endures as a top neoclassical interpretation of a villa rustica (Roman country house). 960 1280

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Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

For a time, the Statue of Liberty was just a bunch of pieces packed away in crates, a gift from France. Then newspaper magnate Joseph Pulitzer spearheaded a nationwide campaign to raise funds to assemble it. Some 120,000 Americans contributed, putting Lady Liberty on her pedestal. 960 1280

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Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park

When sea levels rose after the Ice Age, a rich natural wonderland was born: a subtropical wilderness home to freshwater marshes, pine rocklands, seagrass, birds, reptiles … all part of an intricate ecosystem whose future many preservationists now fear is uncertain. 960 1280

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Great Smoky Mountains

Great Smoky Mountains

There’s a reason it’s the most-visited US park. Stretching from Tennessee into North Carolina, the Great Smoky Mountains remain relatively untouched … with more than 3,500 plant species and dozens of endangered animals in parkland that holds nearly as many trees as in all of Europe. 960 1280

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Kluane National Park

Kluane National Park

Some of the world’s longest, most impressive glaciers can be found within Kluane National Park. It’s part of a trio of national parks, straddling the border between Canada and Alaska. Mountains, lakes, glaciers and valleys all await -- including Quill Creek, on the Canadian side, which flows from the St. Elias Mountains. 960 1280

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

The spectacular sight of geysers spewing water and steam into the air only happens in a few places on Earth. The main stage for many is Yellowstone National Park -- it contains the world’s largest concentration of geysers. 960 1280

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

See the Earth take shape before your eyes. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is home to 2 of the world’s most active volcanoes. A continual flow of lava kneads the park's ground into an amazing kaleidoscope of shapes and colors. 960 1280

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La Fortaleza at San Juan

La Fortaleza at San Juan

In the 1600s, everyone wanted a piece San Juan. So Roman Emperor Charles V ordered the building of La Fortaleza (The Fortress) to defend its harbor. Today, it’s home to Puerto Rico’s governor, making it the world’s oldest executive mansion. 960 1280

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Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park

Mountains, glaciers, pristine rivers -- they're all here. As the longest undeveloped coast in the contiguous US, this geological wonder in Washington State has many star attractions -- including Ruby Beach, with its foggy shoreline. 960 1280

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Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park

Descend into a prehistoric world of natural caves and underground passageways in … Kentucky. Yes, the Bluegrass State is home to the world’s most extensive cave system, shaped over 100 million years. 960 1280

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Independence Hall

Independence Hall

In this building, American history took shape … and found a voice. Both the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were signed at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall -- cementing it as the birthplace of the United States of America. 960 1280

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

What happens when glaciers erode? Yosemite National Park tells one story through cliffs, domes and 5 of the world’s highest waterfalls -- all part of the distinctive natural beauty that emerged through repeated glacier movements over millions of years. 960 1280

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Pueblo de Taos

Pueblo de Taos

This Pueblo Indian residential complex isn’t just history. About 150 people -- descendants of Native Americans who’ve called this area home for 1,000 years -- live within these sun-dried, mud-brick buildings in a stretch of valley in northern New Mexico. 960 1280

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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park

Some of the world's best-preserved cliff dwellings are found here. For 900 years, southwest Colorado was home to Pueblo Indians. Within tiered cliffs, they built sandstone dwellings -- including Cliff Palace. Its 150 rooms suggest this was a grand place of communal gathering. 960 1280

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Waterton Glacier International Peace Park

Waterton Glacier International Peace Park

In 1932, Canada and Montana created the world’s first “international peace park” -- the union of Waterton Lakes National Park and Glacier National Park. Explore the area’s diverse geography, from prairies to mountains. Maybe even check into the Prince of Wales Hotel, overlooking the Canadian town of Waterton. 960 1280

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Redwood National and State Parks

Redwood National and State Parks

There are trees, and then there are trees. California is home to some of the tallest -- and oldest -- ones in the world. The redwoods stretch back 160 million years, when they populated many moist, temperate regions of the world, but now mainly find a home on the West Coast. 960 1280

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Some 750 feet below ground, New Mexico's Carlsbad Cavern awaits. Distinguished by huge chambers, the cave includes decorative rock formations, from columns to stalactites. 960 1280

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Papahānaumokuākea

Papahānaumokuākea

This is where life begins and the spirit returns. So says native Hawaiian lore about this stretch of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Spanning 1,200 nautical miles, its coral reef colonies showcase 7,000 marine mammals, sea turtles, bird, invertebrates and fish -- making it the largest conservation area under the US flag. 960 1280

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Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

Before the Pilgrims, there were the Cahokia, an ancient, pre-Columbian people who made their home in what is now Illinois. Some 20,000 of them settled in a place called Cahokia Mounds -- a city that, in 1250 A.D., was the largest north of Mexico. 960 1280

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