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Created by IntoTheWild - December 22nd 2017

Now that's a view! The Cueva Ventana or “cave window” in Arecibo, Puerto Rico is a large cave that looks like a window, on a limestone cliff overlooking the beautiful Rio Grande de Arecibo Valley below. It's been used as a shooting location for a couple of films and TV series and even though it's on private property, anyone is welcome to visit it too for a small entry fee.

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Unnamed Road, Corinne, UT, US

Spiral Jetty

It’s big, it’s weird… and it's awesome! The Spiral Jetty is an art installation by Richard Smithson made out of rocks, mud and salt crystals. It’s about 460 meters long and was constructed in the 1970s, half submerged on one end of the Great Salt Lake near Rozel Point in Utah. It became more visible starting about a decade ago due to continuous drought and the receding water of the lake…but one should still check the water level and weather before going!

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15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM, US

Bandelier National Monument

Travel back in time when you visit one of the oldest “Pueblos” in America. With amazing stone-carved, natural recess caves and cliff dwellings dating back almost a thousand years ago. Take a glimpse at the ancient way of life in the Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico. To reach the caves, follow an easy 1.2 mile trail through the Frijoles Canyon and climb 140-feet up through a number of stone stairs and four wooden ladders. Oh and of course with over 30,000 acres, there's tons more to explore within the national monument!

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Victoria Beach, Laguna Beach, CA, US

Victoria Beach Tower

Whoa.... You can be forgiven for thinking this is a medieval tower somewhere in Europe. But in reality, this mysterious 60-foot structure, built in 1926 and popularly known as the “Pirates Tower”, can be found in Victoria Beach, California!

53688 Pioneertown Road, Yucca Valley, CA, US

Pioneertown Motel

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Experience and relive the wild west at the iconic Pioneertown Motel. Built in the 1940’s, it was used as a shooting location for many Western movies produced during that time. Today, it’s been restored to its former glory with nice rustic rooms, old west structures and a one-of-a-kind-experience in Pioneertown California.

4200 5th Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, US

Cathedral of Learning

Whoaaa....we just found Hogwarts!! IN AMERICA!!!! This awesome 15th century inspired gothic-style hall that covers half an acre, and is about 50 feet high, is called the “Commons Room”. It's on the first floor of the equally impressive “Cathedral of Learning” right in the heart of the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! The building itself is considered to be the tallest educational building in the Western Hemisphere.

York Street, Sydney, NSW, AU

Wynyard Bus Station

Wow!! It might be an end of an era... but definitely a great new beginning for these wooden escalators in Sydney! For 80 years, these rare wooden escalators served as gateways to one of the busiest subway stations in Australia... and after being retired earlier this year, they were recently brought back to life by artist Chris Fox as an impressive and super cool sculpture called “Interloop” and hangs proudly on the ceiling of Wynyard Station’s York Street entrance.

The Monument Rocks Chalk Pyramids in Gove County are an impressive series of chalk monoliths jutting out as high as 21 meters from the baren landscape of Kansas. Rich in fossils from over 80 million years ago, these beautiful formations are considered part of the 8 wonders of Kansas together with the nearby Castle Rock. Note that both are on private property but visitors are welcome.

Harz Bahnhof, NI, DE

Harz Steam Railway

All aboard.... With over 25 well-preserved operational vintage passenger steam locomotives, the Harz Narrow Guage Railway in central Germany, which has been operating for over a hundred years, has the largest fleet in the world. It covers 3 lines, about 85 miles of tracks and 40 train stations. It runs all year round with a regular daily schedule over some of the most picturesque and well-preserved towns in Germany… and it’s particularly beautiful during winter in Brocken, the highest mountain in the region.

Rodovia am 240 Km 51, AM, BR

Cachoeira do Mutum

These are the gorgeous, natural swimming pools of “Cachoeira do Mutum”. The Mutum Waterfalls can be found in Presidente Figueiredo in the State of Amazonas, Brazil, about 60 miles from the state capital of Manaus. One can do a day trip or pitch a tent in the area, but first you'll need a 4x4 vehicle or hike a 4 mile trail to reach these holes... but they’re totally worth it!

400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA, US

The Beach Boardwalk

Blast yourself into the past with a ride on the Sky Glider, at the vintage seaside park of Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk! Built in 1907, it’s California’s oldest surviving amusement park and still continues to thrill visitors today with spine-tingling rides such as the Typhoon, Double Shot, Fireball, Wipeout, Tsunami and of course one of the world’s best-known wooden roller coasters, the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster!

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Granite Falls, WA, US

Big Four Ice Caves

Whoa....this is one of the ice caves you’ll see when you visit the Big Four Ice Caves Trail in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington. These caves begin to form during the summer months when warm winds push up against the permanent ice field of the Big Four Mountain. They're accessible up until the winter season starts. Very cool caves for sure but be warned that it's extremely dangerous to go inside as they're prone to cave-ins.

You’ll never feel lonely when you step foot on the remote island of Curieuse in the Seychelles... where over 300 Aldabra giant tortoises live. The island became a protected marine national park in 1979, and around the same time, these friendly tortoises were relocated here from Aldabra island as part of a conservation project.

700 Homestead Dr, Midway, UT, US

Midway Ice Castles

Winter is coming!! And if you’re in Utah, you just HAVE to visit the Midway Ice Castles! It’s one of 6 really cool manmade winter wonderlands scattered throughout North America. Time to start planning that road trip cause it's almost time to open for this year's winter...

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Regency-Gladstone Rd, Regent, ND, US

Enchanted Highway

This is "Geese in Flight", and it's just one of the many roadside sculptures you'll find along the “Enchanted Highway” in North Dakota. It might not be on everyone’s bucket list, but if you find yourself near Regent, take a detour onto this two lane road that’s not actually a highway but extends for over 32-miles, dotted with a collection of some of the world’s largest and coolest scrap metal sculptures like The Tin Family, Deer Crossing, Grasshoppers in the Field etc.

1 Brewhouse Yard, ENG, GB

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

This is the “Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem”, an ancient pub said to have been built in the 12the century right at the base of Nottingham Castle in Nottinghamshire! It claims to be the oldest pub in England and legend has it that it’s name was derived from pilgrims and crusaders who used to stopped by for ale before heading on their way to Jerusalem... Anyone fancy a pint?

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Hillsboro, OR, US

Orenco Woods Nature Park

These cool, and sorta weird looking, head-like sculptures made from twigs and sticks, are the new residents of Orenco Wood Nature Park in Hillsboro Oregon. The amazing artwork called "Head over Heels" was created by famous artist Patrick Dougherty together with local volunteers and was built without using a single nail.

Uxmal, YUC, MX

Uxmal

Whoa. This is the "Pyramid of the Magician" in the ancient Mayan city of Uxmal, in the very beautiful Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. A UNESCO Heritage site, Uxmal was the biggest Mayan city, home to over 25,000 Mayans during its peak between 600-1,000AD... and this pyramid was and is still is the tallest and most recognizable structure in the city.

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24300 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs, TX, US

Hamilton Pool Preserve

The Hamilton Pool Preserve, near Dripping Springs, TX used to be an underground river, but after the dome collapsed due to erosion, it revealed a massive natural pool underneath. Swimming is allowed most times but can get very crowded during summer months so make sure to check out their website before you go. A short drive from Austin, and a relatively short hike is all you need to reach this stunningly beautiful natural wonder.

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Meet the world’s largest rotating globe, Eartha! Built on a scale of 1:1,000,000, it weighs about 5,600lbs with over 12.5 meters in diameter and can be found inside the headquarters of DeLorme mapping corporation in Yarmouth, Maine.

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Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. -John Lubbock