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Among the attractions of Japan's Dewa Sanzan is a temple dedicated to a priest who starved to death while praying.
James A. Little Theater, one of Santa Fe (New Mexico)'s many great venues for concerts, plays, etc., is on the campus of the New Mexico School for the Deaf.
Auckland, New Zealand is built on an active volcanic field containing at least 48 separate volcanoes -- none of them currently active, fortunately.
Oddly E is one of only two letters (the other being X) that doesn't have a national capital starting with it (unless you count Edinburgh, Scotland).
The name of Rambutsiwi Temple in Negara, Bali literally means "Hair Worship".
Le Conte Lodge, the only lodging within Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is reachable only via a 5-mile trail, and the lodge's supplies must be brought in via llama or helicopter.
If you climb Mount Fuji via the Gotembaguchi route, you'll traverse an ash field erupted as recently as 1707.
Opened December 2008, the Jumbo Hostel in Stockholm is a Boeing 747-turned-hostel. (Book early to spend the night in the deluxe cockpit room!)
Ukraine is generally glad to be out from under the Soviet Union, but its capital Kiev still hosts a Soviet-themed restaurant -- called СССР (USSR), of course.
So-called "Hotel Laurier" at Waterloo (Ontario) isn't so much a hotel as the off-season rental of residences at Wilfrid Laurier University.
The international airport for Brisbane, Australia is at the community of Eagle Farm, appropriately enough.
The altar at 1,700 year old Echmiadzin Cathedral in Central Armenia, the mother Cathedral of Armenians is built over a preserved fire worshiping pit.
Holy mackerel! The fish market in Gothenburg, Sweden is called Feskekôrka (Fish Church) because of the shape of its building.
If you buy clothes at the Chlorophylle Montréal retail outlet in Montreal's Quartier Latin, you may try them on first in a dressing room made of recycled sheds from northern Quebec.
Tradition asserts that the Dattatreya Temple, in the Nepalese city of Bhaktapur, was built from the trunk of a single tree.
If you're a chessplayer and are visiting Fairbanks, Alaska, look for the Aurora Ice Museum and its chess set made of ice.
The trolley-style buses that roam Austin, Texas are known as 'Dillos -- short for Armadillo Express.
Klang, Malaysia is the original home of Bak kut teh -- or, if you prefer, pork rib tea.
The Terrace Hill house in Des Moines is not only home to Iowa's governor, but formerly the home of the state's first millionaire -- although he eventually went bankrupt.
Cologne's Kölner Seilbahn claims to be the only chair lift in Europe that crosses a river.
Flights landing in Trondheim, Norway are only two minutes away from Hell — the train station, that is.
Tired of your boring old 4x4? Rent a llama for cruising around Mitzpe Ramon.
If preserved people are your thing, visit the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano; it's not only the resting place of the Iceman Ötzi, but also (through October) the host for visiting Chachapoya mummies from Peru.
The Mauritiusdodo bird is long extinct, of course, but if you visit the islands, you might still see the rare pink pigeon, the green gecko phelsuma and the Aldabra giant tortoise.
Hankering for a new spin on the hot dog? Try one in Nokia (yes, that Nokia), where they like to replace the plain bun with a sugary donut.
Hankering for a new spin on the hot dog? Try one in Nokia (yes, that Nokia), where they like to replace the plain bun with a sugary donut.
The remote, jungle-covered Japanese island of Iriomote receives 100 visitors per resident every year.
Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu both grew up and live on the same street in Soweto, Johannesburg.
Chakhar is an 8th century castle located in the Bhutanese town of Jakar. Although now a small stone building, the original structure was said to have been nine stories high and made completely of iron.
The Bushwacker Festival, an annual event in Pensacola, Florida, honors a mixed drink.
Zeno, Lazarus, and Umm Haram are all celebrated in sites and statuary around the city of Larnaca, Cyprus.
The arches around the town square in Jackson (Wyoming) are made of hundreds of elk antlers.
Travelling by KFC is common in Indonesia — it's the local abbreviation for "fast ferry boat".
The mythology behind the creation of the Indian state of Kerala prominently features decapitation.
Among the hotels and other accommodations in and near Las Vegas, New Mexico is the Star Hill Inn, an "astronomy resort" featuring a 29-inch telescope.
The quiet little town of Kamakura was the capital of Japan during the Kamakura shogunate, from 1185 to 1333.
Dodo birds are long extinct, but you can still see the bones of one at the Naturalis museum in Leiden.
Aberdyfi, Wales is home to Del-Boy, officially named (by The Donkey Conservancy) as Britain's best beach donkey for 2008.
The hiking at El Malpais National Monument is good, but stay within monument boundaries; terrain nearby was a bombing range during World War II, and unexploded bombs may still be present outside the monument.
Thorups Kælder, a beer cellar in Aarhus, Denmark, reputedly dates to the 13th century.
If you get hungry while driving the Route 66 itinerary and don't care about aesthetics, pause in the semi-ghost town of Adrian, Texas (near Vega) and get an ugly crust pie.
You can see remnants of gold and silver mines on the Greek island of Sifnos that extend more than 2500 years back in time.
Sightseeing in Shibuya? Recharge your electrolytes at either the Electric Energy Museum or the Tobacco and Salt Museum.
Winnipeg's signature "Golden Boy" statue is a World War I veteran of sorts: the French foundry where it was cast was bombed, but the statue escaped damage.
During World War II, the parklands of Cuckmere Haven were dotted with lights to distract Axis bombers away from nearby Newhaven; some WWII leftovers are still visible there.
A characteristic product of the Mexican town of Guanajuato is the confection "Charamuscas" -- figures made of caramel resembling mummies.
In a fine display of even-handedness, the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History in Bardstown, Kentucky displays not only whiskey memorabilia, but also Carrie Nation's hatchet.
If just bathing at Helsinki's Kotiharju Sauna isn't extreme enough for you, try their traditional bloodletting service.
The Museum of the History of Science (Museo di Storia della Scienza) in Florence, Italy has the middle finger of Galileo Galilei's right hand on display.
If you're a country music legend, think twice about visiting Nashville's Grand Old Opry; with more than 35 stars dying in mysterious ways after performing, some say it's haunted.
The grand prize for the yearly Wife Carrying World Championships in Finland is the wife's weight in beer.
One of the strangest events of the summer in Nagoya, Japan is the World Cosplay Summit, where admirers of Japanese animation dress up as their favorite animated characters and parade through the streets.
If you fly into Peoria (Illinois), you'll travel from airport to city on a road named for comedian Richard Pryor, a native of Peoria.
One of the must-sees of Nkhata Bay, Malawi is the feeding of the fish eagle that lives high up on the cliff face south of Njaya Lodge.
Up for a culinary feast in Porvoo, Finland? Try snails, deer carpaccio and tar-flavored salmon, then finish your meal with a Kiss.
Venetian raiders stole the body of St. Mark the Evangelist from Alexandria in 820, but they left behind his head.
The Leaning Tower of Puerto Morelos? The old lighthouse there was knocked askew in a 1967 hurricane, but has remained standing through several subsequent storms.
If you go to a restaurant in Quebec City during Carnaval season and order Caribou, you may not get what you expect; in local jargon, it's an alcoholic beverage.
Under Zimbabwean law, it is illegal to "hoard" more than Z$100 billion — or about one US dollar.
Many of the hoteliers in Göreme, Turkey can offer you the option of sleeping in a cave.
The Greek town of Hydra isn't named for the mythical monster, but rather for a long-defunct spring.
With a population of less than 60,000, Dubuque, Iowa isn't a big city, but it's home to no fewer than six colleges with affiliations to churches.
Moussorgsky notwithstanding, there's no Great Gate in Kiev, but you can visit a Chernobyl museum there.
Got a hankering for iguana skin boots? You can get them at Sanchez Brothers Western Clothes, on Chicago's Southwest Side.
If you visit Mongolia and have an adventurous palate, try a boodog, or marmot barbecue. (May cause bubonic plague.)
The entrance to the (American) Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton (Ohio) is (unsurprisingly) surmounted by half of a giant football, but the effect is to make the building look like a giant orange squeezer.
If you visit Malacca during Intrudu in February, be ready to have buckets of water thrown at you. (It's all in fun.)
In Iriomote, Japan in the summertime? Stay at the pineapple-shaped Pineapple House and tuck into all-you-can-eat pineapple.
What's that doing there? One of the features of the Frauenkirche in Munich's City Center district is the Teufelstritt, or devil's footstep.
The Fighting 69th Monument in Ballymote, Ireland hosts a piece of metal from the World Trade Center in New York City, honoring a firefighter who perished in the 9/11 attacks and had ancestors in the town.
Travelers visiting Socorro, New Mexico in April or September might get to join a tour of the site of the world's first atomic bomb explosion, at nearby White Sands Missile Range.
The entire Grand Shrine of Ise is dismantled and rebuilt from scratch every 20 years — counting up from 690 AD, the current incarnation is the 61st.
The ossuary at St. Catherine's Monastery at Mount Sinai houses the skulls of 1400 years' worth of monks.
Having declared independence on the 3rd of June 2006, Montenegro is the youngest officially recognized country in the world.
The ladies' restroom at the China Blue bar in Boise, Idaho has its own private champagne bar and bartender.
The students who guide you through Durham Castle in Durham (England) aren't just employees; they're residents, as the castle contains the oldest student accommodations in the world.
The most popular souvenir at the PLO Flag Shop in Gaza was an inflatable Yasser Arafat. (No longer in stock, alas.)
The name of Shait Gumbad Mosque in Bagerhat, Bangladesh means Mosque of 60 Domes, but that's misleading as it actually has 77 of the structures.
If you're fascinated by solid waste for some reason, check out 60-foot-high Mount Trashmore in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
The Pickle Factory in Bangkok's Phahonyothin district is not a factory and has nothing to do with pickles.
Interested in really higher education? The Watterson Towers complex at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois stands nearly 300 feet high and is the tallest college dormitory in the world.
According to the Ten Courts of Hell in Singapore's Haw Par Villa, cheating in exams merits having your body dismembered and your intestines pulled out.
Of course, you won't find the extinct dodo on the island of Mauritius any more, but birders may catch a glimpse of the endangered Mauritius kestrel there as consolation.
Finland is known as The Land of a Thousand Lakes, but it actually has 187,888 of them.
The street address of the Toledo (Ohio) Zoo is 2 Hippo Way. (No information on what "1 Hippo Way" might be.)
Singapore's Mint Museum houses a collection of... no, not money, but over 50,000 toys.
In the mood for a luxurious train ride? Go beyond First and try Rehab Class on Saudi Railways.
The latest craze in Akihabara, Tokyo is cat cafes, where customers can drink tea while playing with felines.
When in Dingle, Ireland, be sure to visit its most famous resident, Fungi the dolphin, who has been living in the bay for 20 years and welcomes human visitors.
Does ten dinars for a taxi ride in Bahrain sound cheap? At US$2.67 to the dinar, it's not!
With the Loot of Lima worth in excess of $50 million rumoured to be buried there, Cocos Island is the perfect destination for any treasure hunter.
One of Riyadh's more macabre sights is Chop-Chop Square, where public beheadings are carried out on Fridays.
The head office of the Longaberger Baskets Company in Newark, Ohio is a building in the shape of a gigantic basket.
At the Singapore Zoo's Jungle Breakfast, you get to feed yourself and elephants as well.
The Maropeng centre in the Cradle of Humankind caters for all aspiring time travelers. In the time tunnel it only takes a few steps to walk backwards from today until 4 billion years ago.
Spice up your sandwich with one of the more than 800 varieties of mustard available at the Mustard Museum just outside Madison
For anyone that has ever dreamed about running away and joining the circus. The Aloft Loft in Chicago offers a Two-Day Beginning Trapeze course.
At just 396 meters, the runway at Saba International Airport is probably the shortest commercial runway in the world.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, except in Buffalo National River where harming a Ivory-billed woodpecker will get you arrested, but a photo of one will earn you $10 000.
Some cultures require a handsome, sword-bearing prince to rescue the damsel in distress; in Kawasaki they make do with a blacksmith and hammer. Visit the Iron Penis Festival to find out why.
The huge limestone spires of the Pinnacles Desert in Western Australia is best viewed early in the morning or around sunset when then low angle of the sun enhances the colours and contrasts of the rock formations.
Fast food does not always have to be a burger and fries. In Barbados the fast food can do 30mph through the air.
Miyake, a bar in Palo Alto, California popular with students at nearby Stanford University, is known for its Sake Bomb (shot of sake dropped into a glass of beer and chugged).
For a dip with a difference, visit Yamanouchi in Japan, where you can go hot spring bathing with snow monkeys.
The Spring of Life fresco in the Lutheran church at Rovaniemi, Finland, follows Biblical themes, but with some twists; for example, it depicts reindeer standing in for lambs.
Ürümqi, in China, claims to be the most inland city in the world because of its distance from the (any) ocean.
The Allen-Bradley Clock Tower in Milwaukee is the world's largest four-sided clock, with clock faces nearly twice the size of London's famous "Big Ben."
Guadalajara's characteristic salsa is called Tapatío, but choose your words carefully when buying it; "Tapatio" also means a resident of the city.
Bedwellty House and Park in Tredegar, a small town in Wales, lays claim to hosting the world's largest lump of coal.
Feeling hung over in South Korea? Try the traditional remedy haejangguk, a soup made from pork spine and ox blood.
Despite being the site of a mass Japanese POW breakout in 1944, the Australian town of Cowra is now the site of Australia's only Japanese war cemetery.
The famed Sphinx of Giza is no lovable kitty-cat: the Arabs call it the Father of Terror, while the Greek name means the Strangler.
The word bordello comes from the 2nd arrondissement of Paris, where ladies of night used boards to divide up their rooms.
Feeling a little under the weather in Indonesia? Odds are you've caught wind (masuk angin), so the local cure is to either rub an oiled coin on your skin or, easier yet, just break wind.
Taiwanese roads often feature brightly lit booths staffed by attractive, skimpily dressed girls, whose job is to sell mildly narcotic betel nuts.
Cardiff, Wales is home to a Roman-era castle and the Doctor Who Exhibition, complete with studio tours.
The main road to tiny and remote Regent, North Dakota, USA is called the Enchanted Highway, as it's adorned with giant sculptures of a grasshopper, a covey of pheasants, and Teddy Roosevelt, among others.
You can't reach Parismina, Costa Rica by road or train, and car and bike rental doesn't exist there, but take heart: once you're in town, you can get around by rented ox cart.
Vung Tau, Vietnam nestles beneath the cliff called Mũi Nghinh Phong -- translated as “Cape of Breeze Welcome”.
The Stockholm Globe Arena, Globen, claims the title of world's largest spherical building.
Each April, Tokyo's transvestites congregate at the Iron Penis Festival held by a fertility shrine in Kawasaki.
The cuisine of Baltimore theoretically features Chesapeake Bay steamed crabs, but most crabs served in the city are imported from states on the Gulf of Mexico because of overfishing in the Bay.
Chicken Wreck, a dive site off Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, is named after the unlucky ship's cargo: tons and tons of frozen chicken.
If you're in Kobe and your budget doesn't stretch to the famous beef, try sobameshi — a mix of fried rice and fried noodles.
The Ishiya Chocolate Factory in Sapporo, Japan offers tours, souvenirs, restaurants and a musical robot show.
During Cold War days, parts of Cincinnati's never-completed subway system did double duty as a fallout shelter.
The Hall of Skulls at Monsopiad Cultural Village outside Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia features 42 skulls of enemies, all killed by the warrior-hero Monsopiad.
Among the objects on display at the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, Texas, memorializing the city's favorite son, is a giant-size replica of the rocker's trademark glasses.
Fans of spicy fermented cabbage from all over Korea flock to the Kimchi Museum in Seoul.
The Norwegian city of Bergen is famously rainy, but the locals say there's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.
On your way from Takaoka to the Vladivostok ferry? Take a look out the window: the name of the Himi train line means Ice-Watching.
If you visit Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada and crave a dinner of alligator meat, you can get it at K's Amazon Eatery -- even though the Amazon and its gators are thousands of miles away.
A cypress tree outside Kurje Lhakhang monastery in Jakar, Bhutan is claimed to have grown from Guru Rinpoche's walking stick.
When you visit Vicksburg (Mississippi) National Military Park, you can see one of the first ironclad gunboats, dating back to US Civil War times.
Good things come in threes — and in Japan, the list includes views, castles, gardens, mountains, hot springs and giant Buddha statues.
Medieval frescoes in the Church of St. John the Baptist in Bohinj, Slovenia often show figures with large swellings of the neck (goiters), caused by lack of iodine in the local diet.
Don't look for nightlife in Saudi Arabia: alcohol, dancing, movies and mingling with the opposite sex are all prohibited.
Want to visit the Northern, Western, Eastern and Southern Capitals? Book flights to Beijing, Xian, Tokyo and Nanjing.
Chippewa Square in Savannah, Georgia was the site of the bus stop in the movie Forrest Gump, but don't look for the famous bench; it was just a prop.
When eating at Houston's restaurant in Kanab, Utah, tip the servers well; they pack pistols, although it's just for show -- allegedly.
A bullet train ride on the Hakata-Minami Line in Fukuoka, Japan costs just ¥290 (under US$3). Alas, the end-to-end trip lasts just ten minutes.
If you somehow find yourself visiting Clipperton Island and lack things to do (understandably), try running around the island and timing yourself; the record circumnavigation time is one hour and 17 minutes.
The interior of the Phnom Sombok temple in Kratie, Cambodia is decorated with torture scenes for the edification of the non-virtuous visitor.
If you visit Fort Caroline National Memorial in Jacksonville, Florida, don't expect to see the eponymous fort itself; it's now beneath the waters of the St. John's River.
If you venture out from Iriomote, Japan to nearby Yubu Island, you'll ride in an amphibious cart pulled by a water buffalo.
Sahti, a traditional Finnish type of beer, is flavored with juniper berries.
The USS Razorback submarine in Little Rock, Arkansas, is named after a whale, not the University of Arkansas mascot.
The Hotel Grand Canal in the Dutch city of Delft occupies a former prison.
Despite its name, Casa de las Chimeneas, a B&B in Taos, New Mexico, offers non-smoking rooms only.
According to local legend, the bauru sandwich, a trademark food item in São Paulo, was invented by a law student.
The classic photo of Harry Truman with the incorrect "Dewey Defeats Truman" newspaper was taken at St. Louis Union Station.
Nostalgic for Cold War days for some odd reason? Then visit the Polish city of Szczecin, and go on a tour of Poland's largest fallout shelter.
There are five million people in Finland... and two million saunas.
The Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run, starting in Silverton (Colorado), is often called the toughest endurance race in the world, yet is so popular that would-be runners must enter a lottery to register for it.
In a bit of national one-upmanship, the Parliament building in Budapest is claimed to be one meter longer and wider than its English counterpart.
The Sink, a bar in Boulder, Colorado, USA, once employed a janitor named Robert Redford -- yes, that Robert Redford.