Incredible hidden attractions in US cities

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Chicago, IL- The Chicago Temple, a Gothic church spire crowning the top of a city skyscraper, is located at 77 West Washington St. and marks the tallest church in the world.

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Austin, TX - Stand on the Congress Avenue Bridge on any summer night and watch wide-eyed as the world's largest urban bat colony emerges en masse into the evening sky.

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Jacksonville, FL - The huge, wide-girth branches of the 250-year-old Treaty Oak standing in Jessie Ball DuPont Park resemble the tentacles of a colossal octopus.

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Columbus, OH - The big bronze Arnold Schwarzenegger Statue is a reminder of the Terminator's days as a bodybuilder, and his connection with Columbus. 

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Boston, MA - The Mapparium is an astonishing three-story-tall globe, a giant hollow ball made of glass that visitors can enter for the geography lesson of a lifetime. 

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Baltimore, MD - Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful library spaces in the world, the venerable late 19th-century George Peabody Library is open to the public.

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New Orleans, LA - Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop served its first beer in the 1770s, and is one of the oldest surviving structures in the city. 

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Springfield, IL - A stunning monument, the Lincoln Tomb is the final resting place of one of the country's greatest presidents. 

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Oakland, CA - Even if you're not particularly religious, a walk through the stunning Cathedral of Christ the Light interior instills a sense of solace and spiritual renewal.

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Cincinnati, OH - Dedicated to the art and history of signs and signmaking, the American Sign Museum is all blinking neon and floodlit halogen.

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Charleston, SC - There are more attractive and romantic examples out there, but Drayton Hall remains the oldest unrestored plantation house in America open to the public. 

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