The 8 Most Mysterious Places in the World - Slideshow

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The 8 Most Mysterious Places in the World - Slideshow

8. Great Pyramid, Egypt

8. Great Pyramid, Egypt

While in Cairo, a visit to the Giza pyramids -- and the Great Pyramid in particular -- is not to be missed. Plan your trip for 2012 when the Grand Museum of Egypt is due to open.
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7. Roswell, N.M.

7. Roswell, N.M.

Should you find yourself in remote Roswell, N.M., you might want to stop by the International UFO Museum and Research Center, where you'll find an alien autopsy exhibit.
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8. Great Pyramid, Egypt

While in Cairo, a visit to the Giza pyramids -- and the Great Pyramid in particular -- is not to be missed. Plan your trip for 2012 when the Grand Museum of Egypt is due to open.
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The 8 Most Mysterious Places in the World

7. Roswell, N.M.

Should you find yourself in remote Roswell, N.M., you might want to stop by the International UFO Museum and Research Center, where you'll find an alien autopsy exhibit.
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6. Giant's Causeway, Ireland

This Northern Ireland head-scratcher is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is beautiful in its ruggedness -- especially if you've just visited urban Belfast. Make a day of it, and tour the nearby Old Bushmills Distillery.
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5. Cappadocia, Turkey

You can hike through the homes of Cappadocia, but one of the best ways to view them is from the sky in a hot-air balloon.
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4. Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu -- sequestered in a flat ridge of the Andes Mountains -- was so well-hidden that Spanish conquistadors overlooked it. Undisturbed for hundreds of years, it's now a major tourist destination.
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3. Easter Island

Easter Island's moai have befuddled scholars, archaeologists and anthropologists for years. Join in the puzzlement and see them in their natural habitat, or visit the British Museum in London to see one, which was kidnapped from Polynesia in 1868.
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2. Georgia Guidestones, Ga.

Visit this bizarre site in Elbert County, Ga., and if you're well-versed in your languages, you can learn a few questionable instructions for rebuilding civilization, post-apocalypse. For example, "Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature."
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1. Stonehenge, England

You can find these rings of massive stone pillars in England's Wiltshire County. Although you can't walk among the stones anymore (blame vandalism), you can walk around the site for a small fee.
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