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The main house as it appeared in 1911
Syosset, New York

Ruins of King Zog's Estate

An abandoned Gold Coast-era mansion once intended for the exiled ruler of Albania, who never arrived
40.8234, -73.5306
The old general store
Beatty, Nevada

Rhyolite Ghost Town

Odd outsider art installations surround a Gold Rush era ghost town.
36.9037, -116.8282
Inyo, California

Devils Golf Course Landscape

"Only the devil could play golf here"
36.2201, -116.8817
Inyo, California

The Sailing Stones of Racetrack Playa

The stones of Racetrack Playa leave trails of movement, yet no one has ever seen them move.
36.6816, -117.5633
Yuma, Arizona

Yuma Territorial Prison

Walk through the actual strap iron cells and solitary chambers of Arizona Territory’s first prison
32.7266, -114.6144
Inyo, California

Amargosa Opera House

Marta Becket's hand-painted theater in the desert
36.3014, -116.4144
Tehachapi Wind Farm
Tehachapi, California

Tehachapi Wind Farm

Thousands of turbines whir at at the origin of North American wind power
35.1681, -118.4737
Bombay Beach, California. (Wikimedia Commons)
Bombay Beach, California

Bombay Beach

Version of the French Riviera destroyed by the sea
33.3506, -115.7296
Trona, California

Trona Pinnacles

One of the most unusual geological features, recognizable from a dozen hit movies
35.6764, -117.3799
Panamint, California

Barker Ranch

The location of the last stand of Manson's doomsday cult
35.8596, -117.0885
California City, California

California City: The Unbuilt Suburb

The "3rd largest" city in California is an empty mirage of suburbia in the middle of nowhere.
35.1768, -117.7880
Civic Musical Road
Lancaster, California

Civic Musical Road

Finale of "William Tell Overture" can be heard as drivers pass over grooves in the road
34.7259, -118.2019
Two faced kitten
Los Angeles, California

Venice Beach Freakshow

The largest collection of two headed animals in the world
33.9904, -118.4764
The illustrious El Bordello Alexandra
Los Angeles, California

El Bordello Alexandra Apartments

An increasingly eccentric apartment building, topped with winged beasties
33.9887, -118.4743
Los Angeles, California

Necromance

Medical and Zoological Curiosites for Sale
34.0833, -118.3468
Don't let the unassuming entrance fool you.
Culver City, California

The Museum of Jurassic Technology

A modern day curiosity cabinet
34.0257, -118.3953
Los Angeles, California

The Museum of Death

World's largest collection of serial killer artwork and other macabre exhibits
34.1017, -118.3212
Culver City, California

Center for Land Use Interpretation

A museum, art project, and institution that demands we look at the world around us in a strange new way
34.0259, -118.3948
Echo Park Time Travel Mart.
Los Angeles, California

The Echo Park Time Travel Mart

Non-profit time travel mart sells goods you would need for a trip through the fourth dimension
34.0768, -118.2593
Los Angeles, California

Galco's Soda Pop Stop

Shop selling 500 flavors of soda has something for everyone
34.1186, -118.1935
Los Angeles, California

Skeletons in the Closet

Gift shop offering toe tags and chalk body beach towels tucked into a coroner's office
34.0485, -118.2088
(Cannon Films Archive)
Genoa, Italy

Roman Polanski's Neptune

Massive galleon from a box-office bomb docked in Genoa
44.4102, 8.9273
Genova, Italy

Cimitero Monumentale di Staglieno

A stunning cemetery famous for its extraordinarily delicate & lifelike mourning sculptures
44.4302, 8.9503
Cajon Pass on Route 66 (Flickr/JoulesVintage)
Hesperia, California

Summit Inn Restaurant

The last Americana on Route 66
34.4128, -117.3908