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San Francisco, California

Musée Mécanique

A collection of 20th-century automata, penny arcade games, and musical contraptions
37.8093, -122.4159
San Jose, California

The Winchester Mystery House

A peculiar mansion built by the troubled heir to the Winchester gun fortune
37.3189, -121.9506
Vieques, Puerto Rico

Mosquito Bay

World's most bioluminescent bay
18.0979, -65.4413
Berkeley, California

East Bay Vivarium

An amazing collection of fantastic reptiles, amphibians, spiders, and insects
37.8696, -122.2991
Paxton Gate Exterior
San Francisco, California

Paxton Gate

A shop full of natural curiosities, carnivorous plants, and costumed taxidermied mice
37.7596, -122.4217
San Francisco, California

The Pirate Shop at 826 Valencia

An essential stop before plundering, BYO Cutlass
37.7596, -122.4214
New York, New York

The High Line

Elevated freight railway turned urban park
40.7392, -74.0083
Kansas City, Missouri

The Holy Finger of Kansas City

A holy finger sits in a Kansas City art museum
39.0444, -94.5822
Alban Towne's mansion on California Street, before 1906
San Francisco, California

Portals of the Past

The remains of a ruined mansion memorialize the 1906 earthquake
37.7708, -122.4825
Nepenthes pitcher plants - beautiful killers
San Francisco, California

San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

Carnivorous plants, medieval aphrodisiacs, and the largest original wood structure glass conservatory in the western hemisphere
37.7726, -122.4603
View of the ruins from the hillside. The original stairs would have come down on the far left. The curved edge of the original aquarium and the outline of the diving well are on the right.
San Francisco, California

Ruins of the Sutro Baths

The seawater playground of gilded-era San Francisco burned to the ground in 1966
37.7799, -122.5137
View from the street
San Francisco, California

Defenestration

Furniture tries to escape an abandoned building in San Francisco
37.7794, -122.4072
One of the four mummies
San Jose, California

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

An extensive collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts and mummies
37.3340, -121.9226
New York, New York

Union Square Metronome

The most confusing clock in New York
40.7346, -73.9903
Berkeley, California

Cesar Chavez Park

A 90-acre park on former landfill that hosts an annual kite festival
37.8728, -122.3196
Berkeley, California

Urban Ore

An vast warehouse of everyday treasures in Berkeley, CA
37.8508, -122.2905
Dutch (North) Windmill from the beach.
San Francisco, California

Dutch Windmill

The key to turning shifting dunes into the green oasis of Golden Gate Park
37.7705, -122.5094
Main entrance to the Exploratorium at Pier 15
San Francisco, California

Exploratorium

San Francisco's newly reopened hands-on science museum
37.7985, -122.4172
San Francisco, California

Golden Gate Park Bison

San Francisco's very own urban bison herd have persisted in the face of extinction, development and disease
37.7698, -122.4984
Alameda, California

Pacific Pinball Museum

Playable, historic pinball machines fill this Alameda museum
37.7737, -122.2767
Wall of historic Pez dispensers
Burlingame, California

Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia

A comprehensive collection of Pez dispensers
37.5791, -122.3441
The Happy Family or Fox and Rabbit. Both trickers and shape-shifter transgressors. (Wikimedia Commons)
Hartford, Vermont

Main Street Museum

Taxonomy experiment known for quirky collections
43.6492, -72.3196
San Francisco, California

Lotta's Fountain

San Francisco's oldest surviving monument and meeting place for 1906 survivors
37.7879, -122.4033
The Long Now Orrery
San Francisco, California

Long Now Orrery

A modern mechanical planetary system, part of a 10,000 year clock
37.8066, -122.4322