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San Francisco, California

The Wave Organ

A huge musical instrument played by the ocean
37.8085, -122.4402
San Jose, California

The Winchester Mystery House

A peculiar mansion built by the troubled heir to the Winchester gun fortune
37.3189, -121.9506
Austin, Texas

Congress Bridge Bats

Home to the largest urban bat colony in North America, estimated at 1.5 million bats.
30.2608, -97.7456
Fuller St., part of the main drag.
Bridgeport, California

Bodie State Historical Park

Standing in a state of "arrested decay", this ghost town allows for a detailed peek into Gold Rush life in an unusually harsh climate
38.2088, -119.0142
Albany, California

The Bone Room

A store that sells all manner of bones, insects, and animal curiosities.
37.8910, -122.2854
Berkeley, California

East Bay Vivarium

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

The Pirate Shop at 826 Valencia

An essential stop before plundering, BYO Cutlass
37.7596, -122.4214
Gold Rush Steakhouse at the Madonna Inn
San Luis Obispo, California

Madonna Inn

A hotel/restaurant serving as the mecca of kitsch
35.2660, -120.6737
San Francisco, California

Camera Obscura & Holograph Collection

A walk-in working camera obscura produces 360 degree live images of the San Francisco coast
37.7783, -122.5142
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
Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz Mystery Spot

A "gravitational anomaly" located in the redwood forests just outside of Santa Cruz, California
37.0173, -122.0038
The "Basket" Tree was woven together from six separate sycamore trees.
Gilroy, California

Gilroy Gardens

Home to the Circus trees created by Axel Erlandson
37.0106, -121.6279
Cathedral Park
Portland, Oregon

Cathedral Park

A heavenly experience, right here on Terra Firma
45.5886, -122.7580
One of the four mummies
San Jose, California

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

An extensive collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts and mummies
37.3340, -121.9226
Wall, South Dakota

Wall Drug

The granddaddy of all tourist traps, built on ice water and jackalopes
43.9933, -102.2418
Virginia City, Nevada

Comstock Cemeteries

Historic graveyard set against the barren Virginia City hills
39.3158, -119.6418
Berkeley, California

Urban Ore

An vast warehouse of everyday treasures in Berkeley, CA
37.8508, -122.2905
Cinespia cemetery screening at Hollywood Forever
Los Angeles, California

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Resting place of Hollywood's immortals is also site of summer film screenings
34.0887, -118.3190
San Francisco, California

San Francisco Columbarium

The restored and active Victorian-era final resting place of San Francisco
37.7806, -122.4571
Tufa tower on south shore of Mono Lake
Lee Vining, California

Mono Lake

Aqueducts have dramatically changed this old lake, now home to tufa towers and its very own species of tiny brine shrimp
38.0165, -119.0093
Over 100 selections baked fresh daily, including the Tex-Ass doughnut (center-right, for scale).
Portland, Oregon

Voodoo Doughnut and Wedding Chapel

The magic's in the hole!
45.5227, -122.6732
Berkeley, California

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Where the alchemists dream of transmuting base metal into gold was actually achieved
37.8749, -122.2528
Calistoga, California

Calistoga Petrified Forest

The fossilized remains of ancient California redwoods
38.5516, -122.6505