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Berkeley, California

Urban Ore

An vast warehouse of everyday treasures in Berkeley, CA.
37.8508, -122.2905
Albany, California

The Bone Room

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

East Bay Vivarium

An amazing collection of fantastic reptiles, amphibians, spiders, and insects.
37.8696, -122.2991
Palo Alto, California

Arizona Cactus Garden

A hidden world of exotic succulents and cacti.
37.4359, -122.1711
Front of the tomb
Palo Alto, California

Stanford Mausoleum

Guarded by the Angel of Grief, the Stanford family tomb attracts an odd mix of halloween revelry and somber contemplation.
37.4365, -122.1699
Wall, South Dakota

Wall Drug

The granddaddy of all tourist traps, built on ice water and jackalopes.
43.9933, -102.2418
San Luis Obispo, California

San Luis Obispo's Bubblegum Alley

An alley covered with 20 years of bubble gum.
35.2790, -120.6638
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
The Chandelier Tree in 2005.
Leggett, California

Chandelier Tree

Massive redwood tree that has a hole in the base big enough to drive through.
39.8657, -123.7142
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
Virginia City, Nevada

Comstock Cemeteries

Historic graveyard set against the barren Virginia City hills.
39.3158, -119.6418
The top of the Space Needle exemplifies Googie architecture. (Wikimedia Commons)
Seattle, Washington

Space Needle

Iconic symbol of the Pacific Northwest.
47.6201, -122.3484
Cathedral Park
Portland, Oregon

Cathedral Park

A heavenly experience, right here on Terra Firma.
45.5886, -122.7580
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
Austin, Texas

Cathedral of Junk

An unique structure in suburban Austin comprised entirely of other people's castaways.
30.2186, -97.7714
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
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
Las Vegas, Nevada

Neon Boneyard

Neon icons of Las Vegas.
36.1770, -115.1353
Lemon Grove, California

The Giant Lemon of Lemon Grove

The Giant Lemon of Lemon Grove.
32.7423, -117.0310
The Whaley House, which served as a county courthouse and theater, is open to the public all year. (Alyx Sariol/Atlas Obscura)
San Diego, California

Whaley House

San Diego's most historic and haunted home.
32.7525, -117.1945
San Juan Capistrano, California

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Oldest building in California still in use.
33.5019, -117.6628
The gym
Los Angeles, California

Muscle Beach

An historic and oft-filmed spot for musclebound iron pumpers on the Pacific coast.
33.9854, -118.4727
The Magic Castle during the day - slightly less ominous than at night
Los Angeles, California

The Magic Castle

The private clubhouse for the members of the Academy of Magical Arts.
34.1045, -118.3419
Los Angeles, California

Griffith Observatory's Tesla Coil

High on a hill overlooking Los Angeles lives a world famous, high power conical Tesla Coil.
34.1184, -118.3004