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Los Angeles, California

Watts Towers

America's most famous piece of self-built architecture
33.9393, -118.2610
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 descent of the snake god
Mexico

Pyramid of Kukulcan at Chich'en Itza

Every equinox this Mayan pyramid puts on a spooky ancient light show
20.6816, -88.5677
Fresno, California

Forestiere Underground Gardens

An underground mansion with fruit-bearing trees and grapes growing beneath the surface of central California
36.8078, -119.8822
Virginia City, Nevada

Comstock Cemeteries

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

Cabazon Dinosaurs

"World's biggest dinosaur" featured in Pee Wee's Big Adventure, now houses a creationist museum in its abdomen
33.9229, -116.7743
Madera, California

Devil's Postpile National Monument

Towering basalt columns, a creation of fire and ice
37.6531, -119.0738
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
The sign welcoming visitors to the Red Rock National Conservation Area.
Las Vegas, Nevada

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Dyed by iron oxide over centuries, these sandstone rocks rise thousands of feet into the sky
36.1357, -115.4279
Trona, California

Trona Pinnacles

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

Methuselah Tree

Once thought to be the oldest living tree in the world, Methuselah was germinated before the Egyptian Pyramids were built
37.3856, -118.1788
Alcatraz from the Bay 2012
San Francisco, California

Alcatraz Island - La Isla de los Alcatraces

In all of the 29 years it was in operation, no prisoners ever escaped successfully... or so they claim
37.8267, -122.4230
Tio's Tacos. (Press Photo)
Riverside, California

Tio's Tacos

Mexican food and folk art
33.9843, -117.3768
Limestone formations, 24 million years in the making (Flickr/alexpgp)
West Bay, Cayman Islands

Hell, Grand Cayman

Send a postcard while vacationing with Satan
19.3791, -81.4068
Borrego Springs, California

Galleta Meadows Estate

Metal Jurassic Park on the side of a California highway
33.2877, -116.3755
Glendale, California

Forest Lawn Cemetery

An extraordinary final resting place full of oversized art, amazing statues, and dead celebrities
34.1250, -118.2531
Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles Zoo Botanical Gardens

The L.A. Zoo has a secret garden of rare bootleg cycads, a palm specimen dating back 280 million years
34.1489, -118.2840
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
San Francisco, California

Garden of Fragrance

Olfactory delights in San Francisco's Botanical Gardens
37.7681, -122.4685
Tiny bits of the survivor's cabin were sold as souvenirs in the years after the Donner Party
Truckee, California

Donner Party Artifacts

Bits and pieces from the ill-fated Donner Party's winter cabins
39.3246, -120.2329
Baker, Nevada

The Bristlecone Pines of the Great Basin

The longest living non-clonal organisms on Earth
39.0058, -114.2181
Amboy, California

Amboy Ghost Town

The ghost town that ended up on Ebay
34.5578, -115.7444
Lake Arrowhead, California

Santa's Village

The first franchised theme park in the world is now a ghost town of crumbling facades and forever interrupted fun-time rides
34.2327, -117.1694
Dymaxion Car at the National Automobile Museum
Reno, Nevada

Dymaxion Car at the National Automobile Museum

The only surviving prototype of Buckminster Fuller's revolutionary car
39.5253, -119.8094