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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
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
Old Melbourne Gaol
Melbourne, Australia

Old Melbourne Gaol

Once housing children next to hardened criminals this historic jail once displayed Ned Kelly's skull until it was stolen
-37.8075, 144.9650
California's Old Faithful.
Calistoga, California

California's Old Faithful

California's own majestic geyser is powered by a subterranean volcano
38.5963, -122.6023
A map of Calistoga from 1871.
Calistoga, California

Sharpsteen Museum

A veteran Disney animator turned his gift for storytelling to a museum devoted to his love of a California city
38.5788, -122.5807
Pioneer Cemetery
Calistoga, California

Calistoga Pioneer Cemetery

This historic California cemetery holds the bodies of veterans of both the Civil War and the Donner Party
38.5487, -122.5137
Coop's Shot Tower
Melbourne, Australia

Coop's Shot Tower

This historic Melbourne bullet factory is fully encased in a massive glass and steel cone
-37.8101, 144.9628
La Zisa
Palermo, Italy

La Zisa

This Arabesque Italian castle was built with a primitive, if ingenious, air-conditioning system
38.1169, 13.3411
The Commodore John Drake Sloat Monument
Monterey, California

Sloat Monument

This eagle-topped spire remembers the the military commander who snatched up California for the United States
36.6069, -121.8979
The gallery of maps, showing the ceiling
Città del Vaticano, Vatican

Gallery of Maps - Galleria delle Carte Geografiche

Breathtaking and huge 430 year old maps of Italy
41.9029, 12.4534
The mall's generic appearance today gives little hint of its history.
Milpitas, California

Great Mall of Milpitas

This giant shopping mall still holds signs of its automotive past
37.4156, -121.8994
Rosicrucian Park
San Jose, California

Rosicrucian Park

The headquarters of a secretive order is also a beautifully-designed park
37.3340, -121.9226
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
The rear of the lighthouse
Pacific Grove, California

Point Pinos Lighthouse

The oldest lighthouse on America's west coast no longer needs keepers, yet they maintain the site anyhow
36.6334, -121.9337
Monterey, California

Doc Ricketts' Lab

Steinbeck's old stomping grounds, immortalized in Cannery Row
36.6172, -121.9011
Homestead, Florida

Ed Leedskalnin's Coral Castle

A mysterious castle built as a monument to lost love.
25.5005, -80.4446
The cells featured escape-proof windows.
Monterey, California

Old Monterey Jail

This remarkably simple jail went over a century without an escape
36.5976, -121.8973
Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

Birthplace of Auguste Maïcon

Auguste Maïcon, a pioneer in French aviation, was born in this house in 1891
43.7045, 7.3125
The Old Whaling Station
Monterey, California

Monterey's Old Whaling Station

An old whaling station now serves to give the public a look at the commercial whaling industry, no longer a part of Monterey's economy
36.6039, -121.8951
The view of the Custom House that merchants saw upon making landfall
Monterey, California

Monterey's Custom House

The oldest U.S. Government building in California, and it's State Historic Landmark #1
36.6032, -121.8933
A statue of Mary stands in a grotto to the left of the church
Monterey, California

San Carlos Cathedral

The oldest continuously operating church in California
36.5957, -121.8903
People always put fresh flowers in Doc's hand.
Monterey, California

Doc Ricketts Memorial

Fake rail crossings mark the site of an influential doctor's demise
36.6124, -121.8986
Pacific Grove, California

Kissing Rock

Two rocks in a perpetual kiss and one of "the most romantic spot in America."
36.6344, -121.9246
Dennis the Menace Playground
Monterey, California

Dennis the Menace Playground

This municipal playground was co-created by the father of one of the most playful characters ever
36.5978, -121.8863