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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
Berkeley, California

East Bay Vivarium

An amazing collection of fantastic reptiles, amphibians, spiders, and insects
37.8696, -122.2991
Boonsboro, Maryland

Crystal Grottoes Caverns

Bizarre Cavern
39.4989, -77.6763
The wild parrots of Telegraph Hill
San Francisco, California

The Parrots of Telegraph Hill

Staircase winds down the side of Telegraph Hill through gardens, wild parrots flying overhead
37.8021, -122.4039
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 from the street
San Francisco, California

Defenestration

Furniture tries to escape an abandoned building in San Francisco
37.7794, -122.4072
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Canton Avenue

The steepest street in the US - and possibly in the world - makes an intriguing challenge for cyclists
40.4105, -80.0301
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
One of the four mummies
San Jose, California

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

An extensive collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts and mummies
37.3340, -121.9226
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
Battery Spencer with with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background
Sausalito, California

Marin Headlands

Concrete strongholds stand guard over the Golden Gate
37.8339, -122.5329
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
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
Mountain View, California

Computer History Museum

From the Difference Engine to the Cray-1, all under one roof
37.4143, -122.0769
The San Francisco Cable Car Museum lives in a beautiful brick building on Masonic street.
San Francisco, California

San Francisco's Cable Car Museum

Not merely a museum – but a whirring powerhouse that offers a subterranean peek into the heart and soul of cable car operations
37.7945, -122.4114
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
A close-up of one of the inscriptions.
Suncook, New Hampshire

Josie Langmaid Monument

Murder scene memorialized in perpetuity by grisly obelisk
43.1473, -71.4461
Sign explaining Hannah's story
Boscawen, New Hampshire

Hannah Dustin Memorial Statue

Site of an escape, ten murders, and some scalpings
43.2898, -71.5908
San Francisco, California

House of Air

Inside an old airplane hangar, friends and strangers alike play on a massive trampoline
37.8049, -122.4688
Rick Prelinger at the Prelinger Library
San Francisco, California

Prelinger Library

Appropriation-friendly collection of books, periodicals, and more
37.7759, -122.4103