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Los Angeles, California

Idle Hour

The programmatic glory of LA's giant whiskey barrel building has become an upscale reminder of the city's kitschy roadside past.
Los Angeles, California

Dapper Cadaver

"Looks so real, it's scary!"
Los Angeles, California

Pink's Hot Dogs

World-famous, Pink's still manages to keep its prized cult fetish status.
Los Angeles, California

La Brea Tar Pits Dragonfly Fossils

These delicate buggers are some of the rarest fossils that have bubbled up from the Tar Pits.
Los Angeles, California

Bronson Cave

It should come as no surprise that the best view of the Hollywood sign is from Batman's lair.
Los Angeles, California

Old Zoo Picnic Area

The abandoned zoo enclosures offer a perfect place to experience the other side of the bars.
Los Angeles, California

Sunken City

Remants of foundations, streets, and streetcar tracks inhabit the cliffs where a landslide occurred in 1929.
Whitethorn, California

Enchanted Forest

A grove of "candelabra redwoods" deep in California's Lost Coast.
London, England

Pudding Lane

The Great Fire of London and the regulation of one-way streets both started in this alley.
Los Angeles, California

Underground Tunnels of Los Angeles

During prohibition, corrupt city officials ran drinking dens under the streets of Downtown Los Angeles.
Mexico City, Mexico

La Isla de las Muñecas (Island of the Dolls)

An island filled with hundreds of hanging, decomposing, decapitated dolls.
New Haven, Connecticut

Louis' Lunch

While many places make the claim, the Library of Congress says this restaurant is the birthplace of the hamburger.
Wilmington, Delaware

Marian Coffin Gardens

Enchanting gardens surround a derelict mansion, all hidden in plain sight behind a stone wall.
Payson, Arizona

Camp Verde to Payson Mail Route Memorial

The handsome statue is a tribute to the post riders who traversed 52 miles of tough Arizona terrain.
Flagstaff, Arizona

Monument to the Flagstaff Flag Staff

A replica of the flagpole that gave a frontier town its name.
Tucson, Arizona

Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum

The sprawling attraction boasts a collection of more than 150 historic wagons.
Arizona

El Camino del Diablo

This ancient trail has claimed the lives of over 2,000 people.
Chandler, Arizona

Momentum

A $100,000 tumbleweed decorates an Arizona park and ride that got its priorities a bit tangled.
Chandler, Arizona

Tumbleweed Christmas Tree

Every Christmas one Arizona city makes the most of its dry climate by creating an arid desert tannenbaum.
Clifton, Arizona

Clifton Cliff Jail

This Old West prison built into the side of a cliff was said to be inescapable.
Tucson, Arizona

Hotel Congress

Sleep where gangsters fell amidst smoke and flame, with nary a bullethole to show for the legendary struggle.
Kykotsmovi Village, Arizona

Oraibi Village

This reclusive Hopi village in Arizona has been continuously populated longer than anywhere else in America.
Joseph City, Arizona

Ella's Frontier Trading Post

Along the old Route 66 is an abandoned trading post made from old telephone poles, built by a former circus clown.
Yuma, Arizona

Yuma Territorial Prison

Walk through the actual strap iron cells and solitary chambers of Arizona Territory’s first prison.