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Inyo County, California

Ubehebe Crater

A massive hydrovolcanic explosion left a half-mile wide crater in Death Valley.
Los Angeles, California

Capitol Records Building Morse Code

The blinking light atop the iconic landmark has been sending secret messages for decades.
Los Angeles, California

LAX Theme Building

This quirky UFO-shaped curiosity is often mistaken for the airport’s control tower.
Baker, California

World's Largest Thermometer

This giant temperature attraction created some giant electric bills.
Sacramento, California

Sacramento's Original Street Level

The California capital city once stood 10 feet lower than it does today.
Santa Rosa, California

Cyclisk - Santa Rosa Monument

340 bicycles, 65 feet high.
Folsom, California

Folsom Prison Museum

This museum looks at the history of one of America's most famous prisons and most beloved albums.
Inyo County, California

Artist's Drive

Millions of years of oxidation make a drive down this winding Death Valley road surprisingly colorful.
Inyo, California

Scotty's Castle

Abandoned Jazz Age Dream Home and Con Man's Hide-Out in Death Valley Desert.
Santa Rosa, California

Charles M. Schulz Museum

A tribute to the life and work of the beloved "Peanuts" cartoonist.
Calistoga, California

California's Old Faithful

California's own majestic geyser is powered by a subterranean volcano.
Santa Monica, California

Route 66: End of the Trail

A sign at the end of the Santa Monica Pier marks the end of the legendary American highway, symbolizing that this road only ended when the sea stood in its way.
Yermo, California

Calico Ghost Town

A desert ghost town that was once home to over 500 silver mines, Calico lasted only 12 years of boom before it all went bust.
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.
Trona, California

Trona Pinnacles

One of the most unusual geological features, recognizable from a dozen hit movies.
San Simeon, California

Hearst Castle

The unbelievably opulent home built for an infamous newspaperman.
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.
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.
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.
San Francisco, California

The Parrots of Telegraph Hill

Staircase winds down the side of Telegraph Hill through gardens, wild parrots flying overhead.
Sequoia National Park, California

General Sherman

Quite simply the largest tree in the world (by volume).
Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz Mystery Spot

A "gravitational anomaly" located in the redwood forests just outside of Santa Cruz, California.
Los Angeles, California

Hollywood Sign

Hollywood's most famous landmark, the "temporary" sign that has stood for decades longer than intended.
Mammoth Lakes, California

Devils Postpile National Monument

Towering basalt columns, a creation of fire and ice.