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'The Thinker', often seen as a separate sculpture
Palo Alto, California

Gates of Hell Sculpture

Rodin's famous depiction of Dante's 'Inferno', amidst a sculpture garden of many of his other works.
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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.
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Hangar One
Moffett Field, California

Hangar One

One of the largest free-standing structures ever built, this dirigible hangar is now simply a giant skeleton.
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Berkeley, California

Adventure Playground

A playground built by the kids that is a child's wonderland, and a helicopter parent's nightmare.
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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.
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Alcatraz from the Bay 2012
San Francisco, California

Alcatraz Island

In all of the 29 years it was in operation, no prisoners ever escaped successfully... or so they claim.
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The Flintstone House
Hillsborough, California

The Flintstone House

A burnt orange monolithic dome structure perched on a hillside near Interstate 280.
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Junípero Serra Statue
Hillsborough, California

Junípero Serra Statue

This controversial depiction of the "Founder of California" looks as though it was sculpted from mashed potatoes.
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San Francisco, California

Seward Street Slides

Bring your own cardboard to the slippery slopes of concrete hidden in a neighborhood park.
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San Francisco, California

House of Air

Inside an old airplane hangar, friends and strangers alike play on a massive trampoline.
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San Francisco, California

Palace of Fine Arts

The last remaining relic of San Francisco's glittering 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition.
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Main entrance to the Exploratorium at Pier 15
San Francisco, California

Exploratorium

San Francisco's newly reopened hands-on science museum.
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Free Speech Monument
Berkeley, California

Free Speech Monument

This subtle Berkeley paving stone actually marks off a lawless tube of air that extends into space.
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Berkeley, California

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Where the alchemists dream of transmuting base metal into gold was actually achieved.
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Treasure Island as seen from Yerba Buena Island
San Francisco, California

Treasure Island

A man-made island in scenic San Francisco Bay.
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Berkeley, California

Moe's Books

A shape-shifting buy-sell-trade bookstore, born to Beatnik Era spirit.
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The gas pump at BioFuel Oasis.
Berkeley, California

BioFuel Oasis

Worker-owned cooperative and resource for those looking to lighten their ecological footprint.
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The gates a few years before the base closed.
Alameda, California

Naval Air Station Alameda

A decommissioned Naval base now rents itself out for people who want to blow stuff up.
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Heinold’s First and Last Chance 2007. (Wikimedia Commons)
Oakland, California

Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon

Dive bar built out of the remains of a whaling ship.
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Toking atop a mushroom
Oakland, California

Children's Fairyland

This Oakland fairytale kingdom, fiercely devoted to childlike whimsy, was an early inspiration for Disneyland.
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Cathedral of Christ the Light
Oakland, California

Cathedral of Christ the Light

A massive ultra-modern church presents a science-fiction view of Catholicism's inclusive future.
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Mitchell, Oregon

Painted Hills

Oregon's unexpected high desert, displaying layers of time in a colorful show.
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Bosco the Dog Mayor
Sunol, California

Bosco the Dog Mayor

The black lab that was voted mayor of a California town is forever remembered by a life-size statue.
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The salt ponds
Newark, California

Salt Ponds of San Francisco Bay

From the sky, a kaleidoscope of color brightens the grey landscape of the San Francisco Bay.
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