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An aerial view of the rose garden.
Portland, Oregon

International Rose Test Garden

10,000 flowered plants bloom in the City of Roses.
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Tree molds.
La Pine, Oregon

Lava Cast Forest

A rugged lava field dotted with molds of the ancient pines that were growing when the volcano erupted.
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A little gem awaits.
Bolinas, California

Alamere Falls

This rare example of a "tidefall" is a spectacular drop from the cliffs directly into the sea.
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The stone has been worn down a bit over the years.
Washington, D.C.

District of Columbia Center Point

A little marble compass above George Washington's (empty) tomb in the Capitol marks where D.C.'s four quadrants intersect.
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Original floor level
Sacramento, California

Sacramento's Original Street Level

The California capital city once stood 10 feet lower than it does today.
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You'll never unsee it now.
Washington, D.C.

Washington Monument Marble Stripe

Look closely and you’ll notice that the color changes a third of the way up the tower.
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The Long Now Orrery
San Francisco, California

Long Now Orrery

A modern mechanical planetary system, part of a 10,000 year clock.
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William Randolph Hearst's private castle.
San Simeon, California

Hearst Castle

The unbelievably opulent home built for an infamous newspaperman.
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Boonsboro, Maryland

Crystal Grottoes Caverns

Bizarre Cavern.
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Bend, Oregon

Lava River Cave

The longest continuous lava tube in Oregon.
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The Wave Organ, San Francisco Bay
San Francisco, California

The Wave Organ

A huge musical instrument played by the ocean.
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Cuenca, Spain

Ciudad Encantada

Geological storytelling.
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Cuenca, Spain

Hanging Houses of Cuenca

Cliffside houses provide a spectacular view from their perilous perch above the valley.
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Leo and Leona guard the gates
Los Gatos, California

The Cats

A pair of pure white felines guard the entrance to a spot of California real estate established as an artist's haven.
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MIThenge
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Infinite Corridor

This nearly endless university hallway is home to a unique sunset known as "MIThenge."
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Parkes, Australia

Parkes Radio Telescope

Giant dish located in a sheep paddock was primary receiver of Apollo 11 TV transmissions.
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Avenue of the Giants
Redcrest, California

Avenue of the Giants

One of the most scenic stretches of road in America winds between some of the country's oldest trees.
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The little tunnel is unexpectedly full of concrete stalagtites
San Francisco, California

Alvord Lake Bridge

An overlooked and unassuming engineering marvel.
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The mysterious Dentzel goat
San Francisco, California

Golden Gate Park Vintage Carousel

This turn of the century masterpiece has a mysterious goaty interloper.
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San Francisco, California

Leroy King Carousel

A still functioning vaudeville carousel that has operated for over a century boasts a colorful menagerie and past.
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View from the street
San Francisco, California

Defenestration

Furniture tries to escape an abandoned building in San Francisco.
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San Francisco, California

Secret Tiled Staircase

An artsy hidden staircase leads to breathtaking views of San Francisco.
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San Francisco, California

Buena Vista Park Tombstones

Gold Rush-era tombstones line the park's paths.
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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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