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Amargosa Valley, Nevada

Alien Cathouse and Area 51 Gift Shop

A legal Nevada brothel that specializes in extraterrestrial fantasies.
Tonopah, Nevada

Tonopah Mining Park

An errant donkey ushered in a new era of mining in Nevada.
Tonopah, Nevada

Clown Motel

Oh, just a motel on the edge of the desert decorated with thousands of clowns conveniently located next to an abandoned graveyard.
Goldfield, Nevada

International Car Forest of the Last Church

Graffiti, cars, and religion combine to create this jungle of scrap in the Nevada desert.
Goldfield, Nevada

Goldfield Hotel

This once bustling boomtown hotel is now the hottest spot in Nevada for ghost hunters.
Yermo, California

Calico Ghost Town

A desert ghost town—occupied for only 12 years—was once home to more than 500 silver mines.
Baker, California

World's Largest Thermometer

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

Alien Fresh Jerky

Finally the worlds of UFO enthusiasts and beef jerky lovers have come together in this roadside shop.
Amargosa Valley, Nevada

Devil's Hole

Water of undetermined depth has attracted rare fish and cult leaders alike.
Overton, Nevada

Lost City Museum

Preserving the remains of Native American cultures which otherwise would have been submerged behind Hoover Dam.
Primm, Nevada

Prizm Outlets

This former shopping outlet is now adorned with beautiful graffiti and murals.
Nelson, Nevada

Nelson

A mining town once rife with murderous disputes over its copious treasures now creates income as a popular spot for photo shoots.
Sloan, Nevada

Seven Magic Mountains

Brightly colored 30-foot-tall totems light up the desert sky just outside Las Vegas.
Las Vegas, Nevada

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Dyed by iron oxide over centuries, these sandstone rocks rise thousands of feet into the sky.
Las Vegas, Nevada

Tule Springs Ranch

Now a city park, this site started as a stage stop, then was a working ranch, and finally became a dude ranch that specialized in letting wannabe divorcees establish Nevada residency.
Henderson, Nevada

Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden

Nevada's largest cactus collection stands outside a candy mogul's small factory.
Las Vegas, Nevada

Mystic Falls Park

This vintage animatronics show is the Vegas version of a walk through the woods.
Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas Strip Benchmarks

These markers are used to determine the ground stability of the Strip.
Las Vegas, Nevada

National Atomic Testing Museum

Stepping away from the glitz of mobsters and casinos to learn about the other history of Vegas.
North Las Vegas, Nevada

Kiel Ranch

An 1870s ranch for pioneers, rodeo stars, and divorcees was abandoned and left for dead, until the city reopened it for exploration.
Las Vegas, Nevada

The Neon Museum

The neon signs from Las Vegas' past find their final resting place at this unusual graveyard.
Las Vegas, Nevada

Big Rig Jig

Temporary Burning Man sculpture made of two 18-wheelers.
Las Vegas, Nevada

'The Mantis'

Las Vegas's very own 40-foot-tall fire-spewing praying mantis.
Las Vegas, Nevada

St. Valentine's Day Massacre Wall

The bullet-riddled wall from the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, bloodstains enhanced for your viewing pleasure.