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West Hollywood, California

Rainbow Bar & Grill

An Italian restaurant became a rock-and-roll hangout and the lair of the "Hollywood vampires."
Beverly Hills, California

Union 76 Gas Station

The dramatic upward-curving roof is one of the most iconic examples of Googie architecture that still stands today.
Beverly Hills, California

'Celluloid' Monument

A tribute to the movie stars who fought to keep Beverly Hills separate from Los Angeles.
Los Angeles, California

Helios House

First LEED-certified gas station in the United States.
Los Angeles, California

Cardiff Tower

This "synagogue" is not what it seems to be.
Los Angeles, California

Museum of Tolerance

A multimedia experience that chronicles the atrocities of racism.
Los Angeles, California

Venice of America Canals

After starting as a whimsical tourist attraction that eventually found its way to ruin, these renovated canals offer a lush and exotic locale on the Pacific Coast.
Los Angeles, California

Muscle Beach

An historic and oft-filmed spot for musclebound iron pumpers on the Pacific coast.
Los Angeles, California

Venice Beach Poet's Monument

The words of the neighborhood's most famous poets adorn four concrete walls.
Los Angeles, California

Declaration Sculpture

60 feet of towering steel balances gracefully.
Los Angeles, California

Danny's Deli

Authentic gondola hanging from the ceiling, notable mural in the back room.
Los Angeles, California

Traffic Circle Gondola

A lonely Gondola stuck on a traffic circle sits in a spot where it once would have floated down the Grand Canal.
Los Angeles, California

Waldorf Hotel Apartments

Apartment building was once posh playground to the Hollywood elite.
Los Angeles, California

King George Hotel

Where a great scandal unfolded with a famous female revivalist at its center.
Santa Monica, California

Georgian Hotel

One of the first skyscrapers in Santa Monica, and a famous getaway for the Hollywood elite of then and now.
Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome

A Looff creation in Santa Monica best described as “a California-Byzantine-Moorish-style fantasy.”
Santa Monica, California

Route 66 End of the Trail Sign

A sign at the end of the Santa Monica Pier marks the traditional end of the legendary American highway.
Santa Monica, California

Pacific Park Solar Ferris Wheel

A second generation sun-powered marvel lights up the night.
Bainbridge Island, Washington

The Labyrinth Mosaic and Halls Hill Lookout

Overlooking Puget Sound sits a garden with a Buddhist prayer wheel and an elaborate labyrinth.
Bainbridge Island, Washington

Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

This monument remembers the first Japanese Americans forcibly relocated during World War II.
North Bend, Washington

Twede's Cafe

Twin Peaks' real life Double R Diner has been restored to its damn fine television look.
North Bend, Washington

Snoqualmie Tunnel

This long, dark tunnel is open to hikers, but those without lights are known to get confused even on the straight path.
Leavenworth, Washington

Leavenworth's Bavarian Village

One small town in the Pacific Northwest transformed itself into a Bavarian-themed tourist destination.
Quincy, Washington

Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies

This metallic stampede sits frozen on a Washington ridge yet the artist's vision is still incomplete.