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Winterhaven, California

Valley of the Names

Since World War II people have been decorating this stretch of the Yuma desert with signatures arranged out of rocks.
Sedona, Arizona

Teal McDonald's Arches

The world's only teal arches exist in a city that cares more about its aesthetic than an Instagram influencer.
Sedona, Arizona

Chapel of the Holy Cross

A spiritual vortex among the red rocks in Sedona.
Jerome, Arizona

Jerome's Sliding Jail

A Wild West jailhouse that slid down the mountainside.
Palm Springs, California

Indian Canyons

Traversing these canyons, visitors can take in stunning views and glimpses of the region's history.
La Quinta, California

Big Metal Roadrunner

A giant desert bird that once swung music fans at Coachella now has a home in a nearby traffic circle.
Mecca, California

Salton Sea

The ghostly remains of an accidental sea.
Bombay Beach, California

Bombay Beach

Version of the French Riviera destroyed by the sea.
Niland, California

East Jesus

An off-grid art installation that encourages its visitors to imagine a world without waste.
Calipatria, California

Salvation Mountain

A hand-built folk art installation covered with messages of God's love.
Calipatria, California

Slab City

This abandoned Navy base was transformed into an off-grid alternative living community for thousands of people.
Flagstaff, Arizona

Cinder Lake Crater Field

NASA used this site to fake the moon landing before actually sending people to the moon.
Thousand Palms, California

Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve

Hike amid the palm trees that thrive among Southern California's Indio Hills.
Federal Way, Washington

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

This 22-acre botanical garden is home to the largest collection of rhododendrons in the world.
Zillah, Washington

Teapot Dome Service Station

Perhaps the world's only gas station inspired by a political scandal.
Mitchell, Oregon

Painted Hills

Oregon's unexpected high desert, displaying layers of time in a colorful show.
Iceland

Búðakirkja

This black church sits alone among a field of lava rock.
Goleta, California

Barnsdall-Rio Grande Gas Station

This little gem of Spanish Colonial architecture has been abandoned since the 1950s.
Big Sur, California

McWay Falls and Waterfall House Ruins

This Big Sur waterfall drops 80 feet directly into the Pacific Ocean, and inspired the hillside house up top.
Carpinteria, California

Carpinteria Tar Pits

Inky sludge oozes to the surface of this beach thanks to a rare natural tar seep.
San Simeon, California

Hearst Castle

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

Nitt Witt Ridge

A house built from trash known as the poor man's Hearst Castle.
Cambria, California

Victoria's Last Resort

Cambria's most unique B&B features creative surroundings and fantastic food.
Morro Bay, California

Morro Rock

A massive volcanic plug is now a protected area that hosts a number of bird species.