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Wendover, Utah

Bonneville Salt Flats / Bonneville Speedway

Come for the speed, leave in love with the desert.
40.7997, -113.8000
Cherokee, California...what's left of it.
Oroville, California

Cherokee

Home of what was the largest hydraulic mine in the world, producing gold and the first diamonds in the U.S.
39.6464, -121.5372
Nevada City, California

Nevada Theatre

California's oldest existing theater building hosted an impressive cast of celebrities, including hosting Mark Twain's first lecture.
39.2631, -121.0192
The popular bell tower is a scenic photo gracing many a postcard.
Nevada City, California

Firehouse No. 1 Museum

This fully intact Neoclassical-Greek Revival style firehouse operated until 1938.
39.2633, -121.0172
Obscura field agents enjoy their cave drinking
Nevada City, California

Old Stonehouse Brewery

A watering hole where the options for seating include a bar, patio, or subterranean cave.
39.2616, -121.0162
The Flintstone House
Hillsborough, California

The Flintstone House

A burnt orange monolithic dome structure perched on a hillside near Interstate 280.
37.5308, -122.3590
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.
37.4129, -122.0539
Dennis the Menace Playground
Monterey, California

Dennis the Menace Playground

This municipal playground was co-created by the father of one of the most playful characters ever.
36.5978, -121.8863
The "Basket" Tree was woven together from six separate sycamore trees.
Gilroy, California

Gilroy Gardens

Home to the "Circus" trees created by Axel Erlandson.
37.0106, -121.6279
Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz Mystery Spot

A "gravitational anomaly" located in the redwood forests just outside of Santa Cruz, California.
37.0173, -122.0038
Fuller St., part of the main drag.
Bridgeport, California

Bodie State Historical Park

Standing in a state of "arrested decay", this ghost town allows for a detailed peek into Gold Rush life in an unusually harsh climate.
38.2088, -119.0142
Abandoned Neverland Ranch
Santa Ynez, California

Neverland Ranch

The abandoned personal amusement park of the King of Pop.
34.7454, -120.0883
clutters of Monarchs
Goleta, California

Goleta Monarch Butterfly Grove

A popular winter vacation destination for migrating monarch butterflies.
34.4237, -119.8914
Bonsai Rock is on the shore of the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe
Washoe County, Nevada

Bonsai Rock, Lake Tahoe

Eastern zen meets Western grit in these four little trees growing out of a rock on Lake Tahoe’s Nevada shore.
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The banded, colorful cliffs
Nevada City, California

Malakoff Diggins

The beauty and the beast of hydraulic mining is on full display at this California Historic State Park.
39.3680, -120.8993
The most recognizable engine in the museum, Engine #5
Nevada City, California

Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum

"You don't need a rocket scientist to build a steam engine, but we've got one." -Museum docent on the credentials of a restoration volunteer.
39.2495, -121.0191
A model of one of Gilmore's aircraft, the Bat Wing Monoplane
Grass Valley, California

Lyman Gilmore Middle School

A middle school sports field that many believe was the true location of the first successful powered flight - and not by the Wright Brothers.
39.2230, -121.0740
The entrance to the former train depot
Grass Valley, California

Kidder Mansion Site

An abandoned lot littered with concrete debris was once the home of the world's first female railroad president.
39.2172, -121.0572
Welcome to Rough and Ready!
Rough and Ready, California

Rough and Ready

The first U.S. town to secede from the Union, only to vote themselves right back in.
39.2303, -121.1350
Del Oro theatre's art deco spire.
Grass Valley, California

Del Oro Theatre

A fine mixture of the old and the new topped with an art deco neon spire.
39.2173, -121.0630
Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets...
Grass Valley, California

Home of Lola Montez

The modest home of the very immodest dancer who cost a king his crown.
39.2161, -121.0648
Grass Valley, California

Swan Levine House

Built in 1895, this bed and breakfast was once a hospital that served an early 1900s Gold Rush boomtown.
39.2157, -121.0666
table used for the signing of the United Nations Charter in San Francisco in 1945
Grass Valley, California

Grass Valley Museum

A rich history stashed behind an unassuming door in the heart of Gold Country.
39.2146, -121.0673
Grass Valley, California

Mount Saint Mary's Academy

The oldest continuously operating Catholic school west of the Mississippi.
39.2145, -121.0678