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Santa Rosa, California

Charles M. Schulz Museum

A tribute to the life and work of the beloved "Peanuts" cartoonist.
Cambria, California

Nitt Witt Ridge

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

Witch Dungeon Museum

Experience the hysteria of a 17th century witch hunt through goofy reenactments and wax dummies that should probably be burned at the stake.
Las Vegas, Nevada

High Roller

The world's tallest ferris wheel takes visitors high above Las Vegas in a spinning party room.
Santa Monica, California

Route 66: End of the Trail

A sign at the end of the Santa Monica Pier marks the end of the legendary American highway, symbolizing that this road only ended when the sea stood in its way.
Agua Dulce, California

Vasquez Rocks

Named after a bandit and the star of several Hollywood prehistoric landscapes, these sandstone formations are a historical part of the Los Angeles natural landscape.
Yermo, California

Calico Ghost Town

A desert ghost town that was once home to over 500 silver mines, Calico lasted only 12 years of boom before it all went bust.
Los Angeles, California

Petersen Automotive Vault

Once strictly off-limits, this lower level housing curious and priceless vehicles of the Petersen Automotive Museum is now open to the public.
Lincoln, New Hampshire

The Basin

Even Henry David Thoreau found this glacial pothole irresistible.
San Simeon, California

Hearst Castle

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

The Cat House

Exotic feline breeding compound and conservation center.
Los Angeles, California

Marilyn Monroe's Crypt

Her final resting place was intended to be modest and private, but the power of her popularity continues to draw visitors.
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.
Near Lake Arrowhead, California

SkyPark at Santa's Village

The first franchised theme park in the world became a ghost town and is now a beautifully restored village and adventure park.
Kane, Utah

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

This rugged area of red rocks and arches is often considered one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
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.
Cabazon, California

Cabazon Dinosaurs

The "world's biggest dinosaur" now houses a creationist museum in its abdomen.
Holbrook, Arizona

Petrified Forest National Park

Discover fossils that are over 200 million years old in northeastern Arizona.
Bryce, Utah

Bryce Canyon

Giant, natural amphitheaters made of delicate geological formations called "hoodoos."
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.
Lee Vining, California

Mono Lake

Aqueducts have dramatically changed this old lake, now home to tufa towers and its very own species of tiny brine shrimp.
Sequoia National Park, California

General Sherman

Quite simply the largest tree in the world (by volume).
Los Angeles, California

La Brea Tar Pits Dragonfly Fossils

These delicate buggers are some of the rarest fossils that have bubbled up from the Tar Pits.