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The Canada France Hawaii Telescope.
Hilo, Hawaii

Mauna Kea

Earth's tallest volcano is home to a dozen world-class observatories.
19.8244, -155.4733
Captain Cook, Hawaii

Place of Refuge

Ancient holy grounds that granted amnesty to all those who stepped inside.
19.4215, -155.9105
Parker Ranch
Waimea, Hawaii

Parker Ranch

This Hawaiian cattle ranch acts as a museum devoted to the island cowboys that predate the wild west.
20.0199, -155.6821
No Trespassing. Ever.
Groom Lake, Nevada

Area 51

In the middle of an extremely unforgiving and desolate high desert is the most secret military facility in the world.
37.2767, -115.7989
Cape Foulweather. (Valleycat/Atlas Obscura)
Depoe Bay, Oregon

Cape Foulweather

First landing spot for James Cook on his voyage of discovery to the Sandwich Islands.
44.8084, -124.0632
The museum as seen from the road.
McMinnville, Oregon

Evergreen Aviation Museum

Home of Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose.
45.2037, -123.1415
Tillamook Air Museum
Tillamook, Oregon

Tillamook Air Museum

The largest wooden building in the world now houses a fascinating collection of aircraft.
45.4204, -123.8048
Cannon Beach, Oregon

Haystack Rock

A massive sea stack famous for its appearance in The Goonies.
45.9031, -123.9610
Astoria, Oregon

The Astoria Column

A Roman style column in Oregon hides a spiral staircase inside.
46.1814, -123.8175
Nehalem, Oregon

Neahkahnie Mountain

Mountain known by the Tillamook Tribe as "the place of the supreme deity."
45.7470, -123.9550
Cave Junction, Oregon

Out & About Treehouse Treesort

Treehouse motel and treehouse-building school.
42.0319, -123.6218
Phantom Ship Rock
Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake

The deepest lake in the United States, and once the site of epic destruction that lives on in myth.
42.9331, -122.1956
Cars for scale
Castroville, California

World's Largest Artichoke Statue

It should come as no surprise that the world's largest artichoke lies in the town that calls itself the "Artichoke Center of the World."
36.7623, -121.7529
Not a bad spread
Big Sur, California

Nepenthe

Offering commanding views of the California coastline, this restaurant was a hub for the artists and bohemians of Big Sur.
36.2218, -121.7592
Due to changing hands and responsibilities throughout the years, the lighthouse has fallen into disrepair.
Pescadero, California

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

A New England-style lighthouse along California's beautiful Highway 1 gets a re-do.
37.1822, -122.3943
Pescadero, California

Elephant Seals of Año Nuevo State Park

Once close to extinction, there is no shortage of elephant seals on the beaches of Año Nuevo State Park.
37.1430, -122.3400
Under the statues
Klamath, California

Trees of Mystery

Two mammoth statues inspired by equally tall tales lure tourists to this roadside attraction.
41.5046, -124.0706
The Mojave Mailbox
San Bernardino County, California

The Mojave Desert Mailbox

The most isolated mailbox in America lets desert travelers record their passing.
35.1854, -115.6928
Point Sur Lighthouse
Monterey, California

Point Sur Lightstation

Life in this isolated, hilltop lighthouse was lonely, but it sure was lovely.
36.3063, -121.9016
San Jose, California

Drawbridge

San Francisco Bay's ghost town.
37.4625, -121.9735
Smooth glass pieces layer the beach
Fort Bragg, California

Glass Beach

A trash dump made beautiful by nature's power.
39.4530, -123.8136
Inyo, California

The Sailing Stones of Racetrack Playa

The stones of Racetrack Playa leave trails of movement, yet no one has ever seen them move.
36.6816, -117.5633
Artist's Drive
Inyo County, California

Artist's Drive

Millions of years of oxidation make a drive down this winding Death Valley road surprisingly colorful.
36.3299, -116.8300
Badwater Basin
Inyo County, California

Badwater Basin

The lowest point in North America is home to an undrinkable pool surrounded by fields of geometric salt flats.
36.2503, -116.8258