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Tiny bits of the survivor's cabin were sold as souvenirs in the years after the Donner Party
Truckee, California

Donner Party Artifacts

Bits and pieces from the ill-fated Donner Party's winter cabins.
39.3246, -120.2329
Calistoga, California

Calistoga Petrified Forest

The fossilized remains of ancient California redwoods.
38.5558, -122.6389
California's Old Faithful.
Calistoga, California

California's Old Faithful

California's own majestic geyser is powered by a subterranean volcano.
38.5963, -122.6023
Castello di Amorosa
Calistoga, California

Castello di Amorosa

California's own medieval Italian castle, authentic down to the 300-year-old iron maiden in the dungeon.
38.5584, -122.5426
Sebastopol, California

California Carnivores

Nursery with extensive collection of flesh-eating plants operated by the author of "The Savage Garden."
38.3748, -122.7903
Olema, California

1906 Earthquake Fence

'Cause the fence start shaking, the earth was quaking.
38.0439, -122.7907
Lyford's Tower with Angel Island in the background
Belvedere Tiburon, California

Lyford's Tower

Once the gateway to the utopian dream-village of a Civil War embalmer.
37.8734, -122.4492
The Bay model.
Sausalito, California

The Bay Model

A working model of the entire San Francisco Bay and much of the Sacramento River Delta, complete with regular tides that change every 14 minutes.
37.8635, -122.4949
Mill Valley, California

Nature Friends Tourist Club

Discover for yourself what Herb Caen referred to as "the best kept secret in the Bay Area."
37.8980, -122.5702
(Headlands Center for the Arts)
Mill Valley, California

Headlands Center for the Arts

Internationally-recognized arts center housed in a century-old former military barracks.
37.8235, -122.5293
Battery Spencer with with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background
Sausalito, California

Marin Headlands

Concrete strongholds stand guard over the Golden Gate.
37.8339, -122.5329
Laffin Sal
El Cerrito, California

Playland Not At the Beach

9,000 square feet of vintage and modern mechanical toys, dioramas & sideshow curiosities.
37.9170, -122.3127
Monument to poets Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Oakland, California

Joaquin Miller Monuments

Odd stone and concrete monuments in the "Poet of the Sierras" eclectic folly garden.
37.8135, -122.1831
Oakland, California

Mazzariello Labyrinth

Spiral labyrinth hidden in the hills above Oakland, CA.
37.8524, -122.1954
Berkeley, California

Adventure Playground

A playground built by the kids that is a child's wonderland, and a helicopter parent's nightmare.
37.8632, -122.3145
Berkeley, California

Sather Tower

The century old tower at UC Berkeley is the third tallest bell and clock tower in the world, home to 61 bells and some fossils.
37.8721, -122.2578
Oakland, California

Mountain View Cemetery

Oakland's beautiful monumental cemetery.
37.8340, -122.2393
Berkeley, California

East Bay Vivarium

An amazing collection of fantastic reptiles, amphibians, spiders, and insects.
37.8696, -122.2991
Berkeley, California

Moe's Books

A shape-shifting buy-sell-trade bookstore, born to Beatnik Era spirit.
37.8655, -122.2586
Berkeley, California

Urban Ore

An vast warehouse of everyday treasures in Berkeley, CA.
37.8508, -122.2905
Alameda, California

Pacific Pinball Museum

Playable, historic pinball machines fill this Alameda museum.
37.7737, -122.2767
The gates a few years before the base closed.
Alameda, California

Naval Air Station Alameda

A decommissioned Naval base now rents itself out for people who want to blow stuff up.
37.7824, -122.2978
Heinold’s First and Last Chance 2007. (Wikimedia Commons)
Oakland, California

Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon

Dive bar built out of the remains of a whaling ship.
37.7938, -122.2746
Toking atop a mushroom
Oakland, California

Children's Fairyland

This Oakland fairytale kingdom, fiercely devoted to childlike whimsy, was an early inspiration for Disneyland.
37.8087, -122.2589