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Trona, California

Trona Pinnacles

One of the most unusual geological features, recognizable from a dozen hit movies.
Coolidge, Arizona

Casa Grande Ruins

Some of the tallest ancient American ruins continue to inspire awe and curiosity.
San Diego, California

San Diego Museum of Man

An extraordinarily ornate museum in San Diego holds wondrous anthropological treasures.
Hesperia, California

Summit Inn Restaurant

The last Americana on Route 66.
Captain Cook, Hawaii

Place of Refuge

Ancient holy grounds that granted amnesty to all those who stepped inside.
Pāhoa, Hawaii

Big Island Lava Flow

Watch the newest land on the planet form before your eyes.
Pepeekeo, Hawaii

'Akaka Falls

These picturesque Hawaiian falls are home to a rare species of fish that uses a special sucker to climb up cliffs.
Boulder City, Nevada

Hoover Dam Old Exhibit Building

Experience a charming 1930's version of "infotainment."
Clark County, Nevada

Valley of Fire

The drama of nature in full effect in this Nevada State Park.
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.
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.
Bishop, California

Erick Schat's Bakkerÿ

A charming desert roadside bakery that produces 10 times more bread daily than it has residents in its town.
Holbrook, Arizona

Petrified Forest National Park

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

Lowell Observatory

This Arizona observatory is famous for investigations into Martian life, and as the place humans first spotted Pluto.
Flagstaff, Arizona

Walnut Canyon

Ancient pueblos built into the base of a natural canyon wall.
Winslow, Arizona

Meteor Crater

This 4,000-foot-diameter hole is touted as "the most well known, best preserved meteorite crater on Earth."
Sedona, Arizona

Chapel of the Holy Cross

A spiritual vortex among the red rocks in Sedona.
Johannesburg, California

Randsburg

The liveliest ghost town in the state.