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San Francisco, California

Circus Center

Join the circus for a few lessons to learn clowning, acrobatics, and Chinese contortion.
San Francisco, California

Buena Vista Park Tombstones

Gold Rush-era tombstones line the park's paths.
San Francisco, California

Dutch Windmill

The key to turning shifting dunes into the green oasis of Golden Gate Park.
San Francisco, California

John McLaren Statue

The legendary statue-hating superintendent of Golden Gate Park is honored with... a statue.
San Francisco, California

Prayer Book Cross

A monumental cross hides in the trees in Golden Gate Park.
San Francisco, California

Portals of the Past

The remains of a ruined mansion memorialize the 1906 earthquake.
San Francisco, California

Golden Gate Park Model Yacht Club

Home to one of the world’s largest collections of model yachts.
San Francisco, California

Golden Gate Park Bison

San Francisco's urban bison herd has persisted in the face of extinction, development, and disease.
Tromsø, Norway

Polaria

The world's northernmost aquarium looks like it has fallen over.
Downe, England

Down House

The Origin of On the Origin of Species.
London, England

Replica of the Golden Hinde

This one has sailed five times as far as Sir Francis Drake's famous ship.
Sequoia National Park, California

General Sherman

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

Tehachapi Wind Farm

Thousands of turbines whir at at the origin of North American wind power.
Big Pine, California

Methuselah Tree

Once thought to be the oldest living tree in the world, Methuselah was germinated before the Egyptian Pyramids were built.
Inyo, California

Scotty's Castle

Abandoned Jazz Age Dream Home and Con Man's Hide-Out in Death Valley Desert.
Inyo, California

Amargosa Opera House

Marta Becket's hand-painted theater in the desert.
Amargosa Valley, Nevada

Alien Cathouse

A legal Nevada brothel that specializes in extraterrestrial fantasies.
San Francisco, California

San Francisco Botanical Gardens

Golden Gate Park's historic botanical collection.
San Francisco, California

Research Departments, California Academy of Sciences

A century and a half of research in the sciences and natural history, still going strong.
Oslo, Norway

Vigeland Sculpture Park

One man's exploration of the human form, including the bizarre and delightful "Man Attacked by Babies."
Bergen, Norway

Lepramuseet (Leprosy Museum)

St George's Leprosy Museum depicts the gruesome afflictions of those suffering from the disease.
Oslo, Norway

Viking Ship Museum

Home to three historic ships from the age of Vikings.
San Francisco, California

Bohemian Club

Longtime headquarters of controversial boys' club for the world's wealthiest and most powerful.
Oakland, California

Mountain View Cemetery

Oakland's beautiful monumental cemetery.