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The Chapel has a commanding presence (Flickr/Nick Humphries)
Sedona, Arizona

Chapel of the Holy Cross

A spiritual vortex among the red rocks in Sedona.
34.8321, -111.7667
Del Oro theatre's art deco spire.
Grass Valley, California

Del Oro Theatre

A fine mixture of the old and the new topped with an art deco neon spire.
39.2173, -121.0630
Bourn's clubhouse and one of the fountains
Grass Valley, California

Empire Mine State Park

The Empire Mine is "one of the oldest, largest, deepest, longest and richest gold mines in California."
39.2074, -121.0464
The Statues of Ken Fox
Auburn, California

The Statues of Ken Fox

Dentist's hated concrete colossi are now beloved icons of the community.
38.9077, -121.0740
Avenue of the Giants
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.
40.3682, -123.9296
Nevada City, California

Nevada Theatre

California's oldest existing theater building hosted an impressive cast of celebrities, including hosting Mark Twain's first lecture.
39.2631, -121.0192
Obscura field agents enjoy their cave drinking
Nevada City, California

Old Stonehouse Brewery

A watering hole where the options for seating include a bar, patio, or subterranean cave.
39.2616, -121.0162
The most recognizable engine in the museum, Engine #5
Nevada City, California

Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum

"You don't need a rocket scientist to build a steam engine, but we've got one." -Museum docent on the credentials of a restoration volunteer.
39.2495, -121.0191
table used for the signing of the United Nations Charter in San Francisco in 1945
Grass Valley, California

Grass Valley Museum

A rich history stashed behind an unassuming door in the heart of Gold Country.
39.2146, -121.0673
Grass Valley, California

Old St. Patrick's Cemetery

Established in 1853, this crumbling cemetery sits forgotten on the corner of Church and Chapel in Gold Country.
39.2139, -121.0680
A model of one of Gilmore's aircraft, the Bat Wing Monoplane
Grass Valley, California

Lyman Gilmore Middle School

A middle school sports field that many believe was the true location of the first successful powered flight - and not by the Wright Brothers.
39.2230, -121.0740
Welcome to Rough and Ready!
Rough and Ready, California

Rough and Ready

The first U.S. town to secede from the Union, only to vote themselves right back in.
39.2303, -121.1350
The front door of the hotel
Port Costa, California

The Burlington Hotel

A historic hotel in an old California railroad town with a rowdy reputation.
38.0466, -122.1837
The Flintstone House
Hillsborough, California

The Flintstone House

A burnt orange monolithic dome structure perched on a hillside near Interstate 280.
37.5308, -122.3590
Rosicrucian Park
San Jose, California

Rosicrucian Park

The headquarters of a secretive order is also a beautifully-designed park.
37.3340, -121.9226
Sundial Bridge
Redding, California

Sundial Bridge

This ultra-modern California span is actually a titanic solar clock in disguise.
40.5887, -122.3779
Pioneer Cemetery
Calistoga, California

Calistoga Pioneer Cemetery

This historic California cemetery holds the bodies of veterans of both the Civil War and the Donner Party.
38.5487, -122.5137
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
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
New Orleans, Louisiana

The Rosegate House

A typical "Old South" manor, once owned by author Anne Rice, served as the setting for several of her witchcraft sagas.
29.9288, -90.0801
New Orleans, Louisiana

National World War II Museum

Formerly known as National D-Day Museum, this collection commemorates the battle of Normandy and WWII.
29.9430, -90.0704
New Orleans, Louisiana

Lafayette Cemetery

This historic "City of the Dead" lies prominently in the center of New Orleans' famous Garden District.
29.9286, -90.0843
Marie Laveau's tomb in 2005
New Orleans, Louisiana

Marie Laveau's Tomb

The final resting place of New Orleans' most famous voodoo priestess.
29.9591, -90.0714
New Orleans, Louisiana

Backstreet Cultural Museum

The greatest collection of New Orleans masking and processional traditions covering everything from Baby Dolls to Skull and Bone gangs.
29.9647, -90.0661