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South Lake Tahoe, California

Vikingsholm Castle

One woman's Viking Castle on Lake Tahoe.
San Diego, California

Whaley House

San Diego's most historic and haunted home.
Imlay, Nevada

Thunder Mountain Monument

The self-made house sculpture of an outsider artist who named himself "Chief Rolling Thunder."
Simi Valley, California

Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village

An eccentric folk art landmark made out of discarded bottles by an inspired "grandma."
Yermo, California

Calico Ghost Town

A desert ghost town—occupied for only 12 years—was once home to more than 500 silver mines.
Palm Springs, California

Lee R. Baxandall Bridge

The so-called "Bridge of Thighs" in Palm Springs allows nudists to discreetly cross the road.
Riverside, California

The Parent Washington Navel Tree

This California tree is the single source of the state's entire orange industry.
Lancaster, California

Civic Musical Road

Finale of "William Tell Overture" can be heard as drivers pass over grooves in the road.
Inyo County, California

Artist's Drive

Millions of years of oxidation make a drive down this winding Death Valley road surprisingly colorful.
Los Angeles, California

Box Canyon

The quiet canyon has a tumultuous history involving a doomsday cult.
Simi Valley, California

Corriganville Park

The ruins of the movie ranch owned by actor and stuntman Ray "Crash" Corrigan.
Simi Valley, California

House of the Book

A performance hall at the American Jewish University moonlights as a sci-fi film location set.
Solvang, California

OstrichLand USA

Get up close to emus and ostriches, or buy their tasty meat.
Ojai, California

Matilija Dam

The disdain for this dysfunctional dam is reflected in a giant pair of scissors painted on the concrete face.
Mammoth Lakes, California

Devils Postpile National Monument

Towering basalt columns, a creation of fire and ice.
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.
Tehachapi, California

Tehachapi Loop

Where a railroad loops under or over itself to rise or drop more than 70 feet in a short distance.
Newberry Springs, California

Rock-A-Hoola Waterpark

The "Fun Spot of The Desert" is now a haunting ruin acting as a reminder that putting a water park in a desert is a bad idea.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Abandoned Jazzland

A theme park that suffered massive flooding during Katrina, abandoned and proving irresistible to trespassing explorers.
Phoenix, Arizona

World Championship Hoop Dance Contest

This unique competition celebrates an American Indian and Canadian First Nation cultural tradition.
Phoenix, Arizona

Tovrea Castle

A mysterious "wedding cake" castle in the middle of the urban desert.
Williams, Arizona

Sultana Bar

Bootleggers ran booze beneath this building before (and after) Route 66 appeared beside it.