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Inyo County, California

Ballarat Ghost Town

This old mining town, deep in the California desert, has a year-round population of one.
Johannesburg, California

Randsburg

The liveliest ghost town in the state.
California City, California

California City: The Unbuilt Suburb

The "3rd largest" city in California is an empty mirage of suburbia in the middle of nowhere.
Lancaster, California

Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve

Each year these high desert hills are absolutely covered with poppy flowers in a surreal show of nature.
San Bernardino, California

Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex

Where NASA's satellites and rovers phone home.
San Luis Obispo, California

Madonna Inn

A hotel and restaurant serving as the mecca of kitsch.
Morro Bay, California

Morro Rock

A massive volcanic plug is now a protected area that hosts a number of bird species.
Santa Clarita, California

Beale's Cut

Gouged in the mountain to make stage coach access easier through the Fremont Pass.
Yermo, California

Calico Ghost Town

A desert ghost town that was once home to over 500 silver mines, Calico lasted only 12 years of boom before it all went bust.
Daggett, California

Solar One and Solar Two

Decommissioned experimental solar facilities that pioneered solar energy technology.
Ventura, California

Ventura Oil Refinery

Rusty industrial city full of oxidized distillation towers.
Hesperia, California

Summit Inn Restaurant

The last Americana on Route 66.
Solvang, California

Solvang Wind Harp

California's oldest wind harp represents a historic piece of America's Danish history.
Pasadena, California

Colorado Street Bridge

A Masterpiece with a Tragic History.
Goleta, California

Goleta Monarch Butterfly Grove

A popular winter vacation destination for migrating monarch butterflies.
Homer, Alaska

Salty Dawg Saloon

Buy your friend a drink or staple some cash to the wall for the next guy at the Salty Dawg Saloon.
Fresno, California

Forestiere Underground Gardens

An underground mansion with fruit-bearing trees and grapes growing beneath the surface of central California.
Sequoia National Park, California

General Sherman

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

Moro Rock

400 granite steps were built into this massive rock by the National Park Service.
Mammoth Lakes, California

Devils Postpile National Monument

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

Iron Zoo

A dwindling menagerie of anthropomorphic oil derrick animals still dot the barren California landscape.
Merced, California

George Hicks Fancher Monument

The huge granite obelisk that towers over a small California town.
Yosemite National Park, California

Horsetail Fall's Fire Fall

The highest fully airborne waterfall in Yosemite, which for a few minutes on a few days each year, turns a luminescent fiery orange.
Mono County, California

Crowley Lake Columns

Eons old volcanic activity created one of the most stunning rock formations in the United States.