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Yosemite National Park, California

The Ahwahnee Hotel

The interior of The Shining's Overlook Hotel was based on this Yosemite original.
Vancouver, British Columbia

Gastown Steam Clock

A working steam clock, one of only a few in the world, located in Vancouver's Victorian Gastown.
Improvement District No. 24, Alberta

Wood Buffalo National Park

The world's largest dark sky preserve is a Canadian park established to preserve the country's last wood bison.
Ketchikan, Alaska

Potlatch Totem Park

One of two side-by-side totem pole parks dedicated to educating visitors on Tlingit history and culture.
Ketchikan, Alaska

Totem Bight State Historical Park

This historic collection of Native Alaskan artifacts was resurrected through a partnership between the WPA and tribal artisans.
Watson Lake, Yukon Territory

Watson Lake Sign Post Forest

Roadside collection of 65,000 signs.
Juneau, Alaska

The Upside-Down Forest of Glacier Gardens

Upside-down trees serve as natural flower pots in this hanging garden of Alaska.
Juneau, Alaska

Mendenhall Glacier

A rare chance to get up close and personal with a 13-mile ribbon of ice near downtown Juneau.
Juneau, Alaska

Mendenhall Ice Caves

Breathtakingly blue walls shimmer inside the "Glacier Behind the Town."
Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

The World's Largest Weathervane, a DC-3

This decommissioned DC-3 now forever points into the oncoming wind.
Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Denali

The king of US high points towers over every other peak in North America.
North Pole, Alaska

Santa Claus House

Trading post in North Pole where children send letters.
Juneau, Alaska

Shrine of Saint Thérèse

This shrine to the patron saint of Alaska sits on a small tidal island and was built from the land’s own beach stones.
Carcross, Yukon Territory

Carcross Desert

This tiny square mile of Canadian sand was once considered the world's smallest desert.
Skagway, Alaska

The Golden North Hotel

A classic gold rush hotel can be expected to pick up some ghosts along the way, and the Golden North is no exception.
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.
Skagway, Alaska

White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad

A historic freight system that found the true gold rush is in tourism.
Fairbanks, Alaska

Fairbanks Antler Arch

A morbid gateway to an Alaskan town prides itself on the hunting history it represents.
Barrow, Alaska

Barrow Whale Bone Arch

The "Gateway to the Arctic" connects Barrow's indigenous population with the sea and its traditional industry: whaling.
Beatty, Nevada

Rhyolite's District of Shadows

A land of debatable treasure.
Rough and Ready, California

Rough and Ready

The first U.S. town to secede from the Union, only to vote themselves right back in.
Oroville, California

Cherokee

Home of what was the largest hydraulic mine in the world, producing gold and the first diamonds in the U.S.
Vina, California

Abbey of New Clairvaux

The long, arduous journey of the stones of the Abbey of New Clairvaux.
Fiddletown, California

Chew Kee Store

An old-timey medicine shop that once served Chinese laborers during the Gold Rush is still open for business to this day.