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Baywood-Los Osos, California

El Moro Elfin Forest Natural Area

Home to a forest of whimsical pygmy Coast live oak.
San Luis Obispo, California

Poly Canyon - Experimental Structures Lab

A deserted hodgepodge of experimental structures designed by nearby university students.
San Luis Obispo, California

Ah Louis Store

One of the last surviving buildings of a once large and thriving Chinatown.
San Luis Obispo, California

'The Iron Road Pioneers'

A simple statue outside a California Amtrak station honors the overlooked contributions of the "silent spikes."
San Luis Obispo, California

The Dorn Pyramid

A Mysterious Masonic tomb in San Luis Obispo.
Navajo Mountain, Utah

Rainbow Bridge National Monument

This magnificent natural sandstone bridge is one of the largest in the world and is an iconic symbol for Lake Powell.
Twin Falls, Idaho

Twin Falls Waterfall

One of the "twins" in these falls on the Snake River was sacrificed for hydropower generation in the 1930s.
Seaside, Oregon

Painted Rock Beach

Hundreds of painted rocks dazzle this small beach where adding your own is encouraged.
Moab, Utah

Potash Road Rock Art Site

This site is home to ancient petroglyphs and pictographs dating back to 6,000 B.C.
Chicago, Illinois

Beginning (and End) of Historic Route 66

A journey begins with a single step, and for many, the road-trip of a lifetime started at this Chicago intersection.
Astoria, Oregon

Flavel House Museum

You might recognize this historic Oregon mansion from its appearance in 'The Goonies.'
Price, Utah

Prehistoric Museum

The natural history of Utah is on full display inside this museum.
Quincy, Massachusetts

USS Salem

The world's only surviving heavy cruiser has a haunting history.
Savannah, Georgia

1996 Olympic Yachting Cauldron

A monument to one of the few Olympic flames ever to be lit outside of the host city.
Mexican Hat, Utah

'Once Upon a Time in the West' Filming Location

This arch was featured prominently in the film.
Fort Bridger, Wyoming

Fort Bridger

Named for a prominent scout and explorer, this Wyoming state park encompasses a replica of an 1840s trading post, a 19th-century Army outpost, and early 20th-century automobile lodgings.
Holbrook, Arizona

'Highway of Dreams' 1932 Studebaker

This rusted car found in Petrified Forest National Park's Route 66 exhibit may be the most photographed abandoned car in the country.
Camp Verde, Arizona

World's Largest Kokopelli

This oversized flute-playing Ancestral Puebloan deity is also a landmark of Southwestern kitsch.
Hill City, South Dakota

Museum at Black Hills Institute

One of the largest private collections of fossils in the world.
Hot Springs, Arkansas

Gangster Museum of America

Mobsters came for a soak in the hot springs, and stayed for the illegal gambling and bootlegging.
Sponsored by Arkansas Tourism
Big Bend National Park, Texas

Balanced Rock

This gravity-defying rock formation is one of Big Bend’s natural wonders.
Sponsored by Travel Texas
Mexican Hat, Utah

Mexican Hat

This balancing rock is one of Utah's most unusual geological formations.
Keystone, South Dakota

World's Largest Bigfoot

This towering wooden Sasquatch was carved with a chainsaw.
Burbank, California

Vulture Culture Oddities

An oddity shop filled with loads of bones, skulls, crafting materials, vintage taxidermy, and more.