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Port Hueneme, California

Point Mugu Missile Park

An outdoor display of military missiles developed at Point Mugu Naval Base.
West Hollywood, California

Formosa Cafe

Located close to a movie studio lot, this restaurant has a long history of star-studded patronage.
Richmond, California

Richmond Shipyards

Where a staggering 747 ships were constructed during World War II.
Tulelake, California

Crystal Ice Cave

Each winter this underground cave forms a dazzling ice palace.
Camarillo, California

Scary Dairy

Graffiti-covered ruins that were once part of a farm owned by a mental hospital.
Yosemite National Park, California

Horsetail Fall's Firefall

Under the right circumstances, this waterfall in Yosemite briefly turns a luminescent fiery orange.
Winslow, Arizona

Meteor Crater

This 4,000-foot-diameter hole is touted as "the most well known, best preserved meteorite crater on Earth."
Winterhaven, California

Valley of the Names

Since World War II people have been decorating this stretch of the Yuma desert with signatures arranged out of rocks.
Fortuna Foothills, Arizona

Yuma Proving Grounds Open Air Museum

An assortment of armored tanks and Howitzer cannons in the middle of the Sonoran Desert.
Winterhaven, California

Old Plank Road

The remnants of an early automobile route across shifting sand dunes can still be found in the deserts of Southern California.
Parker, Arizona

Swansea Ghost Town

One of the best-preserved ghost towns in Arizona speaks to the difficulties of establishing mining towns in the 19th century American West.
Parker, Arizona

Parker Dam

This huge dam across the Colorado River caused an armed standoff between two U.S. states.
Mohave County, Arizona

Gold King Mansion

A century-old miner's quarters turned mansion.
Laughlin, Nevada

Don Laughlin's Classic Car Museum

The gambling entrepreneur who built a city was also an avid collector of classic cars.
Tulare, California

Preston’s Pride

A B-17 bomber stands as a memorial to the residents of Tulare County who served in World War II.
Kingsburg, California

Swedish Coffee Pot Tower

A water tower shaped like a giant coffee pot looms over a small Swedish village in Central California.
San Jose, California

Mark's Hot Dogs

For roadside fast food, pull over at the giant orange.
Santa Clara, California

Santa Clara Women's Club Adobe

One of the oldest adobe structures in Northern California.
Santa Clara, California

John J. Montgomery Obelisk

Today's aerospace industry can be traced back to one man and his gliders.
San Jose, California

First Honey Bees in California

A plaque outside the San Jose airport commemorates the insect's arrival to the West Coast.
San Jose, California

Lupe the Mammoth

A life-sized mammoth sculpture marks the spot where the remains of a Columbian mammoth were discovered in 2005.
San Jose, California

The San José Semaphore

It took years to decode its mysterious messages.
San Jose, California

Sonic Runway

At night, this glittering musical tunnel draws skaters and photographers.
San Jose, California

Site of the World's First Radio Broadcasting Station

Three plaques mark the spot where the "forgotten father of broadcasting" worked.