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Fork in the Road. Get it?
Pasadena, California

Fork in the Road

A bigger-than-life pun that has become a beacon of altruism.
34.1316, -118.1549
The Underground House.
San Luis Obispo, California

Cal Poly Architecture Graveyard

A deserted hodgepodge of experimental structures designed by nearby university students.
35.3156, -120.6538
2nd Sunday of every month - Rose Bowl Flea Market is one of the largest in the world
Pasadena, California

Rose Bowl

Sports history, made in the Arroyo Seco.
34.1610, -118.1675
Pasadena, California

Bungalow Heaven

The American Home, Re-imagined.
34.1634, -118.1269
Pasadena City Hall Facade
Pasadena, California

Pasadena City Hall

One of Hollywood’s favorite government buildings.
34.1476, -118.1435
William Randolph Hearst's private castle.
San Simeon, California

Hearst Castle

The unbelievably opulent home built for an infamous newspaperman.
35.6501, -121.1866
San Simeon, California

Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery

This stretch of beach along California's central coast is a busy highway for the largest seal in the northern hemisphere.
35.6632, -121.2575
Cathedral of Christ the Light
Oakland, California

Cathedral of Christ the Light

A massive ultra-modern church presents a science-fiction view of Catholicism's inclusive future.
37.8103, -122.2630
San Francisco, California

Palace of Fine Arts

The last remaining relic of San Francisco's glittering 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition.
37.8029, -122.4482
Gamble House
Pasadena, California

The Gamble House

A stellar example of Art & Crafts architecture, and a movie set to boot.
34.1517, -118.1608
Mansion Exterior
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Pabst Mansion

A giant, Gilded Age mansion that once belonged to the beer baron of Milwaukee.
43.0392, -87.9380
A place to sit and admire the sea.
Thermal, California

Salton Sea

The ghostly remains of an accidental sea.
33.2987, -115.9561
General Sherman
Sequoia National Park, California

General Sherman

Quite simply the largest tree in the world (by volume).
36.5817, -118.7514
The illusive (and mythical) Piasa Bird
Alton, Illinois

Piasa Bird

A mythical bird etched into the face of a rock doubles as the mascot for a nearby school.
38.8982, -90.1991
This would be very hard to move. We'll just leave that there.
San Antonio de Pichincha, Ecuador

Middle of the World

An elaborate shrine dedicated to the four corners of the world unfortunately misses its mark.
-0.0021, -78.4558
Redwood City, California

Pulgas Water Temple

A classically inspired temple in Redwood City.
37.4833, -122.3172
The Cathedral Building from Across Broadway
Oakland, California

Cathedral Building

The Flatiron Building's storied West Coast cousin is a lot more into religion.
37.8063, -122.2702
San Francisco, California

Secret Tiled Staircase

An artsy hidden staircase leads to breathtaking views of San Francisco.
37.7563, -122.4735
Bell at Mission Santa Inez
San Luis Obispo, California

The Bells of El Camino Real

A chain of bells connect the California Missions and honor the legend of the "King’s Highway."
35.2850, -120.6608
Los Angeles, California

Watts Towers

America's most famous piece of self-built architecture.
33.9389, -118.2419
Exploring the field.
Pontiac, Michigan

Pontiac Silverdome

What was once the largest NFL stadium is now an abandoned ruin.
42.6460, -83.2543
U-505
Chicago, Illinois

U-505

The unluckiest U-boat in the entire German fleet is now on display in a Chicago museum.
41.7906, -87.5831
The Eternal Indian
Oregon, Illinois

The Eternal Indian

This monolithic statue was erected in honor of Chief Black Hawk even if it was not made to look like him.
42.0135, -89.3317
Astoria, Oregon

The Astoria Column

A Roman style column in Oregon hides a spiral staircase inside.
46.1814, -123.8175