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Register Cliff
Guernsey, Wyoming

Register Cliff

Long before guestbooks and hotels, frontier travelers signed their names on this rock face.
42.2697, -104.7416
Mothers and fawns stroll through the base's historic housing area.
Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming

Pronghorn of F.E. Warren Air Force Base

The same security that protects our nukes accidentally protected a gentle herd of antelope.
41.1531, -104.8606
Chimney Rock
Bayard, Nebraska

Chimney Rock

This erect geological spire was not always named so domestically since the native inhabitants of the area thought it looked more like a penis.
41.7029, -103.3486
Alliance, Nebraska

Carhenge

A curious replication of Stonehenge.
42.1386, -102.8591
The Little A'Le'Inn
Alamo, Nevada

Little A'Le'Inn

An eatery for UFO seekers on the Extraterrestrial Highway.
37.6467, -115.7453
Baker, Nevada

The Bristlecone Pines of the Great Basin

The longest living non-clonal organisms on Earth.
39.0058, -114.2181
Comstock Cemeteries.
Virginia City, Nevada

Comstock Cemeteries

These once-beautiful historic graveyards are set against the barren Virginia City hills.
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Tiny bits of the survivor's cabin were sold as souvenirs in the years after the Donner Party
Truckee, California

Donner Party Artifacts

Bits and pieces from the ill-fated Donner Party's winter cabins.
39.3246, -120.2329
A postcard of Snowshoe Thompson's statue.
Norden, California

"Snowshoe" Thompson Memorial Statue

A statue commemorating the heroic life of a Viking postman who was the Godfather of California skiing.
39.3163, -120.3338
The Alibi Clock
Vallejo, California

The Alibi Clock

The timepiece that exonerated a labor radical accused of a parade bombing that killed ten people.
38.1013, -122.2577
The most recognizable engine in the museum, Engine #5
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.
39.2495, -121.0191
Hotel Vertigo
San Francisco, California

Hotel Vertigo

A historic hotel that made a cameo in Hitchcock's classic film has no intention of letting guests forget its fame.
37.7884, -122.4159
Wyatt Earp's Grave
Colma, California

Wyatt Earp's Grave

The peaceful gravesite of a rugged wild west gunman echoes the touching story of his last days.
37.6769, -122.4520
One of the crosses viewed from a Google satellite.
Casa Grande, Arizona

Corona Satellite Calibration Targets

Concrete crosses scattered across the Arizona scrubland which were used to align spy satellites.
32.7048, -111.7571
Hot Lake Hotel
La Grande, Oregon

Hot Lake Hotel

A haunted hot springs hotel that went from healing retreat to insane asylum before it was abandoned.
45.2418, -117.9399
Welcome to Rough and Ready!
Rough and Ready, California

Rough and Ready

The first U.S. town to secede from the Union, only to vote themselves right back in.
39.2303, -121.1350
Santa Claus, Arizona.
Golden Valley, Arizona

Santa Claus, Arizona

A Saint Nicholas-themed ghost town in the Mojave desert.
35.3365, -114.2162
The small bathroom.
Peach Springs, Arizona

Grand Canyon Caverns Underground Suite

One of the largest, oldest, darkest, quietest motel rooms in the world.
35.5299, -113.2403
Delgadillo's Snow Cap Drive-In
Seligman, Arizona

Delgadillo's Snow Cap Drive-In

A classic Route 66 landmark that was built with scrap lumber and is held together with kitsch and puns.
35.3279, -112.8811
All that remians of the great Fleishhacker Pool
San Francisco, California

Fleishhacker Pool Ruins

Forgotten and then destroyed by fire, this was once one of the largest saltwater swimming pools in the world.
37.7332, -122.5058
Alien Cathouse
Amargosa Valley, Nevada

Alien Cathouse

A legal Nevada brothel that specializes in extraterrestrial fantasies.
36.6565, -116.4519
St. Thomas ruins.
Clark County, Nevada

St. Thomas, Nevada

This former Mormon settlement is only now reemerging from the receding waters of Lake Mead.
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Julian, California

Eagle and High Peak Mine

Where there's quartz, there must be gold. Thus is the story of the mines of Julian, and the titillating times of the Gold Rush.
33.0811, -116.5973
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Old Faithful Geyser

One of nature's most well-scheduled phenomenons resides in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park.
44.4609, -110.8281