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California City, California

California City: The Unbuilt Suburb

The "3rd largest" city in California is an empty mirage of suburbia in the middle of nowhere.
35.1768, -117.7880
Atomic Liquors, since 1952
Las Vegas, Nevada

Atomic Liquors

Back in 1952, you could get a mushroom cloud chaser with your atomic cocktail.
36.1668, -115.1355
Badwater Basin
Inyo County, California

Badwater Basin

The lowest point in North America is home to an undrinkable pool surrounded by fields of geometric salt flats.
36.2503, -116.8258
The Glorious Diorama
Boulder City, Nevada

Hoover Dam Old Exhibit Building

Experience a charming 1930's version of "infotainment."
36.0155, -114.7474
Pioneer Saloon
Goodsprings, Nevada

Pioneer Saloon

The wild west is still alive and well at this authentic mining town watering hole.
35.8324, -115.4319
The figures have aged to a greenish patina.
Boulder City, Nevada

Winged Figures of the Republic

A Norwegian-born sculptor created these soaring guardian angels at the entrance to Hoover Dam.
36.0167, -114.7391
Art-o-mat.
Las Vegas, Nevada

Art-o-mat

These banned cigarette vending machines now sell little pieces of pocket-sized art.
36.1099, -115.1754
Flamingos on Flamingo Island
Las Vegas, Nevada

Flamingo Habitat

An exotic wildlife habitat right off The Strip.
36.1166, -115.1712
Seven Magic Mountains at sunset
Sloan, Nevada

Seven Magic Mountains

Brightly colored 30-foot-tall totems light up the desert sky just outside Las Vegas.
35.8385, -115.2714
Calico Ghost Town from an overlook
Yermo, California

Calico Ghost Town

A desert ghost town that was once home to over 500 silver mines, Calico lasted only 12 years of boom before it all went bust.
34.9475, -116.8639
Rock-A-Hoola Waterpark
Newberry Springs, California

Rock-A-Hoola Waterpark

The "Fun Spot of The Desert" is now a haunting ruin acting as a reminder that putting a water park in a desert is a bad idea.
34.9482, -116.6875
San Bernardino, California

Zzyzx Mineral Springs and Healing Center

Former utopian healing center, created by a huckster and built by derelicts.
35.1431, -116.1042
California City, California

Lake Shore Inn

Abandoned hotel with adjacent lake and golf course.
35.1317, -117.9426
Castello di Amorosa
Calistoga, California

Castello di Amorosa

California's own medieval Italian castle, authentic down to the 300-year-old iron maiden in the dungeon.
38.5584, -122.5426
Devil's Slide Bunker
Pacifica, California

Devil's Slide Bunker

The graffiti-covered remnants of a former triangulation station are balanced precariously on this California peak.
37.5744, -122.5203
Main entrance to the Exploratorium at Pier 15
San Francisco, California

Exploratorium

San Francisco's newly reopened hands-on science museum.
37.8017, -122.3973
Leo and Leona guard the gates
Los Gatos, California

The Cats

A pair of pure white felines guard the entrance to a spot of California real estate established as an artist's haven.
37.2138, -121.9882
Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz Mystery Spot

A "gravitational anomaly" located in the redwood forests just outside of Santa Cruz, California.
37.0173, -122.0038
Toynbee tile at 2nd St and 2nd Ave in New York City, 2012.
New York, New York

Toynbee Tiles

Cryptic messages embedded in the New York City sidewalk.
40.7439, -73.9923
The Santa Cruz Surfing Museum.
Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

Housed in a memorial lighthouse, this museum relays the history of surfing, beginning with the antics of royal Hawaiian teenagers.
36.9514, -122.0267
The Spotlight on Broadway Map from the south.
New York, New York

Spotlight on Broadway Map

A 28-foot granite map embedded in a Times Square traffic island plots the locations of all 40 Broadway theaters.
40.7588, -73.9851
New York, New York

Times Square Hum

A pedestrian island in the middle of world-famous Times Square emits a strange, and purposeful, humming noise.
40.7585, -73.9853
The glowing Times Square Ball as it rests today.
New York, New York

One Times Square

This historic address is home to the beloved ball and is an almost totally empty building among the most expensive real estate in the world.
40.7563, -73.9864
Oyster bar
New York, New York

Grand Central Terminal Whispering Gallery

Whisper secrets in a busy station only to be heard on the other side of this acoustic arch.
40.7527, -73.9772