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Fire inside the reconstructed longhouse.
Stavanger, Norway

Iron Age Farm

A reconstructed farm shows what life was like in Norway 1,500 years ago.
58.9464, 5.7071
Sundial Bridge
Redding, California

Sundial Bridge

This ultra-modern California span is actually a titanic solar clock in disguise.
40.5887, -122.3779
Mount Denali
Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Denali

The king of US high points towers over every other peak in North America.
63.7366, -148.8975
Corbett, Oregon

Multnomah Falls

A roaring, awe-inspiring double cascade of icy water flows through woodland Oregon like something out of a Tolkien novel.
45.5318, -122.2913
Mill Ends Park
Portland, Oregon

Mill Ends Park

The world's smallest park was dedicated in 1948 as the only colony for leprechauns west of Ireland.
45.5162, -122.6732
Iron Zoo
Coalinga, California

Iron Zoo

A dwindling menagerie of anthropomorphic oil derrick animals still dot the barren California landscape.
36.2390, -120.3146
Hans Christian Anderson Museum
Solvang, California

Hans Christian Andersen Museum

Honoring the famed folktale author, this California museum looks like it belongs in the Black Forest.
34.5958, -120.1388
Rolling hills surround the site.
Shandon, California

James Dean Memorial Junction

A remote crossroads honoring a fallen talent.
35.7346, -120.2843
Morro Rock
Morro Bay, California

Morro Rock

A massive volcanic plug is now a protected area that hosts a number of bird species.
35.3695, -120.8675
Dorn Pyramid in San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, California

The Dorn Pyramid

A Mysterious Masonic tomb in San Luis Obispo.
35.2608, -120.6696
Gold Rush Steakhouse at the Madonna Inn
San Luis Obispo, California

Madonna Inn

A hotel/restaurant serving as the mecca of kitsch.
35.2660, -120.6737
San Luis Obispo, California

San Luis Obispo's Bubblegum Alley

An alley covered with 20 years of bubble gum.
35.2790, -120.6638
Monterey, California

Doc Ricketts' Lab

Steinbeck's old stomping grounds, immortalized in Cannery Row.
36.6172, -121.9011
The rear of the lighthouse
Pacific Grove, California

Point Pinos Lighthouse

The oldest lighthouse on America's west coast no longer needs keepers, yet they maintain the site anyhow.
36.6334, -121.9337
Cars for scale
Castroville, California

World's Largest Artichoke Statue

It should come as no surprise that the world's largest artichoke lies in the town that calls itself the "Artichoke Center of the World."
36.7623, -121.7529
The refracting telescope.
Mount Hamilton, California

Lick Observatory

The world's first permanently occupied mountain-top observatory continues to report on the stars.
37.3414, -121.6429
The taxidermed elephant head that's on display in the main room.
Rochester, New York

The George Eastman Museum

The home, museum, and death site of Kodak's influential founder.
43.1529, -77.5800
Florence, Italy

Medici Hall of Maps (Sala delle Carte Geografiche)

Over 50 exquisite hand-painted Renaissance maps decorate a Medici storage room.
43.7694, 11.2560
Galileo's Middle Finger
Florence, Italy

Galileo's Middle Finger

The middle finger of modernity.
43.7677, 11.2559
Wood carving classes at Vesterheim. (Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum)
Decorah, Iowa

Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

Most comprehensive museum in America devoted to one ethnic group.
43.3039, -91.7920
Moss Beach, California

Moss Beach Distillery

A 1920s speakeasy that had rum runners racing up and down the shores of California.
37.5178, -122.5128
The Flintstone House
Hillsborough, California

The Flintstone House

A burnt orange monolithic dome structure perched on a hillside near Interstate 280.
37.5308, -122.3590
Palomar Mountain, California

Palomar Observatory

A world-class observatory in the California desert.
33.3566, -116.8649
Zoro (Butterfly) Garden today
San Diego, California

Zoro Garden

Swarms of butterflies cannot compare to the awe inspired by the publicly-funded nakedness once displayed in this sunken garden.
32.7311, -117.1478