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Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Johnstown Flood Museum

Memorializing an American tragedy of massive proportions.
40.3281, -78.9206
Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Johnstown Inclined Plane

Steepest flood safety railway in the entire world.
40.3254, -78.9289
Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Cathedral of Learning

The largest university building in the West is a gothic masterpiece containing dozens of theme rooms based on different countries.
40.4443, -79.9532
The Fence
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Fence

Once the most painted on object in the world, this short campus fence is well on its way to being so again.
40.4422, -79.9435
Carrie Furnaces
Braddock, Pennsylvania

Carrie Furnaces

These disused steel furnaces are now haunting ruins that may one day be a national park.
40.4133, -79.8901
The wars.
Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania

The Pennsic War at Coopers Lake

An otherwise quiet campground becomes a bustling medieval town for two weeks every year.
41.0640, -80.0564
Boyers, Pennsylvania
Boyers, Pennsylvania

Office of Personnel Management Retirement Operations Center

The aggressively banal name of this underground fortress of bureaucracy does little to evoke its truly surreal existence.
41.1084, -79.8989
The Church Brew Works
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Church Brew Works

A restored Pittsburgh house of God has been converted to a marvelous house of suds.
40.4622, -79.9644
Kaufmann's Clock
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Kaufmann's Clock

Meet your friends, marry your true love, or tell your enemies to kiss your butt under this historic Pittsburgh timepiece.
40.4395, -79.9982
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
The gigantic Murphy Windmill
San Francisco, California

Murphy Windmill

Once the largest windmill outside of Holland, with enormous 114 foot sails.
37.7650, -122.5087
San Francisco, California

Portals of the Past

The remains of a ruined mansion memorialize the 1906 earthquake.
37.7708, -122.4825
San Francisco, California

San Francisco Botanical Gardens

Golden Gate Park's historic botanical collection.
37.7670, -122.4667
Yoda Fountain
San Francisco, California

Yoda Fountain

There is no trying to fall in love with this Star Wars fountain, you just do or do not.
37.7989, -122.4505
McElroy Octagon House
San Francisco, California

McElroy Octagon House

One of few lasting examples of the brief octagon craze that developed into folly.
37.7978, -122.4274
Nepenthes pitcher plants - beautiful killers
San Francisco, California

San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

Carnivorous plants, medieval aphrodisiacs, and the largest original wood structure glass conservatory in the western hemisphere.
37.7726, -122.4603
Japanese Gardens.
San Francisco, California

Japanese Tea Garden

Relics of the 1894 Midwinter Exposition continue to delight visitors today.
37.7702, -122.4702
Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden
Stanford, California

Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden

A sudden forest of traditional Papua New Guinean art works is hidden in a corner of Stanford University.
37.4248, -122.1736
Pacific Grove, California

Monarch Grove Sanctuary

Every year, over 25,000 monarchs overwinter in Pacific Grove.
36.6264, -121.9302
The salt ponds
Newark, California

Salt Ponds of San Francisco Bay

From the sky, a kaleidoscope of color brightens the grey landscape of the San Francisco Bay.
37.5194, -122.0321
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
Battery Spencer with with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background
Sausalito, California

Marin Headlands

Concrete strongholds stand guard over the Golden Gate.
37.8339, -122.5329
View of the ruins from the hillside. The original stairs would have come down on the far left. The curved edge of the original aquarium and the outline of the diving well are on the right.
San Francisco, California

Ruins of the Sutro Baths

The seawater playground of gilded-era San Francisco burned to the ground in 1966.
37.7799, -122.5137
San Francisco, California

Camera Obscura & Holograph Collection

A walk-in working camera obscura produces 360-degree live images of the San Francisco coast.
37.7783, -122.5142