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The "Basket" Tree was woven together from six separate sycamore trees.
Gilroy, California

Gilroy Gardens

Home to the "Circus" trees created by Axel Erlandson.
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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.
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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."
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Pacific Grove, California

Kissing Rock

Two rocks in a perpetual kiss and one of "the most romantic spot in America."
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Pacific Grove, California

Monarch Grove Sanctuary

Every year, over 25,000 monarchs overwinter in Pacific Grove.
36.6264, -121.9302
Monterey, California

Doc Ricketts' Lab

Steinbeck's old stomping grounds, immortalized in Cannery Row.
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Del Monte Forest, California

Ghost Trees of Pescadero Point

Haunting and beautiful trees, doomed to die.
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The view of the Custom House that merchants saw upon making landfall
Monterey, California

Monterey's Custom House

The oldest U.S. Government building in California, and it's State Historic Landmark #1.
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The Topiary Garden at Lotusland.
Santa Barbara, California

Lotusland

Acres of natural wonders left behind by a socialite-turned-gardener.
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Point Sur Lighthouse
Monterey, California

Point Sur Lightstation

Life in this isolated, hilltop lighthouse was lonely, but it sure was lovely.
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clutters of Monarchs
Goleta, California

Goleta Monarch Butterfly Grove

A popular winter vacation destination for migrating monarch butterflies.
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Not a bad spread
Big Sur, California

Nepenthe

Offering commanding views of the California coastline, this restaurant was a hub for the artists and bohemians of Big Sur.
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Knapp’s Castle
Santa Barbara, California

Knapp’s Castle

The ruins of the castle that chemicals built.
34.5470, -119.8937
The marker in context--though the brush is often much higher.
Buttonwillow, California

Buttonwillow Bivouac

In the country around Buttonwillow, California, a marker commemorates a revealing moment in the story of a water colony from the fictional Kcymaerxthaere that sought independence.
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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.
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Abandoned Neverland Ranch
Santa Ynez, California

Neverland Ranch

The abandoned personal amusement park of the King of Pop.
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McWay Falls is an 80-foot drop into the Pacific Ocean
Big Sur, California

McWay Falls and Waterfall House Ruins

This Big Sur waterfall drops 80 feet directly into the Pacific Ocean, and inspired the hillside house up top.
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Big Sur, California

The Henry Miller Memorial Library

It's not your typical library, memorial, or book store.
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The Penny Bar
McKittrick, California

Penny Bar

Hidden in the back of a disused small town hotel is a dive bar shellacked with over a million pennies.
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Abandoned sugar silos in 2009. (Wikimedia Commons)
Santa Maria, California

Betteravia Sugar Plant

Factory that once supported an entire company town of 350.
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Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes.
Guadalupe, California

Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes

Coastal dunes, site of buried Egyptian movie set and former utopian colony.
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Iron Zoo
Coalinga, California

Iron Zoo

A dwindling menagerie of anthropomorphic oil derrick animals still dot the barren California landscape.
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View of the processing equipment.
Santa Margarita, California

Rinconada Mercury Mine

Machinery left over from California's once thriving mercury industry now attracts artists and explorers.
35.2900, -120.4735
Dorn Pyramid in San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, California

The Dorn Pyramid

A Mysterious Masonic tomb in San Luis Obispo.
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