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Daggett, California

Solar One and Solar Two

Decommissioned experimental solar facilities that pioneered solar energy technology.
Lancaster, California

Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve

Each year these high desert hills are absolutely covered with poppy flowers in a surreal show of nature.
Johannesburg, California

Randsburg

The liveliest ghost town in the state.
San Bernardino County, California

Searles Lake

This sun-scorched lakebed contains samples of half the natural elements known to humankind.
Alamogordo, New Mexico

White Sands National Park

Explore the largest pure gypsum deposit in the world, and go dune sledding while you're at it.
Oakley, Kansas

Prairie Dog Town

Home of mutant livestock.
Livermore, Colorado

Roberts Ranch

16,500-acre ranch filled with American heritage, geological wonders, and a giant pile of tires is the crown jewel of an intriguing tug-of-war.
Jeffrey City, Wyoming

Jeffrey City Ghost Town

This mining town boomed in the Atomic Age when uranium was gold, only to be abandoned when the industry collapsed.
Casper, Wyoming

Independence Rock

A popular rock that acted as a waymarker for American pioneers.
Laramie, Wyoming

Lincoln Highway Monument

The high point on the 16th president's eponymous roadway is marked by a massive version of his head.
Custer, South Dakota

Crazy Horse Memorial

The world's largest mountain carving could fit all of Mount Rushmore inside it many times over.
Berkeley, California

Moe's Books

A shape-shifting buy-sell-trade bookstore, born to Beatnik Era spirit.
Oakland, California

De Lauers Super Newsstand

The newsstand that never closes its doors—well, almost never.
Oakland, California

Gnomes of Lake Merritt

This mysterious series of teeny guerrilla installations sheds a whimsical light on street art in Oakland.
Fremont, California

Berkeley Mystery Walls

Neither Spanish settlers nor anyone since has been able to tell who built these strange California rock walls.
Mono County, California

Crowley Lake Columns

Eons old volcanic activity created one of the most stunning rock formations in the United States.
Trona, California

Trona Pinnacles

One of the most unusual geological features, recognizable from a dozen hit movies.
Tehachapi, California

Tehachapi Wind Farm

Thousands of turbines whir at at the origin of North American wind power.
Calistoga, California

California's Old Faithful

California's own majestic geyser is powered by a subterranean volcano.
Calistoga, California

Calistoga Petrified Forest

The fossilized remains of ancient California redwoods.
Imlay, Nevada

Thunder Mountain Monument

The self-made house sculpture of an outsider artist who named himself "Chief Rolling Thunder."
Wendover, Utah

Bonneville Salt Flats / Bonneville Speedway

Come for the speed, leave in love with the desert.
Tonopah, Nevada

Old Tonopah Cemetery

There's nothing creepier than a cemetery next to a clown motel.
Tonopah, Nevada

Clown Motel

Oh, just a motel on the edge of the desert decorated with thousands of clowns conveniently located next to an abandoned graveyard.