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History of Humanity
Felicity, California

Felicity, California: Center of the World

Semi-recognized center of the world, with many oddities.
32.7503, -114.7653
Crystal Cathedral, designed by Philip Johnson: Interior, world's third largest organ features 16,000 pipes.
Garden Grove, California

Crystal Cathedral

Megachurch comprised of 10,000 glass panes.
33.7882, -117.9009
Cabazon Dinosaurs. Dinny the Dinosaur.
Cabazon, California

Cabazon Dinosaurs

"World's biggest dinosaur" featured in Pee Wee's Big Adventure, now houses a creationist museum in its abdomen.
33.9229, -116.7743
San Juan Capistrano, California

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Oldest building in California still in use.
33.5019, -117.6628
Santee, California

Museum of Creation and Earth History

A Biblically-based Natural History Museum.
32.8452, -116.9596
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
Tucson, Arizona

Valley of the Moon

The Magical World of George Phar Legler.
32.2750, -110.9340
Diamondback Bridge
Tucson, Arizona

Diamondback Bridge

In Tucson a giant metal snake helps pedestrians cross a busy highway.
32.2212, -110.9613
Top Banana, Ken Bannister.
Mecca, California

International Banana Museum

World's largest collection devoted to one fruit.
33.5212, -115.9354
Bombay Beach, California. (Wikimedia Commons)
Bombay Beach, California

Bombay Beach

Version of the French Riviera destroyed by the sea.
33.3506, -115.7296
A place to sit and admire the sea.
Thermal, California

Salton Sea

The ghostly remains of an accidental sea.
33.2987, -115.9561
Pegleg Smith Monument
Borrego Springs, California

Pegleg Smith Monument

A monument to a one-legged kidnapper, horse thief, and charlatan asks visitors to throw rocks in a pile.
33.2946, -116.2984
Borrego Springs, California

Galleta Meadows Estate

Metal Jurassic Park on the side of a California highway.
33.2877, -116.3755
San Diego, California

Lucha Libre Tacos

Lucha Libre (Mexican Wrestling) Themed Taco Shop.
32.7434, -117.1816
The Whaley House, which served as a county courthouse and theater, is open to the public all year. (Alyx Sariol/Atlas Obscura)
San Diego, California

Whaley House

San Diego's most historic and haunted home.
32.7525, -117.1945
Harper's Topiary Garden
San Diego, California

Harper's Topiary Garden

A couple creates a magical topiary 'museum' on their average, suburban corner.
32.7412, -117.1761
The Fallen Star installation is now part of the permanent collection at UCSD
San Diego, California

Fallen Star

This little blue house pokes out over the campus of UC San Diego, seven stories high.
32.8814, -117.2353
San Diego, California

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

North America's largest accredited model railroad museum.
32.7313, -117.1487
San Diego Museum of Man
San Diego, California

San Diego Museum of Man

An extraordinarily ornate museum in San Diego holds wondrous anthropological treasures.
32.7314, -117.1517