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San Jose, California

The Winchester Mystery House

A peculiar mansion built by the troubled heir to the Winchester Rifle Company fortune.
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Tor House and Hawk Tower

One poet's handmade, anachronistic home.
Big Sur, California

The Henry Miller Memorial Library

It's not your typical library, memorial, or book store.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Eastern State Penitentiary

World's first "penitentiary," meant to be humane, drove men insane.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mütter Museum

America's most famous museum of medical oddities is home to the remains of Albert Einstein's brain.
Key West, Florida

Southernmost Point of the Continental U.S.

A monument celebrating the idea of reaching inaccessible places.
Key West, Florida

Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum

The former home of the Nobel Prize-winning American writer is now home to dozens of six-toed cats.
Koloa, Hawaii

Spouting Horn

This blowhole is supposedly caused by a trapped monster.
Austin, Texas

HOPE Outdoor Gallery

This failed condo development was reborn as a street art hub.
Donora, Pennsylvania

Donora Smog Museum and Historical Society

A museum commemorating the Donora Smog, which killed 20 people in October 1948 and sparked national outrage over air pollution.
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.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

St. Anthony's Chapel

This church in Pittsburgh is home to the largest collection of religious relics in North America.
San Francisco, California

Lotta's Fountain

San Francisco's oldest surviving monument and meeting place for 1906 survivors.
San Francisco, California

Seward Street Slides

Bring your own cardboard to the slippery slopes of concrete hidden in a neighborhood park.
San Francisco, California

Bourbon & Branch

A nondescript building that's been functioning as a speakeasy for nearly a century and a half.
San Francisco, California

Defenestration

Furniture tries to escape an abandoned building in San Francisco.
San Francisco, California

1908 Cistern Circles

These subterranean storage areas hold emergency water reserves.
Los Angeles, California

The Last Bookstore

This iconic L.A. bookshop is housed in an abandoned bank—both symbolic and chic.
Seattle, Washington

Gum Wall

A wall of chewing gum moonlights as collective art.
Sequoia National Park, California

General Sherman

Quite simply the largest tree in the world (by volume).
Inyo County, California

Mount Whitney Summit Shelter

The first life claimed by this record-breaking peak wasn't lost to exposure or a fall but rather lightning.
San Francisco, California

Musée Mécanique

A collection of 20th-century automata, penny arcade games, and musical contraptions.
San Francisco, California

Alcatraz Island

In all of the 29 years it was in operation, no prisoners ever escaped successfully... or so they claim.
Albany, California

Albany Bulb

An "anarchical" no man's land, complete with garbage sculptures and a hobo-run "Landfillian Library."