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Prescott, Arizona

Old Governor's Mansion

Arizona's first government hub is a rustic cabin now preserved as part of a historical museum.
Ensenada, Mexico

Hussong's Cantina

A 19th-century Baja cantina that many say is the birthplace of the margarita.
Parker, Arizona

Parker Dam

This huge dam across the Colorado River caused an armed standoff between two U.S. states.
Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Lake Havasu's London Bridge

This immigrant bridge once spanned the Thames but is now a fixture of an Arizona city.
Las Vegas, Nevada

Statue of Elvis Presley

A homage to "The King" at the hotel where he revived his career.
Tijuana, Mexico

El Foro Antiguo Palacio Jai Alai

Tijuana's legendary jai alai or "basque ball" palace is now a massive music venue.
Coronado, California

Hotel del Coronado

L. Frank Baum wrote part of the "Wizard of Oz" series in this wooden Victorian beach resort.
San Diego, California

Pearl of the Pacific

An ode to the friendship between four Pacific Rim countries.
San Diego, California

Balboa Park Moreton Bay Fig Tree

One of the largest trees of its kind in California.
San Diego, California

Harper's Topiary Garden

A couple creates a magical topiary 'museum' on their average, suburban corner.
San Diego, California

Women's Museum of California

This San Diego museum, housed in a former Navy training facility, is dedicated to preserving women’s historic achievements.
Baker, California

World's Largest Thermometer

This giant temperature attraction created some giant electric bills.
Santa Monica, California

Route 66: End of the Trail

A sign at the end of the Santa Monica Pier marks the end of the legendary American highway, symbolizing that this road only ended when the sea stood in its way.
Santa Monica, California

Pacific Park Solar Ferris Wheel

A second generation sun-powered marvel lights up the night.
Los Angeles, California

California Institute of Abnormalarts (CIA)

Venue for strange sideshow displays and musical acts.
Los Angeles, California

Venice Beach Freakshow

The largest collection of two headed animals in the world.
Los Angeles, California

Danny's Deli

Authentic gondola hanging from the ceiling, notable mural in the back room.
Los Angeles, California

Touch of Venice Mural

A black and white mural stands out from its psychedelic surroundings.
Los Angeles, California

Venice Beach Poet's Monument

The words of the neighborhood's most famous poets adorn four concrete walls.
Los Angeles, California

Muscle Beach

An historic and oft-filmed spot for musclebound iron pumpers on the Pacific coast.
Los Angeles, California

Caioti Pizza Café

Pizza joint known for labor-inducing salad dressing.
Los Angeles, California

Venice of America Canals

After starting as a whimsical tourist attraction that eventually found its way to ruin, these renovated canals offer a lush and exotic locale on the Pacific Coast.
Los Angeles, California

Capitol Records Building Morse Code

The blinking light atop the iconic landmark has been sending secret messages for decades.
Glendale, California

Forest Lawn Cemetery

An extraordinary final resting place full of oversized art, amazing statues, and dead celebrities.