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Castle Valley, Utah

Fisher Towers

These tall, red sandstone pinnacles outside Moab are often forgotten amid their more famous neighbors.
Leadville, Colorado

Tabor Opera House

In the 1950s, two women saved this grand theater in the Colorado mountains from demolition.
Grover, Colorado

Pawnee Buttes

On the edge of grassland in northeastern Colorado, these rock formations are some of the few remnants of a high plain that has eroded away over millions of years.
Wray, Colorado

Beecher Island

The site of a minor battle might have been forgotten if not for one participant’s famous family and the death of a respected warrior.
Fort Collins, Colorado

The Lyric

This dynamic entertainment venue brings a much-needed funkiness to the region with its bizarre art, eclectic films screenings, and peculiar performance pieces.
Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Glenwood Hot Springs Pool

Take a dip in the world's largest mineral hot springs pool.
Sponsored by Lincoln
Montrose, Colorado

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

A dangerous narrow-gauge railroad once traced a route through this striking canyon.
Fort Collins, Colorado

The Old Main Bell

After being lost for nearly a century, this historic bell finally returned home after its mysterious theft.
Ouray, Colorado

Box Canyon Falls

A glimpse of a waterfall is reached by a steel catwalk along a slot canyon located in an Ouray city park.
Nathrop, Colorado

Hancock Ghost Town

All that remains of this once-booming mining town are the ruins of a saloon.
Paradox, Colorado

Hanging Flume

The decaying ruins of a failed mining company’s water diversion project cling to the side of a desert canyon.
La Junta, Colorado

Bent's Old Fort

Once a lonely sentinel on the edge of the Great Plains, this rebuilt trading fort offers a glimpse of life on the Santa Fe Trail.
Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Great Stupa of Dharmakaya

One of the largest Buddhist stupas in North America is built of concrete designed to last 1,000 years.
Denver, Colorado

Mile-High Steps at the Colorado State Capitol

The spot in the Mile-High City that's exactly 5,280 feet above sea level (at least for now).
Jenner, California

Fort Ross

The southernmost outpost of the Russian Empire in colonial America.
Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

Housed in a memorial lighthouse, this museum relays the history of surfing, beginning with the antics of royal Hawaiian teenagers.
Big Sur, California

Nepenthe

Offering commanding views of the California coastline, this restaurant was a hub for the artists and bohemians of Big Sur.
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.
Morro Bay, California

Morro Rock

A massive volcanic plug is now a protected area that hosts a number of bird species.
Bodfish, California

Remington Hot Springs

One of the last free public hot springs is decorated with hippie art.
Sponsored by Lincoln
Inyo County, California

Manzanar National Historic Site

The tragedy of the Japanese internment camps is remembered here by a stark "Soul Consoling Tower."
New Princeton, Oregon

Alvord Desert

At the base of Steens Mountain resides an otherworldly desert.
Rockaway Beach, Oregon

Twin Rocks

Two massive rock outcroppings on the Oregon coastline.
Cave Junction, Oregon

Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve

This natural marble cave is one of only five national monuments in Oregon.