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San Francisco, California

The Dore Vase

A masterpiece in Golden Gate Park by virtue of the artist’s debt.
37.7716, -122.4675
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Loretto Chapel

Wedding chapel's mysterious spiral staircase said to be miraculously constructed.
35.6858, -105.9377
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Old Faithful Geyser

One of nature's most well-scheduled phenomenons resides in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park.
44.4609, -110.8281
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Morning Glory Pool

A beautiful geyser under enviromental threat.
44.4750, -110.8436
Butte, Montana

The Berkeley Pit

New fungal and bacterial species call this deadly lake home.
46.0600, -112.4906
Cameron, Montana

Earthquake Lake

An apocalyptic seismic event creates a deadly chain reaction that ends with a 6-mile long lake developing within weeks.
44.8521, -111.3972
Virginia City, Montana

Historic Virginia City

An entire town preserved as a historic landmark.
45.2938, -111.9461
La Cañada Flintridge, California

Descanso Gardens

Hiding amid the largest camellia collection in the country lies a charming children's maze, donated by a secret admirer.
34.2044, -118.2130
Tehachapi Wind Farm
Tehachapi, California

Tehachapi Wind Farm

Thousands of turbines whir at at the origin of North American wind power.
35.1681, -118.4737
Gold Rush Steakhouse at the Madonna Inn
San Luis Obispo, California

Madonna Inn

A hotel/restaurant serving as the mecca of kitsch.
35.2660, -120.6737
Big Sur, California

The Henry Miller Memorial Library

It's not your typical library, memorial, or book store.
36.1398, -121.6469
Under the H
Los Angeles, California

Hollywood Sign

Hollywood's most famous landmark, the "temporary" sign that has stood for just short of 9 decades longer than intended.
34.1347, -118.3209
Casa Grande Ruins
Coolidge, Arizona

Casa Grande Ruins

Some of the tallest ancient American ruins continue to inspire awe and curiosity.
32.9778, -111.5176
The Winchester Mystery House.
San Jose, California

The Winchester Mystery House

A peculiar mansion built by the troubled heir to the Winchester gun fortune.
37.3189, -121.9506
Alcatraz from the Bay 2012
San Francisco, California

Alcatraz Island

In all of the 29 years it was in operation, no prisoners ever escaped successfully... or so they claim.
37.8267, -122.4230
A place to sit and admire the sea.
Thermal, California

Salton Sea

The ghostly remains of an accidental sea.
33.2987, -115.9561
Bombay Beach, California. (Wikimedia Commons)
Bombay Beach, California

Bombay Beach

Version of the French Riviera destroyed by the sea.
33.3506, -115.7296
Dragoon, Arizona

The Thing

What is the Thing?
32.0428, -110.0417
The small bathroom.
Peach Springs, Arizona

Grand Canyon Caverns Underground Suite

One of the largest, oldest, darkest, quietest motel rooms in the world.
35.5299, -113.2403
The Walnut Canyon pueblos.
Flagstaff, Arizona

Walnut Canyon

Ancient pueblos built into the base of a natural canyon wall.
35.2078, -111.5172
Crater Parking Lot, Mountain in the Distance 2007
Winslow, Arizona

Meteor Crater

This 4,000-ft. in diameter hole claims to be "the most well known, best preserved meteorite crater on Earth."
35.0281, -111.0232
Wigwam Village #6 is one of seven original Wigwam Village Motels.
Holbrook, Arizona

The Wigwam Village #6

A motel dedicated to Southwestern nostalgia.
34.9027, -110.1688
Naming this building was easy
Los Angeles, California

Binocular Building

In a city filled with Frank Gehry buildings, one stands alone as one of his weirder works.
33.9955, -118.4767
Petrified Wood
Holbrook, Arizona

Petrified Forest National Park

Discover fossils that are over 200 million years old in northeastern Arizona.
34.8158, -109.8649