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Berkeley, California

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Where the alchemists dream of transmuting base metal into gold was actually achieved.
37.8749, -122.2528
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
Strybing Arboretum Library Terrace Garden.
San Francisco, California

Spanish Monastery Stones

Remains of a 12th century chapter house in Golden Gate Park.
37.7671, -122.4676
San Francisco, California

Garden of Fragrance

Olfactory delights in San Francisco's Botanical Gardens.
37.7681, -122.4685
Japanese Gardens.
San Francisco, California

Japanese Tea Garden

Relics of the 1894 Midwinter Exposition continue to delight visitors today.
37.7702, -122.4702
Spreckels Temple of Music
San Francisco, California

Spreckels Temple of Music

The elaborate gift from Claus Spreckels, now a piece of San Francisco's history.
37.7699, -122.4685
San Francisco, California

Secret Tiled Staircase

An artsy hidden staircase leads to breathtaking views of San Francisco.
37.7563, -122.4735
San Francisco, California

Urbano Sundial

A promotional sun clock on the site of San Francisco's great raceway.
37.7247, -122.4687
San Francisco, California

Cayuga Park

Amazing meticulous gardens of personal wood carvings, Hydrangea, Canna, and many other flowers.
37.7139, -122.4505
View of the ruins from the hillside. The original stairs would have come down on the far left. The curved edge of the original aquarium and the outline of the diving well are on the right.
San Francisco, California

Ruins of the Sutro Baths

The seawater playground of gilded-era San Francisco burned to the ground in 1966.
37.7799, -122.5137
Nepenthes pitcher plants - beautiful killers
San Francisco, California

San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

Carnivorous plants, medieval aphrodisiacs, and the largest original wood structure glass conservatory in the western hemisphere.
37.7726, -122.4603
San Francisco, California

Seward Street Slides

Bring your own cardboard to the slippery slopes of concrete hidden in a neighborhood park.
37.7576, -122.4400
Paxton Gate Exterior
San Francisco, California

Paxton Gate

A shop full of natural curiosities, carnivorous plants, and costumed taxidermied mice.
37.7596, -122.4217
Concord, Massachusetts

Walden Pond

"the sweltering inhabitants of Charleston and New Orleans, of Madras and Bombay and Calcutta, drink at my well . . . The pure Walden water is mingled with the sacred water of the Ganges."
42.4405, -71.3345
Boon Island Light
York, Maine

Boon Island Light

New England's tallest light house stands on an island with a history of cannibalism and death.
43.1212, -70.4760
Mount Monadnock, typically crowded.
Jaffrey, New Hampshire

Mount Monadnock

Known as one of the most climbed mountains in the world, this barren peak is permanently bald thanks to an anti-wolf fire.
42.8614, -72.1081
Library portico
Peterborough, New Hampshire

Peterborough Town Library

This small-town library was the first in the world to be entirely supported by taxation.
42.8706, -71.9517
St. George Reef Lighthouse prior to being decommissioned
Crescent City, California

St. George Reef Lighthouse

A lighthouse built to save lives that took quite a few with its treacherous location.
41.7559, -124.2017
Under the statues
Klamath, California

Trees of Mystery

Two mammoth statues inspired by equally tall tales lure tourists to this roadside attraction.
41.5046, -124.0706
Gold Hill, Oregon

Oregon Vortex

A tourist attraction founded around a slumping cabin.
42.4931, -123.0847
A 2009 production of Henry III.
Ashland, Oregon

Allen Elizabethan Theatre

Shakespeare has been brought to life in this open air theater for the better part of a century.
42.1965, -122.7145
Phantom Ship Rock
Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake

The deepest lake in the United States, and once the site of epic destruction that lives on in myth.
42.9331, -122.1956
Crater Lake, Oregon

Old Man of the Lake

A vertically floating hemlock controls the waves and weather at Crater Lake.
42.9446, -122.1092
General Sherman
Sequoia National Park, California

General Sherman

Quite simply the largest tree in the world (by volume).
36.5817, -118.7514