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Near Lake Arrowhead, California

SkyPark at Santa's Village

The first franchised theme park in the world became a ghost town and is now a beautifully restored village and adventure park.
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Upper canyon. (Wikimedia Commons)
Page, Arizona

Antelope Canyon

Most-visited and most-photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest.
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(Flickr/Courtarro)
Page, Arizona

Horseshoe Bend

Dramatic river bend surrounds a natural red-rocked pedestal.
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Pittock Mansion
Portland, Oregon

Pittock Mansion

This sandstone mansion was the home of two of Oregon's most important pioneers.
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Over 100 selections baked fresh daily, including the Tex-Ass doughnut (center-right, for scale).
Portland, Oregon

Voodoo Doughnut and Wedding Chapel

The magic's in the hole!
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Proxy Falls (technically, Lower Proxy Falls)
McKenzie Bridge, Oregon

Proxy Falls

This frequently-photographed waterfall takes only a short hike to visit.
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Rio Celeste
Costa Rica

Río Celeste

This neon blue river gets its color from a unique mix of bacteria and volcano minerals.
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Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Tor House and Hawk Tower

One poet's handmade, anachronistic home.
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Point Sur Lighthouse
Monterey, California

Point Sur Lightstation

Life in this isolated, hilltop lighthouse was lonely, but it sure was lovely.
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Cars for scale
Castroville, California

World's Largest Artichoke Statue

It should come as no surprise that the world's largest artichoke lies in the town that calls itself the "Artichoke Center of the World."
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Dennis the Menace Playground
Monterey, California

Dennis the Menace Playground

This municipal playground was co-created by the father of one of the most playful characters ever.
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Jacumba, California

Endangered Bighorn Sheep In Ko-Pah

Catch a glimpse of the elusive Peninsular bighorns right off of the desert freeway.
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Ocotillo, California

Anza Borrego Desert View Tower

This historic tower in the California desert promises visitors a "vortex of good vibes".
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USS Recruit
San Diego, California

USS Recruit

Not truly a ship nor a building, the Navy's first and last "landship" is now abandoned due to clerical issues.
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1895 Looff Carousel
San Diego, California

1895 Looff Carousel

One of the few remaining carousels built by master amusement park carver Charles I.D. Looff.
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The type of plane that was found in the reservoir
Chula Vista, California

Lower Otay Reservoir

The American rainmaker and a burst dam.
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Lemon Grove Girl
San Diego, California

Lemon Grove Mummies

Lemon Grove, California is known for its giant lemon...and mummified bodies.
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Zoro (Butterfly) Garden today
San Diego, California

Zoro Garden

Swarms of butterflies cannot compare to the awe inspired by the publicly-funded nakedness once displayed in this sunken garden.
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San Diego, California

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

North America's largest accredited model railroad museum.
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San Diego Museum of Man
San Diego, California

San Diego Museum of Man

An extraordinarily ornate museum in San Diego holds wondrous anthropological treasures.
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The Whaley House, which served as a county courthouse and theater, is open to the public all year. (Alyx Sariol/Atlas Obscura)
San Diego, California

Whaley House

San Diego's most historic and haunted home.
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The welcome sign
Calipatria, California

Slab City

During winter months, this abandoned navy base becomes an off-grid home and alternative living community for thousands of retirees.
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Calipatria, California

Salvation Mountain

Self-built mound covered in messages of God's love.
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Tijuana, Mexico

La Mona

Giant nude woman of Tijuana is also the artist's home.
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