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San Luis Obispo, California

Madonna Inn

A hotel and restaurant serving as the mecca of kitsch.
Los Angeles, California

The Music Box Steps

The site of a classic series of Laurel and Hardy pratfalls.
Virginia City, Nevada

Comstock Cemeteries

These once-beautiful historic graveyards are set against the barren Virginia City hills.
Santa Clarita, California

Beale's Cut

Gouged in the mountain to make stage coach access easier through the Fremont Pass.
Los Angeles, California

Watts Towers

America's most famous piece of self-built architecture.
Los Angeles, California

Angelus Temple

Church and home-museum of a 1920s female revivalist preacher with a very sordid past.
Calistoga, California

Calistoga Petrified Forest

The fossilized remains of ancient California redwoods.
Leggett, California

Chandelier Tree

This massive redwood tree has a hole in the base big enough to drive through.
Cambria, California

Nitt Witt Ridge

A house built from trash known as the poor man's Hearst Castle.
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.
Beverly Hills, California

Spadena House

Storybook cottage in Beverly Hills was once the site of 1920s silent film studio, affectionately known as "The Witch's House."
Los Angeles, California

The Silent Movie Theater

The last of its kind in the country.
San Juan Capistrano, California

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Oldest building in California still in use.
Cabazon, California

Cabazon Dinosaurs

The "world's biggest dinosaur" now houses a creationist museum in its abdomen.
Amboy, California

Amboy Ghost Town

The ghost town that ended up on Ebay.
Los Angeles, California

Angels Flight

Historic funicular railway, believed to be the shortest railroad in the world.
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.
Sedona, Arizona

Chapel of the Holy Cross

A spiritual vortex among the red rocks in Sedona.
Yucca Mesa, California

Rhythms of Life

An artist's vision for connectivity spans seven continents and 16 countries.
Seattle, Washington

Seattle Underground

A walk through the historic city center, under the streets of Seattle.
Corbett, Oregon

Multnomah Falls

A roaring, awe-inspiring double cascade of icy water flows through woodland Oregon like something out of a Tolkien novel.
Palomar Mountain, California

Palomar Observatory

A world-class observatory in the California desert.
Landers, California

Giant Rock

A regular looking rock with an unbelievable history.
Los Angeles, California

Hollywood Heritage Museum

A little barn in the middle of the city preserving Hollywood treasures since 1985.