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Baker, Nevada

Baker Archaeological Site

This ancient village provides insight into the complexity of the pre-Columbian Fremont Culture.
White Pine County, Nevada

Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park

These huge stone ovens in the desert fueled the Nevada silver boom, and may have also been a hideout for outlaws.
Clark County, Nevada

Valley of Fire

The drama of nature in full effect in this Nevada State Park.
Flagstaff, Arizona

Walnut Canyon

Ancient pueblos built into the base of a natural canyon wall.
Holbrook, Arizona

Petrified Forest National Park

Discover fossils that are over 200 million years old in northeastern Arizona.
Abiquiu, New Mexico

Ghost Ranch

Its history includes dinosaur fossils, cattle rustlers, Georgia O'Keeffe, and a mythical giant rattlesnake named Vivaron.
Los Alamos, New Mexico

Bandelier National Monument

A small metropolis of Pueblo cave dwellings have been carved right into the hillside of this national monument.
Utah

Checkerboard Mesa

This unusual patterns in this rock formation result from two distinct modes of weathering.
Torrey, Utah

Factory Butte

A striking, menacing sandstone peak towering above a landscape that's equal parts Mordor and the Moon.
Hurricane, Utah

Zion–Mount Carmel Tunnel

A tunnel with windows, so you don't miss out on the impressive views.
Wendover, Utah

Bonneville Salt Flats / Bonneville Speedway

Come for the speed, leave in love with the desert.
Mitchell, Oregon

Painted Hills

Oregon's unexpected high desert, displaying layers of time in a colorful show.
Winslow, Arizona

Meteor Crater

This 4,000-foot-diameter hole is touted as "the most well known, best preserved meteorite crater on Earth."
Albuquerque, New Mexico

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

The official atomic museum of the United States explores the explosive and productive history of a much maligned energy source.
Kenosha, Wisconsin

Orson Welles Birthplace

The birthplace of a titan of American cinema.
Toledo, Washington

Gospodor Monument Park

These memorials built by an eccentric bachelor on the side of Interstate 5 cause both wonder and traffic accidents.
Seattle, Washington

Seattle Labor Temple

This historic hub for labor unions has survived the city's changing landscape.
Clyde Hill, Washington

Evergreen Point Floating Bridge

The longest and widest floating bridge in the world.
Bremerton, Washington

Sail of the USS Parche

The only surviving piece of a submarine said to be the most decorated vessel in U.S. history.
Quincy, Washington

Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies

This metallic stampede sits frozen on a Washington ridge yet the artist's vision is still incomplete.
Poulsbo, Washington

'Little Norway on the Fjord'

The small town of Poulsbo in Washington state is the next best thing to the Kingdom of Norway.
Monroe, Washington

Wayside Chapel

The tiny church offers succor to travelers driving by, but only eight at a time.
Port Townsend, Washington

Fort Worden Artillery Battery

An abandoned network of military bunkers and tunnels open for anyone willing to descend into the darkness.
Molson, Washington

Okanogan Highland Ghost Towns

This former mining mecca holds a surprising abundance of undisturbed relics from the Old West.