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San Juan Capistrano, California

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Oldest building in California still in use.
33.5019, -117.6628
Queen Califa from entrance to Magical Circle.
Escondido, California

Queen Califia's Magical Circle

A large sculptural artwork and garden in Escondido, California.
33.0804, -117.0628
Riverside, California

Tio's Tacos

Mexican food and folk art.
33.9843, -117.3768
No less frightful for being fake.
Cabazon, California

Cabazon Dinosaurs

The "world's biggest dinosaur" now houses a creationist museum in its abdomen.
33.9229, -116.7743
Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace.
Pioneertown, California

Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace

A music-filled, booze-soaked oasis in the desert.
34.1566, -116.4931
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
Cabot's Pueblo Museum
Desert Hot Springs, California

Cabot's Pueblo Museum

The Hopi-style structure was built by the man who discovered Desert Hot Springs' famous mineral water.
33.9580, -116.4815
Calipatria, California

Salvation Mountain

Self-built mound covered in messages of God's love.
33.2542, -115.4727
The Integratron by day.
Landers, California

The Integratron

Experience a quartz crystal sound bath inside the world's only all-wood sound-chamber.
34.2932, -116.4038
"Pioneertown 1946".
Pioneertown, California

Pioneertown

A fake town founded by Western movie stars is now becoming a hip desert community.
34.1564, -116.4986
The giant metal roadrunner watches traffic from the middle of the rotary.
La Quinta, California

Big Metal Roadrunner

A giant desert bird that once swung music fans at Coachella now has a home in a nearby traffic circle.
33.6710, -116.2687
The World Famous Crochet Museum.
Joshua Tree, California

World Famous Crochet Museum

An old California photo stand has been turned into a shrine to the cozy art of crochet.
34.1349, -116.3138
The Mark Twain House
Hartford, Connecticut

The Mark Twain House & Museum

The former home of Samuel Clemens and family remembers the happiest period of the author's life.
41.7663, -72.7010
Harriet Beecher Stowe House (Connecticut)
Hartford, Connecticut

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

The author of Uncle Tom's Cabin was neighbors with Mark Twain while living in this Connecticut home.
41.7668, -72.7003
Scotty's Castle at Sunset
Inyo, California

Scotty's Castle

Abandoned Jazz Age Dream Home and Con Man's Hide-Out in Death Valley Desert.
37.0323, -117.3410
The old general store
Beatty, Nevada

Rhyolite Ghost Town

Odd outsider art installations surround a Gold Rush era ghost town.
36.9037, -116.8282
Harmony Borax Works
Inyo County, California

Harmony Borax Works

This crumbling Death Valley mining complex was known for its use of giant, 20-mule wagon teams.
36.6062, -117.1465
Casa Bonita
Lakewood, Colorado

Casa Bonita

At this Denver landmark, the meals are compulsory, the sopapillas are complimentary, and the insanity is everywhere.
39.7419, -105.0709
Boulder Teahouse
Boulder, Colorado

Boulder Teahouse

This tea house was a hand-built gift from Boulder's sister city in Tajikstan.
40.0157, -105.2770
Los Angeles, California

Griffith Observatory's Tesla Coil

High on a hill overlooking Los Angeles lives a world famous, high power conical Tesla Coil.
34.1184, -118.3004
Paris, France

Père Lachaise Cemetery

France's most famous cemetery, with some of its most curious tombs.
48.8594, 2.3910
Pasadena City Hall Facade
Pasadena, California

Pasadena City Hall

One of Hollywood’s favorite government buildings.
34.1476, -118.1435
Interior, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
Los Angeles, California

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

Crypt mausoleum in cathedral's basement contains relics of third century Roman martyr, Saint Vibiana.
34.0577, -118.2449