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Boston, Massachusetts

Site of the Boston Massacre

The American Revolution was galvanized into serious action due to the tragic clash with British soldiers that occurred at this location.
San Luis Obispo, California

The Bells of El Camino Real

A chain of bells connect the California Missions and honor the legend of the "King’s Highway."
San Luis Obispo, California

San Luis Obispo's Bubblegum Alley

An alley covered with 20 years of bubble gum.
San Luis Obispo, California

Madonna Inn

A hotel and restaurant serving as the mecca of kitsch.
Redwood City, California

Pulgas Water Temple

A classically inspired temple in Redwood City.
Pescadero, California

Elephant Seals of Año Nuevo State Park

Once close to extinction, there is no shortage of elephant seals on the beaches of Año Nuevo State Park.
San Jose, California

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

An extensive collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts and mummies.
Pacifica, California

Devil's Slide Bunker

The graffiti-covered remnants of a former triangulation station are balanced precariously on this California peak.
Richmond, California

East Brother Light Station Bed & Breakfast

A B&B on a Victorian lighthouse station in San Francisco Bay.
Big Sur, California

McWay Falls and Waterfall House Ruins

This Big Sur waterfall drops 80 feet directly into the Pacific Ocean, and inspired the hillside house up top.
San Simeon, California

Hearst Castle

The unbelievably opulent home built for an infamous newspaperman.
Morro Bay, California

Morro Rock

A massive volcanic plug is now a protected area that hosts a number of bird species.
San Simeon, California

Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery

This stretch of beach along California's central coast is a busy highway for the largest seal in the northern hemisphere.
Pioneertown, California

Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace

A music-filled, booze-soaked oasis in the desert.
Pioneertown, California

Pioneertown

A fake town founded by Western movie stars is now becoming a hip desert community.
Mountain View, California

Hangar One

One of the largest free-standing structures ever built, this dirigible hangar is now simply a giant skeleton.
Goleta, California

Barnsdall-Rio Grande Gas Station

This little gem of Spanish Colonial architecture has been abandoned since the 1950s.
Beijing, China

The Forbidden City

The most famous location in China was home to whole dynasties worth of imperial rulers.
Rome, Italy

The Dome Illusion

A master of trompe-l'oeil creates a stunning, tourist-fooling dome out of a flat ceiling.
San Francisco, California

Defenestration

Furniture tries to escape an abandoned building in San Francisco.
San Francisco, California

Westin St. Francis Hotel

Only hotel where you can legally launder money.
San Francisco, California

Palace of Fine Arts

The last remaining relic of San Francisco's glittering 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition.
San Francisco, California

The Tonga Room

Tiki luxury on Nob Hill.
San Francisco, California

Exploratorium

San Francisco's newly reopened hands-on science museum.