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Año Nuevo Island
Pescadero, California

Año Nuevo Island

Elephant seals and sea lions have turned the abandoned buildings on this island into their endangered love shack.
37.1083, -122.3378
Olema, California

1906 Earthquake Fence

'Cause the fence start shaking, the earth was quaking.
38.0439, -122.7907
The Top - Moro Rock at Sequoia National Park
Three Rivers, California

Moro Rock

400 granite steps were built into this massive rock by the National Park Service.
36.5442, -118.7652
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.
37.1430, -122.3400
Point Reyes Boat
Inverness, California

Point Reyes Boat

This abandoned boat was left in place thanks to its rotting beauty.
38.0979, -122.8508
Devil's Slide Bunker
Pacifica, California

Devil's Slide Bunker

The graffiti-covered remnants of a former triangulation station are balanced precariously on this California peak.
37.5744, -122.5203
The "Soul Consoling Tower"
Inyo County, California

Manzanar National Historic Site

The tragedy of the Japanese internment camps is remembered here by a stark "Soul Consoling Tower."
36.7272, -118.1528
Santa Rosa, California

Charles M. Schulz Museum

A tribute to the life and work of the beloved "Peanuts" cartoonist.
38.4603, -122.7358
Artist's Drive
Inyo County, California

Artist's Drive

Millions of years of oxidation make a drive down this winding Death Valley road surprisingly colorful.
36.3299, -116.8300
Look familiar?
Yosemite National Park, California

The Ahwahnee Hotel

The interior of The Shining's Overlook Hotel was based on this Yosemite original.
37.7463, -119.5744
Inyo, California

Devils Golf Course Landscape

"Only the devil could play golf here."
36.2201, -116.8817
William Randolph Hearst's private castle.
San Simeon, California

Hearst Castle

The unbelievably opulent home built for an infamous newspaperman.
35.6501, -121.1866
Trona, California

Trona Pinnacles

One of the most unusual geological features, recognizable from a dozen hit movies.
35.6764, -117.3799
Building near the railway
Ludlow, California

Ludlow

One of the ghostly stops along Route 66.
34.7211, -116.1600
A car mid-drive through the tree.
Leggett, California

Chandelier Tree

This massive redwood tree has a hole in the base big enough to drive through.
39.8657, -123.7142
Badwater Basin
Inyo County, California

Badwater Basin

The lowest point in North America is home to an undrinkable pool surrounded by fields of geometric salt flats.
36.2503, -116.8258
Fuller St., part of the main drag.
Bridgeport, California

Bodie State Historical Park

Standing in a state of "arrested decay", this ghost town allows for a detailed peek into Gold Rush life in an unusually harsh climate.
38.2088, -119.0142
Mushpot Cave is the only illuminated cave in the park. All others require flashlights, which are available to loan from the park staff. (Image credit: Scott Vandehey)
Tulelake, California

Lava Beds National Monument

Trails through lava-carved tube-caves display sparkling bacteria and a rich history.
41.7139, -121.5083
Avenue of the Giants
Redcrest, California

Avenue of the Giants

One of the most scenic stretches of road in America winds between some of the country's oldest trees.
40.3682, -123.9296
Tufa tower on south shore of Mono Lake
Lee Vining, California

Mono Lake

Aqueducts have dramatically changed this old lake, now home to tufa towers and its very own species of tiny brine shrimp.
38.0165, -119.0093
The shiniest beach you'll ever see.
Fort Bragg, California

Glass Beach

A trash dump made beautiful by nature's power.
39.4530, -123.8136
Alcatraz from the Bay 2012
San Francisco, California

Alcatraz Island

In all of the 29 years it was in operation, no prisoners ever escaped successfully... or so they claim.
37.8267, -122.4230
Del Monte Forest, California

Ghost Trees of Pescadero Point

Haunting and beautiful trees, doomed to die.
36.5608, -121.9516
The rear of the lighthouse
Pacific Grove, California

Point Pinos Lighthouse

The oldest lighthouse on America's west coast no longer needs keepers, yet they maintain the site anyhow.
36.6334, -121.9337