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Oakland, California

Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon

Dive bar built out of the remains of a whaling ship.
San Francisco, California

Dutch Windmill

The key to turning shifting dunes into the green oasis of Golden Gate Park.
San Francisco, California

1908 Cistern Circles

Ancient technology adopted after hard lessons in worst-case-scenario fire control.
Pacifica, California

McCloskey Castle

Abortion, prohibition, religion, war, and fear all play a part in the history of this idiosyncratic Pacifica castle.
Pacifica, California

Nike Missile Site SF-51

Another of California's unused Cold War missile defense complexes has become a graffiti gallery.
Hillsborough, California

Junípero Serra Statue

This controversial depiction of the "Founder of California" looks as though it was sculpted from mashed potatoes.
Hillsborough, California

The Flintstone House

A burnt orange monolithic dome structure perched on a hillside near Interstate 280.
San Francisco, California

Vaillancourt Fountain

This concrete tangle of square pipes has stood as a proud thorn in the city's side since the '70s.
West Sacramento, California

I Street Bridge

I Street Bridge is the heaviest swinging center bridge in the United States.
Murphys, California

Mercer Caverns

A popular tourist cave with a dark past.
Milpitas, California

Great Mall of Milpitas

This giant shopping mall still holds signs of its automotive past.
Sequoia National Park, California

General Sherman

Quite simply the largest tree in the world (by volume).
Fresno, California

Forestiere Underground Gardens

An underground mansion with fruit-bearing trees and grapes growing beneath the surface of central California.
Shandon, California

James Dean Memorial Junction

A remote crossroads honoring a fallen talent.
Morro Bay, California

Morro Rock

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

The Winchester Mystery House

A peculiar mansion built by the troubled heir to the Winchester gun fortune.
San Francisco, California

Ruins of the Sutro Baths

The seawater playground of gilded-era San Francisco burned to the ground in 1966.
San Francisco, California

Defenestration

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

Alameda Point Antique and Collectibles Fair

Antiques by the Bay.
Oakland, California

Children's Fairyland

This Oakland fairytale kingdom, fiercely devoted to childlike whimsy, was an early inspiration for Disneyland.
Berkeley, California

Sather Tower

The century old tower at UC Berkeley is the third tallest bell and clock tower in the world, home to 61 bells and some fossils.
San Francisco, California

Battery Chamberlin

Guns that have been defending San Francisco since 1904.
San Francisco, California

San Francisco's Pet Cemetery

A monument to the love people have for their pets.
San Francisco, California

Alcatraz Island

In all of the 29 years it was in operation, no prisoners ever escaped successfully... or so they claim.