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Palo Alto, California

Gates of Hell Sculpture

Rodin's famous depiction of Dante's 'Inferno', amidst a sculpture garden of many of his other works.
Whittier, Alaska

Portage Ghost Town

The ruins of a town wiped out by the second-largest earthquake in recorded history.
Homer, Alaska

Salty Dawg Saloon

Buy your friend a drink or staple some cash to the wall for the next guy at the Salty Dawg Saloon.
Anchorage, Alaska

Turnagain Arm Bore Tide

To the delight of Alaskan surfers, the Moon sends waves surging against the current.
Whittier, Alaska

Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel

Running under an entire mountain, the longest highway tunnel in North America is kept fresh using portal fans and jet fans.
King Salmon, Alaska

Hallo Bay Bear Camp

Don't be a grizzly man. Get personal with Alaska's wild bears from the safety of this conservationist camp.
Palmer, Alaska

Musk Ox Farm

An Alaskan livestock farm devotes itself to harvesting wool from creatures that once ran with mammoths and sabertooth tigers.
Whittier, Alaska

Whittier, Alaska

This small city where almost everyone lives in the same building can only be reached via North America's longest tunnel.
Chitina, Alaska

Kennicott Ghost Town

What once was the richest known copper mine is now a completely deserted ghost town.
Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Denali

The king of US high points towers over every other peak in North America.
Seattle, Washington

Tree Grate Museum

Five varieties of trees with custom-designed grates around the trunk are planted along the route of the Seattle Transit Tunnel.
Monroe, Washington

Reptile Zoo

"The Reptile Man's" very own roadside zoo features an albino alligator.
Seattle, Washington

Fremont Solstice Parade

Once a year, thousands of naked cyclists flood the streets of a Seattle neighborhood.
Clyde Hill, Washington

Evergreen Point Floating Bridge

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

Ballard Bridge

Granting the right of way to ships over surface traffic since 1917.
Seattle, Washington

Hammering Man

This working class sculpture pounds his hammer all the livelong day.
Seattle, Washington

Red Mill Totem House

Keeping Ballard's heritage alive with delicious, lightly battered Alaskan wild cod.
Tacoma, Washington

Tacoma Narrows Bridge

This famous bridge twisted itself into oblivion, but not for the reason you might think.
Seattle, Washington

Seattle's Ramps to Nowhere

Activists are fighting to preserve these unfinished highway ramps as a tribute to the citizen revolt that halted their construction decades ago.
Seattle, Washington

Lenin Statue of Fremont

Statue of Lenin, from Cold War era Czechoslovakia, now in a neighborhood of Seattle.
Seattle, Washington

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

Allowing humans and fish alike to migrate from freshwater to saltwater and back again.
Coulee City, Washington

Dry Falls

Site of the greatest known waterfall that ever existed.
Seattle, Washington

Union Station

Though strikingly beautiful, Seattle's other railway station is now largely forgotten.
Seattle, Washington

Center of the Universe Sign

Residents of Fremont in Seattle have considered it the center of the universe since the 1970s.