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Ruins of Rosewell Plantation
Gloucester Courthouse, Virginia

The Ruins of Rosewell Plantation

This once-palatial plantation might have been the site of the first draft of the Declaration of Independence.
37.3284, -76.5767
Carlsbad, New Mexico

Carlsbad Caverns

Second largest cave chamber in the world, discovered in 1898 by a sixteen year old and his friend known as "pothead."
32.1753, -104.4438
The tyrannosaurus rex greets visitors.
Port Orford, Oregon

Prehistoric Gardens

A collection of colorful dinosaurs hidden in an actual rainforest.
42.6118, -124.3922
Under the statues
Klamath, California

Trees of Mystery

Two mammoth statues inspired by equally tall tales lure tourists to this roadside attraction.
41.5046, -124.0706
Phantom Ship Rock
Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake

The deepest lake in the United States, and once the site of epic destruction that lives on in myth.
42.9331, -122.1956
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
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
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
Olympia, Washington

Mima Mounds

Native American burial mounds? Giant gopher dens? No one knows what created the Mima Mounds.
46.8970, -123.0507
Toking atop a mushroom
Oakland, California

Children's Fairyland

This Oakland fairytale kingdom, fiercely devoted to childlike whimsy, was an early inspiration for Disneyland.
37.8087, -122.2589
Gnome and Toadstool
Oakland, California

Gnomes of Lake Merritt

This mysterious series of teeny guerrilla installations sheds a whimsical light on street art in Oakland.
37.8012, -122.2583
Lake Merritt Bonsai Garden Entry
Oakland, California

Lake Merritt's Bonsai Garden

Bonsai garden in Oakland is curated by the first non-Japanese female bonsai master in the United States.
37.8073, -122.2590
Cathedral of Christ the Light
Oakland, California

Cathedral of Christ the Light

A massive ultra-modern church presents a science-fiction view of Catholicism's inclusive future.
37.8103, -122.2630
Kaiser Convention Center
Oakland, California

Kaiser Convention Center

An abandoned convention space that has been left to the homeless and the radical.
37.7975, -122.2613
De Lauers Super Newsstand
Oakland, California

De Lauers Super Newsstand

The newsstand that never closes its doors—well, almost never.
37.8038, -122.2715
Heinold’s First and Last Chance 2007. (Wikimedia Commons)
Oakland, California

Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon

Dive bar built out of the remains of a whaling ship.
37.7938, -122.2746
Alameda, California

Pacific Pinball Museum

Playable, historic pinball machines fill this Alameda museum.
37.7737, -122.2767
Battery Spencer with with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background
Sausalito, California

Marin Headlands

Concrete strongholds stand guard over the Golden Gate.
37.8339, -122.5329
San Francisco, California

Camera Obscura & Holograph Collection

A walk-in working camera obscura produces 360-degree live images of the San Francisco coast.
37.7783, -122.5142
View of the ruins from the hillside. The original stairs would have come down on the far left. The curved edge of the original aquarium and the outline of the diving well are on the right.
San Francisco, California

Ruins of the Sutro Baths

The seawater playground of gilded-era San Francisco burned to the ground in 1966.
37.7799, -122.5137
Abandoned fortifications at Fort Miley
San Francisco, California

Fort Miley Batteries

Big gun installations, built over a massive cemetery, now abandoned & hidden in trees.
37.7827, -122.5088
San Francisco, California

Labyrinth at Land’s End

A winding path built in secret on the edge of the continent.
37.7880, -122.5058
San Francisco, California

Palace of Fine Arts

The last remaining relic of San Francisco's glittering 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition.
37.8029, -122.4482
Yoda Fountain
San Francisco, California

Yoda Fountain

There is no trying to fall in love with this Star Wars fountain, you just do or do not.
37.7989, -122.4505