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Independence, Missouri

Leila's Hair Museum

A museum celebrating the Victorian obsession with hair art.
39.0760, -94.4138
Red Canyon
Panguitch, Utah

The Cassidy Trail

Local lore holds that Butch Cassidy took an escape route through Red Canyon's sandstone hoodoos after an attempted murder.
37.7461, -112.3194
The Sego hotel skylight
Thompson, Utah

Sego, Utah

A ghost town that held steady longer than most, but finally gave up the ghost.
39.0331, -109.7031
The presence of the past.
Bluff, Utah

17 Room Ruin

A well-preserved Anasazi Pueblo ruin tucked beneath a desert cliff.
37.2748, -109.5102
The Summum Pyramid
Salt Lake City, Utah

Summum Pyramid

Pyramid home to an obscure religious group that practices modern mummification.
40.7506, -111.9116
Two of the last remaining buildings of Grafton, Utah, a ghost town south of Zion National Park (which you can see in the background). The schoolhouse was built in 1886, it was also used as a church and public meeting place.
Rockville, Utah

Grafton Ghost Town

Settled by Mormons in 1859, this abandoned frontier town appears in several films including "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."
37.1672, -113.0799
Petroglyph known as "the zipper"
Parowan, Utah

Parowan Gap Petroglyphs

Hundreds of drawings left by the land's previous inhabitants remain mysterious.
37.9011, -112.9594
View from Hell's Backbone Bridge overlooking Box-Death Hollow Wilderness Area
Escalante, Utah

Hell's Backbone Scenic Road

Despite its name, this route in southern Utah offers heavenly day tripping.
37.9700, -111.5989
Vast canyon and the Virgin River
Springdale, Utah

The Narrows

The hike through a narrow river flanked by the 2,000-foot-tall walls of Zion Canyon is one of the best in the world.
37.2867, -112.9477
Golden, Colorado

Geology Museum at the Colorado School of Mines

An impressive collection of over 50,000 minerals including moon rock from the Apollo 17 mission.
39.7518, -105.2250
Climax, Colorado
Leadville, Colorado

Climax, Colorado

At one time this small mining village was the highest town in America but now it sits abandoned while the mine churns on.
39.3676, -106.1880
Empty houses of Gilman, Co.
Red Cliff, Colorado

Gilman

Once an unstoppable source of gold and silver, this town came to a grinding stop when the groundwater proved deadly.
39.5328, -106.3925
Mountain Goat
Evergreen, Colorado

Mount Evans Scenic Byway

The highest paved road in North America winds its way up Mount Evans in Colorado to an altitude of 14,130 feet above sea level.
39.5883, -105.6438
Palaeovespa florissantia, a fossil wasp, forms the logo for Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. (Wikimedia Commons)
Divide, Colorado

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

The largest source of fossilized insects anywhere.
38.9428, -105.1727
Pikes Peak Summit House
Cascade, Colorado

Pikes Peak Summit House

Thanks to a quirk of elevation this gift shop produces magic doughnuts that are found nowhere else on Earth.
38.8153, -105.0557
Trona, California

Trona Pinnacles

One of the most unusual geological features, recognizable from a dozen hit movies.
35.6764, -117.3799
The Whaley House, which served as a county courthouse and theater, is open to the public all year. (Alyx Sariol/Atlas Obscura)
San Diego, California

Whaley House

San Diego's most historic and haunted home.
32.7525, -117.1945
Cambria, California

Nitt Witt Ridge

A house built from trash known as the poor man's Hearst Castle.
35.5674, -121.0969
San Francisco, California

Lotta's Fountain

San Francisco's oldest surviving monument and meeting place for 1906 survivors.
37.7879, -122.4033
Richmond Shipyards.
Richmond, California

Richmond Shipyards

Where a staggering 747 ships were constructed during World War II.
37.9058, -122.3652
Outside of the store. (Loved To Death)
San Francisco, California

Loved To Death

Storefront that specializes in Oddities, Victorian antiques, taxidermy and Jewelry. Home of The Articulated Art Gallery.
37.7695, -122.4502
Dutch (North) Windmill from the beach.
San Francisco, California

Dutch Windmill

The key to turning shifting dunes into the green oasis of Golden Gate Park.
37.7705, -122.5094
The Point Lobos Marine Exchange Lookout Station seen from the access road
San Francisco, California

Land’s End Octagon House

The one-time watch house for incoming ships at the Golden Gate now stands abandoned and hidden in trees.
37.7827, -122.5101
Poised to go sledding at White Sands National Monument.
Alamogordo, New Mexico

White Sands National Monument

Explore the largest pure gypsum deposit in the world, and go dune sledding while you're at it.
32.8364, -106.0558