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San Luis Obispo, California

Madonna Inn

A hotel and restaurant serving as the mecca of kitsch.
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.
Garden Grove, California

Crystal Cathedral

Megachurch comprised of 10,000 glass panes.
Culver City, California

Center for Land Use Interpretation

A museum, art project, and institution that demands we look at the world around us in a strange new way.
Culver City, California

The Museum of Jurassic Technology

A modern day curiosity cabinet.
Los Angeles, California

Helios House

First LEED-certified gas station in the United States.
Los Angeles, California

Youngwood Court

Iconic Los Angeles residence famous for its 19 statues of Michelangelo's David.
Los Angeles, California

Angels Flight

Historic funicular railway, believed to be the shortest railroad in the world.
Los Angeles, California

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

Crypt mausoleum in cathedral's basement contains relics of third century Roman martyr, Saint Vibiana.
Blythe, California

Blythe Intaglios

Ancient human, animal, and geometric figures drawn in the earth.
Calipatria, California

Salvation Mountain

A hand-built folk art installation covered with messages of God's love.
Calipatria, California

Slab City

During winter months, this abandoned navy base becomes an off-grid home and alternative living community for thousands of retirees.
Bombay Beach, California

Bombay Beach

Version of the French Riviera destroyed by the sea.
El Cajon, California

Unarius Academy of Science

Educational foundation that teaches the powers of fourth dimensional physical properties.
San Diego, California

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

North America's largest accredited model railroad museum.
Ocotillo, California

Anza Borrego Desert View Tower

This historic tower in the California desert promises visitors a "vortex of good vibes".
Borrego Springs, California

Galleta Meadows Estate

Metal Jurassic Park on the side of a California highway.
San Bernardino, California

Zzyzx Mineral Springs and Healing Center

A former utopian healing center created by a huckster and built by derelicts.
Beatty, Nevada

Rhyolite Ghost Town

Odd outsider art installations surround a Gold Rush-era ghost town.
Inyo, California

Devils Golf Course Landscape

"Only the devil could play golf here."
Inyo, California

Scotty's Castle

Abandoned Jazz Age Dream Home and Con Man's Hide-Out in Death Valley Desert.
Inyo, California

The Sailing Stones of Racetrack Playa

The rocks in this arid basin leave trails of movement behind them.