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Topanga, California

Great Wall of Topanga

You don't want to get caught in this trap--or do you?
34.1062, -118.5917
Rosenheim Mansion
Los Angeles, California

Rosenheim Mansion

This grand mansion has starred in everything from Bones to Buffy.
34.0500, -118.3174
There is a companion skeleton in storage
Los Angeles, California

Galápagos Tortoise Skeleton

This rare tortoise skeleton has been hanging around the downtown Los Angeles museum for over a century.
34.0169, -118.2888
Effulgence of the North
Los Angeles, California

Velaslavasay Panorama

Panorama exhibition hall in old silent theater with a beautiful backyard garden
34.0344, -118.2847
The giant metal roadrunner watches traffic from the middle of the rotary.
La Quinta, California

Big Metal Roadrunner

A giant desert bird that once swung music fans at Coachella now has a home in a nearby traffic circle.
33.6710, -116.2687
Chicago, Illinois

Former Home of MTV’s “The Real World Chicago"

Location of the Real World's disastrous, and protested, eleventh season
41.9106, -87.6764
Lee R. Baxandall Bridge
Palm Springs, California

Lee R. Baxandall Bridge

The so-called "Bridge of Thighs" in Palm Springs allows nudists to discreetly cross the road
33.8442, -116.5456
Unofficial McDonald's Museum
San Bernardino, California

Unofficial McDonald's Museum

This unlicensed collection of fast food memorabilia sits on the site of the first ever McDonald's restaurant
34.1255, -117.2945
Succulents for sale.
Pasadena, California

California Cactus Center

A nursery specializing in strange and beautiful succulents and cacti
34.1426, -118.0729
Pasadena, California

Bungalow Heaven

The American Home, Re-imagined
34.1634, -118.1269
Bunnies!
Altadena, California

The Bunny Museum

"The Hoppiest Place in the World" holds the world’s largest collection of bunny memorabilia and is a singular testament of a couple's devotion to all things Leporidae.
34.1905, -118.1316
Beautiful copper stills at St. George Spirits. (Press photo)
Alameda, California

St. George Spirits

One of the best absinthe distilleries in the United States
37.7876, -122.3097
The Citrus Variety Collection at UC Riverside
Riverside, California

The Ark of Citrus

The Citrus Variety Collection at UC Riverside contains two trees of each of the 1,000+ varieties of citrus.
33.9709, -117.3326
Vintage postcard showing Sweeney Observatory atop Strawberry Hill
San Francisco, California

Sweeney Observatory Site

Barely visible foundations remain where Stow Lake’s “observatory” once welcomed visitors
37.7687, -122.4755
San Francisco, California

Site of 1906 Earthquake Refugee Camps

Approximately 250,000 people left homeless by the great earthquake and fires found shelter in Golden Gate Park
37.7696, -122.4841
The Golden Gate Speed Road once cut through Hellman Hollow
San Francisco, California

Site of the Golden Gate Speed Road

Once the site of speeding horses, now home to picnickers and public concerts
37.7690, -122.4835
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Yavapai County, Arizona

Montezuma Castle

Ninety feet off the valley floor is an ancient dwelling put under protection of the U.S. government by Teddy Roosevelt.
34.6116, -111.8351
"Transcendence" by Masayuki Nagare.
San Francisco, California

Banker's Heart

A shining, cold, black organ lies in San Francisco's financial district.
37.7923, -122.4037
McCloskey Castle
Pacifica, California

McCloskey Castle

Abortion, prohibition, religion, war, and fear all play a part in the history of this idiosyncratic Pacifica castle
37.6348, -122.4884
"Anti-Saloon League San Francisco Est. 1920" A sign seen outside Bourbon & Branch.
San Francisco, California

Bourbon & Branch

A nondescript building that's been funtioning as a speakeasy for nearly a century and a half
37.7858, -122.4130
Byron, California

Byron Hot Springs Hotel

A ruined hotel with an unlucky history and an eerie present
37.8483, -121.6333
Bell at Mission Santa Inez
San Luis Obispo, California

The Bells of El Camino Real

A chain of bells connect the California Missions and honor the legend of the "King’s Highway."
35.2850, -120.6608
McLaren is shown with his feet on the ground, rather than on a pedestal to show his connection with nature
San Francisco, California

John McLaren Statue

The legendary statue-hating superintendent of Golden Gate Park is honored with... a statue
37.7718, -122.4649
San Francisco, California

Three Gems

A hidden subterranean installation offers a view of the sky
37.7712, -122.4697