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May 6
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William Randolph Hearst's private castle.
San Simeon, California

Hearst Castle

The unbelievably opulent home built for an infamous newspaperman.
35.6501, -121.1866
San Juan Capistrano, California

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Oldest building in California still in use
33.5019, -117.6628
The Cool Haus Truck
Pasadena, California

Coolhaus Ice Cream

Making Ice Cream Hip Since 2008
34.1460, -118.1492
Pasadena, California

The Castle Green

Where the rich wintered in Pasadena
34.1439, -118.1494
The Sundew uses hundreds of sticky dewdrops to catch bugs
San Marino, California

Carnivorous Plants at the Huntington Gardens

Bug-devouring flora are the stars of a special wing of the glass conservatory
34.1295, -118.1099
clutters of Monarchs
Goleta, California

Goleta Monarch Butterfly Grove

A popular winter vacation destination for migrating monarch butterflies.
34.4237, -119.8914
Pacific Grove, California

Monarch Grove Sanctuary

Every year, over 25,000 monarchs overwinter in Pacific Grove
36.6264, -121.9302
Monterey's Moon Tree
Monterey, California

Monterey's Moon Tree

A tree grown from astronaut seeds which were exposed to cosmic rays
36.5979, -121.8969
Dennis the Menace Playground
Monterey, California

Dennis the Menace Playground

This municipal playground was co-created by the father of one of the most playful characters ever
36.5978, -121.8863
Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes.
Guadalupe, California

Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes

Coastal dunes, site of buried Egyptian movie set and former utopian colony.
34.9670, -120.6500
Gold Rush Steakhouse at the Madonna Inn
San Luis Obispo, California

Madonna Inn

A hotel/restaurant serving as the mecca of kitsch
35.2660, -120.6737
Rolling hills surround the site.
Shandon, California

James Dean Memorial Junction

A remote crossroads honoring a fallen talent
35.7346, -120.2843
San Luis Obispo, California

San Luis Obispo's Bubblegum Alley

An alley covered with 20 years of bubble gum
35.2790, -120.6638
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
Morro Rock
Morro Bay, California

Morro Rock

A massive volcanic plug is now a protected area that hosts a number of bird species
35.3695, -120.8675