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The park draws a fairly different group than the ones hanging out over at Muscle Beach
Los Angeles, California

International Chess Park

This well-traveled chess park offers scenic views of the pacific and a colorful, eclectic clientele
33.9960, -118.4817
Los Angeles, California

Old Trapper's Lodge Statues

A wild west scene starring life-sized wooden statues hides in the trees behind Pierce College
34.1823, -118.5709
The Hippodrome today.
Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome

A Looff creation in Santa Monica best described as “a California-Byzantine-Moorish-style fantasy”
34.0101, -118.4954
Add-A-Ball Arcade's basement location.
Seattle, Washington

Add-a-Ball Bar and Arcade

A (slightly) grownup take on the classic retro arcade.
47.6521, -122.3549
Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes.
Guadalupe, California

Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes

Coastal dunes, site of buried Egyptian movie set and former utopian colony.
34.9670, -120.6500
English Perennial and Rose Garden
Thousand Oaks, California

Gardens of the World

From Japan to Italy, this California park explores the world's cultures through their gardens.
34.1766, -118.8481
Los Angeles, California

Watts Towers

America's most famous piece of self-built architecture
33.9393, -118.2610
"The Machine," a display at the Kafka Museum.
Prague, Czechia

Franz Kafka Museum

An eerie, existential museum dedicated to the author of "The Metamorphosis."
50.0881, 14.4103
William Randolph Hearst's private castle.
San Simeon, California

Hearst Castle

The unbelievably opulent home built for an infamous newspaperman.
35.6501, -121.1866
Boontling word of the week in the tap room of the Anderson Valley Brewing Company.
Boonville, California

Boontling Language of Boonville

A local dialect born in the late 19th century is only spoken in this isolated California valley.
39.0090, -123.3672
Knut mounted at the Museum für Naturkunde.
Berlin, Germany

Knut the Polar Bear

Berlin's beloved bear is immortalized at the Museum für Naturkunde.
52.5303, 13.3791
Ruth Asawa's San Francisco fountain in Union Square.
San Francisco, California

Ruth Asawa’s San Francisco Fountain

Created in 1972, the famous sculptor's intricately detailed monument to San Francisco is overflowing with city landmarks.
37.7888, -122.4071
Olympic Black Power Statue
San Jose, California

Olympic Black Power Statue

A statue commemorating Tommie Smith and John Carlos' brave protest at the 1968 Olympics, a watershed moment for civil rights.
37.3355, -121.8826
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
Basic layout of Kafka kinetic mirrored bust.
Prague, Czechia

Hlava Franze Kafky (Franz Kafka's Head)

A bust of Franz Kafka spins in pieces, reflecting the writer's inner torment.
50.0815, 14.4202
View from the garden fence
Prague, Czechia

Quo Vadis

A sculpture of the iconic East German car on four legs is a tribute to those who traveled to Prague seeking asylum.
50.0872, 14.3981
Aerial view of the Rockies, Plaines and Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Great Train Story Diorama

This $3 million model train takes you through Chicago, Seattle, and the thousands of miles in between.
41.7910, -87.5829
The grade is about 37 degrees
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest Castle Hill Funicular

Built in 1870 at the bridge that connected Buda and Pest, this spectacular incline railway was almost lost forever during World War II.
47.4982, 19.0391
Rainbow
Iceland

Gullfoss (Golden Falls)

If a glacial river suddenly diving into a sheer chasm via a dramatic, multi-stage waterfall isn't peak Iceland, it's certainly close.
64.3270, -20.1200
Ecclesiastical angels by Tiffany Studios at the Driehaus Museum of Stained Glass.
Chicago, Illinois

Stained Glass at Navy Pier

A display of magnificent stained glass windows is the first exhibit of its kind.
41.8917, -87.6085
Richmond, California

Point Molate

Abandoned landscape once home to "the world's largest winery"
37.9466, -122.4219
The old general store
Beatty, Nevada

Rhyolite Ghost Town

Odd outsider art installations surround a Gold Rush era ghost town.
36.9037, -116.8282
A peaceful, ghost town porch affixed to a glass house
Beatty, Nevada

Tom Kelly's Bottle House

The most magnificent bottle house in a town strangely full of them
36.8974, -116.8291
Rhyolite's District of Shadows
Beatty, Nevada

Rhyolite's District of Shadows

A land of debatable treasure
36.8950, -116.8303