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Topanga, California

Great Wall of Topanga

You don't want to get caught in this trap--or do you?
San Francisco, California

Murphy Windmill

Once the largest windmill outside of Holland, with enormous 114 foot sails.
San Francisco, California

Dutch Windmill

The key to turning shifting dunes into the green oasis of Golden Gate Park.
San Francisco, California

Ruins of the Sutro Baths

The seawater playground of gilded-era San Francisco burned to the ground in 1966.
San Francisco, California

Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze

A psychedelic labyrinth on the San Francisco bay.
San Francisco, California

Doggie Diner Head

This grinning pup statue is all that's left of what was once a ubiquitous Bay Area diner chain.
Chico, California

World's Largest Working Wooden Yo-Yo

Hidden inside a gift shop that doubles as a museum, this gargantuan yo-yo can only be operated by crane.
Winters, California

Sam Spade's Office

If you dial the number in this abandoned office window "Sam Spade’s" secretary will ask you to leave a message.
Winters, California

The Lonely Parking Meter

The only parking meter in the entire town, it is surrounded by 100 free spaces.
Solvang, California

Solvang Wind Harp

California's oldest wind harp represents a historic piece of America's Danish history.
Los Angeles, California

Hollywood Sign

Hollywood's most famous landmark, the "temporary" sign that has stood for decades longer than intended.
Castroville, California

World's Largest Artichoke Statue

It should come as no surprise that the world's largest artichoke lies in the town that calls itself the "Artichoke Center of the World."
San Luis Obispo, California

San Luis Obispo's Bubblegum Alley

An alley covered with 20 years of bubble gum.
Cambria, California

Nitt Witt Ridge

A house built from trash known as the poor man's Hearst Castle.
Los Angeles, California

Garden of Oz

Hidden in the hills of Hollywood, this secluded Oz-themed garden is dotted with dozens of thrones.
Pasadena, California

Fork in the Road

A bigger-than-life pun that has become a beacon of altruism.
Agua Dulce, California

Vasquez Rocks

Named after a bandit and the star of several Hollywood prehistoric landscapes, these sandstone formations are a historical part of the Los Angeles natural landscape.
Johannesburg, California

Randsburg

The liveliest ghost town in the state.
Landers, California

Giant Rock

A regular looking rock with an unbelievable history.
Sacramento, California

Samson Luggage Sculpture

Pillars made of 700 pieces of luggage climb to the ceiling of Sacramento Airport's baggage claim.
Los Angeles, California

LAX Theme Building

This quirky UFO-shaped curiosity is often mistaken for the airport’s control tower.
Inverness, California

Point Reyes Lighthouse

The lighthouse central to the 1980s horror classic "The Fog" is in fact located in one of the foggiest areas of the Pacific Coast.
San Francisco, California

Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company

One of the oldest producers of hand-folded fortune cookies still uses its original secret recipe.
Tulare, California

Preston’s Pride

A B-17 bomber stands as a memorial to the residents of Tulare County who served in World War II.