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Sanford, Florida

Mr. Imagination's Memory Wall

This whimsical outsider art wall holds tiny treasures donated by the local community.
Sanford, Florida

I-4 Dead Zone

This stretch of highway is said to be haunted by ghosts of settlers whose graves were paved over.
Long Beach, California

The Skinniest House in America

The 10-foot-wide Long Beach home was built on a dare.
Long Beach, California

The RMS Queen Mary

The awe-inspiring ship from the golden era of cruising has an incomparable history and a reputation as one of the world’s most haunted places.
Torrance, California

Torrance High School

One of California's oldest continually used high schools has an interesting history, both on and off screen.
San Simeon, California

Hearst Castle

The unbelievably opulent home built for an infamous newspaperman.
Aptos, California

SS Palo Alto

This concrete ship has had four careers - World War I tanker, floating amusement park, fishing pier, and artificial reef.
Aptos, California

Egg Vending Machine at Glaum Ranch

At this California chicken ranch, four bucks will get you 18 eggs and a chorus of dancing animatronic poultry.
Mountain View, California

Moffett Field Historical Society Museum

This airfield played a key role in both World War II and the Cold War.
Mountain View, California

Hangar One

One of the largest free-standing structures ever built, this dirigible hangar is now simply a giant skeleton.
Felton, California

Bigfoot Discovery Museum

This quirky roadside attraction dives into the many theories surrounding North America's most infamous hairy cryptid.
Woodside, California

Filoli

This old-world mansion with lush gardens is a gem in the heart of Silicon Valley.
Redwood City, California

Pulgas Water Temple

A classically inspired temple in Redwood City.
Washington, D.C.

First Teddy Bear

The story behind this beloved toy—named for Theodore Roosevelt and owned by his grandson—is more complicated than you might guess.
Washington, D.C.

Cher Ami

A heroic pigeon that, through a barrage of gunfire, delivered a message that saved over 100 lives in World War I.
Washington, D.C.

General Sheridan's Horse Rienzi Winchester

This taxidermy horse was a Civil War hero.
Washington, D.C.

Bare-Chested George Washington

Perhaps the most scandalous statue of America's first president.
Washington, D.C.

Sergeant Stubby

The most decorated dog of World War I is preserved in the Smithsonian.
Washington, D.C.

Baptist Alley

This unassuming passageway played a key role in one of the most important events in U.S. history.
Washington, D.C.

Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Vega

The "lovely red Vega" of the legendary record-settling pilot.
Washington, D.C.

NASA Full Scale Wind Tunnel Propeller

While most wind tunnels test scale models, the "Cave of Winds" was large enough for actual airplanes.
Washington, D.C.

Capitol Air Conditioning Towers

"Congress may voluntarily remain in session throughout the summer, in order that our Congressmen may be protected from the intolerable discomforts and dangers of the ordinary outdoor weather!”
Washington, D.C.

The Transportation Walk

Outside the Department of Transportation, a collection of artifacts honors the history of how we get around.
Washington, D.C.

The Brewmaster's Castle

This grand gothic brewery has been pumping out suds for over a hundred years.