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Gansbaai, South Africa

Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai

An odd little fishing town that is inundated by tourists looking to be locked up in a cage and surrounded by great white sharks, because why not?
Cape Town, South Africa

South African Astronomical Observatory

This historic observatory was established to keep shipwrecks from littering the Cape of Good Hope.
Cape Town, South Africa

Bo Kaap

Formerly known as the Malay Quarter, Bo Kaap is a colorfully-painted suburb located in the “Mother City” of South Africa.
Cape Town, South Africa

Boulders Beach Penguin Sanctuary

This African beach is home to thousands of rare mainland penguins that are known for their annoying voice.
Cape Town, South Africa

Just Nuisance Statue

A memorial to the only dog ever officially enlisted in the Royal Navy.
San Francisco, California

Japanese Tea Garden

Relics of the 1894 Midwinter Exposition continue to delight visitors today.
San Francisco, California

Faery Door

San Franciscans leave gifts and messages for the magical beings that live behind the tiny, mysterious door installed on a tree in Golden Gate Park.
San Francisco, California

Spanish Monastery Stones

The remains of a 12th-century chapter house in Golden Gate Park.
San Francisco, California

Sweeney Observatory Site

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

Encryption Lava Lamps

The randomness of this wall of lava lamps helps encrypt up to 10 percent of the internet.
Mountain View, California

Computer History Museum

From the Difference Engine to the Cray-1, all under one roof.
Mount Hamilton, California

Lick Observatory

The world's first permanently occupied mountain-top observatory continues to report on the stars.
Potsdam, Germany

Dampfmaschinenhaus (The Royal Pumphouse)

Designed to resemble foreign architecture, this mosque-looking structure was used to pump water to a royal fountain.
Palo Alto, California

Birthplace of Silicon Valley

A humble garage, world-famous for being the epicenter of a technology revolution.
Mountain View, California

The Real Birthplace of Silicon Valley-The Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory

The first high-tech company in the valley that actually worked with silicon devices.
Livermore, California

Centennial Bulb

The longest burning light bulb in the world.
Mountain View, California

Hangar One

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

Moffett Field Historical Society Museum

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

Olympic Black Power Statue

A statue commemorate Tommie Smith and John Carlos's brave protest at the 1968 Olympics, a watershed moment for civil rights.
Sunnyvale, California

Orchard Heritage Park

800 apricot trees honor Silicon Valley's agricultural history.
Los Altos, California

The Apple Garage

The garage at the childhood home of Steve Jobs was a hangout for the founders of Apple, even if they never built computers there.
San Jose, California

Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies

A lock of Beethoven's hair and the remains of his skull are recent additions to this Center of Beethoven studies.
Palo Alto, California

The Donkeys of Barron Park

The world's most famous donkey lives in this pen.
San Francisco, California

Gilbert Baker Memorial

A tribute to the artist and activist who created the rainbow pride flag.