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London, England

Natural History Museum of London

Eighty million natural history specimens call this gargantuan museum home.
London, England

The London Dungeon

One part local history and 99 parts gruesome haunted house.
Oxfordshire, England

Uffington White Horse

The granddaddy of English geoglyphs dates back to the late Bronze Age.
Oxford, England

Rewley Road Swing Bridge

The remnants of this unusual bridge await an uncertain fate.
Oxford, England

Eagle Ironworks

A little piece of Oxford's overlooked industrial heritage.
Oxford, England

Beaumont Palace Marker

A hidden plaque is the only reminder of the lost palace where two storied English kings were born.
Oxford, England

Oxford Museum of the History of Science

An extraordinary collection of scientific instruments - and Einstein's chalkboard - inside the world's oldest purpose built museum building.
Oxford, England

Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Used as an example in one of the first dictionary entries for "museum" in 1706.
Oxford, England

J.R.R. Tolkien's Grave

The names Lúthien and Beren can be found inscribed on the shared grave of the famous writer and his beloved wife and muse.
Inyo, California

Devils Golf Course Landscape

"Only the devil could play golf here."
Furnace Creek, California

Harmony Borax Works

This crumbling Death Valley mining complex was known for its use of giant, 20-mule team wagons.
Bridgeport, California

Bodie State Historical Park

Standing in a state of "arrested decay", this ghost town allows for a detailed peek into Gold Rush life in an unusually harsh climate.
Lee Vining, California

Mono Lake

Aqueducts have dramatically changed this old lake, now home to tufa towers and its very own species of tiny brine shrimp.
Livermore, California

Centennial Bulb

The longest burning light bulb in the world.
Big Sur, California

McWay Falls and Waterfall House Ruins

This Big Sur waterfall drops 80 feet directly into the Pacific Ocean, and inspired the hillside house up top.
Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

Housed in a memorial lighthouse, this museum relays the history of surfing, beginning with the antics of royal Hawaiian teenagers.
Palo Alto, California

Birthplace of Silicon Valley

A world-famous garage - epicenter of a technology revolution.
San Francisco, California

Palace of Fine Arts

The last remaining relic of San Francisco's glittering 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition.
San Francisco, California

Exploratorium

San Francisco's newly reopened hands-on science museum.
Sausalito, California

Gates Co-op Houseboat Community

A living time capsule of the 1960s Richardson Bay water-front.
Inyo County, California

Manzanar National Historic Site

The tragedy of the Japanese internment camps is remembered here by a stark "Soul Consoling Tower."
Inyo County, California

Badwater Basin

The lowest point in North America is home to an undrinkable pool surrounded by fields of geometric salt flats.
Inyo County, California

Artist's Drive

Millions of years of oxidation make a drive down this winding Death Valley road surprisingly colorful.
London, England

The Tower Ravens

Six ravens are kept captive (but well-fed) at the Tower of London to prevent the fall of the Crown.