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Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

La Equis (The X)

A giant "X" symbolizes the blood spilled from the brutal Juarez drug wars.
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Cowboys in the mural.
Marfa, Texas

Building 98

A World War II officers' club features Old West murals painted by German POWs.
30.3017, -104.0289
Marfa, Texas

Marfa Lights

Mysterious glowing orbs float through the desert night.
30.3094, -104.0206
Target Marathon
Alpine, Texas

Target Marathon

This is probably not the Target you're looking for.
30.2818, -103.4439
Prada Marfa.
Valentine, Texas

Prada Marfa

A Prada store in the West Texas desert that is never open for business.
30.6034, -104.5185
Stardust Motel sign.
Marfa, Texas

Stardust Motel Sign

This old abandoned sign flickers to announce a motel that isn't even there.
30.3053, -104.0444
Donald Judd's works at The Chinati Foundation.
Marfa, Texas

Chinati Foundation

Minimalist modern art on a repurposed military base in rural Texas.
30.2973, -104.0279
Hotel Paisano
Marfa, Texas

Hotel Paisano

A little stop along the Texas highway where Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, and James Dean stayed while shooting the 1955 film "Giant."
30.3123, -104.0219
New York, New York

190 Bowery

The greatest real estate coup of all time.
40.7212, -73.9941
The store responsible for Broome Street's title
New York, New York

284 Broome Street

The competition: breathe deeply as long as you can.
40.7186, -73.9914
Brooklyn, New York

St. Anthony

Church featuring "high Victorian gothic" architecture.
40.7295, -73.9540
The welcome sign
Calipatria, California

Slab City

During winter months, this abandoned navy base becomes an off-grid home and alternative living community for thousands of retirees.
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Calipatria, California

Salvation Mountain

Self-built mound covered in messages of God's love.
33.2542, -115.4727
Bombay Beach, California. (Wikimedia Commons)
Bombay Beach, California

Bombay Beach

Version of the French Riviera destroyed by the sea.
33.3506, -115.7296
"Pioneertown 1946".
Pioneertown, California

Pioneertown

A fake town founded by Western movie stars is now becoming a hip desert community.
34.1564, -116.4986
Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace
Pioneertown, California

Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace

Weary travelers trekking through Joshua Tree have a music-filled, booze-soaked oasis to land before continuing through the desert.
34.1566, -116.4931
Cabazon Dinosaurs. Dinny the Dinosaur.
Cabazon, California

Cabazon Dinosaurs

"World's biggest dinosaur" featured in Pee Wee's Big Adventure, now houses a creationist museum in its abdomen.
33.9229, -116.7743
The giant sequoia.
Seattle, Washington

Seattle's Giant Sequoia Tree

This grand old 80-foot sequoia towers above the buildings in the city’s retail center.
47.6123, -122.3387
Wonderland Ranch.
Twentynine Palms, California

Wonderland Ranch and Wall Street Mill

Crumbling pink walls and murder memorials preserve the pioneer history of Joshua Tree.
34.0303, -116.1388
World Famous Crochet Museum
Joshua Tree, California

World Famous Crochet Museum

An old California photo mat has been turned into a shrine to the cozy art of crochet.
34.1349, -116.3138
Integratron, exterior
Landers, California

The Integratron

Experience a quartz crystal sound bath inside the world's only all-wood, acoustically perfect sound-chamber.
34.2932, -116.4038
Hammering Man close-up
Seattle, Washington

Hammering Man

This working class sculpture pounds his hammer all the livelong day.
47.6070, -122.3381
Vine covered columns activists hope to preserve.
Seattle, Washington

Seattle's Ramps to Nowhere

Activists are fighting to preserve these unfinished highway ramps as a tribute to the citizen revolt that halted their construction decades ago.
47.6401, -122.2938
Inside Scarecrow Video.
Seattle, Washington

Scarecrow Video

Browse through roughly 130,000 titles in the world's largest independent video rental store.
47.6659, -122.3171