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Durango, Colorado

Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

This spectacular track has run continuously since 1882.
Utah

Checkerboard Mesa

The unusual patterns in this rock formation result from two distinct modes of weathering.
Hurricane, Utah

Zion–Mount Carmel Tunnel

A tunnel with windows, so you don't miss out on the impressive views.
Torrance, California

Torrance High School

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

Bagdad Cafe

The set location for a 1987 cult classic draws international film buffs to the middle of the Mojave Desert.
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Infinite Corridor

This nearly endless university hallway is home to a unique sunset known as "MIThenge."
San Bernardino, California

Zzyzx Mineral Springs and Healing Center

A former utopian healing center created by a huckster and built by derelicts.
Las Vegas, Nevada

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Dyed by iron oxide over centuries, these sandstone rocks rise thousands of feet into the sky.
San Bernardino County, California

Kelso Ghost Town

The abandoned train depot now doubles as a well-placed rest stop for those who take the road less traveled.
Inyo County, California

Marble Bath

This desert oddity hides in plain sight thanks to a cartographic error and a desert explorer with a punny sense of humor.
San Bernardino County, California

Ivanpah Solar Power Facility

The world’s largest concentrated solar plant generates as many problems as megawatts.
Irvine, California

Orange Balloon

One of the largest helium balloons in the U.S. is a 112-foot ginormous orange.
Ludlow, California

Ludlow

One of the ghostly stops along Route 66.
Tehachapi, California

Tehachapi Wind Farm

Thousands of turbines whir at at the origin of North American wind power.
Randsburg, California

Burro Schmidt Tunnel

This impressive tunnel was dug entirely by hand over the course of 36 years.
Trona, California

Trona Pinnacles

One of the most unusual geological features, recognizable from a dozen hit movies.
Panamint, California

Barker Ranch

The location of the last stand of Charles Manson's doomsday cult.
Inyo County, California

Ballarat Ghost Town

This old mining town, deep in the California desert, has a year-round population of one.
Inyo County, California

Mount Whitney Summit Shelter

The first life claimed by this record-breaking peak wasn't lost to exposure or a fall but rather lightning.
Inyo, California

The Sailing Stones of Racetrack Playa

The rocks in this arid basin leave trails of movement behind them.
Furnace Creek, California

Harmony Borax Works

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

Sego, Utah

A ghost town that held steady longer than most, but finally gave up the ghost.
Green River, Utah

Buckhorn Wash Pictograph Panel

This gallery of prehistoric red ochre art lines the wall of a scenic segment in Utah's San Rafael Swell.
Garfield County, Utah

Burr Trail Switchbacks

Once a menacing challenge for trailblazers, this trail is now the most scenic drive in Utah.