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San Bernardino County, California

Amboy Crater

This dormant volcanic crater has been converted from a roiling pit of magma to a pleasant hiking spot.
Truckee, California

Donner Party Artifacts

Bits and pieces from the ill-fated Donner Party's winter cabins.
Amboy, California

Guardian Lions of Route 66

A pair of large white marble lions guard this stretch of the Mojave Desert, and it is utterly mysterious how they got there.
Cambria, California

Nitt Witt Ridge

A house built from trash known as the poor man's Hearst Castle.
Los Angeles, California

Space Shuttle Endeavour

The final resting place of a space program monolith.
Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Wayfarers Chapel

Swedenborgian glass church surrounded by redwoods and perched atop a massive landslide area.
San Francisco, California

The Tonga Room

Tiki luxury on Nob Hill.
San Jose, California

Olympic Black Power Statue

A statue commemorating Tommie Smith and John Carlos' brave protest at the 1968 Olympics, a watershed moment for civil rights.
Pismo Beach, California

Monarch Butterfly Grove

Thousands of migrating monarchs overwinter clustered amongst the eucalyptus trees.
Altadena, California

Zorthian Ranch

The cobbled together compound of a deceased artist which now serves as a filming location.
Keeler, California

Cerro Gordo

A lawless town deep in Death Valley was famous for its riches and death rate.
Los Angeles, California

Ballerina Clown

A three-story, three-dimensional hobo clown in a tutu welcomes CVS shoppers.
Grass Valley, California

Empire Mine State Park

The Empire Mine is "one of the oldest, largest, deepest, longest and richest gold mines in California."
Los Angeles, California

Angelus Temple

Church and home-museum of a 1920s female revivalist preacher with a very sordid past.
San Juan Capistrano, California

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Oldest building in California still in use.
San Francisco, California

Sweeney Observatory Site

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

Rosicrucian Park

The headquarters of a secretive order is also a beautifully-designed park.
Yucca Valley, California

Desert Christ Park

On a barren hillside in the Yucca Valley, the recently restored Desert Christ Park has attracted pilgrims and kitsch hunters for over 50 years.
San Francisco, California

Museum of Russian Culture

Russian history in San Francisco.
Altadena, California

The Bunny Museum

"The Hoppiest Place in the World" holds the world’s largest collection of bunny memorabilia and is a singular testament of a couple's devotion to all things Leporidae.
Glen Ellen, California

The Wolf House - Jack London State Park

The haunting ruins of Jack London's dream house.
San Francisco, California

Tobin House

Half of a house.
Los Angeles, California

The Music Box Steps

The site of a classic series of Laurel and Hardy pratfalls.
South San Francisco, California

Wind Harp

A large instrument played by the wind.