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Improvement District No. 9, Alberta

Banff Wildlife Crossings

Though many were skeptical at first, these animal-specific routes across the Trans-Canada Highway have been a major conservation success.
Newport Beach, California

Fashion Island Wind Chimes

These were the largest wind chimes in the world when artist Tom Van Sant created them for a California mall in 1967.
Field, British Columbia

Spiral Tunnels at the Big Hill

In 1909, the steepest and most difficult piece of track on the Canadian Pacific Railway was replaced with a series of spiralling tunnels cut into the mountains.
La Cañada Flintridge, California

Oak Grove Disc Golf Course

The world's first disc golf course has the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a neighbor.
Big Trees, California

The Discovery Tree

California's longest-running tourist attraction is a stump.
San Diego, California

Balboa Park Botanical Building and Lily Pond

Built for an exposition in 1915, these horticultural displays have stood the test of time.
Sponsored by Lincoln
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Sheepeater Cliff

Around half a million years ago, these magnificent columnar basalt cliffs were formed from cooling lava.
Wendover, Utah

Bonneville Salt Flats / Bonneville Speedway

Come for the speed, leave in love with the desert.
Twin Falls, Idaho

Evel Knievel's Snake River Canyon Jump Site

Where the famed daredevil attempted to launch himself across a canyon in a custom-built rocket.
Twin Falls, Idaho

Shoshone Falls

These falls, sometimes called the "Niagara of the West," still put on a good show at the right time of year.
Corinne, Utah

The Spiral Jetty

An earthwork sculpture built by Robert Smithson in the Great Salt Lake only reemerges during drought.
Corinne, Utah

Transcontinental Railroad Back Country Byway

This now-abandoned part of the original transcontinental railroad route provides a surreal driving and historical experience.
Cotati, California

The Accordion Man

A tribute to one man's legacy of improving the accordion's reputation.
Auburn, California

Foresthill Bridge

The tallest bridge in California was constructed for a project that was eventually cancelled.
Baker, California

Afton Canyon

In one of the hottest parts of the Mojave Desert, shallow bedrock forces the typically dry Mojave River to the surface in this canyon, providing a vital oasis for humans and wildlife.
Hartbeespoort, South Africa

Witwatersrand Basin

It's estimated that half of the world's gold was mined from South Africa's "golden arc."
Zurich, Switzerland

The Schwamendingen X

Unconventional site where the tracks of Zurich tramcars intersect.
Sacramento, California

Tower Bridge

Art Deco stylings conceal the true nature of this bridge.
Pasadena, California

Worldwide Church of God Historical Site

Mid-Century Modern Meets Millionaire’s Row.
Whitehorse, Yukon

The World's Largest Weathervane, a DC-3

This decommissioned DC-3 now forever points into the oncoming wind.
Chinle, Arizona

Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Red sandstone structures dominate this landscape, which has been inhabited for some 5,000 years.
Pasadena, California

The Raymond Theater

From silent movie theater to rock &roll palace and beyond.
Washington, D.C.

Capitol Bollards

The 5.5-mile ring of steel posts around the Capitol Building is one of the largest (and most uniform) of its kind in the world.
Nevada City, California

Firehouse No. 1 Museum

This fully intact Neoclassical-Greek Revival style firehouse operated until 1938.