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Monterey, California

Dennis the Menace Playground

This municipal playground was co-created by the father of one of the most playful characters ever.
Monterey, California

Monterey's Old Whaling Station

An old whaling station now serves to give the public a look at the commercial whaling industry, no longer a part of Monterey's economy.
Monterey, California

Sloat Monument

This eagle-topped spire remembers the military commander who snatched up California for the United States.
Monterey, California

Jellyfish Exhibit at Monterey Bay Aquarium

One of the most elaborate displays of Jellyfish is on display at the aquarium.
Monterey, California

Doc Ricketts' Lab

Steinbeck's old stomping grounds, immortalized in Cannery Row.
Salinas, California

The Steinbeck House Restaurant

Eat a tasty meal in the house where John Steinbeck was born.
Lone Pine, California

The Museum of Western Film History

The hundreds of movies and television shows shot in this high desert town are commemorated in a unique museum.
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.
Keeler, California

Cerro Gordo

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

Devils Golf Course Landscape

"Only the devil could play golf here."
Baker, California

Travelers Monument

This large pile of traveler-curated rocks by the dry lakebed is a longstanding tradition on the Old Mojave Road.
Newberry Springs, California

Rock-A-Hoola Waterpark

The "Fun Spot of The Desert" is now a haunting ruin acting as a reminder that putting a water park in a desert is a bad idea.
Los Angeles, California

Mel Brooks Handprint

There are lots of hands and feet stamped in the cement in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater, but Mel left behind something extra.
Los Angeles, California

The Last Bookstore

This iconic L.A. bookshop is housed in an abandoned bank—both symbolic and chic.
Los Angeles, California

LAX Theme Building

This quirky UFO-shaped curiosity is often mistaken for the airport’s control tower.
Pudong Xinqu, China

A.P. Xinyang Market

A labyrinth of clothing, electronics, and other counterfeit items.
Shanghai, China

Oriental Pearl Tower

The once highest point in China blends symbolic design with a kick of adrenaline.
Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Bock Casemates

An expansive complex of subterranean tunnels is all that remains of one of Europe's most formidable medieval fortresses.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mütter Museum

America's most famous museum of medical oddities, and home to the remains of Einstein's brain.
Maui County, Hawaii

Kaho'olawe

This tiny Hawaiian island is slowly being brought back to life after being bombed to hell during naval training exercises.
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii

Hickam Air Base Scars

The air force base preserves its scars from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Honolulu, Hawaii

Iolani Palace

The only royal palace on U.S. soil has been a territorial capitol, a military headquarters, and a prison for a queen.
Kaneohe, Hawaii

Valley of the Temples Memorial Park

An authentic replica of an Asian temple and garden hidden amongst the natural beauty of Hawaii.