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Butte, Montana

Silver Bow Twin Drive-In

A classic theatre located along a desolate Montana road.
Barstow, California

Rainbow Basin

Colorful sedimentary rock layers provide opportunities both for hiking and photography.
Garden Grove, California

Cao Dai California Temple

The design of this ornately decorated place of worship closely mirrors a church in Vietnam.
Monacnappa, Ireland

Blarney Castle Horse Graveyard

Horse cemetery on the grounds of Blarney Castle.
Salt Lake City, Utah

'Out of the Blue'

This mural changes every few years.
Irvine, California

The Original Taco Bell Building

Someone really, really wanted to save this fast-food icon from demolition.
Salt Lake City, Utah

Ensign Peak

In 1847, Brigham Young climbed this hill to survey the Salt Lake Valley and saw a fine place to build a city.
Carson City, Nevada

Nevada State Museum

The museum is housed inside the historic 1863 Carson City Mint.
San Diego, California

Panama-California Sculpture Court

A hidden courtyard houses early 20th-century plaster masterpieces.
Twin Falls, Idaho

Twin Falls Waterfall

One of the "twins" in these falls on the Snake River was sacrificed for hydropower generation in the 1930s.
Twin Falls, Idaho

I. B. Perrine Bridge

The only bridge in the United States where BASE jumping is legal without a permit year-round.
Anaheim, California

Walt Disney’s Lamp

Allegedly haunted by Walt Disney himself, this inconspicuous lamp is always kept lit in his honor.
Kemmerer, Wyoming

JCPenney Mother Store

One of America's largest retail chains got its start in one of its most remote rural destinations.
Astoria, Oregon

Flavel House Museum

You might recognize this historic Oregon mansion from its appearance in 'The Goonies.'
Virginia City, Nevada

The Washoe Club Haunted Museum & Saloon

What once housed a private club catering to Comstock Lode elite is now considered one of the West’s most haunted spaces.
Sponsored by Travel Nevada
Lamar, Colorado

Petrified Wood Building

Once named the “world’s oldest gas station” due to its unusual construction material.
Manitou Springs, Colorado

Manitou Cliff Dwellings

These faux-cliff dwellings allow visitors to climb around on a replica archaeological site.
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Garden of the Gods

Strange red rock formations that have been attributed to a higher power for hundreds of years.
Salt Lake City, Utah

Site of the World's First KFC

In 1952, this restaurant began selling the Colonel's “secret” recipe.
Palm Springs, California

Volkswagen Spider Sculpture

This giant spider sculpture made from the iconic car is one giant visual pun.
Palm Springs, California

Lee R. Baxandall Bridge

The so-called "Bridge of Thighs" in Palm Springs allows nudists to discreetly cross the road.
Palm Springs, California

Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium

Explore the wide world of desert plants at this unique Palm Springs botanical garden.
Palm Desert, California

Smiler's Point

This simple highway curve has become a comedic pilgrimage site.
Thousand Palms, California

Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve

Hike amid the palm trees that thrive among Southern California's Indio Hills.