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Pasadena, California

The Castle Green

Where the rich wintered in Pasadena.
Pasadena, California

Vroman's Bookstore

Colorado Boulevard’s historic bookstore, operating since the bustling city of Pasadena was merely some orange groves and a few ostrich farms.
Pasadena, California

Pasadena City Hall

One of Hollywood’s favorite government buildings.
Inyo County, California

Ubehebe Crater

A massive hydrovolcanic explosion left a half-mile wide crater in Death Valley.
Furnace Creek, California

Harmony Borax Works

This crumbling Death Valley mining complex was known for its use of giant, 20-mule team wagons.
La Cañada Flintridge, California

Descanso Gardens

Hiding amid the largest camellia collection in the country lies a charming children's maze, donated by a secret admirer.
Los Angeles, California

LAX Theme Building

This quirky UFO-shaped curiosity is often mistaken for the airport’s control tower.
Carson, California

International Printing Museum

One of the best collections of antique printing machinery in the world.
Pasadena, California

The Gamble House

A stellar example of Art & Crafts architecture, and a movie set to boot.
Mount Hamilton, California

Lick Observatory

The world's first permanently occupied mountain-top observatory continues to report on the stars.
Pasadena, California

Luggage Room

Former 1954 Del Mar Train Station now serves signature cocktails and delightful culinary treats, and still operates as a Metro stop.
Desert Hot Springs, California

Cabot's Pueblo Museum

The Hopi-style structure was built by the man who discovered Desert Hot Springs' famous mineral water.
Inyo, California

Scotty's Castle

Abandoned Jazz Age Dream Home and Con Man's Hide-Out in Death Valley Desert.
Sierra Madre, California

Sierra Madre Wistaria Vine

Gorgeous purple flowers drape from the world's largest blossoming plant.
Joshua Tree, California

Krblin Jihn Kabin

While exploring the desert, you can stop by the home of a fictional heretic.
Borrego Springs, California

Galleta Meadows Estate

Metal Jurassic Park on the side of a California highway.
Yosemite National Park, California

The Ahwahnee Hotel

The interior of The Shining's Overlook Hotel was based on this Yosemite original.
Death Valley, California

Wildrose Charcoal Kilns

Ten 25-foot high beehive-shaped kilns abandoned in Death Valley.
Pasadena, California

Fork in the Road

A bigger-than-life pun that has become a beacon of altruism.
San Simeon, California

Hearst Castle

The unbelievably opulent home built for an infamous newspaperman.
Culver City, California

The Museum of Jurassic Technology

A modern day curiosity cabinet.
Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Wayfarers Chapel

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

Angels Flight

Historic funicular railway, believed to be the shortest railroad in the world.
Lancaster, California

Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve

Each year these high desert hills are absolutely covered with poppy flowers in a surreal show of nature.