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Portland, Oregon

Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden

Statues of Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ribsy the dog in the park where their adventures "really happened."
Bishop, California

Erick Schat's Bakkerÿ

A charming desert roadside bakery that produces 10 times more bread daily than it has residents in its town.
San Bernardino County, California

Amboy Crater

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

Ingebretsen's Scandinavian Gifts

Hub of Scandinavian culture in a Minneapolis deli.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Four Churches on One City Block

Sleepy Minneapolis block beats Guinness Record for most churches on one city block.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Geek Partnership Society

A nerdcentric group and creators of the Nerd Prom.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

House of Balls

Funhouse of found art and participatory sculpture.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Prospect Park Water Tower

This iconic water tower and failed bandstand is open for panoramic views once a year.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hahn/Cock

One of two giant blue cockerel statues erected with an intentional double meaning.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Washburn Park Water Tower

Eight "Guardians of Health" protect this art deco water tower from pollutants and bacteria.
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Dragonfly Mosaic

Thousands of people walk over this fantastic work of art every day, but how many notice it?
Los Angeles, California

Korean Bell of Friendship

This symbol of peace is appropriately positioned overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
San Diego, California

Unconditional Surrender

A sculpture of the famous photograph stands on San Diego's "Greatest Generation Walk."
San Diego, California

Spruce Street Suspension Bridge

An inconspicuous footbridge beloved by San Diego locals.
El Cajon, California

Unarius Academy of Science

Educational foundation that teaches the powers of fourth dimensional physical properties.
Lakeside, California

Rancho Cañada de los Coches

The smallest Mexican land grant in California was given, and then taken from, a 19th-century teacher and nurse.
Calipatria, California

Calipatria Flagpole

Erroneously called the world's tallest flagpole, this landmark is devoted to "good neighborliness."
Niland, California

East Jesus

An off-grid art installation that encourages its visitors to imagine a world without waste.
Calipatria, California

Slab City

During winter months, this abandoned navy base becomes an off-grid home and alternative living community for thousands of retirees.
Calipatria, California

Salvation Mountain

A hand-built folk art installation covered with messages of God's love.
Bombay Beach, California

Bombay Beach

Version of the French Riviera destroyed by the sea.
Mecca, California

International Banana Museum

World's largest collection devoted to one fruit.
Mecca, California

Salton Sea

The ghostly remains of an accidental sea.
Borrego Springs, California

Font's Point

A remote desert lookout offers unparalleled views of the California badlands for those who brave the trek.