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Arcadia, California

Denny's Windmill

A relic from a forgotten bakery chain still spins atop a diner.
Los Angeles, California

Highland Park Bowl

L.A.'s oldest operating bowling alley is a beautifully restored homage to its speakeasy days.
Inglewood, California

Randy's Donuts

A giant donut stands as a popular symbol of Los Angeles iconography.
South El Monte, California

American Military Museum

A military vehicle collection, showcasing how war transportation advanced from horse drawn artillery to self propelled cannons.
Pasadena, California

The Pasadena Star-News Building

A newspaper building that made radio history.
Pasadena, California

Pasadena City Hall

One of Hollywood’s favorite government buildings.
San Marino, California

Carnivorous Plants at the Huntington Gardens

Bug-devouring flora are the stars of a special wing of the glass conservatory.
Pasadena, California

Rose Bowl

Sports history, made in the Arroyo Seco.
Kula, Hawaii

'Ohe'o Gulch Pools (Seven Sacred Pools)

A series of waterfalls and pools that flow through the 'Ohe'o Gulch and into the ocean.
Dallas, Texas

The Texas Woofus

A mythical chimera first sculpted in 1936 as a mix of the main animals of Texas livestock.
San Jose, California

Quetzalcóatl Sculpture

It is locally loved and ridiculed for literally looking like poop.
Los Angeles, California

The Bonaventure Hotel

The space-age building is home to one of the few remaining rotating restaurants in America, and the only one that inspired a 1980s sitcom.
Los Angeles, California

Space Shuttle Endeavour

The final resting place of a space program monolith.
Los Angeles, California

Velaslavasay Panorama

Panorama exhibition hall in old silent theater with a beautiful backyard garden.
Los Angeles, California

Tiki-Ti

Established in the '60s, a family-owned tropical drink bar founded by Ray Buhen, bartender to the stars.
Los Angeles, California

Fern Dell Nature Museum

A common entry point to the Griffith Observatory trail holds its own wonders.
Los Angeles, California

Crossroads of the World

A few iconic structures are all that remain of America’s first outdoor shopping mall.
Los Angeles, California

Hieroglyph Murals at the Egyptian Theatre

The decor of this Hollywood movie palace just barely predated the opening of King Tut's tomb.
Los Angeles, California

Capitol Records Building Morse Code

The blinking light atop the iconic landmark has been sending secret messages for decades.
Beverly Hills, California

Union 76 Gas Station

The dramatic upward-curving roof is one of the most iconic examples of Googie architecture that still stands today.
Beverly Hills, California

24-Hour-Sprinkles

Ingenious bakery opens up the first Cupcake ATM at their flagship location in Beverly Hills.
Los Angeles, California

Marilyn Monroe's Grave

Her final resting place was intended to be modest and private, but the power of her popularity continues to draw visitors.
Culver City, California

The Bhagavad-gita Museum

Dioramas and animatronics lead you through the story of Bhagavad-gita, the Indian literary classic.
Los Angeles, California

Museum of Tolerance

A multimedia experience that chronicles the atrocities of racism.