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Garden Grove, California

Cao Dai California Temple

The design of this ornately decorated place of worship closely mirrors a church in Vietnam.
Garden Grove, California

Christ Cathedral (Crystal Cathedral)

Megachurch turned Catholic church comprised of 10,000 glass panes.
Laguna Beach, California

'The Greeter'

This wooden statue commemorates a man who spent nearly 40 years waving hello to the people of Laguna Beach.
Payson, Arizona

Camp Verde to Payson Mail Route Memorial

The handsome statue is a tribute to the post riders who traversed 52 miles of tough Arizona terrain.
Payson, Arizona

Abandoned Mineral Belt Railroad Tunnel

A partial tunnel blasted into a steep ridge is all that remains of a failed railway across Arizona.
Pine, Arizona

Tonto Natural Bridge

The largest natural travertine bridge in the world is nestled in a small canyon in central Arizona.
Glendale, Arizona

A Touch of European Cafe

This love letter to Poland serves bracing dill pickle soup and plump pierogis.
Phoenix, Arizona

First Christian Church

This striking church was built from a Frank Lloyd Wright design more than a decade after the master architect's death.
Phoenix, Arizona

Relics of the USS Arizona

Artifacts from a battleship sunk at Pearl Harbor displayed in the Capitol building of its namesake.
Tucson, Arizona

Campbell Bat Bridge

A colony of Mexican free-tailed bats live under the bridge and take flight at sundown all summer long.
Flagstaff, Arizona

Wupatki Spirit Totem

A mysterious spirit totem at the edge of Navajo lands.
San Francisco, California

Chamber of Secrets Door

This residential door allows San Francisco muggles a glimpse at the wizarding world.
San Francisco, California

Birthplace of Isadora Duncan

Home of modern dancer famously strangled by her own scarf.
San Francisco, California

'City of Paris' Stained Glass

The historic building's ornate stained glass fixture has survived the devastating 1906 earthquake, ensuing fires, and multiple redevelopment attempts.
Mount Hamilton, California

Lick Observatory

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

Mark's Hot Dogs

For roadside fast food, pull over at the giant orange.
Milpitas, California

Great Mall of Milpitas

This giant shopping mall still holds signs of its automotive past.
Camp Verde, Arizona

World's Largest Kokopelli

This oversized flute-playing Ancestral Puebloan deity is also a landmark of Southwestern kitsch.
Alberta

Columbia Icefield

A surviving remnant of the thick ice mass that once mantled most of Western Canada's mountains.
Benicia, California

Grave of Concepción Argüello

The final resting place of a woman who never gave up on love.
San Francisco, California

Gjoa Monument

Standing in for the first ship to navigate the Northwest Passage.
San Francisco, California

Golden Gate Park Diorama

A miniature view of the park, caught in time.
San Francisco, California

Beach Chalet WPA Murals

Depicting scenes of everyday life - and specific individuals - in Great Depression era San Francisco.
San Francisco, California

Dutch Windmill

The key to turning shifting dunes into the green oasis of Golden Gate Park.