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Coalinga, California

Iron Zoo

A dwindling menagerie of anthropomorphic oil derrick animals still dot the barren California landscape.
McKittrick, California

Penny Bar

Hidden in the back of a disused small town hotel is a dive bar shellacked with over a million pennies.
Berkeley, California

Fairy Post Office

Travelers exchange letters with woodland creatures at this mini post office.
San Francisco, California

Labyrinth at Land’s End

A winding path built in secret on the edge of the continent.
Menlo Park, California

Google Garage

In 1998, Larry Page and Sergey Brin briefly ran their fledgling company from this Silicon Valley garage.
Anaheim, California

Walt Disney’s Lamp

Allegedly haunted by Walt Disney himself, this inconspicuous lamp is always kept lit in his honor.
Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, California

Point Bonita Lighthouse

This lighthouse has been guiding shipping into the Golden Gate since before the American Civil War.
Pebble Beach, California

Lone Cypress

This lonesome Monterey cypress has survived centuries of wind, salt, and at least one attempt at arson.
Knights Ferry, California

Knights Ferry Covered Bridge

The longest covered bridge west of the Mississippi River.
Monterey, California

Into The Deep/En lo Profundo Exhibit at Monterey Bay Aquarium

Enormous crabs, bioluminescent jellies, and other amazing creatures from the ocean’s depths—some of which are in an aquarium for the first time ever.
San Luis Obispo, California

'The Iron Road Pioneers'

A simple statue outside a California Amtrak station honors the overlooked contributions of the "silent spikes."
San Francisco, California

Fort Point

Beneath the southern end of the Golden Gate Bridge is the “Gibraltar of the West Coast,” a fort built to protect the San Francisco Bay from naval attack.
Baywood-Los Osos, California

El Moro Elfin Forest Natural Area

Home to a forest of whimsical pygmy Coast live oak.
Milpitas, California

Great Mall of Milpitas

This giant shopping mall still holds signs of its automotive past.
Sacramento, California

Tower Bridge

Art Deco stylings conceal the true nature of this bridge.
Hume, California

General Grant

The second-largest giant sequoia in the world.
Lee Vining, California

Black Point Fissures by Mono Lake

Deep vertical fissures like miniature slot canyons cut across the cemented volcanic rock of Black Point above Mono Lake.
Los Angeles, California

Griffith J. Griffith Statue

Although he donated over 3,000 acres to Los Angles, Griffith's life was marred by controversy.
Vallejo, California

The Alibi Clock

The timepiece that exonerated a labor radical accused of a parade bombing that killed ten people.
Vallejo, California

Mare Island Naval Cemetery

The oldest Naval cemetery on the West Coast.
Big Trees, California

The Discovery Tree

California's longest-running tourist attraction is a stump.
Berkeley, California

Cesar Chavez Park

A 90-acre park on former landfill that hosts an annual kite festival.
San Francisco, California

Golden Gate Park Nursery

San Francisco’s condensed garden of incredible plant growth.
San Francisco, California

Pier 22½ & the SFFD Fire Boats

Prone to disastrous fires, the city of San Francisco has the Guardian, a fireboat gifted by residents, to watch over them from the bay.