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Jemez Springs, New Mexico

Jemez Springs Soda Dam

The 7,000-year-old calcium carbonate formation creates a magnificent natural bridge.
Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico

Walatowa Slot Canyon

A beautiful red-faced slot canyon in northern New Mexico.
Santa Clarita, California

Oak of the Golden Dream

According to legend it was a nap taken under this tree that kicked off the California Gold Rush.
San Juan Capistrano, California

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Oldest building in California still in use.
Mecca, California

Dos Palmas and San Andreas Springs

These lush groves of fan palms rise up like oases out of southern California's Colorado Desert.
Calipatria, California

Salton Sea Duck Blinds

The sea once considered an ecological wasteland is now called "crown jewel of avian biodiversity" by scientists.
Yuma, Arizona

Yuma Territorial Prison

Walk through the actual strap iron cells and solitary chambers of Arizona Territory’s first prison.
Mexico City, Mexico

Secretariat of Public Education Murals

Diego Rivera hid various people and symbols in his first large-scale mural project.
Sedona, Arizona

Chapel of the Holy Cross

A spiritual vortex among the red rocks in Sedona.
Skagway, Alaska

Skagway Centennial Statue

A monument commemorating the role of Alaska's native Tlingit guides in the Klondike Gold Rush.
Skagway, Alaska

White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad

A historic freight system that found the true gold rush is in tourism.
Skagway, Alaska

Red Onion Saloon

Originally a brothel during the Klondike Gold Rush, this bar once used dolls to denote when ladies were working.
Skagway, Alaska

Arctic Brotherhood Hall

The facade of this relic from the Klondike gold rush is decorated with over 8,800 pieces of driftwood.
Skagway, Alaska

The Golden North Hotel

A classic gold rush hotel can be expected to pick up some ghosts along the way, and the Golden North is no exception.
Council Bluffs, Iowa

Pottawattamie Squirrel Cage Jail

The world's only three-story rotary jail is now a museum to a bizarre trend in prison design.
Council Bluffs, Iowa

Golden Spike Monument

This massive railroad spike celebrates the 1939 premiere of the movie “Union Pacific.”
Philip, South Dakota

Minuteman Missile Visitor Center

Dedicated to the history of the 1,000 nuclear missiles that once covered the Great Plains.
Philip, South Dakota

Giant Prairie Dog

A six-ton, 12-foot-tall concrete prairie dog is touted as the largest in the world.
Mitchell, South Dakota

The Corn Palace

A fitting attraction for the corn capital of the world.
Beatrice, Nebraska

Homestead National Monument

This was the first homestead registered after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act into law.
Bayard, Nebraska

Chimney Rock

This erect, phallic geological spire wasn't always named so domestically.
Chadron, Nebraska

Nebraska National Forest

America's largest man-made forest was planted in an effort to bring back the past.
Lincoln, Nebraska

Nebraska State Capitol Mosaic Floor

An ornate Art Deco tile mosaic representing Nebraskan life, both modern and prehistoric.
Lincoln, Nebraska

Pioneers Park Pillars

Four ionic columns from the Treasury Department building ended up in a park in Nebraska.