Cultural
At 612 acres, and over 400,000 occupants, this is the nation's largest cemetery in terms of internments.
Art Farm is a sculptural and architectural curiosity/wonder and artist residence program site deep in the fields of Nebraska. Run by Ed Dadey, who is piling barns on top of one another to make the main building at the site that much bigger and more interesting.
Art Park was an important development site for emerging earth artists of the 1970's. Located on reclaimed land next to the Niagara River, near Lewiston, New York, the 200-acre state park had a well supported artist-in-residence program that began in 1974. The program was initiated a year after...
Located in an old quarry, now the grounds of St. Bernard Abbey, this is a garden of miniature replicas of churches all over the world, executed in great detail, and landscaped into the rock. Largely the work of Brother Joseph Zoetl, who labored at the site almost without interruption from 1932 to...
Museum of local aviation, with some interesting specimens and displays.
An aviation parts yard, with an unusual collection of aircraft hulks and fuselages, used primarily by the movie industry. Pieces from this yard have been trucked all over the country and used in over 300 feature films, including Speed, Hero, Mission Impossible, War of the Worlds, and Con Air....
The Sidewinder Cafe was renamed the Bagdad Cafe after it served as the principal shooting location for the 1987 film Bagdad Cafe.
Albuquerque may be the ballooning capital of the USA, as this large museum and adjacent ballooning park assert. At least part of the reason is Ben Abruzzo, a pioneering balloonist and local businessman, who has broken several ballooning records, such as being on the team that first crossed the...
These remarkable ancient cliff dwellings in Frijoles Canyon, next to Los Alamos National Lab, may accessed only by ladders, are eroding due to time and traffic. The cliff dwellings were occupied by as many as 800 Anasazi, who had departed by 1550. Adolph Bandelier began documenting the site in the...
The old Bank of America building, downtown at 7th and Spring, was the Los Angeles headquarters for the bank from 1930 to 1972. The upstairs offices are now used by the Los Angeles Department of Engineering, while the grand bank lobby, with vaulted ceilings, has been vacant since 1988, and has been...
The Army Corps of Engineers, responsible for most of the dredging and filling projects around the Bay, maintains the Bay Model in one of the original Marinship warehouses. The model is a 1.5 acre functional scale model of the entire San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta system, built...
The Snowflake Museum in Jericho is one of the most remarkable museums in the state. It is located in the back rooms of the Old Mill Craft Shop, past the door for the Jericho Village Office. It features the work of Wilson Bentley (1861-1931) who lived his entire life in Jericho, and became...
Once the second largest electric-powered shovel in the world, now a museum. The 16-story coal scoop, which could be moved at a rate of 1/5 mile per hour on its set of eight tank treads, scooped the overburden off a seam of coal in a mine near Hallowell, Kansas, from 1963 to 1974. Its bucket...
A large experimental complex built in the late 1980s to explore the possibility of living outside of the Earth--"Biosphere 1"--should the Earth become uninhabitable. It is part research facility, part tourist attraction. The primary structure consists of a large, mostly glass faced building,...
The town of Wakarusa, as it appeared in 1965, is reproduced in miniature in this museum. The model town, which consists of over 165 buildings, is made to scale (1 inch to 5 foot), and was constructed by DeVon Rose over a period of 35 years. The museum was located in the basement of his home until...
A three-story, hand made, medieval-style castle under construction since 1969. The castle is being built entirely by one man, Jim Bishop, who calls his structure "a poor man's Disneyland." It is built primarily of native stone gathered from the surrounding San Isabel National Forest, and features...
Point Conception lies south of this locked gate, on private property, where the coastline makes a nearly right angle turn, heading east and transitioning from Northern California to the urban Southland. This remote peninsula just south of Vandenberg Air Force Base is inaccessible to the public (...
A "nuclear waste" site, as it was called by its owner, Ed Grothus, a former worker at Los Alamos Lab, who quit bomb work there for ethical reasons in the 1960s, and became a celebrated and entertaining antinuclear activist. The Black Hole is a dense collection of cast off instruments and appliances...
The region is dominated by a lengthy playa, known as the "largest flat place on earth." It attracts numerous unusual activities, including the annual Burning Man festival, amateur rocket launches, drive-by shooting ranges, and high speed automobile trials. The sound barrier was broken here by a...
Static display at the gate of Air Force Plant 42, featuring an SR-71 Blackbird spy plane, it's more rare A-12 precursor, a D-21 drone, and a U-2 D model. Part of the collection of the Air Force Flight Test (AFFT) Museum at Edwards Air Force Base, the Airpark is located near the Skunkworks plant of...
Famous for once being the world's largest parking lot, as well as the last place James Dean was seen alive before his death in a car accident in 1955. At the intersection of California State Route 46 (Paso Robles) and California State Route 33 (West Side), in the Antelope Valley of Kern...
This is an independently owned movie ranch in southern California, surrounded by hundreds of acres of open space, north of the tract homes of Valencia. Several town sets are here, including a Mexican town, a Middle Eastern urban square, an American 1950s town, an Army camp set, a New England...
A group of three large human and animal forms made by scraping the top layer of desert pavement away, exposing the lighter layer underneath. The largest is an image of a woman, 171 feet long. There is also a snake, and an image of a four legged animal, which is interpreted differently by...
A remote gold-mining ghost town, north of Mono Lake, designated a State Historic Park in 1962. In its heyday, in 1879, it had a population of 10,000 and many of the original buildings remain, preserved in a state of arrested decay. A sprawling ruin in a remarkable landscape that is only partially...
A partially-flooded trailer community with a few hundred homes, on the east shore of the Salton Sea, Bombay Beach is one of the lowest communities below sea level in the U.S. Once a popular water skiing and fishing location in the 1950's and 1960's, Bombay Beach has suffered a decline, due to the...
Numerous land speed records have been achieved at Bonneville, on the vast and flat natural pavement of salt: the 300, 400, 500, and 600 mile per hour land speed barrier were all broken here over the years. The Blue Flame, a rocket-powered four-wheeled vehicle, set the land speed record of 631.4...
Several natural spring-fed pools have been altered to better accommodate scuba divers at this unusual commercial establishment in the desert. Some of the pools have been stocked with tropical fish, and the main pool is covered with a canopy and an enclosed suiting-up poolside area.
A zone along the US/Mexico Border between the Pacific Ocean and Interstate 5, with several remarkable land uses that combine to make one of the most unusual places in the country. Emerging from the Pacific Ocean, the border fence travels through bare, hilly terrain, north of which is a flat estuary...
The town of Boron is unusual as it is located between the world's largest Borax mine, visible to the north, and one of the nation's largest rocket test areas, visible on the hill to the south. The town is a sort of fulcrum, between forces boring downward (the mine), and forces straining upward (the...
Extensive assortment of structures and ornaments made with bottles and other cast-away materials, surrounding a home in suburban Simi Valley. Started in 1955 by Tressa Prisbey, who continued to build it until she was forced out of the property by developers in 1982. She died in a nursing home in...