Cultural
A 90-foot white statue of Mary, Mother of Jesus, located on a 8,510 foot mountain, looming over the vast open pit mines of Butte. The statue, which is lit up at night, was constructed by volunteers using donated materials, and was completed in 1985.
Reproducing New York City's 320 square miles at a scale of 1 inch to 100 feet, the Panorama, which was initially created for the 1964 New York World's Fair, was brought up to date with the addition of hundreds of new scale model buildings in 1994.
The sculpture garden and home of the late folk artist and Baptist preacher Howard Finster.
Paramount Studios operated a movie ranch on this site from 1927 to 1952, filming many of the old westerns on the 2,700 acres owned by the studio and the sets built on the grounds. In 1980, the property was transferred to the National Park Service as part of the Santa Monica Mountains National...
The Park Plaza Hotel, overlooking MacArthur Park near downtown Los Angeles, has been mostly vacant for the past several years, but is used frequently as a film location. It was built in 1925 as an Elks Club, and is an elegant structure with Anthony Heinsbergen murals and vaulted ceilings in...
Robert Smithson conceived and executed this piece while he was staying at Kent State University for a week as a visiting artist in January, 1970. It was too cold for the 'mud pour' work he had expected to perform, so this substitute was hastily developed by Smithson and some of the students....
Peace Arch State Park contains the large white Peace Arch in the traffic island between the lanes of road between the Ports of Entry. The arch was conceived and designed by Sam Hill, a proponent of road and rail development in the Pacific Northwest, and a visionary builder, whose great works...
A museum which provides information on Arctic regions, including Labrador, Baffin Island, Ellesmere Island, and Greenland, as well as the exploration of these places. On the quad at Bowdoin College, an interesting array of architecture in itself.
California's highest-security modern prison opened in 1989, to move the state's worst offenders out of antiquated facilities such as Folsom and San Quentin (which are now medium and minimum security). Pelican Bay, located near the Oregon border, has two areas, the maximum security prison, and the...
A tourist cave where the tour is conducted from a boat, as much of the cave is flooded with water.
A museum with displays on regional coal-mining. It is adjacent to the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour, where visitors may enter 250 feet into the mine.
Founded in 1975, this museum claims to be the largest in the U.S. devoted to the petroleum industry, with numerous exhibits on the history of oil exploration and on contemporary technologies. There are also archives of historical material available to researchers.
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Pioneertown, located in the hills above Morongo Valley, was built as a movie set in the 1950s, and was used for many Gene Autry western TV shows. Though it is rarely used as a location these days, as the golden days of Westerns ended some time ago, Pioneertown is notable, for people began moving...
The small town of Piru was founded over 100 years ago as a Christian agrarian utopia, in the orange groves of the Santa Clara River Valley, down the road from the home of Ramona (the legendary character of a romantic novel that captured the imagination of the public and helped the turn of the...
The rock is to be found under an elaborate protective canopy in Pilgrim Memorial State Park, next to the coast. One of the few caged boulders in the nation.
A natural feature more interesting perhaps for its tourist infrastructure than the feature itself, the Polar Caves is part of a cluster of highlighted natural attractions in the old tourist corridor through New Hampshire's White Mountains.
Port Costa is a little town along the southern shore of Carquinez Strait, a remnant from a century ago, when this was one of the major grain ports of the world. Nearly four miles of wharves once lined the straits here, after the completion of the rail line through to neighboring Martinez made this...
An internment camp in the lower Sonoran desert where over 17,000 people of Japanese ethnicity were imprisoned during World War Two. The facility consisted of three camps located on the grounds of the Colorado River Indian Reservation, making it "an internment camp within an internment camp." The...
The New Vrindaban community was founded in 1968 as part of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) founded by Srila Prabhupada. It is a spiritual center and pilgrimage site for Hare Krishnas and other Hindus and, along with the nearby Palace of Gold, a tourist attraction for...
Pratt Farm was a private park with numerous sculpted forms composed primarily of mounded earth and arranged rocks. Around 20 distinct pieces were constructed on the 17-acre property by James Pierce, an art historian and photographer, who created them during the summers between 1970 and 1982. He...
The pre-plastic junk, or PPJ Museum, located in the mountain mining town of Red Mountain, is a remarkable collection of artifacts scavenged from the desert and beyond. The collection includes a large wooden fishing boat labeled as part of the China Lake Fishing Fleet.
The Puget Sound Navy Museum is one of twelve museums funded and administered by the U.S. Navy. The museum's collection contains more than 18,000 objects housed in historic Building 50, built by the U.S. Navy in 1896 on the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Permanent exhibits include USS John C. Stennis,...
One of over a dozen large gravel pits in the Irwindale area, east of Los Angeles, this one became known as Raider Crater when the professional football team called the Raiders entered into a deal with the city of Irwindale to build a stadium inside the pit (the fact that the pit was located...
Called a "New Age ghost town", Rajneeshpuram is an abandoned north-central Oregon town, vacated when the followers of the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh left, after his 1985 deportation back to India. In about ten years at the location, the 6,000 residents of the town had created almost a million square...
A picturesque ghost town in southern Nevada, in the Bullfrog gold mining district, with a split identity as a contemporary sculpture park. The ghost town has a number of multi-story facades still standing from the heyday of the town, which was around 1910, when the population was near 10,000 (the...
Concrete pads littered with shell casings and blasted debris is nearly all that remains of the World War Two training base at the remote desert town of Rice. The rest of the town has been abandoned, and vandalized into nonexistence by passers-by, mostly weekend warriors on the road between L.A. and...
Richart, aka Dick Tracy, lives in a normal looking house on a busy street corner in Centralia. Surrounding this normal house however, is a dense garden of spires, walls, and alcoves, and other sculptural forms that he has fashioned from wood, styrofoam, metal, and other debris, over the course of...
Jean Dry Lake, south of Las Vegas, has totally absorbed Michael Heizer's "Rift 1", a zig-zag trench dug into the lake surface in 1968, as the first of his Nine Nevada Depressions artwork. This series of pieces was located primarily on dry lakes throughout the state, comprising a 520 mile earthwork.
The Jefferson County Historical Society Farnsworth TV and Pioneer Museum has a collection dedicated to Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of television, on display, since this was his home town. Farnsworth developed the idea of picture tube telvision while in high school.