Cultural
A local historical museum with artifacts and photographs depicting Tonopah and other largely depleted mining towns in central and southern Nevada. Notable especially because of the interesting region it serves, which includes the mining regions, abandoned towns, Tonopah Airfield, Nellis Range, etc.
A massive boulder looming above the town of Pineville, which appears to be held in place by a large chain. In fact, the chain is ornamental, designed to attract attention and tourists.
American Electric Power, the nation's largest electrical utility, has bought the 200 or so lots that make up the small Ohio River town of Cheshire for $20 million, and is expected to tear down the buildings after they are vacated. The company, seeking more of a buffer zone around its James Gavin...
The town of Marfa, Texas, has been transformed by the presence of the New York artist Donald Judd, who established the Chinati Foundation there, along with his residence and studio complexes. Judd, who died in 1994, was an internationally-known minimalist artist, whose work turned more...
The small Central Valley town of Chowchilla is home to two state prisons: Central California Women's Facility (CCWF), the largest female-only correctional facility in the U.S., housing over 3,100 inmates as of 2015 (design capacity 2,004); and the neighboring Valley State Prison (VSP), an all male...
Probably the most remote prison in California, the Chuckwalla State prison houses around 2,273 (2015) inmates, with a designed capacity of only 1,738. These are mostly low and medium security inmates.
An office building complex in suburban Virginia is the home of the CIA, one of the major intelligence organizations in the world, and a centralized hub for the (nearly) full spectrum of intelligence assets operated by the United States and cooperating governments, corporations, and organizations....
A collection of thirty or so living trees which have been grafted, trained, and formed into unusual shapes, including grids, loops, and zig-zags, the work of a farmer named Alex Erlandson, who shaped over 80 trees from 1940 to 1963, resurrecting the medieval art of pleaching, or tree braiding....
Natural rocks, some of which are said to look like familiar things, such as "toilet rock."
New York State's largest prison. Called "Little Siberia" due to its remote northern location, near the Canadian border. Opened in the late 1800's, this maximum security facility has housed some of the nation's most notorious mobsters, ax murderers, gangster rappers, and kidnappers.

Club Ed is one of several motel/gas station/diner film sets in the area. It was built from scratch for a Dennis Hopper film (Eye of the Storm) in 1990. Instead of striking the set after filming was completed, the set was bought and has been used as a desert location and production services center...
This museum houses more than 50,000 rare old photographs, papers and artifacts relating to Colorado railroads. Outside, displayed on 15 acres, is a collection of over 100 narrow and standard gauge locomotives.
  A remote ranch in Garden Valley, Nevada is where the artist Michael Heizer has been building his City complex since 1972. The mile and a half long artwork is now within the Basin and Range National Monument, a 704,000 acre wilderness area, established by President Obama in 2015. Eventually the...
A castle-like house and sculpture garden assembled by its owner, Edward Leedskalnin, over roughly a thirty year period beginning in the 1920s. Mr. Leedskalnin quarried the limestone from his property for the construction of his house, which was partially a shrine to a lost love.
One of the toughest and highest security California State prisons, with Level I, III, and IV facilities, as well as both secure and protective housing units. Built in 1988, the Central Valley-located facility is home (as of 2015) to 4,341 inmates (design capacity of 3,116), mostly from the Los...
A building covered in corn: each year, the building's exterior is stripped off and a new one is applied, using thousands of bushels of corn, grain, and grasses. A tourist attraction and agricultural showpiece, the Corn Palace is used to host community events, shows, and sports events.
The complex of two paper mills and related offices around Dalton, Massachusetts, which comprise Crane & Company, constitute the sole source of paper for U.S. currency. Crane has been making durable paper out of cotton fiber at this location for almost 200 years, and has been the only supplier...
The children of Korczak Ziolkowski, a Polish-American sculptor who launched the project in 1948, are determined to complete their father's vision of sculpting a mountain into the image of Crazy Horse. A nine-stories-tall carved head of Crazy Horse stares out of the peak of Thunder Mountain. Nine...
A transportation museum which features miniature models of cars, trains, trucks, ships and planes, as well as a display of over 40 antique outboard motors. Now closed to the public.
The ET Fresh Jerky stand at the otherwise empty crossroads at Crystal Springs continues the legacy of Alien Jerky, which started here before moving to Baker, California. Before that this was the location of the “CIA Bar”, a watering hole that operated in the 1980s, allegedly used by intelligence...
The nation's largest publicly held collection of postcards and related materials, boasting around 2.5 million postcards alone. The Postcard Archives represent all fifty states, all the provinces of Canada, and about 115 other countries. It is computer-indexed by location, date and subject. In 2016...
Authorities prepare for the disasters of tomorrow at this 160 acre site in the hills north of Los Angeles. Del Valle is a training center used by several emergency response organizations, operated by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. On site are training props for search and rescue, hazardous...
Opened in Spring 1997, the headquarters of DeLorme Mapping Company features Eartha, the world's largest rotating globe. Eartha is over 41 feet in diameter and housed in a three-story glass atrium. It represents the Earth as it is seen from space. Every continent is detailed, with colors...
Hundreds of tall date palm trees form unusual patterns, at the remote interstate town of Desert Center. The project was begun in the early 1990's by the then owner of the town, Stanley Ragsdale (son of Stephen A.Ragsdale, the founder of the town), who trucked the trees from a date farm near Indio,...
A 40-acre sandy "desert," within the pine forests of Maine, which has been exploited as a tourist attraction. The sandy patch appeared as a result of the topsoil being eroded away from land clearing, overgrazing, and other bad farming practices that took place there throughout the 1800's,...
A rock tower that overlooks southern Anza Borrego Desert and Interstate 8 near the California / Mexico border, built in the 1920's by a man named Burt Vaughn, to commemorate pioneers crossing the desert to get to San Diego. Nearby are some unusual rock carvings of skulls and animals, done by W.T....
Destruction Island is a soggy, mist-enshrouded outpost three miles off the coast of the Olympic Peninsula. In 1968, when the Coast Guard declared its intention to close the 19th century lighthouse and support buildings, romantic public sentiment prevailed, and instead the light was automated. The...
Devils Tower is a dramatic igneous intrusion, or volcanic plug, located at the northeast corner of Wyoming. It was the first official National Monument in the USA, declared to be such by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906. Devils Tower is a cultural monument with tremendous significance to local...
Protruding from the trees on a hillside above the eastern shore of the Hudson River, visible from public roads, is a nearly 100 year old 45,000 square foot moorish castle that has never been finished, nor really been lived in (except by a caretaker). Evans Dick, a wealthy financier, started...
A dinosaur park consisting of 11 large fiberglass dinosaurs constructed by a single individual, Donald Bean, a retired carpenter. Opened in 1981, the park was originally located behind his house in the small community of Moscow. After his death, the dinosaurs were moved to their new home in...