Cultural
A museum housing a collection of artifacts from space exploration in the United States and other countries. Said to have a U.S. space artifact collection second only to the National Air and Space Museum and the largest collection of Russian space artifacts found outside of Moscow. Also home to the...
A small dusty town on the east side of Owens Lake, which was dried up by the Los Angeles Aqueduct. Keeler is an old town, partially abandoned, at the shore side of the dry lake. Unique largely due to its unusual location, and picturesque decay.
The discovery in 1996 of skeletal remains at this site, on the shores of the Columbia in Kennewick, led to a debate based on varied interpretations of archeological evidence. Native Americans claimed the 9,200 year old bones are theirs and should be reinterred, while archeologists continued to...
Railroad history museum, concentrating on the early days of railroads in the Lake Superior region. Many restored specimens of steam locomotives.
A well-known and innovative sustainable agriculture research and advocacy organization, headquartered in this suburban-looking house, surrounded by trails and research gardens - in the heart of the Heartland, Salina Kansas. The Land Institute researches and promotes agricultural methods which...
A large, simple etching on the earth, made with four shallow cuts from the six foot blade of bulldozer, two one mile long, two a half mile long, forming a square with half mile lines extending from it. Made in 1969 by the artist Walter de Maria, in a remote location north of Las Vegas, the piece...
The transformation of Leavenworth from a functional logging and railroad town into a Bavarian style village took place in the 1960's, and its success in attracting tourists has stimulated the creation of other "theme villages" in the Northwest. The Bavarian architectural style, which was deemed...
The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with over 162 million items on several hundred miles of shelving, in formats that range from papyrus to optical disk, stored at several locations. The Library also has the world's largest and most comprehensive cartographic...
A piece of land art in the plains of western New Mexico consisting of hundreds of stainless steel poles projecting from the ground. The poles, averaging around 20 feet in height, have been known to attract occasional lightning strikes. The piece was built by the artist Walter De Maria in 1977. Rows...
A former prison, owned by the City of Los Angeles, and a frequent prison filming location. Filming in active prisons is generally not permitted for obvious reasons, and as a result, prison sets are built on soundstages, back lots, and inside other locations. A few old prisons in Los Angeles are...
The former Linda Vista Community Hospital in Boyle Heights was built in 1937 as a hospital for Santa Fe Railroad employees, and ceased hospital operations in 1990. Since 1991, the art-deco building has been used exclusively as a hospital filming location. A tiled room in the basement was used in...
A museum and gallery made over 20 years by a retired surveyor named Howard Taylor. Religious themes are explored through the medium of natural stone and rocks collected, arranged, and painted by Taylor.
Llano was an early community of Socialists, established on the north side of the San Gabriel Mountains in 1914. By 1918, however, the decision was made to close the colony and relocate to New Llano, Louisiana, in response to political infighting, loss of water rights, and lack of access to the...
Locks are an integral part of architecture and landscape. At this museum dedicated to the lock industry, eight display rooms feature an extensive lock collection that includes time locks, safe locks, door locks, padlocks, handcuffs and keys.

The abandoned building that once had a general store, a gas station, and soda fountain, and which was once the heart of the now gone community of Lockhart, was finally torn down in 2012, to make way for more solar plants. Lockhart was the center for ranching and agricultural activity that...
The actual London Bridge was purchased by the president of the McCullough Corporation and rebuilt at this location, in artificial Lake Havasu, in the middle of the desert, on the Colorado River. The relocated bridge was originally built spanning dry land, then a channel was dug so that the bridge...
One of six radon health mines in this part of Montana, which apparently are the only active radon health mines in the United States. This is the smallest of the six.
Longaberger is a privately-held, direct-sales marketing company specializing in baskets and traditional home accent accessories. The company's manufacturing and administrative facilities along Highway 16 in Newark and Dresden have been developed as a destination for the consumers of the company's...
Lake Sacajawea Park is a design feature of the town of Longview, the first master-planned city built in the Northwest. Founded in 1923 by the lumber baron R. A. Long, Longview was the first planned city of its size to be designed and built solely with private funds.  Long operated...
For twenty-two years during the Cold War, the federal government operated a secret film studio in the Hollywood Hills, in a complex which has since been converted into a private residence. Called Lookout Mountain Air Force Station, the studio produced films from 1947 to 1969, for all branches of...
The old Unocal building escaped the implosion that it once was destined for, because of its use as a filming location. The 12-story building, which looms above the freeway just north of downtown, was the headquarters for worldwide operations of Unocal for almost 40 years. It was built by the...
Located right next to the Port of Los Angeles, this museum houses what is probably the largest collection of model ships in the world. Among the 700 detailed specimens is a 18-foot Titanic, a Department of Energy research vessel, numerous military vessels, and, though no such ship existed, there is...
The Los Angeles Theatre is one of twelve large and ornate movie palaces along Broadway, in downtown LA, that sit in various states of reuse and disuse. In the 1930's these elaborate baroque theaters hosted the premieres and galas of that era's Hollywood. Today, instead of screening films, many of...
Tourist cave with a "stalacpipe organ", an instrument with padded hammers that strike individual stalactites, generating an unusual and wondrous sound. Discovered in 1878 by some locals.
Madrid is a rebuilt mining town on the Turquoise Trail between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. It was established in 1906, by the Albuquerque and Cerillos Coal Company, supporting as many as 4,000 people working in the coal mines in area. With the rise of natural gas and the decline of local coal markets...
The Mall of America, located next to the airport in suburban Minneapolis, has 350 stores, an amusement park, and a claimed rate of over 40 million visitors annually. With 2,779,000 square feet, it is often cited as the largest shopping mall in the USA, though the largest may actually be the King of...
The longest continuous cave system in the world, with more than 400 miles of mapped passageways. Several different tours of this 50,000-acre National Park are offered. There are said to be over 130 different species of plants and animals living within the cave system, some of which can only be...
The Marsh Billings Rockefeller Historic Site is a complicated place. Located in the town of Woodstock, perhaps Vermont's fanciest town, it is the state's first and only National Park. It consists of a few hundred acres covering Mount Tom, and the farm and houses of an estate donated to the...
The Maryhill Museum, dramatically located on a bluff above the Columbia River in eastern Washington, started out as a farm house for a utopian agrarian community planned by Sam Hill. Hill was a Quaker-raised railroad lawyer who became an influential and unusual force in the development of...
The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) is among the largest museums in the world, with 26 buildings on 16 acres, and galleries the size of football fields. Located in the remote western Massachusetts town of North Adams, the museum has taken over the rambling mill complex previously...