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13 West Coast Landmarks Everyone Should See At Least Once

There's so much to explore! Take a #76Longcut this summer and discover all sorts of things you had no idea you needed to see.

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1. The Carousel at Pier 39:

San Francisco's beautifully decorated carousel isn't only bright and fun to ride, but it's also adorned with city landmarks. When you hop on, look for illustrations of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, and more!
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San Francisco's beautifully decorated carousel isn't only bright and fun to ride, but it's also adorned with city landmarks. When you hop on, look for illustrations of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, and more!

2. Old Trapper's Lodge:

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tkksummers / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / Flickr: tkksummers

Behind Pierce College in Los Angeles sits a lot full of statues illustrating scenes from the olden days of the Wild, Wild West. The figurines were originally created and displayed in Burbank, but were moved in 1985 after property owner John Ehn sold his land.

3. Hollywood Forever Cemetery:

Feeling a little macabre? Pull over and visit the final resting places of Hollywood's biggest stars at the most famous cemetery in L.A. Check out their event calendar to see if any cool bands or movies are playing the day you're there.
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Feeling a little macabre? Pull over and visit the final resting places of Hollywood's biggest stars at the most famous cemetery in L.A. Check out their event calendar to see if any cool bands or movies are playing the day you're there.

4. Full Houses at Alamo Square:

This is a required destination if you're in San Francisco. Visit the beautiful "Painted Ladies" and lay out in the park. Maybe you'll even catch a tan(ner).
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This is a required destination if you're in San Francisco. Visit the beautiful "Painted Ladies" and lay out in the park. Maybe you'll even catch a tan(ner).

5. The "Big Catch" Statue:

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Avi / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / Flickr: skrewtape

In a little town called Des Moines, Washington, stands the "Big Catch." The questionable bronze bust, created by Richard Beyer, tells the story of an exquisite woman who was turned into a fish but returned to her former state after a kiss from a fisherman.

6. Bummer & Lazarus' Plaque:

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Pack your pooch and visit the monument on Montgomery Street in San Francisco. It tells the tail and honors the inseparable four-legged friends that roamed around the streets for years.

7. The Oregon Vortex House:

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Over in Gold Hill, Oregon, lies a house that defies logic. There's a lot of hard-to-explain science behind the 111-year-old structure's phenomenon, so you'll just have to check it out for yourself.

8. A Very, Very Large Windmill:

The Golden Gate Park Dutch Windmill is actually the largest (of its type) in the world. Built in 1902 as a way to irrigate local farms, it once pumped 1.5 million gallons of water throughout the day.
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The Golden Gate Park Dutch Windmill is actually the largest (of its type) in the world. Built in 1902 as a way to irrigate local farms, it once pumped 1.5 million gallons of water throughout the day.

9. The Chandelier Tree in Redwood Forest:

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Every road adventure should involve driving through a tree, right? Well, you can do just that in Leggett, California. The Chandelier Tree is about 200 miles north of the Bay Area and ready to be seen.

10. Or a Different Kind of Chandelier Tree in Silver Lake:

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This electric tree is sure to light up anyone's evening. This awesome, public piece of art, is the perfect place to visit at dusk. Need more time with it? You can even rent the house that it's attached to for the night!

11. The Elliott Smith Figure 8 Wall:

Also in Silver Lake, this famous mural was depicted on the famous musician's last album before his unfortunate death in 2003. Pay tribute and play some of his songs while you drive by.
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Also in Silver Lake, this famous mural was depicted on the famous musician's last album before his unfortunate death in 2003. Pay tribute and play some of his songs while you drive by.

12. Go Goonies:

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Take a trip up the coast to see Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach and the house that goons built in Astoria, Oregon. Don't forget to do the Truffle Shuffle while you're there!

13. And lastly, "Salvation Mountain":

All you need is love and the colorful artwork that can be found at "Salvation Mountain" near Palm Springs. Think of all the 'grammin' you can do while you inspect Leonard Knight's masterpiece.
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All you need is love and the colorful artwork that can be found at "Salvation Mountain" near Palm Springs. Think of all the 'grammin' you can do while you inspect Leonard Knight's masterpiece.

Remember — take a #76Longcut. 76®. We’re on the Driver’s Side.