One of the most-photographed places in Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay, located on the south west end, is part of a 593-acre state park. The lookouts are the most popular to take photos, but visitors can hike down the trails to Vikingsholm, a replica of an 11th-century Viking castle built in 1928. Visitors can also boat out to Fannette Island, the only island in Lake Tahoe, and explore, or hang on the beach in the bay.
The first thing people usually think of when you mention architecture in Venice, Calif., is the Chiat-Day Building, aka the “Binocular Building,” built by Frank O. Gehry and Associates and artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen for the giant advertising firm. It’s now the L.A.-area home of Google.
This town in central Alaska advertises its ZIP code (99705) as "Santa's ZIP Code." And why not? After all, it's got the right name -- even if the reason for it is more about economics than holiday spirit. When a development company bought the area in 1952, it decided to call it North Pole in the hopes of attracting a toy manufacturer or theme-park developer to the area. While that didn't pan out the way the developers had hoped, the town does lay claim to the Santa Claus House, the "official" home of the jolly gift-giver. A 42-foot tall, 900-pound Santa statue welcomes visitors to the sprawling store, which, predictably, specializes in Christmas-related merchandise and collectibles.