Old Town: Alexandria VA Great place to walk around shop and eat. Beautiful at night but a lot of shops are closed. Visit the Torpedo Factory for local art exhibits, and walk around down by the water and watch people doing magic, drawing and dancing for your pleasure. Be sure to tip. :)
Calico Ghost Town near Barstow is a California State Historical Landmark and the official "state silver strike ghost town". The largest silver strike was made here in the 1880s, but by 1890, following the devaluation of silver, the town and it's 500 mines were deserted. Walter Knott of Knotts Berry Farm restored the town in the 1950s.