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  • The Eternal Tree House

    The Eternal Tree House

    Scotia, California

    Another fascinating tree attraction along the Redwood Highway, a redwood stump hollowed out to make a room.

  • World's Largest Redwood Tree Service Station

    World's Largest Redwood Tree Service Station

    Ukiah, California

    Constructed from a redwood tree trunk moved to Ukiah from a grove in 1936. Gas no longer served, but the old pumps are still in place.

  • Fort Humboldt - Lonely Ulysses S. Grant Army Post

    Fort Humboldt - Lonely Ulysses S. Grant Army Post

    Eureka, California

    Young Grant is said to have cultivated his signature taste for whiskey at this foggy hilltop 19th century military installation.

  • Legend of Bigfoot

    Legend of Bigfoot

    Garberville, California

    This is a Bigfoot-themed gift shop with a large wood statue of Bigfoot out front, among other characters from folklore and cartoons.

  • Chapman's Gem and Mineral Museum

    Chapman's Gem and Mineral Museum

    Fortuna, California

    Exotic rocks and minerals collected by one family is exhibited as a free museum.

  • Douglas Memorial Bridge Memorial

    Douglas Memorial Bridge Memorial

    Klamath, California

    A 1926 arch bridge on old Hwy 101 was demolished by the great Christmas flood of 1964. The west remnant of the bridge, with its pair of bear statues, was preserved as a monument.

  • Home of the Bigfoot Burger

    Home of the Bigfoot Burger

    Willow Creek, California

    In Bigfoot sighting country, a cafe offers its popular Bigfoot cheeseburger served on a foot-shaped roll.

  • Unloved Statue of President McKinley

    Unloved Statue of President McKinley

    Arcata, California

    McKinley was a national hero when this statue of him went up in Arcata in 1906. Now people put pumpkins and traffic cones on his head.

  • Accordion Master of Cotati

    Accordion Master of Cotati

    Cotati, California

    Bronze statue of accordion player Jim Boggio, who died in 1996. Boggio was a Sonoma Swampdog and co-created the annual Accordion Festival.

  • Steinbeck's Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum

    Steinbeck's Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum

    Monterey, California

    The history of Monterey unfolds in wax: prostitutes, Indians, a bull and a bear in a bloody death struggle, and John Steinbeck.

  • English Pub With Double Decker Bus, Giant Pumpkin

    English Pub With Double Decker Bus, Giant Pumpkin

    Half Moon Bay, California

    The sun never sets on British-style pubs. Photos ops include a London taxi and double-decker bus for smokers.

  • 26-Foot-Tall Coyote

    26-Foot-Tall Coyote

    Healdsburg, California

    Sculpted out of steel in 2013 for Burning Man. Now a quirky photo op at a winery.

Sights for Oddball Excursions

  • Queen Califia's Magical Circle Garden

    Queen Califia's Magical Circle Garden

    Escondido, California

    Colorful fantasy sculpture world of tiles and serpents. Massive work by sculptor and painter Niki de Saint Phalle.

  • Official Center of the World

    Official Center of the World

    Felicity, California

    Mayor Istel built his town smack over the Center of the World, now site of a pyramid, church and world history in granite.

  • In the Box Tour: Battles in Fake Iraq

    In the Box Tour: Battles in Fake Iraq

    Fort Irwin, California

    Fake Iraq and Afghan villages built for Army training employ actor-citizens and insurgents. Special attack tours.

  • Trees Of Mystery

    Trees Of Mystery

    Klamath, California

    Giant statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox guard the entrance of Trees of Mystery, where corkscrew trees and other arboreal mutants stand for your viewing pleasure.

  • Salvation Mountain

    Salvation Mountain

    Niland, California

    The late outsider artist Leonard Knight painted huge, divinely inspired visions on a desert dirt ridge he called Salvation Mountain.

  • Ken Fox's Great Statues of Auburn

    Ken Fox's Great Statues of Auburn

    Auburn, California

    Concrete colossi built by Auburn dentist-sculptor Ken Fox.

  • Cabazon Dinosaurs

    Cabazon Dinosaurs

    Cabazon, California

    Built by the late Claude Bell, who ran the Wheel Inn on I-10; currently owned by folks who don't buy the Theory of Evolution.

  • Bailey Art Museum - Robots of Clayton Bailey

    Bailey Art Museum - Robots of Clayton Bailey

    Crockett, California

    Cybernetic sculpture gallery and cabinet of curiosities for artists Clayton and Betty Bailey.

  • Museum of Jurassic Technology

    Museum of Jurassic Technology

    Culver City, California

    A collection both cryptic and illuminating, dedicated to raising public appreciation of the Lower Jurassic.

  • Unarius Academy of Science

    Unarius Academy of Science

    El Cajon, California

    Headquarters of the Unarians, firm believers that 33 city-ships of the galactic Federation would arrive on Earth in 2001 (they didn't).

  • Playland Not-At-The-Beach

    Playland Not-At-The-Beach

    El Cerrito, California

    San Franciscans go ape pining for their lost amusements; this museum is a packed shrine to the leisure past at Playland-at-the-Beach.

  • Bigfoot Discovery Museum

    Bigfoot Discovery Museum

    Felton, California

    The hairy biped, spotted between surfing beaches and Silicon Valley.

  • Pee Wee Golf

    Pee Wee Golf

    Guerneville, California

    The 36-hole course opened in 1948 may be the birthplace of Odd Golf Sculpture. Restored in 2010.

  • Big Mike the Muffler Man

    Big Mike the Muffler Man

    Hayward, California

    1960s vintage fiberglass Paul Bunyan statue spent career standing in front of Hayward businesses before finding a home at a local plastics fabrication business.

  • Museum of Death

    Museum of Death

    Hollywood, California

    Grisly romp through funeral customs, celebrity murders, freak animals, and art of the condemned.

  • Big Doughnut, the Donut Hole

    Big Doughnut, the Donut Hole

    La Puente, California

    A doughnut shop sandwiched between two giant doughnuts is the very definition of the drive-thru attraction.

  • Velveteria: Museum of Velvet Paintings

    Velveteria: Museum of Velvet Paintings

    Los Angeles, California

    Caren and Carl share their unmatched collection of naked ladies, unicorns, African-Americans in love. Black light room!

  • Urban Light - 202 Lit Lampposts

    Urban Light - 202 Lit Lampposts

    Los Angeles, California

    Artist Chris Burden created this night-lit installation of 202 old cast-iron lampposts from the 1920s and '30s.

  • Columbia, Challenger, and Criswell in Valhalla

    Columbia, Challenger, and Criswell in Valhalla

    North Hollywood, California

    Portal of the Folded Wing, space shuttle memorial, and remains of the Amazing Criswell.

  • Magic Bus

    Magic Bus

    San Francisco, California

    Trippy tour of the Summer of Love using an old bus and 21st century tech.

  • Olympic Black Power Statue

    Olympic Black Power Statue

    San Jose, California

    Picture 1968, Mexico City Olympics, The Star Spangled Banner. Black Power salute in silent protest. The two athletes are honored with a big statue.

  • Santa Cruz Mystery Spot

    Santa Cruz Mystery Spot

    Santa Cruz, California

    Gravity misbehaves, but tour guides help visitors navigate the cockeyed hill.

  • Ronald Reagan Museum and Library

    Ronald Reagan Museum and Library

    Simi Valley, California

    In the 1980s, it was confusing to see your President in old movies co-starring with a chimp. Walk through Air Force One, crawl through a replica Berlin Wall, pay respects at the grave.

  • Office Shaped Like Bulldozer

    Office Shaped Like Bulldozer

    Turlock, California

    People rent and sell bulldozers inside this building shaped like a bulldozer.

  • Old Trapper's Lodge Statues

    Old Trapper's Lodge Statues

    Woodland Hills, California

    Mysterious folk art environment, statues built by John Ehn, "The Old Trapper."

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