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  • 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.

  • Vietnamese Boat People Memorial

    Vietnamese Boat People Memorial

    Westminster, California

    Statues surrounded by a fountain shaped like a ship's hull depict a man helping an elder woman, and a mother with a baby. 54 stone blocks feature the names of more than 6,000 dead boat people.

  • Papa Burger - A&W Root Beer Family

    Papa Burger - A&W Root Beer Family

    Oceanside, California

    A fiberglass statue, normally one of a family of four -- but it's just Dad.

  • Replica of the First In-N-Out Burger

    Replica of the First In-N-Out Burger

    Baldwin Park, California

    Exact replica of the 1948 pioneer drive-thru burger shack, with vintage equipment, speaker box, and neon signage.

  • Big Bronze Bruce Lee

    Big Bronze Bruce Lee

    Los Angeles, California

    Tribute to the martial arts star stands over seven feet tall. Unveiled in June 2013, Bruce is posed as if starting an intense nunchuck battle.

  • Isis Oasis Temple and Retreat

    Isis Oasis Temple and Retreat

    Geyserville, California

    Egyptian-themed buildings are part of a legally recognized church in California. Mystical landscape includes two temples.

  • Our Lady of Shoes

    Our Lady of Shoes

    San Diego, California

    A Madonna-like figure seated and holding a lap full of shoes. She's said to maintain a vigil over the graves of the indigent dead in Mt. Hope Cemetery.

  • Tonga Room

    Tonga Room

    San Francisco, California

    Landmark Tiki decor Polynesian restaurant in Fairmont hotel basement. The lagoon was once a swimming pool.

  • Death Site of Mexican Robin Hood

    Death Site of Mexican Robin Hood

    Coalinga, California

    Historical marker at the site where a notorious bandit was killed by state rangers. They pickled his head and took it on a crime-does-not-pay tour.

  • Merced Manor Reservoir: Drinketh Temple

    Merced Manor Reservoir: Drinketh Temple

    Daly City, California

    1936 water pumping facility: classical architecture with monster fish fountains, chiseled municipal wisdom. Tomb of the God of Cool Refreshment.

  • Water Museum - Vista del Lago

    Water Museum - Vista del Lago

    Lebec, California

    Water is gold in California, as this utility-funded educational center makes refreshingly clear. See how H2O is sucked from other regions to quench southern CA's boundless thirst.

  • Cannery Divers Memorial

    Cannery Divers Memorial

    Monterey, California

    2008 monument honors the divers and tenders who installed and maintained the canneries' underwater sardine pipes and pumps. Two divers died.

  • Hygeia: Embalmer's Utopia

    Hygeia: Embalmer's Utopia

    Tiburon, California

    Civil War surgeon and embalmer Dr. Benjamin Lyford married into a family with huge tracts of land, and designed a utopian health community. All that remains is a stone tower.

  • Loved to Death Taxidermy

    Loved to Death Taxidermy

    San Francisco, California

    Storefront exhibit of curiosities, taxidermy, and art for sale. The shop was location for a 2012-13 reality TV show called "Oddities San Francisco."

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  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Bigfoot Discovery Museum

    Bigfoot Discovery Museum

    Felton, California

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Columbia, Challenger, and Criswell in Valhalla

    Columbia, Challenger, and Criswell in Valhalla

    North Hollywood, California

    Valhalla Memorial Park contains the Portal of the Folded Wing, a space shuttle replica, and the earthly 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.

  • Office Shaped Like Bulldozer

    Office Shaped Like Bulldozer

    Turlock, California

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

  • Richard Nixon Museum and Birthplace

    Richard Nixon Museum and Birthplace

    Yorba Linda, California

    Dive into the murky pool of Nixonabilia: see his birth home, helicopter, political ascent, downfall, and a rock shaped like his head.

  • The Coolie - Ken Fox Statue

    The Coolie - Ken Fox Statue

    Auburn, California

    Dentist Ken Fox sculpted this large statue of a Chinese laborer.

  • Big Shoe Repair - Shoe-shaped Building

    Big Shoe Repair - Shoe-shaped Building

    Bakersfield, California

    Building shaped like a shoe where you can still get faulty footwear fixed.

  • Borax Visitor Center

    Borax Visitor Center

    Boron, California

    Museum sits atop mountain of tailings, looks down into pit. Learn about borates, mules, and Ronald Reagan.

  • Liar Peg Leg Smith Monument

    Liar Peg Leg Smith Monument

    Borrego Springs, California

    Memorial to gold prospector and inveterate liar. It's really there, out in the desert. Honest.

  • Alien Invasion Themed Electronics Store

    Alien Invasion Themed Electronics Store

    Burbank, California

    Electronics warehouse store attracts customers with a big flying saucer crashed into its facade, and more spaceships hanging above the merchandise.

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