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  • Bravo Land

    Bravo Land

    Kettleman City, California

    A pee break turns into a trip to a Wild West town for kids, fake grass nirvana for dogs, and a Tree Log of Revised History.

  • Clown Circus Liquor Neon Sign

    Clown Circus Liquor Neon Sign

    North Hollywood, California

    Signage's second most evil clown. Glows at night, but delightfully hideous in daylight as well. Achieved extra celebrity as a scene of teen despair in the 1995 movie "Clueless."

  • 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.

  • Miracle Mineral Water of Carlsbad

    Miracle Mineral Water of Carlsbad

    Carlsbad, California

    Famous mineral water, a "Therapeutic Eden in a Glass," comes from directly below this spa and statue.

  • Bobby Riggs Tennis Museum

    Bobby Riggs Tennis Museum

    Encinitas, California

    Everyone's favorite sexist pig, tennis player Bobby Riggs, preserved his championship and "Battle of the Sexes" memorabilia in a clubhouse exhibit.

  • Coyote's Flying Saucer Retrievals and Repairs

    Coyote's Flying Saucer Retrievals and Repairs

    Ocotillo, California

    A guy named "Coyote" parks his UFO repair trucks and spare saucers outside the entrance to Desert View Tower.

  • The Great Mouse Invasion - West Kern Oil Museum

    The Great Mouse Invasion - West Kern Oil Museum

    Taft, California

    History of Taft and a region once dotted with 7,000 wooden derricks. Outdoor derrick, equipment...site of the largest rodent infestation in US.

  • Alibaba Motel

    Alibaba Motel

    Costa Mesa, California

    Slumber in faux-foreign splendor and dream of the jewels of Araby.

  • Crockett History: Sugar, Sturgeon, Switchboard

    Crockett History: Sugar, Sturgeon, Switchboard

    Crockett, California

    Attic heirlooms in the local museum: C&H Sugar company town, miniature cathedral, giant wasp nest, and a record fish catch.

  • 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.

  • Alpine Village

    Alpine Village

    Torrance, California

    "The Little City from the Alps" is home to German-themed stores and restaurants. Oktoberfest celebrations since 1967.

Top Rated Attractions

  • 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.

  • 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 a long career standing in front of Hayward businesses before finding a home at a local plastics fabrication business.

  • Muffler Man: Happy Halfwit Hollywood

    Muffler Man: Happy Halfwit Hollywood

    Hayward, California

    Fiberglass, gap-toothed goof version of a Muffler Man wears a Hawaiian shirt. Moved from Flint, Michigan in 2014.

  • 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.

  • Museum of Pez Memorabilia

    Museum of Pez Memorabilia

    Burlingame, California

    Pellet-Regurgitating Pez dispensers -- they're all here, along with the World's Largest.

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