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  • Simon Rodia's Watts Towers

    Simon Rodia's Watts Towers

    Los Angeles, California

    An oft analyzed and revered monumental junk art construction of tall spires by outsider artist Sabato Simon "Sam" Rodia, built from 1922 to 1954.

  • First Air Mail Flight Monument

    First Air Mail Flight Monument

    Petaluma, California

    Postal and aviation history: in 1911, a spindly biplane left Kenilworth Park and delivered mail and newspapers to Santa Rosa. Pilot Fred J. Wiseman had to land twice on the way due to mechanical mishaps.

  • Valiant Junk Art Firefighter

    Valiant Junk Art Firefighter

    Santa Rosa, California

    Junk artist Patrick Amiot's tribute to firefighters who battle wildfires. Built out of fire extinguishers and fuel tanks, with a rake for a mustache.

  • Pacific Bus Museum

    Pacific Bus Museum

    Fremont, California

    A collection of vintage buses in and alongside a garage actively working on restoration of even more. Big open house event every August.

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  • 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).

  • 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.

  • Tour-Thru Tree

    Tour-Thru Tree

    Klamath, California

    A living 800-year-old redwood you can drive thru for a few bucks.

  • 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.

  • Battery Townsley

    Battery Townsley

    Mill Valley, California

    World War II era coast artillery bunker restored and open once a month for tours. Big guns, nuclear pressure tests, former teen burner hangout.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Champions For Humanity: Mount Rushmore of California

    Champions For Humanity: Mount Rushmore of California

    Oakland, California

    Giant bronze heads of 25 "champions" of peace and perseverance show sculptural solidarity in a park plaza.

  • Confusion Hill

    Confusion Hill

    Piercy, California

    Simultaneously classic and weird tourist fun -- a mini train ride and a gravity-defying mystery shack.

  • Wigwam Village Motel No. 7

    Wigwam Village Motel No. 7

    Rialto, California

    Sleep in cement teepees at one of the few remaining -- and now restored -- wigwam motels. Right on Route 66.

  • Magic Bus

    Magic Bus

    San Francisco, California

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

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