San Francisco, California Attractions

Unusual landmarks, museums, roadside attractions, and hidden wonders in San Francisco and the surrounding area. There's plenty to see right in town, but we've also mapped hidden treasures we've discovered in surrounding cities, from Marin County to the East Bay.

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  • Blackie, Horse That Never Moved

    Blackie, Horse That Never Moved

    Tiburon, California

    Retired rodeo and army cavalry horse stood in the exact same spot in a pasture for 28 years. A a bronze sculpture marks the spot.

  • Nike Missile Site SF-88L

    Nike Missile Site SF-88L

    Mill Valley, California

    The National Park Service conducts tours through this remarkably well-preserved and maintained Cold War facility, built to fire supersonic missiles at approaching Soviet bombers.

  • Urban Putt

    Urban Putt

    San Francisco, California

    Steampunk-inspired indoor mini-golf with elaborate designs, sound effects, lots of mechanical contraptions. and a bar and restaurant for adults. How many skulls can you find in the Dia de Muertos hole?

Sights for Oddball Excursions

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Out-of-Control Rombeiro Christmas House

    Out-of-Control Rombeiro Christmas House

    Novato, California

    A holiday-crazed home buried in Christmas cheer and open to the public, including the rooms inside.

  • 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.

  • Military Antiques and Penry Museum

    Military Antiques and Penry Museum

    Petaluma, California

    Military antiques, a small-but packed museum focused on WW2, Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Richard A. Penry.

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