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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  • 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.

  • 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, restored.

  • Uniroyal Gal

    Uniroyal Gal

    Hayward, California

    Fiberglass 1960s lady stood at Stan the Tire Man in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Sold and moved summer 2015 to the M-Men cluster in Hayward, California.

  • Giant Wall Outlet and Plug

    Giant Wall Outlet and Plug

    Petaluma, California

    Artist Joel Jones and fabricator Shawn Thorsson created this large household wall outlet and plug in 2015 for an updating of the power utility's 1920s era electrical substation.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Reared In Steel: Giant Sculptures

    Reared In Steel: Giant Sculptures

    Petaluma, California

    Burning Man artisans toil to create the next metal wonder that will terrorize the Playa. A non-public working art studio, but you might see something over the fence.

Sights for Oddball Excursions

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Magic Bus

    Magic Bus

    San Francisco, California

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

  • Winchester Mystery House

    Winchester Mystery House

    San Jose, California

    Sarah Winchester kept vengeful ghosts at bay by continually adding to her mansion. She ended up with a house with 160 rooms and 10,000 windows.

  • 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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