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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. Normally includes the rooms inside. 2020-2021: outside only.

  • 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.

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