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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  • Battery Townsley

    Battery Townsley

    Mill Valley, California

    World War 2 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.

  • Mare Island Naval Missile Park

    Mare Island Naval Missile Park

    Vallejo, California

    Decommissioned naval base park features a Polaris missile, Nazi suicide sub, 19th century bandstand, and dozens of concrete "Personnel Safety Shelters."

  • Mare Island Naval Shipyard Museum

    Mare Island Naval Shipyard Museum

    Vallejo, California

    History museum chronicles the U.S. Navy's first west coast installation, supporting the Pacific fleet -- from wooden sloops-of-war to subs with nuclear-tipped missiles.

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.

  • Playland Not-At-The-Beach

    Playland Not-At-The-Beach

    El Cerrito, California

    San Franciscans go ape pining for their lost amusements; this museum is a packed shrine to the leisure past at Playland-at-the-Beach.

  • 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.

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