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Santa Cruz, California Attractions

Unusual landmarks, museums, roadside attractions, and hidden wonders in Santa Cruz and the surrounding area.

Steinbeck's Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum

Sights for Oddball Excursions

  • Bigfoot Discovery Museum

    Bigfoot Discovery Museum

    Felton, California

    The hairy biped, spotted between surfing beaches and Silicon Valley.

  • 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. Closed in 2023.

  • Winchester Mystery House

    Winchester Mystery House

    San Jose, California

    Sarah Winchester used her riches to create a crazy layout of a house with 160 rooms and 10,000 windows.

  • Olympic Black Power Statue

    Olympic Black Power Statue

    San Jose, California

    Picture 1968, Mexico City Olympics, The Star Spangled Banner. Black Power salute in silent protest. The two athletes are honored with a big statue.

  • Santa Cruz Mystery Spot

    Santa Cruz Mystery Spot

    Santa Cruz, California

    Gravity misbehaves, but tour guides help visitors navigate the cockeyed hill.

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