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Our California road trip highlights, interviews with roadside attraction creators, clips from vintage travel shorts, and videos by Roadside America fans.

Kostopoulos: First Toilet Seat

The late artist's first toilet seat was performance art and a political statement.

Roadside America Road Trip Archives: Outsider artist John A. Kostopoulos told us about his first toilet seat painting, before 1942's Battle of Casablanca.Go to video

Kostopoulos: Saddam Called Me

King of Toilet Seat Arts and Saddam Hussein.

From the Roadside America Road Trip Archives: John A. Kostopoulos told us about a really grateful toilet portrait subject -- Saddam Hussein (1994).Go to video

Animatronic 20 Mule Team

Animatronic Twenty Mule Team.

There's a hidden gem in the Twenty Mule Team Museum. But where else would you expect to find it?Go to video

World's Biggest Dispenser of Pez

Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia.

Gary Doss, curator of the Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia, shows us the World's Biggest Dispenser of Pez.Go to video

Center of the World: Be It Further Resolved

Center of the World.

Our visit to the Center of the World triggers a special Proclamation by Mayor Istel, assisted by his wife Felicia.Go to video

Miles Mahan at Hulaville

Miles Mahan at Hulaville.

Roadside America Road Trip Archives: Video snippets of Miles Mahan from 1985, and a later visit in 1994.Go to video

Musical Road - Oddity Odysseys

Musical Road.

Southern California explorers Bethany and Drew play the Musical Road in Lancaster.Go to video

Long Beach
Queen Mary Reopens

Queen May Reopens!

Famous ocean liner permanently docked as a tourist attraction. [This Exit for News, 2023-1-12]Go to video

Los Angeles
Bronson Cave - Oddity Odysseys

Bronson's Cave.

Dynamic duo Bethany and Drew explore a man-made cave used in over 100 Hollywood movies and TV shows.Go to video

Mill Valley
Nike Missile Site Tour

Nike Missile Site SF-88L video.

Preserved Cold War nuclear defense installation, Nike Missile Site SF-88. Clips from 1960 Army film "The Nike-Hercules Story"Go to video

Laughing Sal Show, Clarke's Collectibles

Clarke's Lunch Box Museum.

Tipster video: Something to do with your spare quarters at Clarke's Lunch Box Museum.Go to video

Exploring Salvation Mountain

Salvation Mountain.

Though Leonard Knight is no longer with us, his painted mountain is still admired as a marvel of spiritual folk art (2018).Go to video

Children's Fairyland (1950)

Children's Fairyland.

Ride a miniature train with a munchkin to Children's Fairyland, a colorful, crazy-angled, kid-sized theme park in Oakland, California. In the 1950s, it was a radical place.Go to video

San Bernardino
Exploring the McDonald's Museum

Original McDonald's Site and Museum.

A Happy Meal of McD trivia and memorabilia at the original fast food phenom site, opened in 1940 by Dick and Mac McDonald, now a museum.Go to video

Santa Cruz
Who's Unnaturally Attracted to Mystery Spots?

Santa Cruz Mystery Spot.

1996 video, chatting with guide Pat Musselman, at the Mystery Spot.Go to video

King of the Windmills

King of the Windmills.

Roadside America Road Trip Archives: 1996 interview with Frank Medina, known worldwide for his windmill collection and his incredible teeth.Go to video

Sunol Remembers Mayor Bosco

Bosco the Dog Mayor.

A bronze statue was unveiled in 2008, honoring America's Dog Mayor, Bosco Ramos.Go to video

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