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Hidden California

Discover 906 Cool and Unusual Things to Do in California


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Buddha Bar
Aug 26

San Francisco, California

Historic Neon Signs of Chinatown Tour

Discover remnants from San Francisco's golden age of neon.
Diorama #8 "God's Universal Form"
Aug 27

Los Angeles, California

Bhagavad-gita Museum

Ready to experience Krishna's Transcendental Manifestations?
Pee Wee Herman on Broadway
Sep 3

Glendale, California

Creatures Under Construction

These fascinating characters aren't born—they're built.
View of the ruins from the hillside. The original stairs would have come down on the far left. The curved edge of the original aquarium and the outline of the diving well are on the right.
Sep 9

San Francisco, California

Secrets of Sutro Baths & Lands End Tour

Explore San Francisco's iconic ruin.
Sep 9

Chatsworth, California

Vegan Food Factory

Discover how vegan mayonnaise is made on this exclusive factory tour of Follow Your Heart Restaurant.
USS Potomac
Sep 9

Oakland, California

Cruise the Bay on the USS Potomac with Baykeeper

Sail on F.D.R.'s Presidential Yacht, dubbed the "Floating White House"
A photochrom postcard published by the Detroit Photographic Company
Sep 10

Los Angeles, California

The Lost and Long-Gone Graveyards of Los Angeles

Join writer and Field Agent Hadley Meares as we tour the sites of LA's forgotten burial grounds.

Los Angeles, California


An Immersion into a Magician's Mind.
Sleeping Beauty's castle, in Disneyland. Anaheim, CA
Sep 16

Anaheim, California

The Secret Life of Disneyland

Discover the hidden world inside the Magic Kingdom.
60-inch telescope
Sep 23

Los Angeles, California

60-Inch Telescope

Step into the darkness for an evening of planets, globular clusters, planetary nebulae, and colorful double stars at the Mt. Wilson Observatory.
Sep 24

Los Angeles, California

Heritage Square Twilight Tour

A rare, after-hours stroll through the living history of Victorian-era Southern California.
Oct 14

Pasadena, California

San Andreas Scavenger Hunt

Discover the signs of Southern California's most threatening earthquake fault, hidden in plain view.

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