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The Atlas Obscura Guide To

Hidden California

Discover 869 Cool and Unusual Things to Do in California


Upcoming California Events

May 27

Santa Monica, California

Church of Type

Discover a treasure trove of typography, tools, and techniques.
May 27


The 100-Inch Hooker Telescope

Join us at the birthplace of modern astronomy as we gaze through the same telescope used by Edwin Hubble to discover that the universe is expanding.
Presidio of San Francisco Officer's Club (possibly the oldest structure in SF)
May 28

San Francisco, California

Layers of History at the Presidio Main Post

The Main Post encompasses more history than any other other site within GGNRA.
Jun 3

Chatsworth, California

Vegan Food Factory

Discover how vegan mayonnaise is made on this exclusive factory tour of Follow Your Heart Restaurant.
The Gamble House
Jun 3

Pasadena, California

Extraordinary Estates

Explore two eccentric homes on 'Millionaire's Row' in Pasadena: the Gamble House & the Fenyes Mansion.
Jun 11

Los Angeles, California

Secret Japanese Village

Step inside the private collection of fashion designer Peter Lai.
No. 246A Battery Davis Fort Funston, Calif., Placing Concrete Under step - ring at Gun Block No. 1.
Jun 17

San Francisco, California

Defending San Francisco: Fort Funston Tour

Beneath the wavy dunes lies a century of fortifications.
Our Hosts: Mike Caveney and Tina Lenert
Jun 21

Pasadena, California

Egyptian Hall Museum

A guided visit through this fascinating collection of the oldest private magic museum in America.
A photochrom postcard published by the Detroit Photographic Company
Jun 24

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.
Jun 25

Los Angeles, California

Far East LA: Exploring Chinatown

Venture into the history, culture, and kitsch of LA’s Chinatown.
60-inch telescope
Jul 1


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.
Old LA Zoo
Jul 8

Los Angeles, California

Abandoned Zoo Ruins

Roam the grounds of LA's old zoo, former home of Ivan the Terrible.

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