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Obscura Society LA: Road Trippin' to San Diego!

Hop on the bus and head to San Diego with Obscura Society LA

What do Jonas Salk, the Wizard of Oz, model trains, and Mexican wrestling have in common? They are all part of Obscura Society LA's road trip to San Diego!

Join us and your fellow adventures as we hop on the bus and embark on a trip to our neighborly city to the south. Our day will include four stops at some of the coolest (and Atlas Obscura-ian) places San Diego has to offer.

The itinerary is as follows:

The Sunny Jim Cave Store

Dug up in 1902, this cave is one of the only caves accessible by land in San Diego. Leading out to a gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean, it was once the site of some good ol' fashioned bootlegging, whisky smuggling to be exact. It was given its name by Frank Baum, the writer of the Wizard of Oz (on Coronado Island), who famously paid a visit here in the 1920s.

The San Diego Model Railroad Museum

Located in fantastic Balboa Park, this is the largest indoor model railroad collection in the world and the only accredited museum of its type. As the trains twist and turn their way through beautifully designed landscapes and scenes (including a few joke-inspired gags), we will get an exclusive Obscura Society behind the scenes look at the history of this century-old meticulous craft.

For lunch... Lucha Libre Tacos

Inspired by the colorful world of Mexican wrestling, this novel taco shop is run by three brothers and serves up some pretty unique burritos, tacos, and Tijuana hot dogs. Eat like a champion as you watch lucha libre movies featuring battles against one another other, vampires, and even giant squids.

The Salk Institute

Designed by the famed architect Louis Kahn for the world-altering scientist Jonas Salk, developer of the polio vaccine, the Salk Institute is a near flawless example of how design and architecture can be fused with science. Situated on the beautiful La Jolla shores, this groundbreaking research center has been been home to eight Nobel prize winners. We will be given an exclusive Obscura Society tour and talk about the design, architecture, and unbelievable research going on in the center.

Your ticket will get you on the bus, admission to all of these tours, and a few fun surprises!

Notes for this adventure:

-Bus will depart 7:30 am. Please arrive at least 15 mins prior to ensure check-in.

-Our lunch will be at 1:30 pm, so plan accordingly (i.e. snacks, big breakfast, etc.). Lunch isn't included in the price of the ticket.  

- Lucha Libre is vegetarian-friendly. 

-We will have a few snacks and water on the bus, as well as restrooms.

-We will be meeting at the Universal City - Red line Park & Ride. This is where the bus will pick us up. There are over 700 free spaces there, so it should be no problem finding a spot. You can leave your car there all day. Address is: 3901 Lankershim Blvd, Universal City. If you need more information, click here.

-This will be a 12 hour day - 7:30 am to 7:30 pm. It's going to be a long one, but tons of fun!