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Pioneertown, California

Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace

A music-filled, booze-soaked oasis in the desert.
Little River, California

Pygmy Forest Trail

A raised boardwalk winds through a thicket of stunted century-old trees no more than nine feet tall.
Topanga, California

Hidden Treasures

An unreal vintage shop that wears its dadaist influence on its zombie fish.
San Francisco, California

Golden Gate Park Lawn Bowling Club

The oldest lawn bowling club in the United States.
San Francisco, California

Seward Street Slides

Bring your own cardboard to the slippery slopes of concrete hidden in a neighborhood park.
Mill Valley, California

Headlands Center for the Arts

Internationally-recognized arts center housed in a century-old former military barracks.
Sausalito, California

Marin Headlands

Concrete strongholds stand guard over the Golden Gate.
Fremont, California

Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum

This quaint archive of the silent era preserves and pays homage to a seminal moment in film history.
San Francisco, California

Swedenborgian Church

The rustic cabin-like decor of this Arts and Crafts-style church reflects the love of nature central to its little-known theology.
San Francisco, California

The Walt Disney Family Museum

Inside this museum, the history of the Walt Disney Family empire is on full display.
San Francisco, California

Prelinger Library

Appropriation-friendly collection of books, periodicals, and more.
San Francisco, California

The Last Standard Oil Company Gas Station in California

Chevron maintains one “Standard” brand station per state so it doesn’t lose the trademark.
Mill Valley, California

Nature Friends Tourist Club

Discover for yourself what Herb Caen referred to as "the best kept secret in the Bay Area."
San Francisco, California

The Wave Organ

A huge musical instrument played by the ocean.
San Francisco, California

Poet's Corner

A quiet nook at the top of a little-known hilltop park named after California's first poet laureate.
San Francisco, California

Corporate Goddess Sculptures

Faceless white figures loom over the city from the rooftop.
Sausalito, California

Gates Co-op Houseboat Community

A living time capsule of the 1960s Richardson Bay water-front.
Sunol, California

Bosco the Dog Mayor

The black lab that was voted mayor of a California town is forever remembered by a life-size statue.
Quincy, California

Keddie Wye

A showcase of engineering might that was also symbolic of westward expansion.
Oakland, California

Watermelon Rock

A unique piece of graffiti offers a little slice of local history and mystery.
Belvedere Tiburon, California

Old St. Hilary's Chapel

One of the last remaining Carpenter Gothic churches is situated on a wildflower conservatory overlooking the bay.
San Francisco, California

Yerba Buena Torpedo Storehouse

One time home to turn of the century explosives, now hidden under the Bay Bridge.
Alameda, California

St. George Spirits

One of the best absinthe distilleries in the United States.
Alameda, California

Naval Air Station Alameda

A decommissioned Naval base now rents itself out for people who want to blow stuff up.