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The Atlas Obscura Guide To

Hidden California

Discover 887 Cool and Unusual Things to Do in California


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Jun 25

Los Angeles, California

Far East LA: Exploring Chinatown

Venture into the history, culture, and kitsch of LA’s Chinatown.
 Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
Jul 1

Los Angeles, California

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

A celebration of life, death, architecture, and the patron saint of Los Angeles.
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.
Jul 6

San Francisco, California

The Atlas Obscura Society Escapes San Francisco

Explore the wonders that lay outside SF, with talks by two local adventurers.
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.
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.
Jul 12

San Francisco, California

Sutro Baths Walking Tour

Explore San Francisco's iconic ruin.
Palisades and Movie Colony, Santa Monica, Calif.
Jul 14

Santa Monica, California

Hollywood's First Hidden Getaway

Discover Santa Monica's scandalous past during a beachfront tour of the Gold Coast.
Jul 22

Santa Monica, California

Church of Type

Discover a treasure trove of typography, tools, and techniques.
Adam Papagan
Jul 22

Los Angeles, California

Uncovering Olvera Street

Explore centuries of history on LA’s oldest block.
John Gaughan's Turk
Jul 27

Atwater Village, California

Meet the Turk, the Automaton Chess Player

An evening with one of the most controversial figures of the 19th century, and with the man who brought him back to life.
Jul 28


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.
Aug 5

Downey, California

Cradle of the Cosmic Age

Are you ready for some seriously stellar stuff?

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