Order our new book, Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders
Mini book
  • member
    since
  • places
    I've been
  • places
    I want to go
  • places added
    to the atlas
  • places
    edited
Leaderboard Highlights
DougWilsonRP's activity rankings
1st
Places visited in Topanga, California
1st
Places added to Edmond, Oklahoma
1st
Places edited in East St. Louis, Illinois
2nd
Places visited in Edmond, Oklahoma
4th
Places visited in Fremont, California
4th
Places added to Oklahoma
Loading map...
Limbiate, Italy

Giuseppe Antonini

A dilapidated psychiatric facility on the outskirts of Milan where electroconvulsive therapy was developed and Napoleon once lived.
45.6150, 9.1254
Chicken Boy
Los Angeles, California

Chicken Boy

The so-called "Statue of Liberty of Los Angeles" is on a one mutant mission to keep LA weird
34.1085, -118.1943
"Transcendence" by Masayuki Nagare.
San Francisco, California

Banker's Heart

A shining, cold, black organ lies in San Francisco's financial district.
37.7923, -122.4037
Albany, California

Albany Bulb

An "anarchical" no man's land, complete with garbage sculptures and a hobo-run "Landfillian Library"
37.8884, -122.3258
Consonno - The City of Toys
Consonno, Italy

Consonno

This half-finished "city of toys" was almost Italy's own Las Vegas
45.7835, 9.3924
Fixtures from the "sidewalk's" former use as a working aqueduct can still be found along the path
Fremont, California

The Secret Sidewalk

The old Niles Canyon Aqueduct in the San Francisco Bay Area now acts as a bemusing and secret trail through nature for wayward travelers
37.5912, -121.9510
Jess Bradshaw
Amboy, California

Amboy Ghost Town

The ghost town that ended up on Ebay
34.5578, -115.7444
Topanga, California

Canned Heat Suicide House

The mysterious, untimely death of a Canned Heat band member still haunts this unfinished home.
34.1001, -118.5986
Hidden Treasures
Topanga, California

Hidden Treasures

An unreal vintage shop that wears its dadaist influence on its zombie fish
34.0896, -118.6026
The Very Large Array
Datil, New Mexico

The Very Large Array

Twenty-seven massive radio antennas on the high plains of New Mexico search for life on other planets
34.1451, -107.8437
Rock-A-Hoola Waterpark
Newberry Springs, California

Rock-A-Hoola Waterpark

The "Fun Spot of The Desert" is now a haunting ruin acting as a reminder that putting a water park in a desert is a bad idea.
34.9482, -116.6875
Fossil Falls
Inyo, California

Fossil Falls

Smooth basaltic rocks tell a tale of ancient glacial waterfalls
35.9699, -117.9090
USS Iowa - now relocated to LA
Benicia, California

Suisun Bay Ghost Fleet

The rusting remains of the largest assembled WWII fleet on the West Coast
38.0733, -122.0971
Topanga, California

Great Wall of Topanga

You don't want to get caught in this trap--or do you?
34.1062, -118.5917
SS Ohioan Runs Aground
San Francisco, California

The Shipwrecks at Land's End

A 300 ship graveyard - 3 still visible at low tide
37.7844, -122.5085
Abandoned fortifications at Fort Miley
San Francisco, California

Fort Miley Batteries

Big gun installations, built over a massive cemetery, now abandoned & hidden in trees
37.7827, -122.5088
The Point Lobos Marine Exchange Lookout Station seen from the access road
San Francisco, California

Land’s End Octagon House

The one-time watch house for incoming ships at the Golden Gate now stands abandoned and hidden in trees
37.7827, -122.5101
San Francisco, California

Battery Chamberlin

Guns that have been defending San Francisco since 1904
37.7940, -122.4827
Byron, California

Byron Hot Springs Hotel

A ruined hotel with an unlucky history and an eerie present
37.8483, -121.6333
108 years and counting.
Livermore, California

Centennial Bulb

The longest burning light bulb in the world
37.6822, -121.7411
Mountain View, California

Computer History Museum

From the Difference Engine to the Cray-1, all under one roof
37.4143, -122.0769
The mall's generic appearance today gives little hint of its history.
Milpitas, California

Great Mall of Milpitas

This giant shopping mall still holds signs of its automotive past
37.4156, -121.8994
Sunol-Midtown, California

Sunol Water Temple

A Roman-inspired temple once controlled half of San Francisco's waters
37.5855, -121.8855
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
37.5771, -121.9801