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The Atlas Obscura Guide To California

1,355 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in California

Updated January 27, 2023

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  1. Agoura Hills
  2. Alameda
  3. Albany
  4. Altadena
  5. Amboy
  6. Anaheim
  7. Aptos
  8. Arcadia
  9. Auburn
  10. Avalon
  11. Baker
  12. Barstow
  13. Belvedere Tiburon
  14. Benicia
  15. Berkeley
  16. Beverly Hills
  17. Big Sur
  18. Bishop
  19. Bodfish
  20. Borrego Springs
  21. Bridgeport
  22. Calabasas
  23. California City
  24. Calipatria
  25. Calistoga
  26. Camarillo
  27. Cambria
  28. Carlsbad
  29. Carmel By The Sea
  30. Carmel By The Sea
  31. Carpinteria
  32. Carson
  33. Castroville
  34. Colma
  35. Crescent City
  36. Crestline
  37. Crockett
  38. Culver City
  39. Daly City
  40. Davis
  41. Edwards Air Force Base
  42. El Segundo
  43. Encinitas
  44. Escondido
  45. Eureka
  46. Folsom
  47. Fort Bragg
  48. Fremont
  49. Glendale
  50. Goleta
  51. Grass Valley
  52. Hacienda Heights
  53. Hawthorne
  54. Healdsburg
  55. Hillsborough
  56. Huntington Beach
  57. Indio
  58. Inverness
  59. Inyo
  60. Inyo County
  61. Joshua Tree
  62. Klamath
  63. La Cañada Flintridge
  64. Lancaster
  65. Landers
  66. Lee Vining
  67. Lemon Grove
  68. Livermore
  69. Lone Pine
  70. Long Beach
  71. Los Angeles
  72. Los Gatos
  73. Lucerne Valley
  74. Malibu
  75. Mecca
  76. Mill Valley
  77. Modesto
  78. Mono County
  79. Monterey
  80. Mountain View
  81. Napa
  82. Nevada City
  83. Newberry Springs
  84. Newport Beach
  85. Oakland
  86. Ocotillo
  87. Ojai
  88. Oroville
  89. Oxnard
  90. Pacifica
  91. Pacific Grove
  92. Palm Desert
  93. Palm Springs
  94. Palo Alto
  95. Pasadena
  96. Pescadero
  97. Pioneertown
  98. Pomona
  99. Port Costa
  100. Rancho Palos Verdes
  101. Redwood City
  102. Richmond
  103. Riverside
  104. Rosemead
  105. Sacramento
  106. Salinas
  107. San Bernardino
  108. San Bernardino County
  109. San Diego
  110. San Francisco
  111. San Jose
  112. San Juan Capistrano
  113. San Luis Obispo
  114. San Rafael
  115. San Simeon
  116. Santa Barbara
  117. Santa Barbara County
  118. Santa Clara
  119. Santa Clarita
  120. Santa Cruz
  121. Santa Margarita
  122. Santa Monica
  123. Santa Rosa
  124. Sausalito
  125. Sebastopol
  126. Silverado
  127. Simi Valley
  128. Solvang
  129. Sonora
  130. South Pasadena
  131. South San Francisco
  132. Stanford
  133. Stockton
  134. Sunnyvale
  135. Tecopa
  136. Tehachapi
  137. Three Rivers
  138. Topanga
  139. Torrance
  140. Truckee
  141. Tulelake
  142. Twentynine Palms
  143. Ukiah
  144. Vallejo
  145. West Hollywood
  146. West Sacramento
  147. Winterhaven
  148. Winters
  149. Woodside
  150. Yermo
  151. Yosemite National Park
  152. Yucca Valley
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Eat Across Route 66

Created in 1926, Route 66 was once the primary way drivers headed West, and a network of local economies sprouted up along its path. But after the Interstate Highway System replaced many portions of the “Mother Road,” most of its associated attractions faded away. Intrepid travelers, however, can still seek out the remnants of this artery through America and even find a few new gems along the way. Along with the towering Muffler Men and the sprawling, changing landscapes that speed past your car windows, the restaurants and bars along Route 66 offer an enchanting glimpse into American history and culture. From an Illinois watering hole once frequented by Al Capone to an Albuquerque restaurant specializing in pre-Columbian cuisine to a steakhouse born of Tulsa’s once-booming Lebanese community, these spots showcase the delicious diversity of America’s most iconic road. As you travel, please follow each state's and business's COVID-19 guidelines.

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