Weird And Unique California Attractions

This oddity can be found in McKinleyville.  It's a totem pole stands 160 feet tall and weighs 57,000 pounds. (credit: Google Maps)
World's Largest Totem Pole This oddity can be found in McKinleyville. It's a totem pole stands 160 feet tall and weighs 57,000 pounds. (credit: Google Maps)
Bubblegum Alley is on Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo.  It began back in the 50's when someone decided to leave a glob of gum in the alley.  Now it's plastered with chewed gum and is several inches thick is some spots. (credit: xpcfan/Flickr)
Bubblegum Alley Bubblegum Alley is on Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo. It began back in the 50's when someone decided to leave a glob of gum in the alley. Now it's plastered with chewed gum and is several inches thick is some spots. (credit: xpcfan/Flickr)
Dinny the Apatosaurus is one of two large dinosaurs built by Claude Bell near the town of Cabazon, CA.  Dinny is 150 feet long and 45 feet high with a gift shop inside. (credit: CatchPenny/Flickr)
Cabazon Dinosaurs Dinny the Apatosaurus is one of two large dinosaurs built by Claude Bell near the town of Cabazon, CA. Dinny is 150 feet long and 45 feet high with a gift shop inside. (credit: CatchPenny/Flickr)
The house, built in the 1990's, is known as The Fish House but its actually based on a Tardigrade.  The Tardigrade is a segmented animal that lives in water and is known as the world's most indestructible creature. (credit: Google Maps)
Fish House Google The house, built in the 1990's, is known as The Fish House but its actually based on a Tardigrade. The Tardigrade is a segmented animal that lives in water and is known as the world's most indestructible creature. (credit: Google Maps)
This large lemon sits in the small town of Lemon Grove, CA.  While it does not claim to be the World's Largest Lemon, a sign on its base reads "Best Climate On Earth". (credit: Google Maps)
Giant Lemon Goolge This large lemon sits in the small town of Lemon Grove, CA. While it does not claim to be the World's Largest Lemon, a sign on its base reads "Best Climate On Earth". (credit: Google Maps)
At one point, there Giant Orange juice stands dotted all along California highways.  They were popular spots for motorists to stop from the late 1920's through the 1960's before their popularity declined.  (credit: CavemanChuckCoker/Flickr)
Giant Orange At one point, there Giant Orange juice stands dotted all along California highways. They were popular spots for motorists to stop from the late 1920's through the 1960's before their popularity declined. (credit: CavemanChuckCoker/Flickr)
This 18 foot tall Santa Claus overlooks Highway 101 in Oxnard, CA.  It was perched atop a nearby business for more than 50 years until it was deemed unsafe and moved in 2002. (credit: Google Maps)
Giant Santa Claus This 18 foot tall Santa Claus overlooks Highway 101 in Oxnard, CA. It was perched atop a nearby business for more than 50 years until it was deemed unsafe and moved in 2002. (credit: Google Maps)
This giant Monopoly board is in a park near the Children's Discovery Center in downtown San Jose.  It is recognized as the largest permanent outdoor Monopoly Board by Guinness World Records.  (credit: HarshLight/Flickr)
Monopoly in the Park This giant Monopoly board is in a park near the Children's Discovery Center in downtown San Jose. It is recognized as the largest permanent outdoor Monopoly Board by Guinness World Records. (credit: HarshLight/Flickr)
The Wave Organ can be found off Yacht Road in San Francisco.  The organ, made from stones and pipes, creates sounds as the waves wash against it. (credit: Google Maps)
Wave Organ by Dawn Endrico The Wave Organ can be found off Yacht Road in San Francisco. The organ, made from stones and pipes, creates sounds as the waves wash against it. (credit: Google Maps)
The Wigwam Motel #7 is one of three Wigwam motels left.  This one can be found on Foothill Blvd. in Rialto, CA. (credit: Mike Souza/Flickr)
Wigwam Motel #7 by The Wigwam Motel #7 is one of three Wigwam motels left. This one can be found on Foothill Blvd. in Rialto, CA. (credit: Mike Souza/Flickr)
This large artichoke stands 20 feet tall and 12 feet wide in front of a store called "The Giant Artichoke".  It's located in the Castroville, CA known as the "Arthichoke Center of the World." (credit: SWheatley/Flickr)
World's Largest Artichoke This large artichoke stands 20 feet tall and 12 feet wide in front of a store called "The Giant Artichoke". It's located in the Castroville, CA known as the "Arthichoke Center of the World." (credit: SWheatley/Flickr)
This unique instrument can be found in Baker, CA.  It's 134 feet tall which is the highest temperature ever recorded in the U.S.  It weighs 76,812 pounds.  (credit: Ken Lund/Flickr)
World's Largest Themometer This unique instrument can be found in Baker, CA. It's 134 feet tall which is the highest temperature ever recorded in the U.S. It weighs 76,812 pounds. (credit: Ken Lund/Flickr)

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