These 10 Attractions in Southern California Show Our Unique Side
We all know that Southern California is a pretty unique place to live, but until you’ve experienced these 10 attractions in SoCal, you truly have no idea just how unique this part of California truly is. Have you been to any of the following destinations? Let us know if you have a favorite on the list.
Please note, International Banana Museum, Museum of Death, Ruddy’s General Store Museum are temporarily closed.
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1. Unconditional Surrender - 55 Tuna Lane in San Diego.
In downtown San Diego you'll get a chance to see the famous Unconditional Surrender statue of a sailor kissing a nurse. It's the perfect spot to stop for a unique photo op while spending an afternoon exploring America's Finest City.
2. International Banana Museum - 98775 Hwy 111 in Mecca, CA.
Who knew there was an entire museum dedicated to bananas? Once you step foot inside this quirky destination, you may walk away thinking SoCal has gone bananas.
3. Museum of Death - 6031 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA.
Speaking of unique museums, it's pretty hard to top the Museum of Death. Located in Los Angeles, this museum covers everything and anything related to death. From morticians' instruments that were once used on the deceased to jars of teeth and shelves of skulls, this destination is unlike anything you've ever seen before.
4. Cabazon Dinosaurs - 50700 Seminole Drive in Cabazon, CA.
You may have to do a double-take when you drive by the famous Cabazon Dinosaurs right off the I-10, but never fear - these aren't the real thing. They're only 100-ton replicas. It's a kitschy roadside attraction, but one worth seeing as it definitely shows off SoCal's unique side.
5. Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch - 24266 National Trails Hwy in Oro Grande, CA.
Located along Route 66 near the town of Barstow you'll find a quirky ranch filled with a variety of art made from used bottles. It's quite magnificent and quite the sight to see in person so make sure to make a point to stop in for a visit when you find yourself in this part of SoCal.
6. The World's Largest Lemon - Lemon Grove, CA.
Did you know the world's largest lemon was located right here in Southern California? If you want to get a glimpse of this behemoth citrus, just head to the small town of Lemon Grove in San Diego County where you can check this out in person.
7. Tio's Tacos - 3984 Mission Avenue in Riverside, CA.
For a unique attraction that is also a tasty destination for some of SoCal's best Mexican food, you'll want to head to Tio's Tacos. One look at the unique grounds and setting and you'll definitely get a glimpse of SoCal's quirky side. Don't forget to look up when you arrive - the roof is something else.
8. Salvation Mountain - Beal Road in Niland, CA.
You have to see this one to believe it. Located out in the middle of nowhere in Niland, CA, this hand-painted mountain is made for exploring, staring, and contemplating. It's bizarre and surreal and beautiful all at the same time and definitely worth a visit in person.
9. Ruddy's General Store Museum - 193 S Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, CA.
Modeled after an authentic general store from the 1930s, Ruddy's General Store in Palm Springs is a blast from the past that will take you back to a simpler time. And with an admission price as low as what you might find in the early 1900s, you can't afford to miss this place - it's only 95 cents to visit.
10. Ostrich Land USA - 610 E Highway 246 in Solvang, CA.
Although Solvang is a bit more Central CA than Southern CA, we simply couldn't resist adding this spot to the list. When a place is named Ostrichland, you know you are in for a unique treat. Not only are ostriches pretty funny looking to begin with, but having a chance to feed these creatures sure makes for a fun and memorable experience.
How’s that for a look at some of SoCal’s most unique destinations? Any familiar locations on this list that you’ve had a chance to visit before? Please share in the comments any other spots you’d like to see added to this list.