If you’re a fan of Southern California as a resident or a tourist, you most likely love learning new things about this splendid destination. In the spirit of showing you a new side of SoCal, we’ve put together this list of nine weird places that are as strange as it gets. Take a look and let us know which places you’ve visited before.
1. The Chemosphere House
A house that looks like a spaceship is the weird wonder that you'll find at this SoCal address that was designed by John Lautner back in the '60s. It's been featured in several movies and TV shows so it's likely this local gem looks familiar as it's a bit of Southern California legend.
Address: 7776 Torreyson Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90046.
2. Alien Fresh Jerky
A jerky store that will make you think you've landed on another planet is all part of the charm (and weirdness) of Alien Fresh Jerky. With aliens on the store grounds both inside and out, this local gem is not to be missed.
Address: 72242 Baker Boulevard, Baker, CA 92309.
3. The International Banana Museum
Did you know SoCal was home to an International Banana Museum? Loaded with hundreds, if not thousands, of banana-related items, this is one weird and wacky spot that deserves to be visited in person.
Address: 98775 CA-111, Mecca, CA 92254.
4. The Bunny Museum
If the banana museum didn't make you do a double take, then we can bet this bunny museum will. With close to 30,000 bunny-related items on display, the Bunny Museum is one of the most unusually fun places to discover in Southern California.
Address: 2605 Lake Avenue, Altadena, CA 91001.
5. Teakettle Junction
Head to the town of Teakettle Junction and you'll be greeted by...well...actual tea kettles. Not exactly what you might expect when arriving in a new town, but the weird factor sure makes it memorable.
Address: Teakettle Junction, CA.
6. Museum of Death
The name alone is enough to confirm this unique destination belongs at the top of any weird places list. Specializing in all things related to death, this curious looking museum will definitely add a little flavor to any visit to Southern California.
Address: 6031 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028.
7. Harper's Topiary Garden
Harper's Topiary Garden is a wonderful yet unexpected destination to come across in San Diego. Located in the front yard of a private residence, this unique topiary garden comes to life with fun animal-shaped designs that take over the entire front yard. As this is a private residence, please be respectful when you drive by.
Address: 3549 Union Street, San Diego, CA 92103.
You'll find a variety of oddities at Necromance that will simply make you scratch your head. Whether you're on the hunt for human bones, packaged insects, or a necklace decorated with miniature skulls, this weird local shop is full of surprises at every corner.
Address: 7220 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046.
9. Tio's Tacos
One of the quirkiest restaurants in Southern California that is really as strange as it gets is a local Mexican joint that serves some of the best food on the planet. The food is definitely not weird as it's incredibly delicious, but the decor, sculptures, and outdoor artwork have earned this place a spot on the weird list.
Address: 3948 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501.
Did you have any idea these spots even existed in SoCal? There are so many wonderfully weird things to see and discover. If you enjoy learning new things about SoCal, we think you may also enjoy reading about these
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