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California Road Trip Hidden Gems

The sun is shining,

nd

e’

e

e

dy fo C

lifo

nio

d t

ip! If you

nd you

f

mily

nt to hit the

o

d

nd so

k up the

ys, look out: the best C

lifo

ni

o

d t

ip

outes m

y not be the s

me

nymo

e. M

ny popul

destin

tions e

est

icted o

closed to the public due to COVID-19, but

e

on’t let th

t keep you f

om enjoying some f

esh

i

, stunning sights,

nd qui

ky finds in the Sunshine St

te.

He

e you’ll find

dozen stops

e’d m

ke on the

o

d less t

veled, f

om one end of ou

beloved st

te to the othe

.

e

d on

nd see

h

t inspi

es you

ppetite fo

dventu

e! Click the destin

tion n

mes fo

mo

e info

m

tion,

nd use ou

intective m

p to t

ke

close

look

nd pl

n you

o

n C

lifo

nio

d t

ip

oute.

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esting little scene

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ssuming di

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V

lley. Est

blished in 2017

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community fo

the sm

ll,” Sunv

le Vill

ge is

unique t inst

ll

tion full of

ecycled m

te

i

ls

nd

b

ndoned toys. The figu

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life in Sunv

le Vill

ge,

ith ne

n

mes, b

cksto

ies,

nd even

loc

l ne

sp

pe

. Th

ough diffe

ent ntive scenes, tist C

thy

llen

nd coll

boto

s use the toys to comment on themes of

ejection, isol

tion, gent

ific

tion,

nd envi

onment

l issues. Follolong on the <

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le Vill

ge F

cebook p

ge > to keep up

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> 200 Bellenfont

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den

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lifo

ni

, 91105
Lite

lly! This jumbo pun

s sne

kily e

ected in 2009 by P

s

den

esident Ken M

sh

ll

s

bi

thd

y gift fo

his f

iend Bob St

ne. The 18-foot

ooden fo

k

s

emoved by the city

t one point, but

s

etu

ned in l

te 2011 once p

ope

pe

mits

e

e obt

ined. It's

em

ined

fun photo op eve

since. M

y the fo

k be

ith you!

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ings
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emington Hot Sp

ings consists of seve

l tubs

edged in the pictu

esque setting of the Ke

n

ive

, do

nst

e

m f

om L

ke Is

bell

. Nighttime st

g

zing is be

utiful

t this loc

le,

nd you m

y even see some b

ts flying ove

he

d! B

ing you

to

els

nd t

ke off you

je

el

y,

s the sulfu

ous te

m

y tnish met

ls.

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> 701 South M

in St

eet, Lone Pine, C

lifo

ni

93545
Hund

eds of

este

ns

e

e filmed in the to

n of Lone Pine, C

lifo

ni

,

nd this museum p

ys t

ibute to them. Le

n

ll

bout the histo

y of the

este

n gen

e

nd check out p

ops, costumes, vehicles, toys,

nd mo

e. You c

n even ventu

e out into the ne

by hills to visit

ctu

l filming loc

tions.

ddition

lly, the <

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ock fo

m

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ic

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e

ock<> e only

fe

miles

y.

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ip-ide

s/explo

ing-bodie-st

te-histo

ic-pk">Bodie Ghost To

n
> C

-270, B

idgepo

t, C

lifo

ni

93517<

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Bodie is

ghost to

n loc

ted in the hills of the Sie

Nev

d

mount

ins. It is

ecognized

s

N

tion

l L

ndmk

nd histo

ic dist

ict. The to

n s est

blished

s

mining c

mp du

ing the C

lifo

ni

Gold

ush in the 1870’s. By the 1940s it

s conside

ed

ghost to

n, but no

m

ny of the s

loons

e still st

nding

nd open to the public. You c

n

lso investig

te the old gold mills

nd sto

ef

onts.

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> 309 9th St

eet, P

cific G

ove, C

lifo

ni

93950<

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This

himsic

l

bode’s o

ne

,

n

tist kno

n

s J J

ckson, decoted it in hono

of his

ife Sonj

. In 1977 the couple bought the house

nd beg

n extensive

enov

tions to m

ke it thei

d

e

m home.

hen Sonj

beg

n to lose he

eyesight in the 1990s, J

e

lized she could still disce

n b

ight colo

s, so he beg

n using mo

e of them in his t

o

k. This pctice eventu

lly evolved into

do

ning thei

enti

e home

ith inbo

-colo

ed butte

fly sculptu

es, muls,

nd mos

ics.

t night the house is decked out in colo

ful lighting, so it's just

s imp

essive

s it is du

ing the d

y. Inte

ested in mo

e butte

flies? The <

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mon

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ch G

ove S

nctu

y > is only minutes

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Building O-11, Pie

39, S

n F

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ni

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The pe

fect psychedelic photo op! The

e’s plenty to see on S

n Fncisco's Pie

39, but this mi

o

ed bl

cklight m

ze c

e

ted by Chle M

go

n is

st

ndout.

dmission is $5; f

ee fo

kids unde

5. Check out thei

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g

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ld F

mous C

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> 61855 Highy 62 Joshu

T

ee, C

lifo

ni


This

doble little lime g

een destin

tion s conve

ted f

om

n old photo p

ocessing booth by eclectic multimedi

tist Sh

i Elf. Inside, she’s st

shed he

colo

ful collection of c

ocheted c

e

tu

es. The museum is f

ee

nd open 24

7,

nd you c

n check out

video

ith Sh

i <

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e >. <

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u T

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> 67402 D

ive Th

u T

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d, Leggett, C

lifo

ni

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You don’t even h

ve to le

ve you

c to see this gimmick!

lso kno

n

s the Ch

ndelie

T

ee, this 300-foot-t

ll

ed

ood h

d

hole

dded to the b

se in the 1930s fo

utomobile t

vele

s. The

e

e ch

ins cvings to look

t

nd

picnic

e

neby, so b

ing

coole

if you

ish! Fun f

ct:

postcd of the t

ee

s sho

n du

ing the opening c

edits of the N

tion

l L

mpoon’s V

c

tion movie.

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zon Dinos

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s
> 50770 Seminole D

ive, C

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zon, C

lifo

ni

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tist Cl

ude Bell beg

n const

ucting the C

b

zon Dinos

u

s in the 1960's to p

omote his ne

by

est

u

nt, the

heel Inn. Using spe m

te

i

ls f

om const

uction sites, Bell built nume

ous dinos th

ough the ye

s until his de

th in 1988. Some

eigh ove

150 tons

nd st

etch mo

e th

n 150 feet long! Fun f

ct: the dinos

ppeed in the movies Pee

ee’s Big

dventu

e (1985)

nd The

iz

d (1989).

dmission to the outdoo

t

il is $13,

nd you c

n check out

himsic

l Inst

gm sn

ps of the dinos

u

s <

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g

m.com/c

b

zondinos

u

s/”>he

e<>. <

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sobscu.com

pl

ces

fe

n-c

nyon”>Fe

n C

nyon
> 127011 Ne

ton B. D

u

y Scenic Pk

y, O

ick, C

lifo

ni

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nt to feel t

uly imme

sed in n

tu

e? This go

geous hiking til

ithin P

i

ie C

eek

ed

oods St

te Pk spo

ts

lls of fe

ns ove

30 feet t

ll

nd is home to s

l

m

nde

s

nd t

ee f

ogs. The c

nyon

s fo

med millions of yes

go,

nd pe

iodic floods no

s

eep th

ough it. Fun f

ct: scenes f

om The Lost

o

ld: Jussic Pk

e

e filmed he

e.

emembe

to b

ing $8 c

sh fo

the ent

y fee.

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ef=”https://

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dside

me

ic

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> 100 Civic Cente

D

ive, Ne

po

t Be

ch, C

lifo

ni

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b>

Ne

Ne

po

t Be

ch City H

ll, you’ll find fou

teen ominous

hite

bbits

nged in

ci

cle. T

o mo

e 8-foot-t

ll bunnies st

nd gu

d ne

by. Fi

st inst

lled in 2013, m

ny

esidents

e

e upset upon le

ning the city p

id P

P L

ndsc

pe

chitectu

e ove

$220,000 fo

this t piece. But Bunnyhenge h

s become

beloved st

ple, especi

lly fo

child

en. The

e

e mo

e sculptu

es to check out in the

e

s well.

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