California From A Car: Odd Road Trip Stops


California is known as the Golden State, welcoming over 250 million visitors in 2014. Many travelers visit the most well-known cities, checking out the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles or driving over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. But what about the lesser-known attractions that are along the roadside in California? Check out this list of oddball stops for your California road trip!

Road Trip Stops:

Cabazon Dinosaurs
Cabazon, CA

Located in Cabazon, two giant dinosaurs sit just off the I-10 freeway outside of sunny Palm Springs. Dinny the Apatosaurus was joined in the 1980s by a giant Tyrannosaurus, whose construction was never completed by its founder Claude Bell. Travelers can enter into Dinny's belly for $9, as well as visiting the shop in the dino's belly.

World's Largest Thermometer
Baker, CA
Another attraction deep in the desert, the World's Largest Thermometer in Baker was recently renovated. Built in 1990, this thermometer measures the hottest temperture ever-134 degrees. The Thermometer is considered the gateway to Death Valley, welcoming people driving between Las Vegas and California.

Silver City Ghost Town
Bodfish, CA
Located about 40 miles east of Bakersfield, Silver City is an authentic Ghost Town the whole family is sure to enjoy. In the 1960s and 1970s, the Mills family brought buildings from nearby mining camps to Silver City to show how a gold town would have looked during the Gold Rush. Many movies have been filmed here despite rumors that the town is haunted by the ghosts of old miners.

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La Brea Tar Pits
Los Angeles, CA
An often-overlooked attraction, the La Brea Tar Pits has been called the "Death Trap of the Ages". Prehistoric animals, trapped in tar that bubbles out of the ground, make up this attraction. A museum hosts over 400 skulls, and visitors can watch scientists cleaning the bones of prehistoric animals. Get admission info, ticket prices, and hours here.

Eiffel Tower On A Citreon Car Statue
Sebastopol, CA
One of the more odd landmarks, an Eiffel Tower sits on top of an old purple Citroen car. On top of the tower is a motor scooter and a huge coffee cup. Below it is the Aubergine Cafe, which shares space with a kooky vintage clothing store. Sebastopol is located outside of Santa Rosa, north of San Francisco.

Sutro Bath Ruins & Cave
San Francisco, CA
The Sutro Bath Ruins are known mainly to San Francisco residents, but are still worth a look. Adolf Sutro built the Baths in 1896, and his grandson turned it into an ice skating rink in 1937 after the Baths failed. The Bathhouse burned down in 1966, so only ruins remain. However, the ruins are a great place to see Seal Rock and explore the history of Ocean Beach. Be sure to use caution as the undertow can be dangerous.


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Aimee Engebretson is a California Native and has lived in Orange County for 25 years. Her favorite place to stop on a road trip is the Baker Thermometer.