Weird California
Weird California - By Joe Parzanese
Paul Bunyan and Babe stand outside the Trees of Mystery
Paul Bunyan and Babe stand outside the Trees of Mystery

Roadside Attractions

Unusual attractions, tourist traps, and "giants" litter the highways of America. Just like the other states, California is no exception playing host to large clams, gigantic fruit and even the World's Tallest Thermometer! Many decades ago, California seemed to embrace the concept of kitsch and erected giant icons all over the state. Muffler Men stand watch over the highways, Los Angeles has been immortalized by giant donuts, and sometimes it seems like every small town has a giant artichoke, olive, or turtle.

  • Avenue of Faces
  • Big Chair
  • Cabazon Dinosaurs
  • Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen
  • Dixie the Dinosaur
  • Fish Rocks
  • Fork in the Road
  • Fruit Cocktail Water Tower
  • Giant Chickens
  • Giant Clams of Pismo
  • Giant Fire Helmet
  • Giant Lemon of Lemon Grove
  • Giant Orange Stands of California
  • James Dean Memorial
  • Los Angeles's Programmatic Architecture
  • Metal Dinosaurs
  • Monopoly in the Park
  • Muffler Men
  • Paramount Ranch
  • Peggy Sue's 50's Diner
  • Santa Claus
  • The Giant Steer of Buttonwillow
  • Trees of Mystery
  • World's Largest Artichoke
  • World's Largest Totem Pole
  • World's Tallest Thermometer