Weird California
Weird California
Weird California - By Joe Parzanese
In McKinleyville, stands the World
In McKinleyville, stands the World's Largest Totem Pole

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.

This section is broken up into the articles below, plus a Land of the Giants section and a Roadside Dinosaurs section.

  • Avenue of Faces
  • Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen
  • Fish Rocks
  • Fruit Cocktail Water Tower
  • James Dean Memorial
  • Los Angeles's Programmatic Architecture
  • Paramount Ranch
  • Peggy Sue's 50's Diner
  • Santa Claus
  • Trees of Mystery
  • World's Largest Totem Pole