There are few places in the world which hold diversity and always have something to offer to everyone. And California is one of them. California is known for various reasons, cool places, welcoming people, beautiful scenic views, the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, the impressive and spell-bounding Golden Gate Bridge, and a lot more. Every year locals and people from around the globe plan California tours because of its splendid views and a lot more. But sometimes it is often seen that locals and people visiting it for the first time are unaware of the unusual California tourist attractions.
No wonder, this can be heartbreaking as there are many hidden gems in California that shouldn’t be left unexplored. Be it wine county, getting on a road trip to California, or enjoying the best waterfalls in the state parks, there is no shortage of beautiful tourist attractions in California. However, for you to have a nice and unforgettable time, here are some of the unusual or less explored California tourist attractions which should be on your bucket list:
• Horsetail Fall’s Firefall
There are many waterfalls which one can witness in California’s Yosemite Valley but Horsetail Fall is known to be seasonal waterfalls. This waterfall flows over the edge of El Captain during the winter as well as early spring. It has mainly two streams as well as drops into steep slabs. No wonder, this waterfall is extremely beautiful but at the end of the month of February, it becomes a completely stunning show known by the name of ‘Firefall’. When the conditions are accurate and the sun is set behind the horizon line then it will go dark and will appear as if the Firefall is unable to ignite. Horsetail Fall is extremely impressive and is known to be the second free-falling waterfall in the famous Yosemite National Park.
Location – Yosemite National Park, California
Timings – During February
· Phantasma Gloria
Another unusual place that you should add to your USA tour packages is Phantasma Gloria. This is a glittering sculpture which was created in the yard of famous artist Randlett Lawrence who is also known as Randy. When this unusual yet beautiful work of Randy is seen in the morning then the bottles refract amazing sunshine by creating an amazing glow of light, colour, as well as a great view. The bottles create patterns that echo various animals as well as honour the multicultural community which is the famous Echo Park. However, before visiting this place, it is essential to make an appointment as tours are given at a specific time of the day and are also according to the sun’s schedule.
Location – 1648 Lemoyne St. Los Angeles in California
· Watts Towers
This is known to be a famous piece of self-built architecture in America. Watts Towers is a collection of around 17 interconnected structures and out of them, two are of height 99 feet. These towers were known to be built by an Italian immigrant construction worker during his free time of 33 years. Also, the armatures of these towers are known to be made of steel pipes as well as rods which are further covered in wire mesh, etc. These towers are considered unusual because of their different look and look completely unique. If you are visiting California then visiting this place can be a pleasant experience.
Location – 1727 E near 107th Street, California
Timings – 10 am – 4 pm
· Garden of Oz
This place is hidden in the amazing hills of Hollywood which is secluded with an Oz-themed garden. It was in the year 1991, Gail Cottman got a small plot that was beneath the Hollywood Hills abode. After a few years, his flower garden became something better and spectacular. Further, he worked on his garden and noticed flowerbed designs which reminded him of the movie ‘The Wizard of Oz’. This place has multiple thrones with a unique backstory. Also, the garden has musical thrones which are dedicated to Elvis Presley as well as Duke Ellington. However, this garden is not open to the public but adults who wish to watch it can do so from the street side.
Location – 3040 Legewood Dr., California
· Ennis House
This weird house has inspired everything. Ennis House is known to be an architectural gem as well as a great location for various film as well as TV production. This house was designed in the year 1923 for Charles as well as Mable Ennis. This house is on the fourth number when it comes to a series of homes of textile block designs done in the famous Mayan Revival Style. However, it is the rain and earthquakes that have slightly affected the house but renovations have stabilized the house and it is a private house which is hardly open to the public. But you can always visit it and have a look over its architectural masterpiece whenever planning for American holiday packages.
Location – 2607 Glendower Ave, in Los Angeles, California
· Japanese Tea Garden
This Japanese Tea Garden which is in Golden Gate Park is known to be home to amazing stories. In the year 1894, Midwinter Exposition has around 1 acre of Japanese village including a tea house. But the tea garden was popular and after everything closed, the ochaya was offered a permanent house in the famous Golden Gate Park. Also, this is known to be the oldest Japanese ochaya in the US and allows visitors to visit it during the daytime. However, some changes have occurred at this place as it has been expanded to around 5 acres of land. There are a lot of things that you can witness in this garden. So, while planning California tours, don’t forget to visit the Japanese Tea Garden.
Location – 75, Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, in San Francisco, California.
Timings – 9 am – 4.45 pm
· Mosaic Tile House
If you want to enjoy the essence of Venice while visiting California then visiting Mosaic Title House should be on your list. This place is not popular among people but the moment you step into this place, it shows an artwork-in-progress structure. The titles can be seen in colours like red, orange, as well as yellow spectrum. Also, there is the use of bold colors which makes it look unique. Every inch of the house is covered in mosaic titles. However, it is still in progress as some of the sections of it are not done yet. Also, you might also see a fruit tree or vegetable garden while visiting this place. It will be a wonderful experience witnessing the beauty of Mosaic Title House.
Location – 1116 Palms Blvd, in Los Angeles, California
Timings – 12 – 3 pm on Saturdays
· Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum
Over the years, many inventions were made and the vibrator was one of them which completely changed the entire life of females. Also, this created a lot of buzz among everyone where anti-obscenity laws were also made. However, it is the Good Vibrators Antique Vibrator Museum which shows the models of it from the lost years. For instance, the Magnetic Massage, etc. This place also features drawings of women in various fashions. The museum can be a great place to know the background of vibrators and have a nice time in California. In case you are planning a girl’s trip, then adding this unusual place to your USA tour packages is a must.
Location – 1620 Polk St, in San Francisco, California
Timings – 12.30 pm – 6.30 pm
· Clifton’s Cafeteria
This cafeteria has a giant redwood theme which follows one rule which is ‘Dine free unless delighted’. Visiting this unusual cafeteria is like entering a psychedelic wonderland with a redwood theme. The cafeteria has animatronic raccoons, wooden bears, and a lot more. This cafeteria has a long history and underwent renovation in the year 2015. Its rich history makes it special and its food is spectacular as well. You need to add this cafeteria to your list of American holiday packages and enjoy their banana cream pie, Jell-o, etc. Also, don’t forget to make a reservation whenever visiting Clifton’s.
Location – 648 South Broadway, California
This is a family-owned tropical drink bar which was established in the 1960s. Tiki-Ti is a cash-only bar and still has many original drinks on its menu. This place is slightly unusual and most people living in California don’t know much about it. However, it has a strong and rich history which makes this bar unique. Also, Tiki-Ti is family-owned and the employees of it are known to be Buhen family members. So, visiting this place not only allows you to have a great time but to have great food as well.
Location – 4427, Sunset Blvd. California
Timings – 4 pm – 2 am
No doubt California is filled with some of the world’s most famous places. But the real fun and thrill lie in exploring unusual places. Whenever you are planning to have California tours, it is mandatory that you visit at least two of its unusual places. The above-mentioned list of unusual places in California eases your task. Every place is unique, less famous, and has a rich history attached to it. So, whether you are travelling solo, with friends or family, don’t forget to add some of these unusual places to your list of California tourist attractions.