Here are some of the most unusual, unique, weird, odd, out-of-this-world, one-of-a-kind, outlandish, and fun places in California.
I want to make this list before I continue to pile up the unusual places I have been to while living here in California for 3 years. From odd shapes to form an architectural building, this bizarre clown situated in a road intersection …
… to a pharmacy with adjoining bath accessory store, vintage store, and soda/ice cream/coffee bar counter, to a roadside spectacles, and onto more of exotic places of this planet Earth that you’ll find in California.
We’ll formally start with one of Frank Gehry’s eccentric architectural designs. It was once a Chiat/Day Building. Well this building is made famous for its shape …
The Binoculars Building is now owned by Google Los Angeles since January 2011.
Murphy Ranch in Malibu
The entire state of California is an outdoor gallery of murals, graffiti and street arts. It doesn’t fully come into a surprise that an abandoned building was completely covered with graffiti.
What’s even more intriguing is that Murphy Ranch was actually designed to serve as a hold out for fans of the Third Reich waiting for America to fall to the Nazis.
It is now a favorite Malibu hiking trail for its unique characteristic.
Slab City: The Last Free Place in America
This off-the-grid, post-apocalyptic city knows no limits. People don’t own the land they settle on. They don’t pay property tax. No applied laws. No street lights, no buildings, no fees. The rules and regulations are not by the state governance but by their own community. There are no ongoing electricity. Neither sewer or water system!
You may find the last free place in America completely taking a leaf out of a book, but the residents here resort into making something out of their imaginations …
East Jesus is a yard full of artworks that are made with people’s junks.
Another exotic magnum opus artwork near Slab City is Salvation Mountain …
Salvation Mountain is a one man’s creation by the late Leonard Knight. He made it out of devotion, and to spread one simple message he wanted for the world to see – God is Love.
The Bunny “Museum”
The hOppiest place on Earth may not be at all the hAppiest. In Pasadena, there lives a couple who has currently collected a whopping total of 30,000 bunny items!!! Some call it obsession, passion, or general hoarding. A lot finds it quite frightening. To me, this OMG-kind of place is certainly very interesting. 😉
For Simon Rodia, another man’s trash is another man’s tower. These 99.5-ft Watts Towers are handmade constructions diligently and passionately built by Simon Rodia, a native of Ribottoli, Italy, during his time off work over the course of 33 years. The decoration materials … used and collected glasses, shells, pottery shards, bottles and tiles.
El Bordello Alexandra
El Bordello Alexandra is an art-filled, seven-unit apartment located in Venice Beach, just a block away from the Broadwalk.
Here’s a fun fact. Bordello is a slang for a house of prostitution. El Bordello Alexandra was humored to be as such, what once a heroine den, and is now, like previously said, an art-filled (inside and out) private residential building.
We are getting too strange so I’m going to stop from here. If you’re intrigued by one of these odd places, either click to the ones I linked or try the Search tab.
I’ll leave you with these freaky acts … [The following contains images that you may find disturbing.]
A woman who eats fire after being electrocuted! o.O
A man inserted a hook through his nose and it came out of his mouth. Sorry for the graphic image. Yikes.