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A roller skating rink in a church, a Prohibition-era bowling alley, and a movie set tucked into dunes along the Central Coast. We’ve put together a list of hidden gems in California.

Revisiting Some of Our Favorite Hidden Gems: A Journey Through California's Best Kept Secrets

A large yellow-and-black sign reads "Welcome to Mystery Spot, Santa Cruz, California U.S.A."

What's Behind One of California's Most Ubiquitous Bumper Stickers?

People order food at a white food truck with red lettering and a red flower painted on the side.

Coming Back for More at Lady Chicken & Rice

A lush waterfall, with dozens of separate cascades from a green, rocky cliff into a turquoise pool.

Chasing Waterfalls at California's Second-Oldest State Park

A box of six colorful mochi, with a plastic top and the shop's label on it.

How Shuei-Do Manju Shop in San José Inspires a Cult Following With Its Soft, Pillowy Mochi

Hidden Gems: A Journey Through California's Best Kept Secrets

A blue-and-pink storefront sits in a desert with a blue sky above and green bushes out front.

The Beauty Bubble Brings Vintage Style to the High Desert

Fern Canyon: Humboldt's Soaring Emerald Palace

Underground Lakes and a Vanished Church Await in California Cavern

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