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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.

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Hidden Gems: The Pirate Ship on Big Bear Lake

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At Kiss My Boba, Tongan Specialty Helps San Bruno Shop Stand Out

Audio Road Trip: Unearthing California's Hidden Gems

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'It's Like You're on a Different Planet': In Search of Whales (and Other Creatures) at the Mysterious Farallon Islands

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?

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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

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