Since California is full of thrilling activities, it’s hard to pick a few from them. So, most people end up doing mainstream activities and miss the hidden gems. But, if you like to stand out from the crowd, this guide can help you with 5 unconventional things to do in California.
1. Visit the Banana Museum
Everyone is aware of the National Museum, Art museum, Open Museum, etc. But surprisingly, something called the Banana Museum also exists!
In Southern California, Ken Banister – a passionate banana-lover who was obsessed with their nutritional value – founded an entire museum dedicated to bananas with more than 16,000 banana-related items exhibited like banana toys, banana photo albums, banana T-shirts, and much more.
The Guinness Book of World Records also recognized this museum for owning the largest collection of one single fruit.
2. Take a selfie on Potato Chip Rock
If you visit California but forget about this place, you’ll miss lots of fun. The rock looks like a potato chip because of its thin ledge and is renowned for the most creative clicks.
But if anyone has a chronic disease or cannot walk for a long time, avoid this as it will take almost 4 hours to reach the main spot.
3. Soak in Mammoth Lakes Hot Springs
Nothing beats the experience of moonlight soaking in the Mammoth Lakes’ natural hot springs. The stunning and romantic view of the sky full of stars is perfect for couples.
Multiple options like public, natural, and private hot springs are available to provide you with a mesmerizing experience. But before you choose one, keep these in mind.
Wearing clothes in Mammoth Lakes’ public hot springs is optional. So you might find visitors chilling in the hot spring without any clothes. If this is a family trip or you feel uncomfortable with this idea, skip this from your list. But if it is on your list, keep these points in mind:
- Keep extra carry bags for your trash with you as there’s no trash collection in the public hot springs.
- Do not bring glass containers to avoid unnecessary injuries.
- Follow the trails to reach your desired hot springs.
- Don’t spend time in hot springs during the summer evenings as you’ll encounter an army of mosquitoes. Winter or cooler months are the best for an evening soak.
- If it’s a summer trip, use organic insect repellent to protect yourself from mosquitoes.
- Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration problems. As the springs are around 38-43°C, the risk of dehydration is high.
- Don’t pack unnecessary clothes. Keep a swimsuit if you won’t soak nude. Wear sandals and carry a travel towel. Lather sunscreen and don’t forget to bring a camera.
- Do not use soap while you are in the hot spring.
- Keep offline maps handy as call services are limited.
4. Learn flower arrangements
Flower arrangements are booming all over the world, but if you learn flower arrangement in California, you have a higher chance of becoming a professional floral designer. Many florists in California conduct the classes. So, if you’re wondering about the benefits, here are a few.
- You can become self-employed.
- You’ll spend a good amount of time with the environment, and it’ll calm your mind.
- You’ll add value to your client’s special moments.
- While you design flowers, you’ll explore your hidden creativity.
But trust me, it is not half as fun in theory as when you really learn it – it is one of the most beautiful experiences I’ve had from my trip to California.
5. Explore the mirror world in Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze
If you love exploring challenging mazes, the complicated chambers of mirrors and columns of Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze won’t fail you.
Its 70+ mirrors were strategically placed to confuse participants. Furthermore, the mirrors have plastic gloves on them. So you can’t place your fingerprints on the mirror even if you want to leave a trail.
Over to you…
After you enjoy a special day with these fun and exciting activities, dine on North Beach to experience the best and most authentic cioppino (an Italian American fish stew) ever. And hopefully, these ideas will suffice to bring back home some unforgettable memories.