Hidden Gems In California


By Haley Yahyavi

Presidents’ Day weekend and Spring Break are coming up and many people will be traveling to different cities. I have created a list of unique little places to visit in California that are worth seeing with your own two eyes.

GHIRARDELLI FACTORY: The Ghirardelli Factory in San Francisco, CA is the headquarters for all of the packages of Ghirardelli squares you see in stores. Stop by the factory to find any flavor of chocolate you desire. Located at 900 Point Street, San Francisco

GOLDEN GATE FORTUNE COOKIE FACTORY: This fortune cookie factory is hidden inside a narrow alley. Peek inside to see a small open kitchen where the fortune cookies are made right in front of your eyes! This unique factory adds to the quirks of San Francisco. Located at 56 Ross Alley, San Francisco.

RAINFOREST CAFE: The rainforest cafe is a whimsical little shop and restaurant for families with children. Inside the cafe is decorated so that you feel as if your are inside the rainforest. You can buy toys, knickknacks, and souvenirs in their gift shop to hold on to the memory. Located at 145 Jefferson Street Ste 400, San Francisco.

BALBOA PARK: Balboa park is the world’s largest urban cultural park. It is home to 15 museums, performing arts venues, the San Diego Zoo, restaurants, and many beautiful gardens. Visit this 1,200 acre park for some entrancing sights. Located in San Diego.

MONOPOLY IN THE PARKING: This site will be especially fascinating for board game lovers. Monopoly in the park is a blown up version of the game of monopoly! Located at 330 West San Carlos Street, San Jose.
RANCHO OBI-WAN: For all of those Star Wars fanatics out there, this nonprofit museum should be on your bucket list. Rancho Obi-Wan contains the world’s largest privately-owned Star Wars collection. The rancho’s mission is to educate the people with their memorabilia and artifacts. This is a private museum and can only be seen by people who have booked a tour. Located in Petaluma, CA.

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