11/15/2010 02:08 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

10 Vintage Spots Chock-Full of Old California Culture

Remnants of California's quirky history are often found in unexpected, in-between places--leading to stark contrasts and great photo ops. Wave after wave of disparate settlers have cast their lot in America's El Dorado: 49ers, sheep ranchers, old Hollywood types, scrappy gangsters, hippies, connoisseurs of kitsch... Here are ten only-in-California kinds of places where the Golden State's past is present.

10 Vintage Spots Chock-Full of Old California Culture

A note about Trazzler's slideshows: we don't do top-tens or best-of lists. Nor are we so morbid or presumptuous as to tell you where you must go before you shuffle off this mortal coil. The world is far too big and fascinating to encapsulate in any kind of definitive list. We simply chose the places that our writers have contributed that make us think, laugh, dream, and, in this case, think about the layers of history that can be found in any place, if you are willing to look. --Megan Cytron, Editor of Trazzler

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