Bucket List

Last updated 11/2/21

For Bucket List places I've managed to cross off my list, click here.

In the meantime...

In no particular order, here's a running list of some of the places that have proven a bit more difficult to get into—because they're privately owned, invite-only, closed to the public, or accessible only on a very restricted basis.*


Freeman House by Frank Lloyd Wright, Hollywood Hills
La Miniatura by Frank Lloyd Wright, Pasadena
Hale Solar Laboratory, Pasadena
Club 33, Disneyland, Anaheim
Theme Building Observation Deck, LAX, Los Angeles
Warner Pacific Theatre, Hollywood
Earl Carroll Theatre, Hollywood
Chemosphere by John Lautner, Hollywood Hills
Silvertop by John Lautner, Silverlake
Elrod House by John Lautner, Palm Springs
Bob Hope House by John Lautner, Palm Springs
Lake Norconian Club, Norco
Barclay Hotel basement speakeasy, Downtown Los Angeles
Hotel Rosslyn, Downtown Los Angeles
Goat Canyon Trestle, Carrizo Gorge, Anza-Borrego
Magic Castle Cabaret, Montecito
Brookledge Theater, Hancock Park, Los Angeles
Culver Studios, Culver City
Fallen Star, San Diego
Pirate Tower, Laguna Beach [visited 12/26/20]
Dawn Mine, Angeles National Forest
Camp Pendleton, San Diego [visited 2/6/20]
Vista Del Arroyo Hotel, Pasadena [visited 4/5/23]
Panamint City, Death Valley National Park
Crowley Lake Columns, Mono County [visited 6/19/21]
Burro Schmidt Tunnel, Randsburg
Mozumdar Temple, Crestline [visited 10/23/21]
The Bubble House by Walter Neff, Pasadena
The Mojave Road, Mojave National Preserve
Beale's Cut, Santa Clarita
Spadena House, Beverly Hills
Zane Grey Estate, Altadena
McNally Estate, Altadena
Sybil Brand Institute, Monterey Park
Batchelder lobby of the Roebling Building/Angel City Brewery, Downtown LA
Swim in the Los Angeles Athletic Club pool
Swim in the Hearst Castle pools
Encinitas boat houses (interior)
Hollywood Hills boat houses [visited 10/15/23]
Palomar Observatory, 200-Inch Hale Telescope night viewing
Stimson House, University Park, Los Angeles
Pink Motel/Cadillac Jack's, Sun Valley
Santa Barbara Island, Channel Islands
San Clemente Island, Channel Islands
Cal State Channel Islands / Camarillo Mental Hospital, Camarillo
Hall of Justice, Downtown Los Angeles
Capitol Records observation deck, Hollywood
Federal Building Cold War shelters, Westwood
Shea's Castle, Lancaster
Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary convent, Los Feliz
Ambassador Mansion & Gardens/Ambassador Auditorium/Church of God, Pasadena
The Mountain Mermaid, Topanga
Rancho del Cielo, Santa Barbara
Bradbury Building roof, Downtown Los Angeles
Ghost Mountain, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Roosevelt Hotel rooftop, Hollywood [visited 4/6/22]
El Pueblo substation, Downtown LA
Rancho LaBrea Adobe/Gilmore Adobe (interior)
Jergins Tunnel, Long Beach
The Kellogg Doolittle Residence, Joshua Tree
Fox Studios, West L.A. [visited 4/14/24]


North Brother Island, NYC
Hart Island, NYC
One Times Square New Year's Eve Ball, Manhattan, NYC
Brooklyn Army Terminal, Brooklyn, NYC
Pratt's Steam Whistle, Brooklyn, NYC
Tesla's Wardenclyff Laboratory, Long Island
Bowling alley at The Frick Collection, Manhattan, NYC


Roden Crater, Flagstaff, AZ
Underground Home, Las Vegas, NV
Lightning Field, New Mexico

*A work in progress! More to be added.


  1. Have you been to the Forestiere Underground Gardens in Fresno, CA? Or The Integratron in Landers, CA? If you visit the Integratron, bring a yoga mat. Have you ever drank Joshua Tree Kombucha? How about Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum or Odditorium? I, too, want to visit Tesla's Wardenclyff Laboratory. Have you seen Viziv Technologies’ huge Tesla Tower in Milford, TX? Just some interesting things I've come across.

    1. Forestiere is on my list but not my "Bucket List" per se because it's actually accessible to the public! I just have to travel up there. I have done a sound bath at the Integratron but haven't had JT kombucha (though kombucha is not really my thing). The Ripley's odditorium in Hollywood is on my list though I was at a Ripley's in Grand Prairie, TX! I'm adding the Tesla Tower to my list for the next time I'm in Texas! Thank you!

  2. Great blog! I would add Rancho Guejito to the list.