Wasteland Weekend the largest Post-Apocalypse party in the world is almost upon us.
People gather from all over the world to enjoy one wild week in the ashes of the old world of California City, California, U.S.A. Started in 2010 it has been home to, at last count, over 4,000 Wastelanders decked out in the latest fashion a post-apo war society has to offer.
Wastelanders enjoy concerts, casino, burlesque, fire-dancing, Jugger/Thunderdome-esque battles and a wide array of some of the most amazing cars you would ever hope to imagine.
While it may appear terrifying to outsiders, attendees create bonds in the wasteland that are hard to replicate anywhere else.
People here are some of the best humans you could possibly hope to meet.
That being said, once WW is over what do you do next? If you have a moment after the party here are a few things that you can enjoy that are within a three-hour drive from the grounds of Wasteland Weekend.
Universal studios tour–
Located in Universal City, Ca the theme park boasts attractions based on shows and blockbuster movies. Currently, there is an attraction based on AMC’s The Walking Dead.
There is a live action spectacle based on the movie Waterworld, full of explosive special effects and high flying stunts.
Well worth the trip. You can enjoy other non-PA attractions there as well featuring: Transformers, Jurassic Park and the Simpson.
There is even a Behind the scenes tram tour which will take you onto a back lot with surprises that I will not spoil for you here.
Oue skyspace LA – https://oue-skyspace.com/
Need to unleash your inner daredevil? OUE Skyspace lets you enter by taking a quick slide in a glass tube suspended on the edge of the second largest building in Los Angeles.
From there you are given access to one of the most spectacular views of Los Angeles, one that allows you to view the area from the mountain to the sea.
Six flags – Need a little more thrill ride action. Six Flags has you covered. It is home to Twisted Colossus, the world’s longest, most innovative hybrid coaster.
Full Throttle, at 160 feet/ 48 meters the tallest and fastest “looping” roller coaster in the world.
Six Flags is an innovative theme park that has often been home to the quickest and tallest thrill rides in the world.
Aquarium of the Pacific – A beautiful aquarium. It has various exhibits and hands-on events.
There is a Shark Lagoon that is home to 150 sharks, some you can even touch!! Interactive displays, an amphitheater and just a fantastic assortment of wildlife to gaze at.
It is a must-see for any wildlife lover.
Los Angeles Natural History Museum – An incredible museum, one of the best outside of the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Another favorite of nature lovers.
If you are from outside the U.S. and visiting it is worth a stop. There is little in Europe that approaches a Nature Museum of the Calibre.
Madame Tussauds – In Hollywood and need to take a photo with a star for your Instagram? Madame Tussauds has had your back since 1835.
The world-famous wax statue museum has displays of the world’s most famous leaders and celebrities. All made in near life-like effigy.
Griffith Observatory – This Planetarium offers one of the most absolutely amazing shows on space while under the influence of California Devil Lettuce, or not. It is also a favorite spot for filming various television and movie scenes.
These movies include; The Terminator, La La Land, Queen of the Damned, Transformers and Jurassic Park. It also has been seen in some television shows as well.
Once you’ve been every time you see it in media, you will always say, “Oohh, I’ve been there, that’s Griffin Observatory.” And look cool in front of your friends, or not.
Sequoia National Park – Hate city life and want to see one of the most amazing natural spectacles this world has to offer? Head on over to Sequoia National Park. Home to the world’s Tallest and Oldest Redwood trees.
It is indeed a fantastic place that doesn’t get nearly enough love. Granted, you do have to go through Bakersfield to get there, but that’s ok, just don’t feed the
Hollywood boardwalk – Hollywood is FAKE!! It doesn’t exist! So don’t plan to spend too much time there.
Go, Get your picture of the Hollywood sign and the Hollywood boardwalk (all in the same place and then get the hell out).
People who go to Hollywood and get lost are turned into waiters/waitresses much like the scene from “Pinnochio” were the bad children are turned into Donkeys. You have been warned.
Mojave Lava Tubes – East on route 15 inside the Mojave national preserve you can find a special encounter at the Mojave Lava Tubes. These tubes were created when the outer layer of lava flowing from a cinder cone, small volcano, cooled faster than the flow of lava underneath. Millions of years old in the making this could be a site worth visiting for Geology enthusiasts.
National Atomic Testing Museum – https://nationalatomictestingmuseum.org/
Here you can experience a simulated atmospheric bomb blast at the GZ Theater. Uncover how the first Atomic Bomb was made and learn how to duck and cover at the many exhibits both permanent and new.
White Sands Missile Range – See where they tested the first Atomic bombs in Alamogordo. But call the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-826-0294 or visit the White Sands Missile Range Public Affairs website at:
Because they very well could be testing missiles in certain parts of the area.
Apocalypse Vegas – https://apocalypsevegas.com/
Inside of Las Vegas you could continue your Post Apocalypse experience by working with Former Elite Special Forces guys to clear mutants out of a genetic research facility. Apocalypse Vegas has several packages to choose from.
Fear the Walking Dead Survival
If running and gunning isn’t your thing, you could head over to the Fremont street experience. There in downtown Las Vegas, you can walk through a thrill attraction based on AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead.
Lucky 38 – While in Vegas check out the Stratosphere Hotel, the future Lucky 38. Get an epic view of Vegas and surrounding areas. You can also, literally, walk right off the side. They have an attraction that allows you to be attached to a steel cable and then walk off the edge where you will land safely on the street level. Or just make a reservation to eat at the restaurant and enjoy the view. Or both.
The Number One Place to go after Wasteland Weekend.
One thing is certain, no matter where you go or what you do after. Wastelander Violette Valkyria suggests that you “Take a shower!!!”