California 66

You gotta go through the Mojave Desert–many still chose to travel it at night for the cooler temps and brilliant Milky Way.  Grab a bite at Bagdad Cafe. Sleep in another Wigwam. The final stretch rewards you with the Santa Monica Pier. (photo courtesy of Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations)

A few highlights from California Route 66 (from east to west) include:

Needles Welcome Wagon Needles
El Garces Hotel Needles
Goff’s Schoolhouse and General Store Goffs
Old Route 66 Marker Chambless
Route 66 Exhibit in the Mojave Desert Mohave Desert
Shoe Tree on Route 66 Amboy
Roy’s Motel and Cafe Amboy
Bagdad Cafe (movie location) Newberry Springs
Desert Market Daggett
Daggett Stone Hotel Daggett
Tom’s Certified Welding & Machine Shop Barstow
Bottle Cactus Ranch – Elmer Long Helendale
Emma Jean’s Holland Burger Cafe Victorville
Cajon Pass – The Blue Cut Cajon Pass
Mitla Cafe San Bernardino
La Plaza Park San Bernardino
Santa Fe Smokestack San Bernadino
Wigwam Village Motel #7 Rialto
Bono’s Giant Orange Stand Fontana
The 1848 Sycamore Inn Rancho Cucamonga
Magic Lamp Inn Rancho Cucamonga
Buffalo Inn Upland
Wolfe’s Market Claremont
Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse San Dimas
Golden Spur Glendora
Aztec Hotel Monrovia
Santa Anita Park and Racetrack Arcadia
Saga Motor Hotel Pasadena
Original End of Route 66 Los Angeles
Arroyo Seco Bridge Pasadena
Cafe 50’s Los Angeles
The “True” End of Route 66 Santa Monica
66-to-Cali Souvenir Shack Santa Monica
Will Rogers Highway Marker Santa Monica
Santa Monica Pier – Route 66 Start/End Santa Monica

 California 66 Associations

California Historic Route 66 Association

California Route 66 Preservation Foundation

Mojave Desert Heritage & Cultural Association

California Route 66 Museum

Barstow Route 66 Mother Road Museum

Bright shiny objects in the Route 66 desert – Elmer Long’s Bottle Ranch

Bright shiny objects in the Route 66 desert – Elmer Long’s Bottle Ranch

Even though Elmer’s teeming forest of bottle trees stands alongside one of those desolate stretches of old Route 66 between Barstow and San Bernadino, he says it doesn’t have much to do with the famous roadway.

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Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Pay your respects to Johnny Ramone & Jayne Mansfield on Route 66

Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Pay your respects to Johnny Ramone & Jayne Mansfield on Route 66

Paramount Studios was built on the back half of the original Hollywood Cemetery, where the studio is still in operation today. The cemetery of choice for most of the founders of Hollywood’s great studios,

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Hula Ville – Route 66 folk art attraction became a legend

Hula Ville – Route 66 folk art attraction became a legend

Despite being a California State Landmark, this folk art environment was dismantled. Luckily, some of the pieces were saved and can be seen in the California Route 66 Museum: “Hula Ville – Twentieth Century Folk Art”.

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Route 66 city limits plays out on video

Route 66 city limits plays out on video

Although the music doesn’t really work with the imagery, and they “went backwards” from LA to Chicago, this is a fun representation of all (or at least most) of the city limit signs you will encounter all along route 66.     (Thanks to Ron…

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27 Essential Apps for Your Next Road Trip

27 Essential Apps for Your Next Road Trip

It’s that time of the year to start thinking about summer vacations. Whether you are going to be sticking close to home, or planning a big road trip across country, here are 27 apps you should have on your phone before you leave town. Of…

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