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Wigwam Motel, San Bernardino

Wigwam Motel, San Bernardino

This Route 66 Wigwam Motel is a fun stop and is the final of 7 Wigwam Motels originally constructed (only 3 of which still exist). There are 19 wigwams available to choose from with grounds that include a swimming pool and a large grass front with over 35 palm trees surrounding the entire property. Unlike in… Read More

Galco’s Old World Grocery, LA, California

Galco’s Old World Grocery, LA, California

Devoted to the art of soda pop and supporting the small businesses behind each bubbly drink, Galco’s Soda Pop Stop features more than 700 flavors of soda at its Los Angeles storefront and nationwide through its online shop at www.sodapopstop.com. As you wander through the store you pass through a rainbow of soda colors, most of which… Read More

Fender’s River Road Resort, Needles, California

Fender’s River Road Resort, Needles, California

This funky little 1960’s-era resort is minutes off of interstate I-40. It’s a perfect place to get away and relax in your very own comfortable room, or your own RV space with full hookups, or you can even pitch a tent right down by the Colorado River. At Fender’s River Road Resort, families and groups of… Read More

Amboy Crater, Amboy, California

Amboy Crater, Amboy, California

Amboy crater is an extinct volcano only 1.5 miles south of Route 66 near the town of Amboy. The crater is estimated to be 79,000 years old with it’s last eruption approximately 10,000 years ago. It was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1973, and recognized for its visual and geological significance. Although this crater… Read More

Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles

Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles

In 2009 the Route 66 Alliance and the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corp got together and declared the end of the Santa Monica Pier to be the western terminus of Route 66. It’s now marked by an upright sign stating “The End of the Trail” and is a popular photo opportunity for travelers at the end… Read More

Route 66 Motel, Barstow, California

Route 66 Motel, Barstow, California

Founded in 1922 the Route 66 Motel in Barstow, California, has been greeting travelers for nearly 100 years! Boasting great room rates and clean, comfortable rooms it was voted one of the “10 great places to stop along the way (Route 66)” by USA Today. The exterior has all the charm that you’d expect from a classic Route… Read More

Bottle Tree Ranch, Helendale

Bottle Tree Ranch, Helendale

When Elmer Long was a young boy he used to accompany his father on a search of the wastelands and abandoned settlements in the Mojave desert, looking for objects of historical interest and gathering up anything that may be put to further use, including a large collection of colored glass bottles. Many years later, after inheriting… Read More

Calico ghost town, Mojave Desert

Calico ghost town, Mojave Desert

Calico is an old West mining town that has been around since 1881 during the largest silver strike in California. With its 500 mines, Calico produced over $20 million in silver ore over a 12-year span. When silver lost its value in the mid-1890’s, Calico lost its population. The miner’s packed up, loaded their mules and moved away… Read More

Hollywood, Los Angeles

Hollywood, Los Angeles

There’s not a lot to say about Hollywood that hasn’t already been said many times before. While you’re here make sure to see the Kodak Theatre, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood sign and the stars on the walk of fame. It’s a very touristy area by day and there are plenty of things to see… Read More

Comfort Inn, Santa Monica

Comfort Inn, Santa Monica

It’s a Comfort Inn so you know what you’re getting here – it’s a good basic hotel that’s far enough away from the beach if that’s not your thing but not so far that it can’t be reached by foot (although expect a half hour walk). Complementary continental breakfast and free internet access are always welcome,… Read More