Discover the Past
If you wanted to get to California in the early 20th century, you would take the famous highway Route 66. After its creation in 1926, people came to California in hopes of finding work in factories and escaping the disaster which was the Dust Bowl.
After World War II, Route 66 was still a popular road for those who wanted to tour "The West", visit a new place called Disneyland or see the Pacific Ocean.
Today the California portion of Route 66 can be discovered as a historical route with numerous attractions dedicated to showing just how influential the road was.
Here is one of the many paths that you can travel to explore Route 66 in California!
Following the signs for Historic Route 66 through the town of Needles you will find a Route 66 gem! The Route 66 Motel is a perfect spot for an iconic photograph because the Route 66 sign is prominent at the front of the hotel. If you continue into the town you will find near the railroad tracks the elegant El Garces Hotel. The hotel was built in 1908 to serve travelers on the Santa Fe Railroad and was considered at the time one of the most elegant and luxurious hotels around.
The Ghost Towns
If you continue down old Route 66 past Needles you will encounter what some people call the "ghost town" section of the highway. It is called this because there's not much left of the towns Goffs, Essex, Danby and Summit. Although there is not much here, it is a great road to just wonder what all was here and just how much our country has evolved in the past century.
Victorville and the Cajon Pass
In Victorville, CA you'll find the Route 66 Museum which features several artifacts and numerous interesting facts about the Mother Road. If you or anyone you know is a history buff, especially an old car buff, you need to stop by the museum!
It is open five days a week and only by appointment on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The museum is free for anyone wishing to attend.
Victorville to Pasadena
Continuing past Victorville, Route 66 travels west toward the great Pacific ocean while also running along the base of the mountains to Pasadena.
One of the prettiest drives in the nation can be found traveling on Route 66 towards Pasadena, but try to focus on the road as much as you can as the road can become very winding!
The original McDonald's location at 1398 North E St. can be found in San Bernardino. Built before the burger chain was bought by Ray Kroc, it's now owned by Juan Pollo Restaurants and is operated as a museum.
Participants can see how the most successful fast food chain started as well as many old artifacts from the restaurants earliest stages.
Another activity to do in San Bernardino is attend the annual Route 66 Rendezvous!
If you want to be apart of this years rendezvous, it will be happening this weekend, Sept.19-21.
Participants can join thousands of classic car lovers from throughout the U.S. and around the world. The event is three days of food, live music, entertainment and more than 2,000 classic cars for your enjoyment!
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We hope this post helps you if you want to discover the famous Route 66. The most important thing to remember is to have fun when traveling the route!