Needles is often called the “Gateway to California.” As you cross the state line into the historic city, the time zone changes from Mountain to Pacific.
A haven of vintage hotels and classic service stations, Needles is the perfect stop for any Mother Road traveler. The name Needles was inspired by a range of volcanic mountains with jagged “needle-like” pinnacles, located nearby when the town was initially built on the Arizona side of the Colorado River in 1883.
Wigwam Village #7 in San Bernardino was the final Wigwam Village of seven built by Frank Redford.
Each whimsical teepee unit stands at 32 feet tall and 20 feet wide at its base. It was depicted as the Cozy Cone Motel in the film "Cars."
Cucamonga Service Station is a superb example of early 20th-century roadside architecture. Glowing with a sunny yellow hue, it is one of the most unique and visually enticing structures along the Mother Road. Its current owner, Route 66 Inland Empire California, is restoring the station to what it looked like in 1915.
Bottle Tree Ranch is a roadside art installation that perfectly displays the idiosyncratic nature of Route 66, combining elements of Americana, kitsch and quirkiness. Folk artist Elmer Long used found objects such as animal skulls, glass bottles, retro toys and broken rifles to create the charming art piece.
The Donut Man has been catering to hungry travelers for more than 45 years. From fresh peach to strawberry fillings, the delicious doughnuts at this shop can satisfy your sweet tooth at any time with its 24/7 business hours.
When driving through the Mojave Desert along the route, this retro site will immediately catch your eye. Roy’s and the entire town of Amboy fully embody the ambiance of the 1950s.
The California Route 66 Museum in Victorville features exhibits of historic artifacts and photography that explore the cultural and economic impacts of Route 66.
Located along the 1926 to 1931 alignment of Route 66, Goffs is a ghost town in southeastern California. It was incorporated into the Nevada Southern Railway, carrying supplies to the mining districts of Ivanpah, Goodsprings and Eldorado.
Goffs is referred to as the “Desert Tortoise Capital of the World.”
Architect Mary Colter combined elements of Southwest Native American and 16th-century Spanish architecture when building the Harvey House Railroad Depot in Barstow.
Opened in 1935, Clifton’s Republic is an icon of Los Angeles. After entering Clifton’s, you are immediately transported into an opulent woodland bliss. Founder Clifford Clinton saw the restaurant as a space open to everyone, allowing customers to pay whatever they wanted. Listed in the Green Book, it was as a safe haven for black travelers.
Cindy Salbino holds the title of National Route 66 Veterans Ambassador.
Major collections of the Southwest Museum of the American Indian in Los Angeles have included: American Indians of the Great Plains, American Indians of California, and American Indians of the Northwest Coast. There is also a collection of Pueblo pottery at the museum.