Nine Best Route 66 Stops in California
Here are my picks for the best stops along the California portion of Route 66. They are in order from the Arizona border to the Santa Monica Pier.
El Garces Hotel
Built in 1908, this hotel was part of the famous Harvey House hotels which popped up all over the USA along the rail routes. It is no longer a hotel but it is still interesting to see from the outside.
Whether it is exploring the small town or hiking to the crater, the historic town of Amboy is one of the best examples of a Route 66 town left in California.
Most people think that the first McDonalds was in Illinois, but that is not the case. The first McDonalds was right here on Route 66 in San Bernardino and it is now a fun museum you can explore.
As one of the few Wigwam motels along the Route, this one in San Bernardino is the only one in California. Of course it is a must stop attraction since these motels are some of the main icons everyone knows from Route 66.
Cucamonga Service Station
This replica of an original service station is a great way to experience the Route 66 history in this section of the drive. The service station is open for a few hours each day and you can take pictures and see how unique it is.
While there is not much going on in the hotel itself, it is still fun to see this unique roadside stop from the Mother Road's history.
As one of my favorite bridges in all of California, the fact that this sits on historic Route 66 was a fun tidbit for me to learn. This bridge is picturesque as it spans the Arroyo Seco below.
Guides to Each Section of Route 66 in California
Over the last two years, I have been driving Route 66 through California in pieces, as time allowed. I finally finished the section in the middle of 2016 and created these four posts to showcase what you can see along the last portion of the Mother Road. Check them out below and let me know what I left off in the comments.