Route 66 and Beyond


Route 66 remains symbolic today. Created to connect the Midwest with the Pacific Ocean it served America’s history well throughout the ‘20s and into the Depression when it carried folks escaping the Dust Bowl into California. During post-war, Americans started to enjoy modern driving vacations spurring the era of “get your kicks on Route 66.” San Bernardino County is home to a significant portion of Route 66 that winds its way from Arizona through Needles, Barstow, Victorville, San Bernardino, Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland and on through Claremont into Los Angeles County.

From Route 66, you can experience Park Moabi for swimming the Colorado River, the Amboy Crater, Peggy Sue’s 50s Diner, and Madonna of the Trail, to name just a few of the famous sites. Each year the region’s Route 66 history is celebrated during the Crusin Reunion. The annual event attracts over 500,000 spectators who come to see almost 2,000 classic cars, hot rods, street rods, customs, muscle cars and sports cars on display. If you can’t make it to the Crusin' Reunion, you can always visit The Route 66 museums located in Barstow and Victorville. Here you can spend a little time creating your own Route 66 experience as well as view many fascinating items on display. The friendly museum staff can point you in the right direction and answer all your questions. Route 66 Official Website
 

Attractions Along Route 66


Limericks Tavern (Restaurant)
1234 W Foothill Blvd.
Upland, CA 91786
(909) 920-5630

"Feeding the hungry with good old Irish and American comfort food. Quenching the thirsty with great American craft and Belgium legends."
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Ontario Mills Mall (Shopping Center)
1 Mills Circle
Ontario, CA 91764
(909) 484-8301

"Ontario Mills is California’s largest outlet and value shopping center. With over 200 stores, restaurants and entertainment venues, Ontario Mills is home to some of the most prestigious designer and name brand outlets in the world".
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The Magic Lamp Inn (Restaurant)
8189 Foothill Blvd.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
(909) 981-8659

"The Magic Lamp Inn - one of California's original steakhouse - has served for over half a century as a friendly and comfortable outpost for diners on Old Historic Route 66".
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Sycamore Inn (Restaurant)
8318 Foothill Blvd.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730-3109
(909) 982-1104 

"A landmark of hospitality on the legendary Route 66 since 1848… featuring Midwestern corn-fed prime steaks, prime ribs of beef, a tradition at the Inn for generations, as well as other delicious and exciting entrees, salads, and side dishes… Over 40 wines by the glass are available for guests’ pleasure".
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Suite 106 (Cupcakery) 
11920 Foothill Blvd #130
Rancho Cucamonga CA 91739
(888) 977-6458

Sisters who succeeded on the Food Network show "Cupcake Wars" operate their dessert business in Rancho Cucamonga when they aren’t catering for special events and celebrities. "Suite 106 Cupcakery is a locally owned and operated bakery using only the freshest and finest all natural and organic with no GMO gourmet ingredients"
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Wigwam Motel (Lodging)
2728 W Foothill Blvd
San Bernardino, CA 92410
(909) 875-3005

Built in 1949: "The motel's village-style arrangement of nineteen 30-foot-tall tepees made from wood framing, concrete and stucco draws much admiration from all generations. Each individual wigwam is carefully equipped with all the traveler's essentials with grounds that includes of grass area, an outdoor barbecue grill and kidney-shaped swimming pool".
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Summit Inn (Restaurant) - Under Reconstruction
5970 Mariposa Rd.
Hesperia, CA 92344
(760) 949-8688

This historic and iconic Summit Inn was the perfect stop for celebrities like John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Pierce Brosnan, and Clint Eastwood in the 50s & 60's. Tragedy struck the restaurant on August 12, 2016 when the Blue Cut Fire crossed the Inn's path. The restaurant is currently under reconstruction. The iconic diner specializes in ostrich burgers; likely buys its meat from O K corral ostrich farms.
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California Route 66 (Museum)
16825 D Street
Victorville, CA 92393
(760) 951-0436

"California Route 66 Museum is devoted to the representation of U.S. Highway 66 in both historic and contemporary exhibition. The museum intends to continually promote, preserve, and educate the public throughout the world bringing relative weight to the cultural influences". Entrance is free
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Emma Jean’s Holland Burger (Café)
17143 N D St.
Victorville, CA 92394
(760) 243-9938

The iconic Emma Jean's has been featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins & Dives. Emma Jean's is a very popular eatery along the Route 66, perfect for all road trippers looking to get the most out of your drive. *Closed Sundays
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Harvey House Railroad Depot
681 N. First Ave
Barstow, CA 92311
(760) 255-1890 or (877) 997-8366

The building is in amazing condition and looks much like it did when it was a busy train station. Today the Barstow Harvey House Railroad Depot is used for Greyhound and Amtrak station, the Mother Road Route 66 Museum, and the Western America Railroad Museum. *Entrance is free
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Elmer’s Bottletree Ranch (Attraction)
National Trails Highway
Oro Grande, CA 92368

Elmer’s Bottletree Ranch is literally a forest of bottle trees (large metal pipes with bottles hanging from them), located along the Mother Road, Route 66, right in the heart of the California desert. Open sunrise to sunset. Elmer accepts donations but it is free to enter.
*Entrance is free
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Amboy Crater Trail Hike
Crater Road & Route 66
Amboy, CA 92304

"Amboy Crater is nestled half way between Barstow and Needles, just off historic Route 66. A visit to Amboy Crater will definitely take you back in time. Ten thousand years ago, this cinder cone volcano erupted, transforming the surrounding landscape. There is a 3-mile round trip trail leading up and into the crater". *Entrance is free
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The Goffs School House (Museum)
37198 Lanfair Road
Goffs, CA

The Goffs School was built in 1914 and served the outlying families of the area from 1914 through 1937. It is a survivor of old Route 66 The restored school, active between 1913 and 1937, is now a museum. The school has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places
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