Driving Route 66 Across California
Route 66, the Mother Road, ran southwest out of Kingman through Cool Springs to Oatman, and onward to Golden Shores and Topock where it turned west to Needles, California.
The Mother Road then passed through cities and towns like these as it made its way westbound across California:
- Newberry Springs
The end of the Trail ... in Santa Monica, California
- Cajon Pass
- San Bernadino
- Santa Monica
The route ended at the famed Santa Monica Pier in the Los Angeles area.
From the Arizona state line to San Bernardino U.S. Highway 66 followed the old National Old Trails Highway.
The highway is now mostly replaced with several streets in Los Angeles, State Route 66 (SR 66), Interstate 15 (I-15) and I-40.
Map showing approximate Route 66 location from Needles to Santa Monica
For those interested in the history of the old road, we recommend a visit to the California Route 66 Museum in historic Old Town Victorville, and the Route 66 Mother Road Museum in Barstow.
Route 66 Museum in Victorville, California
The Mother Road Museum, Barstow, California
Vintage Scenes Along Route 66 in California
Earlier days of Route 66 through Cajon Pass in California
Siberia, California Texaco service station and post office between Bagdad and Ludlow
Modern-Day Scenes Along Route 66 in California
Roy's Motel and Cafe in Amboy, California
Old Town Route 66 in Victorville, California
Harvey House in Barstow, California
The Bagdad Cafe in California
WigWam Motel in San Bernadino, California, since 1949
The eastern-most city on Route 66 in California: Needles
Classic Motels Along Route 66 in California
|Route 66 Motel|
California has always been a popular destination for tourists and those migrated to the Far West.
During the 1930s, as automobiles became a more dominant and affordable means of transportation, and more highways like Route 66 were constructed, tourist courts were built, offering the privacy and comfort of a one-room accommodation.
Whether they were called courts, cottages, cabins, or lodges, they offered similar amenities.
Gradually a newer, but similar, concept evolved: the motel, between an auto tourist camp and the traditional downtown hotel. And many adopted the "art deco" theme popular at the time.
Included here are several motels from the earlier days of Route 66 which exhibit the typical lodging colors, textures and designs of that era.
New Kansan Motel in Cucamonga, California on Route 66
Palm Tropics Motel & Cafe on Route 66 in Glendora, California
Sage Motel in Barstow, California on Route 66
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