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Old 07-13-2010, 08:00 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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I'll be going on a cross country trip and back in two weeks to California and am just wondering if any of yall are familiar with Victorville, San Bernardino, and Needles.....based on books I've read Victorville and Needles are supposed to be historic towns on historic Route 66 that evoke the good ol days, and that while San Bernardino is a major city there are still many Route 66 sights in the area. We will be driving to Los Angeles from Utah/Nevada down I-15 and then east toward Arizona and New Mexico after a couple days in L.A.

So for trip planning, just wondering if these places are worth stopping in and how long it would take to see the sights. Anyone specifically can suggest their favorite diners/cafes (either country style/down home cooking or Mexican food) on Route 66? HOpefully one that was there in the heyday of 66 and has a lot of history? I do know about Roy's in Amboy but that will be out of the way too far but in Victorville, SB and Needles?
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Old 07-13-2010, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Declezville, CA
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The following three restaurants all date back to the US 66, pre-15 days. I've been to each one and recommend them all.

Emma Jean's Holland Burger Cafe
17143 N D St
Victorville, CA 92394


Summit Inn Restaurant
5960 Mariposa Rd
Oak Hills, CA 92345

Newton's Outpost Cafe
8685 US Hwy 395
Hesperia, CA 92345

I can recommend some along the Fontana/Cucamonga stretch of Rt 66 if you think you'll still be hungry once you get down here into the valley.
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Old 07-13-2010, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Declezville, CA
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I suggest you take old 66 (National Trails Hwy) South out of Barstow, bypassing the freeway for some 35 miles. You'll pass through some classic old towns that seem frozen in time. Near the end of your journey along the old alignment, you'll conveniently pass right by Emma Jean's.
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Old 07-13-2010, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Yes! Another Rt.66'er!
First, contact the National Route 66 Association, and they'll be more than happy to give you info. There's a Rt. 66 Museum in Victorville.
Then, go to the bookstore, which it sounds like you've already done, and read up. Go online, and just google Rt.66 attractions, and you'll have more info that you can digest.

I took a trip east from CA last year, and saw lots of stuff on 66. Depending on what you think is interesting, there is just so much to see. Much of 66 is still there and drivable (such fun!!) and you certainly don't have to travel the whole thing to enjoy it; just bits and pieces here and there give you a sense of the Mother Road.

Much of what you'll see is abandoned things; motels, gas stations, etc, which is fascinating, but there are many many survivors too.

In AZ, there is Twin Arrows, Two Guns (both abandoned trading posts), right along side the road. In NM there is of course Albuquerque (the Old Town part is fun).

If you're staying overnight in NM, I highly recommend the Blue Swallow in Tucumcari, a great old-fashioned motel, with great neon at night. I stayed there, it's great to go back in time a bit to see how people used to experience motels; the Blue Swallow still has dial phones in the room (they work!), but everything has been updated, so it's a nice stay.

Here are some pics to whet your appetite:
Worlds longest Rt.66 map:


Wigwam hotel in Holbrook AZ


Old Town Albuquerque:


Rt. 66 sculpture in Tucumcari, NM


Good Travels to you! PM me for more recommendations if you'd like.
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Old 07-14-2010, 12:59 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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Stop at Amboy.
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Old 07-14-2010, 05:44 PM
 
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Is the Wigwam Hotel in Fontana/Rialto still functional on the route, or did they level that for a McBurgenny's?
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Old 07-14-2010, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Declezville, CA
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It's still there in Rialto, but it's a motel rather than a hotel.
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Old 07-17-2010, 09:02 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Thanks a lot for the replies! I think Emma Jean's definitely sounds good for lunch. We do have limited time but we definitely will stop there for lunch or dinner goin to or from LA.

We'll be spending a night in Kingman and driving Route 66 to Seligman then taking the INterstate eastward but making some stops in Williams, Winslow, Holbrook, Gallup, and Tucumcari. I actually did look into the Blue Swallow but their office closes too early for our check-in but we booked the Route 66 Motels in both Kingman and Tucumcari. Also plan on hitting up the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo and seeing the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo.
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Old 07-17-2010, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Declezville, CA
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I suggest the Brian Burger at Emma Jean's.
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Old 07-17-2010, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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A few more quick stops you can make:

Glenrio TX: Ghost town on the NM/TX border, home of the "first/last motel"
(first motel if you're coming INTO Texas, last motel if you're LEAVING)

Adrian TX: the mid-point on Rt.66. Great little 66 cafe, with good food; be sure and sign the guest book.

Conroy TX: (if you're going this far), Up the road a ways from the Cadillac Ranch, this is the same concept, but with VW bugs.
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