Towns, Communities and Cities

This section lists all of the places or points of interest along Route 66 in California. We’ve compiled this places that might interest you as they also include historical and nostalgic significance – some related to Route 66 and some that are simply along or near Route 66.

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A map of the points of interest along Route 66.  Click on a 66 shield to learn about that segment.

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Below is an alphabetical list of the points of interest along Route 66 in California.

Amboy

Situated in the Mojave desert some 30 miles east from Ludlow, about 80 km west from Needles, and about 50 miles north of Twentynine Palms, the town was founded as a mining site which became active before the railroad gave it a stop. The chloride works where…

Barstow

Today's Barstow, a transportation hub where Hwy 58, Interstates I-15 and I-40 merge and Route 66 travels through town on Main Street. Just off the I-15 freeway at the junction of I-15 and I-40 is the popular Barstow Station with its many gift shops and of…

Daggett

Daggett is a small town in the Mojave Desert located approximately eight miles east of Barstow on I-40, (See Regional Map). It is easily overlooked by those using Route 66 as a travel theme and yet the "Mother Road" passes right through the town. Daggett is…

Goffs

Goffs was named by the Santa Fe railroad to be in alphabetical with towns beginning at Amboy, with the letter A, and ending in Needles with the letter N.  As mentioned, it was mainly a railroad junction town with the California Eastern Railway. The main…

Highland Park

by Scott Piotrowski The Highland Park community of Los Angeles defies any definition. One day it will be arts and crafts, that evening a craft beer mecca, and the next day an historic Latino enclave. Make of it what you will, Highland Park always has been…

Needles

Needles by Maggie McShan Needles boasts 10.8 continuous miles of historic Route 66 between the two most outlying off ramps of I-40, except for one brief interruption. The general flow of traffic seems to be from east to west, so exit I-40 just past the…

Newberry Springs

What’s So Special About Newberry Springs? by Rich Stock Reprinted from Desert Life, July 1993 The Bill Delaney Collection That appears to be a popular question among Barstow residents and even some local residents as they are witnessing an increased pace of…

Pasadena

By Bill Delaney For over a century, we have invited the world to share in Pasadena's tradition of bringing in the New Year. Millions have viewed the floral spectacular of the Tournament of Roses Parade and experienced the excitement of the Rose Bowl Game. A…

Rancho Cucamonga

By Edward Dietl (Mr. Ed) Long before modern man came to make his home in Southern California, Indians walked a trail through the Kukaumo-nga territory. Much later came the Missionaries who built our famous missions along the California coast all within a…

San Bernardino

Indians originally occupied the San Bernardino Valley. Two of the major documented tribes in the early 1800's were the Serranos and the Cahuilla Indians. Existing evidence indicates that Indian tribes may have dwelled in the San Bernardino Valley for more…

Santa Monica

By Dan Rice, past president, California Historic Route 66 Association Santa Monica became a permanent part of the road’s history on January 1, 1936.  As the city of Los Angeles grew, the original terminus was extended from downtown L.A. to the corner of…

Victorville

By Sharon Foster In 1858 Aaron G. Lane came to the High Desert and created the hamlet of “Lane’s  Crossing”, which for many years provided the shelter and supplies for the people making the journey across the desert from the east to San Bernardino.  Lane’s…