According to the City of Victorville, U.S. Route 66 was established in 1926, connecting motorists from the Midwest to the West Coast. It winds from Chicago, Illinois, to Santa Monica, California, with various cities along its stretches of highway. On the East Coast, is where you can find the vibrant community of Victorville, with its Seventh and D Streets that were once part of this national highway.
Here is an excellent opportunity for motorists to experience the “Mother Road,” as it is often referred to, by traveling from Barstow to Victorville. You can find many hidden gems during this short 38-mile road trip, including a unique steel truss bridge and must-visit Route 66 museum, and then stay in a hotel room in Victorville at the Holiday Inn Victorville.
Route 66’s Hidden Gems
Mojave River Steel Bridge
A few miles northwest of Downtown Victorville, where Route 66 crosses the Mojave River, is a memorable two-lane steel truss bridge that spans 575 feet. According to the California Historic Route 66 Association, this 1932 bridge is incredibly unique not only because it’s the only bridge that crosses this California route but because it curves around an area of the river that carries water year-round, providing a distinct shape.
California Route 66 Museum
The California Route 66 Museum features interactive exhibits such as a VW Love Bus, 1917 Model T Ford, and an Outhouse for Instagram-worthy images. You will also find a multitude of pieces, from signs to books, of memorable. The museum, which is open on the weekends only, charges a nominal admission fee of $2.00 per person or $5.00 for a family with up to seven members.
Emma Jean’s Holland Burger Café
Emma Jean’s Holland Burger Café is a family-friendly restaurant, serving classic breakfasts and lunches to locals and travelers. The restaurant’s rich history and retro charm have been featured in many movies and television shows such as Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. The restaurant sits on Historic Route 66 – now called D Street – in Victorville. The restaurant is open six days a week and is closed on Sundays.
Stay in a Hotel Room in Victorville
Enjoy all the comforts of home when you book a hotel room in Victorville. Conveniently located off Highway 15, Holiday Inn Victorville features spacious guest rooms with thoughtful amenities such as mini-refrigerators and coffee makers, along with flat-screen televisions.
Hotel guests will appreciate the hotel’s casual dining atmosphere that offers delicious menu options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In addition, kids ages 11 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée, any day of the week.
Relax at the hotel’s sizeable outdoor pool (open April 1st through November 15th) or work out in its fitness center. The latter, open daily from 5:30 am to 11:00 pm, features various cardio equipment and free weights to slay your health goals. Book a hotel room in Victorville today.
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