California

"Golden State"

Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles CA

Hollywood is a world famous district of Los Angeles California.
The sign on the hill is 45 feet (14 metres) high and 360 feet (110 metres) long. You can see it from a distance only, because direct access – by car and on foot – is forbidden.

A view of the centre of Los Angeles, not always bathed in sunlight. Once owned by Spain, then by Mexico, it stays Spanish language city.

A view of the centre of Los Angeles, CA

Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles CA

Griffith Observatory for lovers of astronomy and... the Terminator. The scenes of the first part of this movie were shot right here. The director of the latest part “Terminator: Genisys” used it once more in 2015.

Walt Disney Concert Hall at South Grand Avenue 111. This amazing construction was designed by Frank Gehry, well known American architect of Polish-Jewish descent. He’s the one who designed the Dancing House in Prague, in Poland unfortunately he designed nothing so far.

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles CA

Hollywood Walk of Fame CA

Hollywood Walk of Fame at Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street commemorates a very important persons of showbusiness. There’s Dolby Theatre (known as a Kodak Theatre before) – where every year Oscars ceremony takes place, Chinese Theatre and Egyptian Theatre.

Beverly Hills Hotel at Sunset Boulevard. This is the hotel which appears on the cover of Eagles album “Hotel California” issued in 1976. To this day the title song stays on the top of the hit charts of all time.

Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles CA

Two Rodeo Los Angeles CA

Two Rodeo is a street in a European style added to Rodeo Drive – the most expensive street in LA with luxury brands shops.

Santa Monica Pier at the Pacific Ocean in Los Angeles metropolis.

Santa Monica Pier CA

A view of the beach from Palisades Park, Santa Monica CA

A view of the beach from Palisades Park – a long promenade on a cliff just right for a walk before setting out on a long road.

Right here at the End of the Trail sign starts our journey in opposite direction, which means from the very end of the West to the East – to Chicago. That’s 2448 miles (3939 km) of the road ahead of us.

In fact Route 66 ends at a busy highway. For safety reasons they moved its symbolic end to the 4th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard junction. The sign on the pier stands here since the time when you could drive onto a pier, and stays a cult place to this day.

End of the Trail Route 66, Santa Monica Pier CA

The beach in Santa Monica CA

A wide beach, just like in “Baywatch” series.

A memorial plaque at the end of the pier commemorates well known man, hippie and artist Robert Waldmire. He spent his life in Volkswagen Bus, literally living on Route 66. He draw maps of the Trail, postcards of known places of Route 66, posters, also signboards and murals in cities where the Road runs through. Additionally he often put witty slogans, sometimes a lot of information in small print on it. Pacifist, living without a cellular phone and no internet, loving his home – Route 66.

Tribute to Robert Waldmire, Santa Monica Pier CA

66 to Cali, Santa Monica CA

The first shop on Route 66 called “66 to Cali”. You can buy here t-shirts and boards – everything “Proudly Made in the USA”. Shawn, with a big smile on his face, spent with us an hour preparing us for the journey.

Shawn! Thank you once more for preparing us so good to the road!

One out of two Wigwam Motel at Route 66 – here in San Bernardino CA. Each wigwam has one room with bathroom! Construction itself is made of concrete.

Wigwam Motel, San Bernardino CA

First in the world original McDonald’s, San Bernardino CA

First in the world original McDonald’s was opened in San Bernardino in 1940. It’s a museum now.

Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch in the middle of nowhere in Oro Grande CA. It’s an amazing place, especially just before the sunset, when low falling sunrays reflect in this colorful glass. The wind stirs the metal parts, just like it was playing its own melodies. Little humming birds come running to the mini waterholes on the bottle trees. Once you experience it, you will never forget it.

  • Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch CA

Route 66 Motel, Barstow CA

Route 66 Motel in Barstow CA – it’s a first night on the road for us. Ideal place for a real American lodging – rooms with round beds, and six and a half feet from a bed... next to the window we leave our car on the parking lot.

A wonderful couple from India runs this motel for 35 years (they live in the USA for over 50 years). The motel was opened in 1860! You can see here the old photos dating 1928, when the whole Barstow was only this motel and one property on the other side of the street. The owners of this motel are a mine of knowledge about Route 66. They shared with us very practical current information, including the journey “beyond the Trail” to Las Vegas and Grand Canyon.

Mridu and Ved Shandil

Ved and Mridu! We will never forget you, your advices for the trip and the night at your motel!

  • Calico Ghost Town, Yermo CA

Calico Ghost Town in Yermo CA located at the silver mines, was founded in 1881. In a span of 12 years they extracted $20 million in silver ore(!). Unfortunately, the town lasted as long as the gold rush, and it became deserted very soon. Today this town is renovated and with lots of shops and restaurants attracts tourists who want to experience on their own how it was to live in the Wild West. The buildings remain in original state, you can take an old train and go around the town with hearty guide, or go for a shopping and buy colorful candies straight from a big jar on the old counter. Spirits of gunmen are floating over the town, and you will never know what may happen on this sandy main street of the Calico Ghost Town...

Peggy Sue’s 50’s Diner in Yermo looks like taken out of an American movie from the 50s. Booths, counter stools, candy colors. And smiling waitresses bustle around the tables, pouring another cup of coffee. You can eat here hamburgers, big meat sandwiches, and ice cream sundae for a dessert. After the dinner you can take a look on a photo’s collection on the walls with well-known Hollywood people (current owner has worked with movie stars for years). You can also buy beautiful souvenirs and toys in the shop next to the diner.

Peggy Sue’s 50’s Diner, Yermo CA

Thermometer, Baker CA

The world’s tallest thermometer in Baker CA is 134 feet high (that’s 41 meters) and it’s a gate to the Death Valley, where in July 1913 the top temperature in the world 134 degrees Fahrenheit (57 degrees Celsius) was recorded. This is an unbeatable record until today. Don’t forget that the given temperature is measured in a shadow...

Baker is located at Interstate 15, that’s not at Route 66 which goes to the south of here. We couldn’t take Route 66 because, as Ved in Barstow told us, there where flooded bridges and the Road was not passable. That’s what happens sometimes on Route 66.

Colorado River running through Needles is the border between California and Arizona state. This is here, on the bridge which doesn’t exist anymore, where second to last scene of “Convoy” movie was filmed. Right here Rubber Duck Truck, under the fire of state police and military, falls down from the bridge to the Colorado River. But, as Kris Kristofferson said in the last scene of the movie: “Have you ever seen a duck who can’t swim?” ;-)

  • Needles CA

Route 66 map in California

Length of Route 66 in California is ca. 314 miles (ca. 505 km).

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