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That’s It, we’re here, after nearly 2,450 miles we are crossing California border, the land full of beautiful women, beaches, citrus-rich inland valleys, mountains and the demanding Mojave Desert. Here route 66 passes through almost every type of Californian landscape to end at the edge of the Pacific Ocean, on a palm-lined pier of Santa Monica. But, before we reach the sweet beaches of the Pacific Ocean where the route comes to rest, we must overcome a few natural and human-made obstacles amongst which there is metropolis of Los Angeles!


Roadside Attractions

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Calico

  • Needles: Location – Needles. It is the hottest city in the United States and is the last oasis of greenery for several hundred miles before Route 66 rushes into one of the most extreme landscapes of The Mojave Desert.
  • The Amboy Crater : Amboy – Volcanic crater located in the Amboy, a ghost town since the late 1940s. Once the town that had its church, school, airport, cemetery, etc.
  • The Ghost Town of Calico: Location – Calico. Located in the heart of the Mojave Desert, 5 km off Route 66. It includes the abandoned buildings of an old mining town.
  • Bagdad Cafe: Location – Newberry Springs. The setting for Percy Adlon’s German production – “Bagdad Cafe”, also known as “Out of Rosenheim”. The film is a comedy about two separated women who meet in a remote truck-stop cafe and motel in the Mojave Desert.
  • The Bottle Tree Ranch: Location – East of Helendale. Amazing artistic composition, of hundreds of empty left bottles and old signs picked up from places near Route 66.
  • Old Outpost Cafe: Location – Cajon Pass. The cafe set at the last highest peak on Route 66. At 1280 meters, it starts its long descent towards the megalopolis of Los Angeles.
  • Hollywood Boulevard: Location – Los Angeles. Handprints and footprints of famous stars and celebrities of cinema, television, theatre, music and entertainment, set on the boulevard in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
  • Santa Monica Pier & Beach: Location – Santa Monica. The Pier, officially marks the end of Route 66. It also contains a family amusement park with a large Ferris wheel, carousel from the 1920s, a pub, and restaurants.

Outdoor Destinations

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Yosemite National Park

  • Joshua Tree Oasis, National Park : Distance – 2.5 miles, 5 min from Needles, CA. Park covers 800000 acres of the Mojave and Colorado Deserts, preserving two separate desert ecosystems at different altitudes. The name of the park derives from the distinctive Joshua Tree, a tall-growing variety of the yucca genus that is very common in this area. Attractions – Hiking, Camping, Mountain Biking, Horse Riding, Nature Watching.
  • Channel Islands National Park: Distance – 67 miles, 1 h 10 min from Los Angeles, CA. These five remarkable islands and their ocean environment, preserves and protects a wealth of natural and cultural resources. Being in isolation for over thousands of years, The Islands have created a unique environment for animals, plants, and archaeological resources that can be found nowhere else on Earth.  Attractions – Hiking, Camping, Snorkelling, Kayaking, Swimming, Birdwatching.
  • Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area: Distance – 38 miles, 1 h from Los Angeles, CA. 153,075 acres of scenic mountain vistas that offer a wealth of outdoor recreational activities and is just a few miles away from Los Angeles. Attractions –Hiking, Biking, Horse Riding.
  • Yosemite National Park: Distance – 280 miles, 4 h 30 min from Pasadena, CA.The Park is Located in the Sierra Nevada mountains in east – central California, and is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It contains spectacular granite cliffs, clear streams, waterfalls, giant sequoia groves, and diversity of biological life. Attractions – Mountain Biking, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Rafting, Water Sports, Rock Climbing, Golfing, Winter Sports.
  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Distance – 272 miles 5 h from Pasadena, CA. A land of Giants. This landscape perfectly depicts nature’s size, beauty, and diversity with its rugged foothills, deep canyons and huge mountains. It also is known for its vast caverns and the world’s largest trees.  Attractions – Fishing, Hiking, Horse Riding, Nature Watching, Kayaking, Camping, Caving, Rock Climbing, Skiing in the winter.
  • Redwood National Park: Distance – 686 miles, 10 h 40 min from Pasadena, CA. The park is another UNESCO World Heritage Site located in California. It preserves several groves of massive redwood trees, which live up to 2000 years, and can grow to an impressive heights of 367 feet. Attractions – Hiking, Camping, Mountain Biking, Swimming, Water Activities, Nature Watching, you may even see the grey whale.

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