This morning my son played a baseball game on the Westside in San Bernardino on Mount Vernon Avenue. Seeing the signs for Route 66 gave me an idea to travel on the historic highway this afternoon and get some photos of all the historic motels and restaurants that were a big part of American life before the freeways took over. I expected to get all the way to Santa Monica; however, there were so many stops to photograph and so many fun things to do, that I only made it to Fontana before the sun started setting. So, this will have to be a series of photoessays. It's fun to have some exciting day trips on the agenda.
The freeways caused the Westside of San Bernardino to deteriorate over the years since the tourists no longer travel this road regularly.
This hotel is still in business but I wouldn't recommend it to family or friends. This sign used to say "Beer" - which I am sure was a welcome sight after traveling through the hot and dusty Mojave Desert.
I love photographing these little unique motels and Mount Vernon Avenue was full of them.
I thought this Motel Holiday Inn was really funny. I wanted to go in and look around, but the characters loitering around the OK Liquor store next to it, made me stay close to my car.
The Mitla Cafe is really famous for delicious Mexican food and I love how the Route 66 is well marked with signs telling of the historical significance of the attractions.
On that corner, everywhere you turn, there are tempting Mexican restaurants. I'll have to come back here when I'm hungry and try them all.
This Santa Fe smokestack on Mount Vernon Avenue is evidence of San Bernardino's important historical role as a major transportation hub.
As we turned onto Foothill Boulevard, the highway is lined with motels for tired travelors:
The Wigwam Motel is the best of all! Until a few years ago, the sign used to read: "Do it in a Teepee" and the motel would rent rooms by the hour. New ownership has worked very hard to restore these unique buildings to their original quirkiness and the sign now reads: "Slept in a Teepee lately?" This was the highlight of the trip for my daughter - she was completely fascinated.
To continue driving down Route 66 with us, please visit the next installment to this series: Route 66- Rialto.