Check out the full schedule for California, including meetups and photo ops, below:
Meetups (All Times Local)
Tuesday, July 31, 5–7 p.m.: Barstow Station (1611 East Main Street, Barstow, CA 92311). Join us at the renowned highway traveler hub that is Barstow Station. You might even catch a train going by behind the station!
Wednesday, August 1, 5–7 p.m.: Wigwam Village #7 (2728 East Foothill Blvd., San Bernardino, CA). Wigwam Village #7 is one of only three remaining Wigwam Village sites in the U.S. (there were originally seven such tipi-shaped cabin villages scattered throughout the southwest). Experience the 30-foot tall, National Register-listed tipis, which have been lovingly restored by the current owners, at this event.
Thursday, August 2, 4–9 p.m.: Clifton's Republic (648 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014). Former owner Clifford Clinton opened this branch of his public cafeteria chain in 1935 with a mountain lodge theme, complete with rocky waterfalls, a forest chapel, wildlife dioramas, and a full-size redwood tree. What's more, all of Clifton’s restaurants were a welcoming place for everyone, even those who couldn’t afford to pay for their meals, and they were promoted in the Negro Motorist Green Book as a haven for travelers of all backgrounds. Today, Clifton's iconic features have been restored by the establishment's new owner. Live music, complimentary light bites, a Route 66-inspired cocktail, and prizes for Route 66 supporters will be included during this special event, which is being generously sponsored by the Los Angeles Breakfast Club.
Friday, August 3, 5–9 p.m.: Mel's Drive-In (1670 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404). After spending the last 25 years entombed beneath a dull drop ceiling and the beigest of beige drywall, Santa Monica's vintage 1959 Penguin coffee shop has been restored to its Googie architecture glory. Located a stone's throw from the endpoint of Route 66, Mel's Drive-In is the perfect place to celebrate the end of our epic trip. You’ll have the chance to explore our road crew’s 27-foot Airstream—our travel caravan that over the course of the trip has become a mobile museum of Route 66 souvenirs, postcards, photos, and memorabilia. You can also meet the National Geographic writer and photographer who joined us for the entire journey as they reflect on their experiences. And of course, there will be plenty of Route 66 swag to spare!
- El Garces
- Roy's Motel and Cafe
- Harvey House Railroad Depot
- Bottle Tree Ranch
- Route 66 Museum
- Le Roy's
- Aztec Hotel
- Southwest Museum
- Green Book Sites
Check out the rest of the schedule.