Barstow Travel Guide

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Barstow Things to Do

  • Calico ghost town

    Calico Ghost Town close to Barstow is a former mining village that is maintained in a manner that reflects its heydey as a mining centre. It's owned by the same people as Knott's Berry Farm who wanted to preserve the identity of the place although it's not got a theme park feel. We arrived around 10:30am and it was fairly quiet although after a...

  • Skyline Drive-In

    I truly miss the drive-ins. So I was so excited in seeing how my boys would react to one and they loved it. They sat outside in lawn chairs snacking away. It was a great evening and we certainly enjoyed the shows. You get to see a double movie and this drive-in has two screens, which is cool. The snack bar was very retro to the era and very clean....

  • Old Iron Barstow Rail Bridge

    I surmise this bridge was constructed around the turn of the century when the automobile came into play. There is not much history out there the tells about this bridge other than I think was built when services were needed to connect main street to the Harvey House rebuilt in 1911. So you can imagine how very old it is and still to this day...

  • Back to the silver rush

    We had the plesure to visit Calico Ghosttown in July '10/ Yhough the temperature was very high, it was a real pleasure for us and the kids to go back in times of the silver rush. Calico is located just 10 miles out of Barstow, heading north.

  • Main Street Murals

    What can I say...Murals Rock! Murals are so much part of the mystic of our Americana society. They are just beautiful pieces of just a climpse of our history. Barstow stepped up to the plate by being part of this wonderful part of California history and enhancing the charm of their wonderful Main Street. They all are located in the wonderful...

  • Old Woman Springs Meterorite

    This facility houses the second largest meterorite in the US. It weighs 6,070 pounds (2,750 kg) and composes mostly of iron, about 6% nickel, plus small amounts of cobalt, phosphorus, chromium, and sulphur. Barstow is so lucky to have such a rare item, since it is on loan from the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C. This facility also enhances...

  • Mojave River Valley Museum

    This museum has loads of wonderful exhibits and artifacts of the history of the Mojave River Valley and when Father Garces ventured through here in 1776. It encludes other pathfinders, pioneers, miners, railroads and so much more. A huge historical collection of photo's. Plus, there is a wonderrful area outside with lots of different items to...

  • Casa Del Desierto- aka Harvey House 1911

    Growing up during much simplier times, watching TV all day on Saturday was relaxing. My sisters and myself were very active in sports, so it was always nice to just watch TV all day once in awhile. One of our favorites was Judy Garland musicals and the Harvey Girls is a classic. My mom remembers the Harvey Houses and the Harvey Girls, so these old...

  • Barstow's Route 66 Mother Road Musuem

    This is one of the neatest Route 66 museums and gift shop! It is actually located in a section of the Historic Harvey House. It is filled with all sorts of memorabilia donated by locals who span from all the local communities outside of Barstow and remember the days of old Route 66. Plus, they have a wonderful gift with all sorts of Route 66 items...

  • Western America Railroad Museum

    This is a really neat museums that has lots of wonderful artifacts that inform and educate the history of the Western American Railroad. Plus, it is located in a section of the historic Harvey House. It has several rooms of railroad equipment, artifacts, memormabilla, date nails and the main gallery. It has even a neat little gift shop. So please...

  • Calico Ghost Town

    The Calico Ghost Town is located just outside of Barstow in the Mojave Desert. The town was founded in March 1881, and it grew to a population of 1,200 with 22 saloons and more than 500 mines. Silver and then later borates were mined here. The admission to the town is $6.95 for adults, but there is a $1 off coupon on their brochure which you can...

  • Take a look out your rear a...

    Not much to talk about in Barstow but the sunsets are pretty nice and its worth a stop too pee and check it out


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Barstow Restaurants

  • Chain Food but OK

    This is a chain of "family-orientated" restaurants located in the South West with 115 branches in Califonia, Nevada, Arizona and Colorado. The menu of American classics, with a few Mexican touches, has an upscale feel without being overly expensive. Service here in Barstow was friendly and efficient in typical Californian fashion. Equally-typically...

  • Not kid friendly!

    We stopped in here to have dinner after our lovely day at Calico Ghost Town in Yermo. Since it is located off Old Hwy 58, we thought why not try it out. The place is very rustic and much bigger inside than you realize. It is very dated decor, but still very nice and unique. The waitress was really nice. Yet, here is my beef with them!If you have...

  • A Great Quick Meal on the Road

    In-N-Out Burger is a California favorite. Started in 1948, it is still a privately-held, family-run business. They are known for their fresh ingredients and simple menu. Burgers, fries, sodas, and shakes. That is it.This particular restaurant is very large and handles a large volume of customers.We were served very promptly and courteously. The...

  • A very good surprise and a great service

    We were attracted to this place by the name bakery. And we didn't regret at all. I strongly recommend this restaurant without pretention but where the quality of the dishes was pretty good. I also want to recognize the very god service of the staff in this restaurant. I enjoyed the "Angus Steak and Shrimp Scampi Pasta". The meat was perfectly cut...

  • Route 66 Location

    I wanted to list some places I notice right from the get go. I have not tried this establishment, but plan too the next time we go there again. It looked trendy and approachable. It's located in a old department store building on the old Route 66 strip, which seemed pretty cool.

  • Not surprise to see one:-)

    This is the type of Denny's I am familiar with. They've held onto the original structure for its time period. Many of the Denny's across California have gone to that retro design, which is nice. The one in our area has gone with a western decor. This one is just fine the way it is. It is just down the street from the Barstow Station if you want a...


Barstow Nightlife

  • This is a Hunter S place!

    This is not to be confused with Goff's Schoolhouse which actually is a schoolhouse!!My visit to this schoolhouse was one more of my little small town American highlights. Sexy women, low lighting, soft music, a smoochy dance or two, sitting out on the porch at midnight with new friends, a cigarette and a beer in hand, listening to the night sounds...

  • The Home of the Irish Car Bomb

    Irish Car Bomb: Half fill a 10oz tumbler with draft Guinness, take a shot glass and almost fill with Emmetts (Similar to Baileys), then float a splash of Jamesons whiskey on the top. Drop bomb into Guinness and down in one - delish!Mollie's Pub was a real find in the corner of an uninspiring mall here in Downtown Barstow with a predominantly...

  • Redneck heaven

    Our Place Bar on Highway 58 west of Barstow....well we've passed by it for years and this time my human decided to break out and go in and have a look see and a couple of beers. Not unlike the star wars bar scene, it was interesting to say the least....people in civil defiance of the Calif no smoking laws...draft and CAN beer...pork rinds for sale...


Barstow Transportation

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    The Lady and The Sedan

    by johngayton Updated Nov 2, 2014

    This is an amazing system for getting around Barstow in the late evenings, either to, from or between the pubs, bars and hotels and is run as a free service - with gratuities for the driver appreciated. I'm not sure how this works, nor how it is funded, but on enquiring at Mollie's about a taxi back to my hotel, John, the bar owner sorted out a lift from the "Lady with the Sedan", who operates the service.

    I got kinda distracted by John's suggestion of maybe another beer somewhere - with me being so easily-led, and so the hotel bit was put on temporary hold.

    A phone call from his pub has our lift awaiting within minutes and whisks us off to another bar, but there's not a lot happening there and so we continue onto The Schoolhouse and arrange to be picked up again at 12.30 am.

    The lady driver must have a pretty good sense of humour and discretion driving us drunks around the town!

    New drinking buddies and lady driver.
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Barstow Shopping

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    I can remember this facility being boasted as the largest McDonalds in the US, but now it is one of the largest. Still, this facility is unique and seen some awful hardship. I remember back in the 80's it caught fire when a motorist vehicle caught fire in the drive thru and later some crazy decided to open fire in McDonalds. Yet, people still come,...

  • 1 Mile Mall

    This mall stretches practically all along the old downtown area on Main Street. We did a little of window shopping and noticed some of the antiques in the stores were items we used as kids or remembering things our parents! Wow, I am old:-P Any how, it was fun window shopping with the boys and just enjoying the beautiful day.

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Barstow Warnings and Dangers

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    Stay away from the Days Inn...

    by KnotH3ad Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Stay away from the Days Inn Motel.

    Location: Coolwater Lane.
    Unique Qualities: This hotel messed up the credit card billing for myself and my coworkers so badly that they maxed out our cards and another guy wasn't charged at all. The staff at the front desk doesn't know what they are doing and the manager has a major communication problem. The beds are EXTREMELY uncomfortable. STAY AWAY FROM THE DAYS INN.
    More Info: The Barstow Days Inn messed up my billing and my complaints to the corporate offices were practically ignored. I will never stay in a Days Inn again because of this experience.

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Barstow Off The Beaten Path

  • Dana Park - A place to relax

    We went across the street to lay in the grass and relax some. I had been running the family every where and they were somewhat tuckered! Youth...go firgure!Located near I-15 exit, Centennial Park, Fire Station/Memorial Helmet, across from the Mojave River Valley Museum. 850 Barstow RoadDana Park Community Building Hours:Monday-Friday,...

  • Solar Array

    This place is quite amazing! Apparently this site is featured in the film Gattica.From the CLUI site: This is the largest, in output, commercial solar power plant in the world, generating around 160 megawatts at its peak. It is one of three separately owned sites within 40 miles of one another, that make up the nine solar fields in the Solar...

  • Train Park - Harvey House

    This is located just outside the Harvey House and has some other really neat historic trains to see. Has a lovely little garden to enjoy and relax in too!681 N. First Avenue, Barstow, CA. 92311Directions: Take I-15 north to Barstow, exit "L" Street, left at the end of the off-ramp to "L" Street, right on West Main Street (Route 66!), follow West to...


Barstow Favorites

  • Bartstow Chamber of Commerce

    As with most Chamber of Commerces, they are a wonderful wealth of information while seeking out new adventures while traveling. I was glad to see them in a section of the beautiful Harvey House building. Located at:681 N 1st AveBarstow, Ca 92311(760) 256-8617Barstow Chamber of Commerce

  • Mojave Road

    The Mojave Road is a famous trail that brought American pioneers to California. This trail through the Mojave Desert stretches for 138 miles and is said to be in much the same condition as the pioneers would have found it. This sign in the picture was taken at a rest area along Interstate 15 near Barstow.

  • OATMAN named after a woman who...

    OATMAN named after a woman who was captured and later released by the Mohave Indians, Oatman is still going strong today. Strike After strike kept Oatman alive, the biggest seems to be the 1915 strike of $14 million. The town has its own paper, the Oatman Miner. The population of Oatman went from a few hundred to over 3500 within a year which lead...


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