Needles Travel Guide

  • El Garces Hotel in Needles, CA
    El Garces Hotel in Needles, CA
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  • El Garces Hotel in Needles, CA
    El Garces Hotel in Needles, CA
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  • El Garces Hotel in Needles, CA
    El Garces Hotel in Needles, CA
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Needles Things to Do

  • Needles

    Needles is a small town of about 4900 (up 2% since 2000) located at the intersection of Interstate 40 and US Highway 95 in Southern California, near the border with Nevada and Arizona. There is ample evidence of prehistoric habitation of the area from the many petroglyphs and pictographs found nearby. The Mohave, one of the Colorado River Indian...

  • The El Garces Hotel/Santa Fe Depot

    The El Garces Hotel/Santa Fe Depot was once one of the crown jewels of the Harvey Houses with its lovely ornate structure that served as a train station, restaurant, and hotel. It was built in 1908 when the last station that was wooden burned down. Since many town started to restructure what materials they should use since fires were unfortunately...

  • Santa Fe Park WWI Memorial

    This is Santa Fe Park located next to the El Garces Hotel (Harvey House). It is a lovely park with a wonderful WWI Monument. It is nice and green and a great place to come and see and relax.


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Needles Restaurants

  • Decent Family Restaurant

    Juicy's Cafe $12 as of November 2014. Juicy's is well known in this area and is reported to be the best in the area. The menu is fairly varied and has a few tempting options. They also have a daily special. This time I opted for the special; Pot Roast with Vegetables. The vegetables, the potatoes, and the soup was quite good, but the pot roast was...

  • Don't Stop Here!

    We like these paticular restaurants because of the quality and price of their meals. We tried giving this place a second chance, but once again this place let us down. It's still dirty and the service is so slow. Just wanted warn any travelers thru this area.

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Needles Warnings and Dangers

  • Off road travel

    Although I 40 runs through Needles off road travel may require a 4X4. Gas up in town and carry plenty of water. Be prepared to spend the night if you break down or get stuck.

  • One Way Railroad Tunnels

    This oneway road that is access under the railroad tracks. Looks like it has not changed from the horse and buggy days. You can see the other traffic thru the tunnel. You stop ofcourse and wait your turn to access the tunnel. This one is located on the way to the El Garces Hotel/Train Depot. We exited Interstate 40 north bound when we saw the...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Needles Off The Beaten Path

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    by Yaqui Written Dec 18, 2008

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    Route 66 joins the Interstate at Park Moabi and heads west towards Needles. The original route is a few miles down I-40 take the Five-Mile Station Road exit to get back on Route 66 and enter Needles on Front Street. This is where you will see one of the original attractions. El Garces Hotel/Santa Fe Depot!

    Here are some great resources to find out more about Route 66:

    Barstow, CA
    Route 66 Mother Road Museum
    Located in the Historic Harvey House
    681 N. First Ave.
    Barstow, CA 92311
    Hours: Friday - Sunday
    11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Mojave River Valley Museum
    270 E. Virginia Way
    Barstow, California 92311
    (760) 256-5452

    Exit I-15 at Barstow Road. Go north one block.
    Open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Admission is free

    Focus is on local and regional history of the Mojave Desert. Some wonderful displays and exhibits.

    Victorville, CA
    California Route 66 Museum
    "Where the Trails Meet"
    16825 D Street
    Victorville, CA 92393-2151
    (760) 951-0436
    Hours: Thursday thru Monday
    10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Road Trip
    • Historical Travel

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Needles Favorites

  • Needles Chamber of Commerce

    These are a wealth of information for any tourist/visitor. This buildling may not look like much, but does such a service for the city. Do not ever be afraid to seek out any cities chamber of commerce. Lots of info available here.P.O. Box 705 Needles, CA. 92363(760)326-2050 Needles Chamber of CommerceExit from Interstate 40 exit onto J Street turn...

  • A tip from one Peanuts fan to another

    I don't know much about Needles other than the fact that it's the California gateway town on Historic Route 66 and, most importantly, it's the hometown of Snoopy's brother, Spike.My friends and I were on our way to the Grand Canyon, and we stopped in Needles to fill up the tank and to find the perfect photo op. I was hoping to find a "Welcome to...

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