Small Town Spotlight: Barstow, California

by Country Inns & Suites
Friday, November 15, 2013

In the middle of the Mojave Desert and at the intersection of four major highways, you will find the city of Barstow. Conveniently located halfway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, this small town is the perfect stop if you’re road tripping through Southern California. Despite its small size, there’s plenty to do in the Barstow area.

Barstow, California Photo by Flickr user fPat

There are more than a few captivating museums in Barstow. Learn all about one of the most famous roads in the United States at the Route 66 Mother Road Museum. In addition to enjoying the wonderful photographs, paintings, and artifacts, you’ll also love the free admission! The Western American Railroad Museum honors a different type of transportation. Trains, railcars, and cabooses throughout the decades are on display, along with several other artifacts and memorabilia. Dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Mojave River Valley’s history and culture, visitors should definitely put the Mojave River Valley Museum on their Barstow itinerary.

Route 66 Photo by Flickr user Randy Heinitz

Step back in time with a visit to Calico Ghost Town. This old mining town was once the largest silver mining camp in California, but when silver lost its value, Calico lost its residents. Complement this attraction with a Haunted Ghost Tour and experience Barstow’s haunted history firsthand.

Finally, stick with the road trip theme and catch a modern movie at the vintage Skyline Drive-In. Grab some popcorn and recline your car seats for a night at the movies.

Barstow is a great starting point if you’re touring the western Mojave Desert or a fantastic stopping point if you’re driving through the area. Regardless of why you’re in town, we look forward to handing you a room key and a chocolate chip cookie at check-in when you stay at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Barstow.