You’ve probably heard of Route 66 mentioned in movies and other literature because it is quite possibly the most famous roadway in the United States. The iconic road ends in Santa Monica, and you’ll find a lot of exciting things to do in this area.
Santa Monica is the westernmost city on the route, and it is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Take a road trip on this famous stretch of highway and explore the sights and attractions that Santa Monica has to offer.
Santa Monica Pier “End Of Trail”
If you genuinely want to see the very of the route, you’ll need to drive until you reach the ocean in Santa Monica. Once you get there, you can take a 200-meter walk down the pier and see the iconic ‘End of the Trail” sign. Many people enjoy having their photos taken with the sign as a souvenir.
Once you’ve scoped out the” End of trail” sign, hang out on the pier and enjoy the attractions. Check out the world-famous Hippodrome building, which houses a gorgeous carousel that was built in 1922. While you’re there, wander on over to the Looff Hippodrome, which has appeared in dozens of films.
Will Rogers Memorial Plaque
The Will Rogers Memorial Plaque is located in Palisades Park on the western side of Ocean Avenue nestled among the palm trees. The plaque was placed in 1952 to promote the Warner Brothers film, “The Will Rogers story.”
Santa Monica Motel On Route 66
Initially, this intriguing place to lodge at was called “Travl-O-Tel.” The motel dates back to the 1950s and is still in operation to this day. You can even purchase a postcard with the motel’s photo on the front to send to your friends.
Old Wilshire Service Station
If you want a taste of nostalgia, visit the Old Wilshire Service Station at the end of Route 66 in Santa Monica. The design is straight out of the 1960s and almost has a space-age type of look. Stop in and poke around. You never know what you’ll find!
You can’t take a drive down Route 66 and not visit the Hotel California. Before the hotel bore the name of the famous place in the Eagles song, it was called the Langdon Motel. The structure was built in 1948 and is still open to this day. If you enjoy seeing the cool architecture, you’ll like the hacienda design of the two-floor building with an external staircase in the front.
Get Your Kicks On Route 66 & Eat At Big Dean’s Ocean Front Café
We at Big Dean’s Ocean Front Café love hearing about our customer’s travels on Route 66. There is a ton of landmarks and famous places to see in Santa Monica where the route ends. Want to know where all the fun is happening on this renowned highway? Stop in for some food and drinks, and we’ll tell you!