It was a nice, cool day for a Sunday drive, so my husband and I decided to check out what's left of Route 66. We began in Monrovia (Though the route actually starts in Santa Monica at the Pier) and continued up the 15 North, just before Victorville.
Well, there's nothing trendy about old Monrovia. And I liked that. On our short walk through the old part of town, I didn't see one Guess or Coach boutique. But I did see a Florsheim shoes with white leather loafers in the window, a bakery with dusty wedding cake displays, and a tea parlor - all of which were closed. Just up the street we found a park, dense with beautifully aged trees and a nearly century old band stand.
On we headed up Foothill Boulevard (Route 66) and stopped in to visit the Aztec Hotel, restored since 2000. What a vibe! I'll let the photos speak for themselves.
We continued up Foothill Blvd. (Old Route 66). Much of the Route is now huge shopping plazas of Weinerschnitzels, Targets and Lowes...but the farther we got, the funkier it got...nothing but liquor stores, weed strewn empty lots and dusty motels with stiff clothes hanging out to dry.
Below are photos of Bono's Historic Orange, the Wigwam Motel and the Summit Inn (along with others). *I took a lot more photos, which can be seen by clicking on my Flickr account on the left side of my site.*