Route 66

Day 14: Barstow CA to Santa Monica CA

Route 66: Day 14 Barstow CA to Santa Monica CA

Not too far into the last 155 miles (out of the ~3,291 since I left Chicago) driven today, I started feeling like I was already in a suburb of the City of Angels. Commuters, traffic lights, heavy, slow traffic.

The amount of cars around has been inversely proportional to the number of miles left to arrive in Santa Monica. Such a striking difference from the desolation and never ending spaces of the last few days (Tune: “People so busy, make me feel dizzy…”).

Reaching the end of the road trip has been a bitter sweet moment. Driving the Route 66 was a teenager-me dream. It’s done now. Maybe I just don’t like when things end.

And, in all honesty, I don’t even like driving…


Know what the murals on Sunset boulevard in pic 4 is (or was, damn gentrification) and you’ll get my unconditional eternal respect


Route 66: barstow to Santa Monica
Route 66: Barstow to Santa Monica: the last leg


Driving from Barstow to Santa Monica Cheat Sheet

Accommodation in Los Angeles, CA

  • Air Venice on the Beach, 5 Rose Avenue, Venice, CA, 90291. My favorite place to stay in LA. The studios are basic but they are right on the beach, close to everything Venice Beach has to offer and they boost a killing view of the ocean.

Where to eat and what to see between Barstow, CA and Los Angeles, CA

  • Route 66 end of the route sign, 330 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401. You have done all this driving… you got to take a picture of The End of the route sign, don’t you!?!?
  • Tocaya Organica, 1715 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291 good and fresh food (I got the fish tacos) with great value for money
  • Gjusta, 320 Sunset Ave, Venice, CA 90291 One of the best places around here to have breakfast or brunch. An artisanal bakery in warehouselike space with tasty food, fresh bread and great pastries.
  • The Rose Venice, 220 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291 a Californian restaurant for tapas style meals with two lovely patios. A bit on the pricey side.
  • Hotel Erwin Rooftop, 1697 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291 Great views over Venice with one of the best California sunsets you can get around here.
  • Venice Ale House, 2 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291. Friendly, happy place with great tacos and a number of delicious beer. Inside gets busy, staying outside is probably a better option for some good old people watching (which in Venice is a highly recommended activity).


Route 66: Barstow to Santa Monica.
Route 66: Barstow to Santa Monica. Approaching LA

Driving from Barstow to Santa Monica FAQ

How many miles are from Barstow to Santa Monica?

The shortest route is 131 miles. I drove for 155 miles trying to stay on the historic Route 66 path as much as possible.

How long does it take to drive from Barstow to Santa Monica?

It really depends by the traffic. It can take anything between 2 and 3 and half hours to drive from Barstow to Santa Monica.

What’s the best thing about driving from Barstow to Santa Monica?

It is the last leg of the Route 66. You’ll feel like a cyclist on the Champs-Élysées ending the Tour the France. It is a bitter/sweet feeling: mission accomplished but, well, it’s done.

What are the major attractions along the way in a road trip from Barstow to Santa Monica?

All the major attractions between Barstow to Santa Monica are in Los Angeles. The route ends on the Santa Monica Pier which is one of the bigger tourist attraction in town.

What type of car is best to drive from Barstow to Santa Monica?

That’s entirely up to you. Depending on the season the heat might be pretty intense and, likely you are gonna be stuck in traffic in LA at certain point so maybe a convertible is not ideal. That said, how cool would it be to get to Santa Monica with the roof down and the wind in your hair?

Can you drive an electric car from Barstow to Santa Monica?

Yes you can. You just need a little bit of additional planning to find an EV charger. Before leaving for Santa Monica, make sure your EV is enough charged. There are 106 public EV charging station ports in Barstow.
Here some EV charging station available in Barstow:
– Electrify America Charging Station, 301 Montara Rd, Barstow, CA 92311. Phone: (833) 632-2778
– ChargePoint Charging Station, 2974 Lenwood Rd, Barstow, CA 92311. Phone: (888) 758-4389
– Tesla Supercharger, 2812 Lenwood Rd, Barstow, CA 92311.


Route 66 pictures: photos taken from Barstow to Santa Monica

Route 66: Barstow to Santa Monica. Arrived to LA
Route 66: Barstow to Santa Monica. Arrived to LA

Route 66: Barstow to Santa Monica
Route 66: Barstow to Santa Monica: the last few miles

Route 66: Barstow to Santa Monica. The Elliott Smith mural, Figure 8
The Elliott Smith mural, Figure 8, destroyed by a sushi bar 🙁

Route 66: Day 14 Barstow to Santa Monica: the end of the route
Route 66: Day 14 Barstow to Santa Monica: the end of the route

Route 66: Day 14 Barstow to Santa Monica: Santa Monica beach from the pier
Route 66: Day 14 Barstow to Santa Monica: Santa Monica beach from the pier

Route 66: Day 14 Barstow to Santa Monica: walking from Santa Monica to Venice Beach
Route 66: Day 14 Barstow to Santa Monica: walking from Santa Monica to Venice Beach

Route 66: Day 14 Barstow to Santa Monica. The end sign
Route 66: Day 14 Barstow to Santa Monica. The End for real. Thanks for reading.

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