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Area Attractions

No Shortage of Great Things to Do in Barstow

The Sleep Inn Barstow on Historic Route 66 is located in the heart of downtown Barstow, surrounded by the majestic landscape of the California desert. Our location surrounds guests with a diverse range of family-friendly attractions, especially those fascinated by California’s early railroad and mining town days. 

If you’re looking to get out and explore the area, stop by the front desk. We’ll recommend some of our favorite Barstow attractions and fun things to do. To help get you started, we’ve put together a list of the most popular places to visit:

Sleep Inn Barstow

1861 West Main Street
Barstow, California 92311

Barstow Harvey House

681 North First Avenue
Barstow, CA 92311

Calico Ghost Town

36600 Ghost Town Road
Yermo, CA  92398

Tanger Outlets

2796 Tanger Way
Barstow, CA 92311

Barstow Route 66 Museum

681 N. First Avenue
Barstow, CA. 92311

Barstow Harvey House

TRAIN STATION

No visit to Barstow is complete without a stop at this wonderful historic building. Opened in 1911, the building today looks almost exactly as it did when it served as the city’s railway depot, hotel for train passengers and main ballroom for dances and social events. Today, Harvey House serves as the Greyhound and Amtrak stations and houses the Mother Road Route 66 Museum and Western America Railroad Museum.

http://www.barstowharveyhouse.com

Calico Ghost Town

A bona fide mid-1800’s silver mining town that went bust soon after silver lost its value, Calico emerged from its ghost town days to become one of Barstow’s most-visited attractions. Plumb the depths of Maggie's Mine or check out the historic exhibits at the Lane House Museum. Hop aboard the antique mining train for a loop around town or browse the shops and restaurants lining the dusty main thorough fare.

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/parks/Parks/CalicoGhostTown.aspx

Tanger Outlets

Browse for bargains at brand name shops like the Banana Republic Factory Store, Coach, Nike, Old Navy, Sunglass Hut and more. 

http://www.tangeroutlet.com/barstow

Barstow Route 66 Museum

Travel back to a time when Route 66 was America’s “Mother Road” (according to John Steinbeck). Explore fascinating artifacts and exhibits chronicling the famous highway's history, from California’s pioneer era right up through the present day.

http://www.route66museum.org

Mojave Desert and Rainbow Basin

If you’ve ever watched a movie taking place on Mars, odds are it was filmed here. Located eight miles from Barstow, this eerie, surreal and unbelievably beautiful landscape is distinguished by the enormous multicolored stone slabs jutting from the earth at odd angles. Explore the rainfall-carved canyons and you might stumble across mastodon and bear dog fossils that have been lying in wait for almost 20 million years.

http://www.desertusa.com/mag02/may/rainbow.html

Stoddard Valley Offroading OHV Area

For visitors with access to a motorcycle or ATV, this is the place to cut loose. Located in the Mojave Desert, its terrain features steep, rocky ridges, rolling hills, open valleys, and winding, sandy washes. Best of all, there are no fees to enter and few riding restrictions once you do.

http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/barstow/stoddard.html

Local Events

Upcoming 2015 Barstow Events:

President's Day Weekend Civil War Re-enactment  February 13-15, 2015

Yermo, CA—The Civil War is being played out in the hills of Calico Ghost Town known for its colorful hills and unique geologic formations that provide a spectacular setting for the re-creation of an historic event.  200 armies, hundreds of soldiers, mock battles, and realistic-looking  encampments commemorate the 150th anniversary of American Civil War. The Calico Ghost Town attraction that's open year-round invites the public for  a special weekend of living history.

No matter when you’re in town, there are plenty of ways to get out and soak up a little local flavor.

Popular Barstow annual events include:

  • Calico Bluegrass Festival (May 2014)
  • Fourth of July Celebration at Barstow Sportspark (July 4, 2014)
  • M.O.R.E. Offroad Racing Freedom 250 Rally (July 26, 2014)
  • Barstow Rodeo Stampede (September 26-27, 2014)
  • Calico Days at Calico Ghost Town (September 27-28, 2014)
  • Ghost Haunt at Calico Ghost Town (October 24-26, 2014)
  • M.O.R.E. Offroad Racing Holiday 200 Rally (December 6, 2014)
  • Holiday Fest at Calico Ghost Town (December 2014)
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