Our Southern California road trip was about to continue. So far we had seen Disneyland, we went to a family wedding in Temecula Valley, spent some time in San Diego and in Joshua Tree National Park. Mojave National Preserve was a little disappointing, so we didn't spent a whole day there but instead we started driving towards Barstow and our next hotel.
Our route followed the legendary Route 66 for a while which ends in California. Just to feel nostalgic, we got off the freeway and drove along Route 66 for a while. Someday it would be cool to drive the whole stretch across America.
Barstow is about half way from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, so many stop there on their drive. Right next to Barstow is Calico Ghost Town which we skipped this time, since it was already closed by 5 pm. Calico is fun but not very authentic. It is full of souvenir shops and over priced restaurants, and therefore more like a tourist trap than a real ghost town. Where are the abandoned, old buildings... and the ghosts? But if you want to see something along the way to Vegas wild west style, or visit an old mine, Calico can be a good stop.
Instead we were looking for Peggy Sue's 50's Diner which is located in Yermo. The diner was opened in 1954 when it was still built of railroad ties. After the place was re-opened by its' current owners in 1981, they tried to capture the original atmosphere as much as possible. The new owners brought in their large collection of movie and TV show mementos, which now can be seen in the diner. Most of the walls are covered with photos and posters from well-known movies. Right at the main door you will be greeted by Betty Boop.
If you visit Peggy Sue's Diner, you should walk around to see different rooms. They are all decorated differently and they also have a big souvenir shop. The menu has traditional diner foods from sandwiches to fried chicken, but I was happy to also find some home made meat loaf on it. I think I ate from my daughter's meat loaf at least as much as I ate my Buddy Holly Bacon Cheeseburger. They also have a Marlon Brandon Mushroom Cheeseburger and some Elvis Presley Shakes on the menu. If you want to try something very American, try the Root Beer Float or an Old Fashioned Ice Cream Soda. I am not a huge fan of sodas with ice cream, but you must at least try them.
Don't forget to check out the Dinosaur Park in the back yard of the diner. There are some giant metal dinosaurs in a garden by a pond. There are also some carp and turtles in it, and our little daughter had fun trying to spot them in the water.
Peggy Sue's 50's Diner is a fun place to stop if you are passing by. We had a little trouble finding it since our map application located it at a different spot than where it really was. From Interstate 15 you must turn on Ghost Town Road and from there, Yermo Road to find the diner. A great spot for food when you are going or coming back from Vegas!