No trip to California is complete without a journey down the ‘mother road’ known as Route 66. Snaking through small towns like San Bernardino, you’ll find roadside stops like the very first McDonald’s restaurant. Established in 1948, the restaurant still stands today, but is now a museum.
The building is weathered and looking it’s age, but inside are some kitschy treasures. Folks from all over the world have donated memorabilia stretching back decades. The connection to car culture is obvious, as it was the first drive-in McDonalds restaurant.
McDonald’s has sponsored many forms of motor racing over the years, and there’s a small shrine to NASCAR, NHRA and of course, Sebastien Bourdais’ all conquering Newman Haas car from the CART/Champ Car days.
Take a trip down Route 66 while you still can, because these old buildings and historical landmarks won’t be around forever.