The California Welcome Center in Barstow is an essential stop for travelers looking to explore the Inland Empire and beyond. The center's Barstow location, at the junction of Interstates 15 and 40, as well as the historic Route 66, puts it right on the way for those traveling between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, or to some of California's most famous outdoor destinations such as Joshua Tree National Park, Big Bear Lake, and the Mojave National Preserve. Route 66 buffs should also know that the Route 66 Mother Road Museum is located in Barstow.
What to Expect at the California Welcome Center, Barstow
The staff at the center is well-informed and ready to offer insight on lodging, dining options, and travel routes. They also provide brochures, maps, and other resources to ensure that visitors, whether first-timers or regulars, make the most of their time in this Old West–steeped part of California.
In addition to helping with travel details, the Welcome Center plays a wider role by promoting the cultural and natural attractions of the region. From ghost towns and historical museums to natural reserves, Native American exhibits, and scenic landscapes, the center provides a comprehensive overview of what the area and the wider state have to offer.
Please contact the Welcome Center for specific hours of operation.
The Outlets at Barstow
It’s not all about natural beauty and history though—The Outlets at Barstow, where the Welcome Center is housed, is a premier shopping destination in the area. This open-air outlet mall is home to a variety of high-end and mainstream retail brands, making it a great place to scratch an itch to shop. Visitors can find a wide range of products, from clothing and accessories to home goods and electronics.