Excitement on the Main Street of America.

SHOT BYMichael Zurek

DIRECTORMichael Zurek



California is home to so many beautiful modern attractions that one of the things that often gets lost in the shuffle is the history of this fantastic state. One of the most interesting parts of that history to me is that it was the end point for Route 66, the mother road. I have set out to drive this road in separate parts, all through California and in doing so I have already found wonderful places like the Original McDonalds Museum and Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch. This video spotlights the attractions I found when driving from Victorville to Amboy, California. They are in order of the things you would see heading from Victorville to Amboy.

The German comedy movie filmed at the Bagdad Café was named after the Café: “Bagdad Cafe” (“Out of Rosenheim”) by Percy Adlon (1987). At the heart of the California desert, the weary Bagdad Cafe, its motel and service station welcome travelers, backpackers, and a whole cast of original characters, direct on Route 66. One day, a strange German woman magically appears to change everything.

Also the following movies were filmed on Route 66:

“Paris, Texas” by Wim Wenders (1984). A man that everyone thought dead for several years appears walking alone out of the desert. He has only one thing in mind: returning to Paris.

“Little Miss Sunshine” by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (2006). Burlesque and atypical family travelling on an off-age van between New Mexico and California to lead seven years Olive to a beauty pageant finals.

“Easy Rider” Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Terry Southern (1969). Two biker-hippies roam the southern United States and present a subversive portrayal of America at that time. The film was shot along Route 66.

“Thelma & Louise” by Ridley Scott (1991). Between Arkansas and Arizona, weekend girlfriends Thelma and Louise get out of control on a bloody and ill-fated escape.

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