10 Things to Do in Barstow That You Shouldn't Miss

Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. The population was 22,639 at the 2010 census. Barstow is located 55 miles (89 km) north of San Bernardino.

1. Rainbow Basin Natural Area

Fossil Bed Road, 8 Miles North, Barstow, CA 92311 Nature & Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
Excellent
49%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 106 reviews

Rainbow Basin Natural Area

This scenic desert area is good for hiking and other outdoor activities.

Reviewed By CrankingChick - Tucson, ArizonaTucson, Arizona

Scenic Drive through Unique, Colorful Landscape

This area has very interesting and unusual geology! The colors and stratum of the rocky hills and canyons are fascinating. It reminded me of Artist's Palette at Death Valley National Park. Rainbow Basin is located about 10 miles north of Barstow off Irwin

2. Route 66 Mother Road Museum

681 N 1st Ave, Barstow, CA 92311-2201 Museums, Specialty Museums
Excellent
46%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 198 reviews

Route 66 Mother Road Museum

Reviewed By MikeinMalibu - Malibu, CaliforniaMalibu, California

Stop in

See some history, I have traveled route 66 , before hwy40, so I remember all this. Stop in and see..

3. Outlets at Barstow

2796 Tanger Way, Barstow, CA 92311-9414 Shopping, Factory Outlets
Excellent
23%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
7%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 396 reviews

Outlets at Barstow

Find great savings on merchandise from your favorite designer and name-brands direct from the manufacturer at stores like: Banana Republic, Fossil, Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren, Guess, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Nine West, Reebok and many more. Before you travel, check out the Tanger Outlet website to find the latest Coupons & Sales Offers for Tanger Outlets in Barstow. Or, when you arrive at the outlets, make your first stop Shopper Services to learn about the benefits of joining TangerClub (Tanger Club information is also available online). In Shopper Services you can purchase a coupon book full of great savings or if you are already a TangerClub member pick up a coupon book for free! Think Outlets, Think Tanger.

Reviewed By Sandie-mitch - Swindon, United KingdomSwindon, United Kingdom

Not everything at factory prices

Stopped here on way to LA, when we pulled in there was about 30 coaches, we soon found out they were Japanese/Chinese, they were like bees around a honey pot & so rude, pushing people out of the way, trying to jump queues, a lot of people were getting so

4. Barstow Harvey House

681 N 1st Ave, Barstow, CA 92311-2201 Sights & Landmarks, Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Government Buildings, Specialty Museums, Historic Sites, History Museums More
Excellent
39%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 62 reviews

Barstow Harvey House

Reviewed By backpacker31 - Boynton Beach, FloridaBoynton Beach, Florida

A Step Back in Time

One of the last Harvey Houses left. Today it serves a multitude of purposes - museum, Amtrak train station, community center and railway display facility. Although the interior of the building was closed at the time, I was able to admire the wonderful ext

5. Barstow Station

1611 E Main St, Barstow, CA 92311-3294 Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Excellent
21%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
13%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 221 reviews

Barstow Station

Whether you are looking for a place to take a rest, have some fun, use the restroom, engage in a history lesson, or collect souvenirs, we have it all here at Barstow Station. During your visit, you can grab great food, see interesting people, and stock up on supplies before hitting the road again. Barstow Station is home to more than 16 different vendors, including well-known names like McDonald's and Dunkin' Donuts. Best of all, we have Wi-Fi, clean and inviting drivers' lounges, a liquor store, and clean restrooms. Looking for lotto tickets? Our family-owned fun spot is the fourth largest seller in the state of California. We have even made some millionaires!

Reviewed By NH2CA - Laguna Hills, CaliforniaLaguna Hills, California

Middle of no where

Here there is plenty of parking, gas, and a multitude of old train cars that all make up the ‘station’ several fast food restaurants, trinket shopping like sneakers & shot glasses as well as a bunch of candy, jerky, and drink shops. Cute place, but where

6. Western America Railroad Museum

685 N 1st Ave, Barstow, CA 92311-2201 Museums, Specialty Museums
Excellent
35%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 90 reviews

Western America Railroad Museum

Reviewed By EvaF2Eva - Schoeningen, GermanySchoeningen, Germany

Railway history

This small museum has surprisingly big collection of railway history related exhibits. Unfortunately they are all placed at very small area so it all becomes quite confusing. But it is worth a visit.

7. NASA Goldstone Visitor Center

681 N 1st Ave, Historic Harvey House, Barstow, CA 92311-2201 Traveler Resources, Visitor Centers
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 6 reviews

NASA Goldstone Visitor Center

The NASA Goldstone Visitor's Center is located on the second floor of the Historic Harvey House. At the Visitor's Center you will find exhibits of the missions of NASA's Deep Space Network. These exhibits are for the enrichment and enjoyment of all.

Reviewed By Jim K - Indio, CaliforniaIndio, California

GREAT

This is the visitor center for the Goldstone Tracking Center and you must see it. Has all the history for the satellites and radio communications. It is upstairs in the Harvey House so walk up the stairs or elevator. Fascinating and the docent was extreme

8. Mojave River Valley Museum

270 E Virginia Way, Barstow, CA 92311-3923 Museums, Natural History Museums, History Museums
Excellent
53%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

Mojave River Valley Museum

Reviewed By Beachglass1006 - Santa Cruz, CaliforniaSanta Cruz, California

Go here for answers on area hiking, petroglyphs etc

After a weird visit to BLM office, first time ever told they won't give directions to petroglyphs as historic protected sitesThe guy finally helped with directions and did recommend going to this little museum for books on areas we want to exploreThe peop

9. California Welcome Center

2796 Tanger Way Ste 100, Barstow, CA 92311-9414 Traveler Resources, Visitor Centers
Excellent
32%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 31 reviews

California Welcome Center

Reviewed By Jackbear - Los Angeles, CALos Angeles, CA

GREAT PLACE FOR CALIFORNIA TRAVEL INFORMATION

Located inside the Barstow Outlet Mall, the CALIFORNIA WELCOME CENTER is a great place to stop for tourist information for the state of California. It is funded by the mall rather than the state of California and is full I travel brochures and information

10. Treasure House Mall

236 E Main St # 300, Barstow, CA 92311-2321 Shopping, Shopping Malls
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

Treasure House Mall

Reviewed By MominOC - Orange County, CaOrange County, Ca

Enjoyable

This is an antique and consignment mall. The quality of items and displays are very nice and we were surprised to find it in Barstow. It was relaxing and interesting to look around even if we didn't buy anything this time.

Share :

Feature News

What to do and see in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: The Best Places and Tips

Myrtle Beach is all at once a spring break destination, golfing destination, retirement community, and family vacation spot. Take in a foot-stomping show at the Carolina Opry, or cheer on your favorite knight at Medieval Times. Mingle with the fishermen of Springmaid Pier, then stop for ice cream along the boardwalk. Shop and dine at one of the area’s many outdoor entertainment complexes, or simply explore the many beaches of the Grand Strand – all with a personality of their own.

Top 10 Things to do in Branson, Missouri

Branson has limitless possibilities for a memorable vacation. While visiting you can: attend star-studded performances at Branson’s many live shows; enjoy Silver Dollar City, one of the world's top theme parks; take in the beauty and adventure of the Ozark Mountains and three pristine lakes; play some of the best golf in the Midwest; visit museums highlighting the area’s rich history and culture; relax at spas and resorts; and shop at Branson’s many boutiques, galleries and outlets.

10 Things to Do in Seattle That You Shouldn't Miss

In Seattle you simply can’t skip the Central Public Library – a modern architectural marvel of glass grids, unusual shapes, and a “book spiral” that climbs four stories. Stroll over to Pike Place Market to visit the original Starbucks and play catch with a fishmonger. In the heart of the city lies Chihuly Garden and Glass, which will dazzle you with its colorful and delicate works. Glide to the top of the Space Needle for panoramic views of the surrounding mountain ranges and Puget Sound.

10 Things to Do in Pigeon Forge That You Shouldn't Miss

Set against the misty blue backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is a gateway to 500 thousand acres of Appalachian wilderness. If hiking over 800 miles of mountain trails and camping in dense ancient forests isn't your thing, head over to Dollywood for a different sort of fun. Founded by country queen, Dolly Parton, Dollywood combines rollercoasters, waterslides, and live bluegrass and gospel concerts, with a down home country fair.

Top 10 Things to do in Sedona, Arizona

Sedona is a true oasis, a vacationer’s paradise in the middle of the Arizona desert. Here, you’ll find resorts and spas, canyons and red rock formations. Bell Rock and Oak Creek Canyon are great hiking spots, and the dramatic architecture of the Chapel of the Holy Cross is a religious experience itself. When the sun dips down below the horizon it introduces the best show in Sedona: the night sky.