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Address: 87520 National Trails Hwy, Amboy, CA 92304-9800
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+1 760-733-1066

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Amboy is a cute little ghost town on Route 66. It’s a good place to go to get the deserted R66 experience before you get to the Kingman-Seligman stretch that’s packed full of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amboy is a cute little ghost town on Route 66. It’s a good place to go to get the deserted R66 experience before you get to the Kingman-Seligman stretch that’s packed full of cars. If you want to take some creative photos, such as you lying on the road or whatever, here is your spot! It’s like walking back in... More 

Thank Zulucherry
Smith, Nevada
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you judge Roy's as a cafe or gas station, it's not much. But I think that misses the point. Roy's is history and it's being preserved. The cafe is open for a cold Route 66 root beer, some souvenirs of just a few pictures of a classic dinner. The motel rooms are open to explore. The sign is amazing!... More 

1 Thank danmcmartin
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213 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

Sad to see that only the gas station remains in use but seeing this place in the middle of nowhere with long freight trains passing nearby, is very evocative of what Route 66 must have been like in its day. Only a 10 minute stop off for photos and a nose into some of the old motel rooms.

Thank Stuart F
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Yes, it's on Route 66 and definately a historic area. But it's certainly not a cafe unless snacks from a rack and sodas from the cooler count. It's a great stop to buy the t-shirt (Amboy, the ghost town that refuses to die) for my husband. From the look of it, I don't even know if the motel is still... More 

Thank ethomps1
Victorville, California
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106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Driving along National Trails HWY, in the Mojave Desert, you may come across a welcoming colorful sign of Roy's Motel and Cafe but don't go looking for their famous Chili or Cheese Burgers, it can't be served. Many who have come to this isolated desert stop are a bit upset when they find out that there is no real diner... More 

4 Thank mou2
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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883 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 863 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

I have to admit that, although being English I have a fascination for the whole Route 66, Mother Road, Steinbeck Grapes of Wrath historical story.... we were driving around California and Nevand and Arizona and where possible following parts of Route 66. So we came across Roys - and the location is evocative..... isolated on the desert road. It is... More 

1 Thank Me_n_my_rucksack
Miami, Florida
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114 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

This place NEEDS to be preserved so spend some money there on root beer or something, but the gas is waaaay expensive. It's definitely a work in progress, but it's historic and important and the work so far is amazing. A good pit stop on the way to Amboy Crater or the Kelso Dunes. Check for toilet paper in the... More 

Thank wehaveapiperdoone
Oxford, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

The place is just so unclean. If you need a toilet break you will be brave to visit Roy's. Historic location that needs to be history

Thank Karl M
Seattle, Washington
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016

In late August of 2014 I went on a road trip from Seattle, Washington with my then girlfriend on our motorcycles. We went through Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, California, and back up the coast. Along the way we ventured off the beaten path onto Route 66, and stopped at Roy's since we needed gas, food, and a break. I had... More 

2 Thank sadtaco
Calgary, Canada
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401 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

Great find along the way to Vegas. Old school gas bar and motel. Hat's off to the owner trying to return it back to it's glory. Hope they get the rooms fixed up one day, love to see the desert night from this location.

1 Thank CNDTravel

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