Victorville, California, Key City of
the High Desert, is in San
Bernardino County, centrally located to many major cities and
attractions. 90 minutes from Los Angeles, 2 hours from Palm Springs, 2
hours from San Diego, 45 minutes from Ontario Airport, 3 hours from Las
Vegas, 90 minutes from Anaheim, 1 hour from Big Bear and 35 minutes from
Wrightwood, Victorville is a great place to stop and spend a day or
night while making road journeys. With all the conveniences such as
chain restaurants, stores, shops and hotels, Victorville provides a
popular road stop for travelers.
Named for Jacob Nash Victor, a General
Manager of the California Southern Railway, this pioneer helped create a
Pacific coast terminal for the Santa Fe Route. In 1901, the U.S. Post
Office renamed what was known as Victor to Victorville because of a mail
delivery conflict with Victor, Colorado.
The San Bernardino County Fair in
Victorville each spring brings carnival rides, livestock competitions,
exhibits, a rodeo, a demolition derby and celebrity concerts to the
city. Throughout the year the fairgrounds plays host to many other
activities including Home & Garden Show and Fourth of July Fireworks
Other activities in Victorville include
shopping at The Mall of Victor Valley located near Interstate 15
and Bear Valley Road. 100 specialty, four department stores, fabulous
food court and AMC Theaters. Call: 760-241-3145.
Several public golf courses are among
outdoor recreational activities and attractions such as Sports Pavilion
at San Bernardino County Fairgrounds and Mojave Narrows, which is
located alongside an old riverbed. It includes fishing at Horseshoe
Lake, pedal boating, hiking and equestrian trails, picnic facilities,
horse rentals, hayrides, archery range and a nature trail for physically
challenged. Call: 760-245-2226. Roller skate, rock climbing, kick boxing
and bowling are all available in a city that enjoys nature and sports
both indoors and outdoors.
Old Town Victorville boasts an eclectic
mix of antique stores and specialty shops and is home to the nostalgic
Route 66 Museum. California Route 66 Museum on Route 66 features a collection of historic artifacts and
photographs related to "The Road." It includes a gift shop, research
library and an art
gallery. Call: 760-951-0436.