Here are some Local Gems on the CicLAvia route that are not to be missed, and suggestions for “Side-Seeing” attractions that are just off the route and worth the detour. Make a day of it on April 22nd at CicLAvia’s Heart of the Foothills event! (Local Gems and attractions all have varying hours). Please visit the digital map for additional places to visit along and near the route (new points of interest added daily).
Local Gems on the CicLAvia Route
Heart of the Village Antiques Mall, 155 W Bonita Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773
The Heart of the Village is a wonderful and unique Antique Store Mall with 15 dealers, a great atmosphere and a constantly changing inventory.
Pacific Railroad Society, 210 W Bonita Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773
You can find the Pacific Railroad Society Museum and Library inside the restored San Dimas train depot. The depot features displays and exhibits on railroad history artifacts. It is home to an extensive railroad research library containing books, documents, maps and photographs collected since the 1930s.
Originally completed in 1887 to be a railroad hotel, the Walker House never had a paying customer thanks to the land bust of the late 1880s. James and Sue Walker of Kentucky purchased the building in 1889 and it became home to several generations of their family. In 1972 the Walker House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
H.E.R.O.E.S. Veterans Monument, 213 S San Dimas Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773 (one block south of the route)
The beautiful Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial is a visual and interactive memorial created to cultivate a public understanding of the sacrifices made by veterans on the battlefields during and since the 20th century and by their families whose sacrifices helped to protect and maintain the freedom enjoyed by Americans today.
Kuns Park, 1600 Bonita Ave, La Verne, CA 91750
Kuns Park is the oldest park in La Verne. This 2.5-acre neighborhood park features playgrounds, picnic tables, BBQ grills and the town’s oldest tree.
Lordsburg Tap House & Grill, 2335 D St, La Verne, CA 91750
Palomares Park – CicLAvia HUB!! 499 E Arrow Hwy, Pomona, CA 91767
Palomares Park, site of one of CicLAvia’s hubs, is an 18-acre public park offering a community center, playgrounds, baseball / softball fields, soccer field, basketball courts, tennis courts, concession stand, picnic tables, barbecue grills and public restrooms.
The Brick Deli, 105 E Arrow Hwy, Pomona, CA 91767
Valentino’s Pizza on Arrow, 644 E Arrow Hwy, Pomona, CA 91767 (one block south of the route)
Claremont Craft Ales, 1420 N Claremont Blvd #204c, Claremont, CA 91711
Historic Claremont Depot, 200 W 1st St, Claremont, CA 91711 (Claremont Museum of Art)
One of the most historic buildings in Claremont, the Santa Fe Train Station Depot, was rebuilt to a spectacular Spanish Colonial Revival architecture in 1927. A distinctive architectural feature of the station is the majestic doors and transom that predominate the height of the building.
Packing House, 532 W 1st St, Claremont, CA 91711
Sights for “Side-Seeing”
Frank G Bonelli Regional Park, including Puddingstone Lake, 120 Vía Verde, San Dimas, CA 91773, (1 mile from the route)
The 1,975 acres of park facilities surrounding Puddingstone Lake offer a variety of recreational activities: family and group picnicking, sight-seeing, hiking, horseback riding, jogging, nature walks, recreational vehicle (RV) and group camping, a water-theme park, calf-roping, bird watching, spa facilities, golfing and bicycling.
La Verne United Methodist Church, 3205 D St, La Verne, CA 91750
The iconic La Verne United Methodist Church is the site of the finale wedding scene in the 1967 movie classic “The Graduate” (0.7 miles from the route)
The Doors at La Verne Public Library, 3640 D St, La Verne, CA 91750, (0.7 miles from the route)
Check out those doors! The La Verne Public Library’s carved entry doors and windows are the work of woodworker Ruben Guajardo, a true craftsman. The tree cut into the doors is carved from a beloved old dying oak that once stood in a local schoolyard. The door handles are as unique as the door itself.
Mi Cafecito Coffee, 101 S Main St, Pomona, CA 91766, (2.5 miles from the route)
Lily’s Tacos, 901 N Garey Ave, Pomona, CA 91767, (2 miles from the route)
The Antique Row, E 2nd Street, in downtown Pomona, the site of many films and commercials, including Dr. Seuss’s “The Cat in the Hat” (3 miles from the route)
Glass House Record Store, 248 2nd Street, downtown Pomona (3 miles from the route)
Located in the heart of the Arts Colony in Pomona, the Glass House Record Store has 10,000 records in stock with new arrivals put out every week. Specializing in metal, hardcore, punk, ska, hip-hop, soul/funk, classic rock, new wave, jazz, country, pop, and indie, the store currently offers one of the largest selections of both new and used vinyl records in Southern California.
American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA), 399 N Garey Ave, Pomona, CA 91767 (0.2 miles from the route)
AMOCA's Permanent Collection consists of more than 7,000 pieces and includes Southern California dinnerware, Mettach ceramics, industrial ceramics, factory made ceramics, ancient vessels from the Americas, fine porcelains of Asia and Europe, and functional and sculptural contemporary ceramics.
NHRA Motorsports Museum,1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768 (2.2 miles from the route)
Housed in a 28,500-square-foot building on the edge of the historic Los Angeles County Fairplex, the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum's mission is to celebrate the impact of motorsports on our culture. View and learn about hot rods, customs, racecars and speed records, and the West Coast's role as the historic center for their past and present development.
The Back Abbey Burgers, 128 N Oberlin Ave, Claremont, CA 91711, (0.4 miles from the route)
Eureka! Burgers, 580 W 1st St, Claremont, CA 91711 (0.4 miles from the route)
Bert & Rocky's Cream Co, 242 Yale Ave, Claremont, CA 91711 (0.5 miles from the route)
Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Gardens,1500 N College Ave, Claremont, CA 91711 (1.8 miles from the route)
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is the largest botanic garden dedicated to California native plants, a living museum and vibrant center of learning. See seasonal plant displays, explore diverse gardens and plant collections, enjoy exciting hands-on activities for the entire family at one of our many event, take a tour, and learn from experts at a class.
James Turrell’s Skyspace on the Pomona College Campus, Draper Courtyard, Lincoln and Edmunds Buildings, Pomona College (corner of 6th & College Way), Claremont (1.5 miles from the route)
James Turrell, known for his work in light, has built several Skyspaces around the world. This is the only one available for public viewing in Southern California. Called “one of the best works of public art in recent memory” by the Los Angeles Times, "Dividing the Light" gathers visitors on benches beneath a canopy that frames a window to the sky. At dusk and dawn a lighting program bathes the canopy in changing colors, from goldenrod to turquoise, altering the viewer’s perception of the sky. One moment it’s a dreamy lavender, another it’s an ominous tablet of black. A shallow pool centered beneath the opening to the sky mirrors the daytime sky and reflects a dark echo of the night sky.