In Arcadia, Route 66 approaches the famous Santa Anita Park, and veers to the northeast. Santa Anita Park is the oldest such park in southern California, having opened in 1934. In 1984 during the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Santa Anita hosted the equestrian events. Of course, many movies featuring horse racing have used Santa Anita for a set.
Arcadia is also home to the Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanical Garden, which was developed in 1947 on 127 acres to showcase the lush greenery, flowers, and plants that grace the L.A. area.
Trivia: Author Hunter S. Thompson wrote much of his novel "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" in a motel along Route 66 in Arcadia.
In Arcadia, Route 66 follows Huntington Drive until the Santa Anita Park; at that point, it heads northeast along Colorado Place and then begins to head west on Colorado Boulevard for the ride into Pasadena.