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What Summer Travel in the ’50s Looked Like

By Diana Smith

May 6, 2015

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The 1950s! It was that golden era of rock and roll and Marilyn. A time of lavish cars, colorful clothes, and shiny appliances that made life easier. It also happened to be a swell time for travel. Just take a look at these gems from the past and gather a little inspiration for your upcoming summer trips.

Beach Waves Motel in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey

Hanging out at the “ultra modern” Beach Waves Motel in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey.

Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California

The Los Angeles Ambassador Hotel; before it became infamous and was simply famous.

HOMOWACK MOTEL Spring Glen New York

The original gossip girls at the Homowack Motel in Spring Glen, New York.

Le Barons Coffee Shop in Idaho Falls, Idaho

Plenty of pie, coffee and beautiful cars at Le Baron’s Coffee Shop in Idaho Falls.   

Woodward Hotel Oklahoma

Relax by the pool and feel that summer wind blowing at Oklahoma’s Woodward Motel.

Lake Havasu City Resort AZ

Peace and relaxation at Lake Havasu.

Vacationers at Murphy's Myrtle Beach Resort SC 1960s

Before there were selfies.


“The biggest little city in the world.”

Hacienda Del Sol Ranch Hotel Tucson Arizona 1950

That’s not a mirage, it’s the Hacienda Del Sol Ranch Hotel in Tucson.

FERNWOOD MOTEL, Bushkill Pennsylvania

Where else could Peggy and Johnny perfect their shuffleboard game than at the good ol’ Fernwood Motel in Bushkill, Pennsylvania.

Midway on Casino Pier & Rides - Seaside Park New Jersey

For some family fun, head on over to Casino Pier & Rides in Seaside Park.

GOLDEN HOST MOTEL Sarasota Florida

Splishing and splashing at Golden Host Motel in Sarasota.

Cliff House Restaurant SF

“Where San Francisco begins.”

Penny Point Motel Hampton Bays, Long Island, New York

Ahoy from Long Island!

the New Moongate Motel, Hallandale Beach, Florida

Googie architecture at its finest in Hallandale Beach, Florida.

The Morningside Hotel, Hurleyville, N.Y

High overhead, Susie will attempt a one-and-a-half piked somersault.

last chance motel and coffee shop Nevada

“On Highway 40, 12 miles west of Reno. Your last stop in Nevada and your last chance for a good 5-cent cup of coffee.”


The gang.


All photos from Flickr/1950s Unlimited

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