RV Friendly Gas Station I-8 Interstate Golden Acorn Casino

RV Friendly Gas Station Off I-8 Interstate Exit 61 (Crestwood Rd.)

Taking an RV road trip is one of the best ways to see the country, but even when you’re traveling in comfort and style—usually with an on-board restroom—pit stops are still necessary. And as any road-tripper will tell you, not all rest areas, truck stops, and travel centers are created equal.

If your travels take you along the stretch of I-8 between San Diego and El Centro, your choice is easy: Exit 61, where Golden Acorn Casino & Travel Center will meet all your pit-stop needs—and more! Continue reading…

Southwest Road Trip Itinerary Golden Acorn Casino & Travel Center

Southwest Road Trip Itinerary

The Southwest is a truly iconic area of the United States. It features everything you could possibly want in a trip, including thrills, sites, adventures, nightlife, and luxury. It has every climate and geography, from dry deserts to balmy beaches to cold cliffs to cavernous canyons. If you are planning a road trip through the Southwest for a few days or a few weeks, there is going to be a lot to do and see. Before you plan out your trip, make sure to consult this list of essential items on any Southwest road trip itinerary. Continue reading…

I-8 Interstate Golden Acorn Casino & Travel Center

Casino Off I-8 Interstate Exit 61 (Crestwood Rd.)

If you’re lucky enough to live near a local casino, you can get all the gambling excitement of Vegas without the time commitment and traveling hassle. But many local casinos are located in rather remote areas, making them hard to find and inconvenient for an impromptu night out.

Not Golden Acorn Casino! We’re located right off the I-8 interstate at the Crestwood Road exit, about halfway between San Diego and El Centro. That means if you live in those cities or anywhere in between—including El Cajon, Alpine, Pine Valley, Campo, Jacumba Hot Springs, Ocotillo, and Plaster City—we’re just a quick drive away. Continue reading…

Gas station at Golden Acorn Casino & Travel Center

Why You Should Fuel Up at Golden Acorn Casino & Travel Center

You might think all gas stations offer the same gas, snacks, and dubious restrooms. But you’ll definitely reconsider once you fuel up at Golden Acorn Casino’s Travel Center, an oasis of refreshment on the way to the desert.

Golden Acorn’s creature comforts aren’t the only reason you should stop in for a fill-up. Here are 7 reasons why you should take advantage of our Travel Center, whether you’re heading out East or returning home to San Diego. Continue reading…

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Things to Look for in a Good Truck Stop in San Diego

Whether you’re a long-haul trucker or a cross-country roadtripper, where you choose to stop to refresh and refuel depends on the three C’s: Convenience, Comfort, and Cost. The best truck stops across the U.S. manage to combine all three, and while individual needs and preferences vary, here are a few things to look for to ensure your truck stop experience is a pleasant one:


Window Washing

After several hundred miles on the road, your windshield will be a dirt-smeared, oil-spattered insect graveyard that requires attention far beyond the capabilities of a typical gas station squeegee. The best truck stops provide thick brushes to scrub away debris, extra-long windshield washer handles to reach every grimy inch of glass, and ample washing fluid mixed with the water.


Hot Meal

Cold Pop Tarts for breakfast and peanut butter sandwiches for dinner might be adequate for a day or two when you’re trying to make good time on the road, but there’s something special about a hot meal that didn’t come from a drive-through window. Some truck stops have restaurants open 24 hours, and others specialize in region cuisine. If you stop at Golden Acorn Casino, you have multiple options: dining at the Golden Grill, grabbing a quick wholesome snack at the Del Oro Deli, or relaxing at the Player’s Bar.

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California Sunset At Golden Acorn Casino

Must-See Stops While Traveling Through Southern California

It’s officially road trip season. At Golden Acorn Casino, we have the feeling it’s going to be an epic summer. If your road trip happens to take you through Southern California, we’ve got a few ideas for you. Yes, of course, you’ll want to hit the beach, maybe try a surfing lesson, but if you’ve got a taste for something quirky, spooky, glute-busting, or just plain off-the-beaten-path, try this list of must-see stops while traveling through Southern California.


1) Sunny Jim’s Cave – Adventurers can explore this cave in La Jolla that was once used to smuggle Chinese immigrants and contraband whiskey during Prohibition.  The cave also has ties to L. Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz.

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