Route 66

Name the ultimate road trip? I’d say Route 66. No other road in the world can claim celebrity status like the iconic route from Chicago to Los Angeles. The fame is well-deserved as the old road is more than just pavement. Consider it as a drivable path of American history, and it’s right there for you to explore. Go get your kicks on Route 66.

Route 66 Map

Driving Route 66 will take you off the beaten track, and there is much to see, do and eat. Yep, food is an essential part of driving Route 66, and so is music. If you want to go, you can try some of the sections or drive the complete route in one trip. Don’t know which sections to try? A great appetizer could be the section in Arizona from Kingman to Holbrook. This is where you’ll find the Hackberry General Store, the Meteor Crater and the must-try Wigwam Motel, just to mention a few attractions. I’ve also done sections of Route 66 in California, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma. I’m not exaggerating saying there’s an abundance of attractions along the route in these states. Route 66 is not shown on ordinary maps, and there are only few signs along the route. It’s not a hassle though. You can do a little preplanning with the help of websites dedicated to Route 66. But first, check out my Route 66 Photo Gallery.

Route 66 Facts

  • Route 66 starts in Chicago and ends in Los Angeles (Santa Monica).
  • The route is 2,448 miles long.
  • It crosses 3 time zones and 8 states: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.
  • Route 66 was commissioned in 1926 and officially decommissioned in 1985. For daily use it was replaced by the Interstate Highway System in the 1960’s.
  • Today Route 66 is made up of several highways, but sections of the historical Route 66 still exist. You can actually find over 2,000 of the original connected miles, although some are less drivable.
  • Kansas has the shortest section of the route with only 13 miles, but they are all drivable.
  • Route 66 is also known as the Mother Road, Will Rogers Highway, and the Main Street of America.
  • The Corvette has become a Route 66 icon.
  • Driving Route 66 is also a music thing, and there are numerous songs about the Mother Road. Especially one song deserves a mention: Bobby Troup’s Get Your Kicks on Route 66 from 1946. The song has been performed by many artists, including John Mayer, Glenn Frey, Nat King Cole, The Rolling Stones, Depeche Mode and Chuck Berry.

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