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Featuring more than 1,800 sights — diners and cafes, cool old neon signs, Mom-n-Pop motels, homemade attractions, and classic Route 66 goodness.
A diagonal cut across Illinois connect Chicago to St. Louis, most of Route 66 is a rural ride. Despite the urban ends, most of its almost 436-mile trek pass along the flatlands and small towns with open vistas.
St. Louis’s crazy quilt of alternate 66 routes, each with it’s own charms (like the hometown favorite, Ted Drewes Frozen Custard). It soon opens to the lush Missouri countryside of rolling hills and great relics of the past.
Shortest state section (only 13.2 miles) with a lot more to see than you think, including the inspirations for Tow Mater from “Cars” (both character and cartoon.)
The longest stretch of Route 66…with sections of the original (and narrow) roads, the Big Blue Whale, and scenes from the Steinbeck classic, “Grapes of Wrath,” Oklahoma truly celebrates it’s 66 heritage.
From the Texas panhandle on to California, you’re heading due west. Great architecture, two infamous carhenges (Cadillac Ranch AND the VW Ranch), a tilting watertower and a great big sky await you.
Now, the Route gets varied…flatlands to the 9-mile Climb, arroyos and mesas. Albuquerque is full of great old neon motel signs. Or take the original alignment and head to Santa Fe for amazing eateries and Southwest art galleries galore.
An incredibly scenic portion of 66 — with the Petrified Forest, nearby Grand Canyon, the Meteor Crater, and remote desert relics. Sleep in a Wigwam! Stand “on the corner in Winslow, Arizona…” Such a fine sight to see!
You gotta go through the Mojave Desert–many still chose to travel it at night for the cooler temps and brilliant Milky Way. Grab a bite at Bagdad Cafe. Sleep in another Wigwam. The final stretch rewards you with the Santa Monica Pier.