Route 66, USA
Route 66 road trips
Affectionately known as ‘Main Street, USA’, Route 66 is a 2,450-mile stretch of road that connects Chicago to California. Most people take the route heading towards the Pacific for obvious reasons: the road cuts through Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and then into California, where it finally becomes the Santa Monica Boulevard and hits Ocean Avenue in downtown Santa Monica.
Although Route 66 was decommissioned over 20 years ago, it still retains a certain amount of affection from many local towns which actively promote their association with the road. Around 80% of the original route is still drivable with careful planning.
Why Route 66 is special
The old two-lane highway is actually quite difficult to find on many current road maps, but trust us: it’s still there! Along the way are plenty of middle-of-nowhere small towns which can give you a taste of the real America.
Some states have kept the ‘66’ designation for parts of the highway – albeit on state roads – and many associations have been set up in towns to actively keep Route 66 alive. Many historic markers in also are place along the entire length of the road. Check it out and you’ll truly ‘get your kicks’ on Route 66.