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Road Trip Ideas: Route 66 – ‘America’s Mother Road’

Photo credit: Bigstock

Photo credit: Bigstock

The mesmerizing beauty and romance of the famous Route 66 continues to captivate people around the world, which is why we decided to write about it in our column called Road Trip Ideas.

Route 66 runs between Chicago and Los Angeles, spreads over two thousand miles, and passes through the heart of the United States.

This legendary road is perfect for your diagonal road trip across the country as it will provide you with some of the most famous and most archetypal roadside scenes of the US.

Before it was dubbed “Route 66”, and even before it was even paved in 1926, this route was among the country’s first transcontinental highways.

30 years before and after World War II, Route 66 earned the title “Main Street of America” as it connected small towns across the Midwest and Southwest.

America’s Soul

Get ready for some flashy displays of neon signs, retro diners, rusty and almost poetic middle-of-nowhere truck stops, true Americana, and most importantly – some serious, laid back fun on Route 66.

As tripadvisor.com puts it: “This is an epic, icon-packed, music-drenched, bucket list of a road trip. Peppered with retro diners and vintage motels, it rolls west, beside echoes of pioneers, cowboys and a Presidential past. From Chicago’s lake, via cinematic deserts it winds to the Pacific shore. Steeped in nostalgia and romance, rich in canyons, sunsets and neon signs this, the Mother Road still speaks to America’s soul.”

Technicalities

Since Route 66 road trip is, for most, once in a life time endeavor, make sure to allow enough time. Our suggestion is at least two weeks for the whole shebang. Should you be able to add another seven days to your vacation, many more fun opportunities will open up – horseback riding, hiking, kitsch-filed pit stops, more museum tours, etc.

Destinations you simply must see:

  • The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Millennium Park
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Lincoln Home National Historic Site
  • Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center
  • Philbrook Museum of Art
  • Route 66 Auto Museum
  • Santa Monica Mountains
  • Museum of International Folk Art