Stretching between Chicago and Los Angeles, this old transcontinental highway makes its way through the heart of the United States taking you on a trip filled with neon road signs and rusty truck stops. Route 66 was also known as “American’s Highway” in its prime, is a major part of America’s history. Route 66 brought with it opportunities for thousands of people escaping the Dust Bowl. Immortalized in literary classics and pop culture, Route 66 continues to intrigue road trippers long after it has lost its relevance as a highway.
Here are 5 reasons why Route 66 needs to be on a serious road trippers bucket list.
See eight states: Route 66 starts in Chicago and ends in Santa Monica running through the states of Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. The “Windy City” was the first to decommission the 2,448 mile highway.
The Grand Canyon: Witness the work of nature over millions of years and the mighty Colorado river forging its way through the steeps. The Grand Canyon is home to 70 species of mammals and 270 species of birds making your trip a scenic one.
Tomb of Cadillac: Popularly known as the Cadillac Ranch, this wacky and innovative installation is a line of junked Cadillacs buried nose-down.
Stay in a concrete tipi: The Wigwam motels also known as Wigwam villages was a chain built during the 1930s -40s. The motels lost their popularity when the superhighways bypasses this place taking travelers right passed them. However, you can still stay in the two historic wigwam motels, Holbrook in Arizona and Rialto in California.
Route 66 Museums: Countless museums are dedicated to this highway, displaying everything from pinball machines to jukeboxes and muscle cars to rusty road signs. The Mother Road Museum in Barstow and Hall of Fame Museum in Pontiac, are the most popular.