Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles
"Your Route 66 Visitor Center"
Quote from a Route 66 adventurist about her upcoming "American Road Trip"
"Coming soon again: Chicago, the windy city. The cornfields of Illinois. The rolling hills of the Ozarks in Missouri. Lunch at friendly Eisler Brothers Store in Kansas. A 9-foot wide sidewalk of a highway in Oklahoma. A bit of Ireland in the Panhandle, in Shamrock, Texas. The buttes of New Mexico. A friendly barber in Seligman, Arizona. The heat of the Mojave Desert in California, followed by a cool walk out on the Santa Monica Pier. And not to forget the tons of friendly, warm-hearted people along the road. To experience this all makes me infinitely happy for my life. We see us in few weeks on Route 66 my American friends."
Sylvia Höhn - Germany
Route 66 is more than just a highway. It is America's Highway. It is more than just a paved road leading you from one destination to another. It IS the destination.
The Route 66 experience encompasses everything from becoming mesmerized by the historic buildings that have been meticulously preserved to meeting well-known and loved personalities whose passion for the Mother Road is so contagious that it becomes a memory emblazened in your mind forever.
No matter if you travel the entire 2,448 miles of Route 66 that stretch between Chicago, Illinois and Santa Monica, California or if your adventure encompasses only a section of it, your Route 66 experience will be an experience of a lifetime.
Historical Facts and Trivia
US Route 66 (Will Rogers Memorial Highway) existed from November 26, 1926 - June 27, 1985. After it was officially removed from the US Highway System on June 27, 1985 when it was replaced by the Interstate Highway System, various states designated portions of the original road as a National Scenic Byway known as "Historic Route 66".
Route 66 was the 20th century version of the golden road to the Promise Land. It wove hundreds of miles through the Midwest (Illinois, Missouri, Kansas) and across Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona before reaching California and the Pacific Coast. Those adventurous souls who migrated west looking for employment and a better life were the support system that kept the businesses in the communities along the way thriving and prosperous. Route 66 well deserves the name "The Mother Road" with its nurturing effect on both the travelers and the business owners who experienced its glory over the years, both then and now.
Events and Festivals on Route 66
Get Your Kicks On Route 66
From left to right: Dutch Tourist, The Amazing Gallagher and the talented Mark Di Giuseppe.
(The Straniero Video: Straniero)