10 places you need to see when driving Route 66
Although Historic Route 66 is no longer the Main Street of America, this long stretch between Los Angeles and Chicago is still an iconic American road trip destination.
This corridor is like a journey through American history, where you can see flickering neon signs, abandoned gas stations, quirky museums, breathtaking natural formations, old-fashioned diners and motels, and some of the nation’s most-famous landmarks.
Don’t rush your Route 66 road trip; the journey is the destination here.
While some of the landmarks have shut their doors, there are still plenty of great stops along the way. Here are our favorite ways to get your kicks on Route 66.
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Route 66 Travel Guide
Today, I'm guiding you through America's Mother Road - Route 66. So let's get to getting your Kicks on 66...
- Route 66 is NOT one long road; it's broken up into many different stretches
- In the stretch between Amarillo, TX and Los Angeles, stay in Albuquerque (NM), Flagstaff and Williams (AZ)
- In Albuquerque, stay in the Econo Lodge in the Old Town
- Eat at the Church St Cafe
- In Flagstaff, stay at the Hotel Aspen Inn Suites
- It's a great ski/nature lover's town
- In Williams, stay at the Motel 6
- Eat at Old Smokey's Restaurant
- Best Gift Shops will be found in Seligman, Ash Fork and Willams, AZ
- Road markers will be found in Seligman and Kingman, AZ as well as many in California 66 between Mojave and Joshua Tree
- Eat at Bagdad Cafe in Newberry Springs, CA
- Be careful along California 66 as it is very desolate
- Monument Valley, Utah is a must see and photograph
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ROUTE 66 Hackberry General Store, Arizona. (Road Trip USA #2)
ROUTE 66 Hackberry General Store, Arizona. Winter. Hackberry is an unincorporated community in Mohave County, Arizona, United States. Hackberry is located on Arizona State Route 66 (former U.S. Route 66) 23 miles (37 km) northeast of Kingman. Hackberry has a post office which serves 68 residential mailboxes with ZIP code 86411.
In 1992, itinerant artist Bob Waldmire re-opened the Hackberry General Store as a Route 66 tourism information post and souvenir shop on the former Northside Grocery site.
Waldmire sold the store to John and Kerry Pritchard in 1998 due to local disputes regarding the environmental and aesthetic impact of quarries, which by that time were establishing themselves in the area to remove local stone for use in landscaping. The store remains in operation with a collection of vintage cars from the heyday of U.S. Route 66 in Arizona; in 2008, its owners donated land for a new fire hall to be built for the community.
Route 66: America's Lost Highway Turns 90
Route 66 turns 90 years old this year and despite preservation efforts, the fate of this iconic highway is still in question. WSJ’s Jeff Bush travels to the Mojave Desert to take a look at one infamous section of the Mother Road.
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Visit the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers
Not many people know that automotive industry titan Henry Ford once worked for the great inventor Thomas Edison, or that they became good friends — or that they had summer homes next to each other in Fort Myers. Today, the Edison and Ford Estates are among the 10 most visited historic homes in the United States. Highlights include something for everyone: demonstrations using the equipment in Edison's research lab, behind-the-scenes views of the estate buildings themselves and horticultural tours of the grounds' extensive gardens.
Route 66 Nevada to Arizona
Driving from Las Vegas to Flagstaff, we found historic Route 66 again.
Santa Monica Pier & Route 66, California, USA
Tour of Santa Monica Pier, the official western end of historic Route 66 in Santa Monica, California, USA on Aug. 11, 2011. The Santa Monica Pier is a large double-jointed pier located at the foot of Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica, California and is a prominent, 100-year-old landmark.
The pier contains Pacific Park, a family amusement park with a large Ferris wheel. It also has a carousel from the 1920s, an aquarium, shops, entertainers, an arcade, a trapeze school, a pub and restaurants. The end of the pier is a popular location for anglers.
The current Santa Monica Pier is actually two adjoining piers that long had separate owners. The long, narrow Municipal Pier opened Sept. 9, 1909. The short, wide adjoining Pleasure Pier to the south (previously called Newcomb Pier) was built in 1916 by amusement park pioneers Charles I. D. Looff and his son Arthur.
The Carousel was built in 1922 on the Pleasure Pier and features 44 hand-carved horses. It was rebuilt in 1990 inside the Looff Hippodrome. A calliope provides musical accompaniment.
Santa Monica Pier is the official western end of historic U.S. Highway Route 66. Route 66 is a roadway so famous, it had its own song Get Your Kicks on Route 66. The original route stretched from Chicago to Los Angeles, and later, it was extended to Santa Monica.
Santa Monica is a beachfront city in western Los Angeles County. Situated on Santa Monica Bay, it is surrounded on three sides by the city of Los Angeles — Pacific Palisades on the northwest, Brentwood on the north, West Los Angeles on the northeast, Mar Vista on the east, and Venice on the southeast.
Santa Monica is home to executives and Hollywood celebrities amongst others and it is a mixture of affluent, single-family neighborhoods, renters, surfers, young professionals, and students. Santa Monica is named after Saint Monica of Hippo because the area in which the city is now located was first visited by Spaniards on her feast day.
Fun Kicks on Route 66
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Before the advent of the highway system, Route 66 was a major artery to the west, running from Chicago's Navy Pier to Santa Monica's Pier. But today, you can still take (most of) this historic road, and there are plenty of fun pit stops along the way. So check out these kicks on Route 66.