If you have been looking for something to do to close out the summer or perhaps for something to do for an autumn vacation for a week or two, why not consider a great road trip somewhere unique or interesting. A good road trip is always a cure all for those slower days of summer or into the autumn as a great way to still prolong the summer fun. Read ahead for some tips on where to stop along the route of North America‘s ultimate road trip road – Historic Route 66.
What Is The Route?
Route 66 is one of the original highways that crosses the United States, originating from Chicago in Illinois and ending in Santa Monica, California. It was used as a main route of migration throughout the Dustbowl era of the 1930s and the Great Depression, but was slowly decertified as an official highway over time. With the advent of road trips becoming more highly sought after ideas for holidays, as well as a focus on the routes historic significance, Historic Route 66 has made its debut, and now travellers are free to drive the route as much or as little as they’d like.
What States Are Involved?
From east to west the states that are involved include Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. This makes the route a fantastic way to see much of the different states that comprise the United States, with each state having its own real culture: from the buttoned up office blocks of the Mid West to the dusty farms of the South West and the beach culture of California, road trippers are promised a great experience, whether they start in Illinois or California or anywhere in between.
So, What Should I See?
Depending where you start, the time you have dedicated to the trip, your budget and your interests there is a little something for everyone along the route. Santa Monica pier in California is a must see for almost everyone, with its bright lights and fairground out on the pier itself. Arizona’s stretch of the highway is near not just the Petrified Forest National Park, but also Grand Canyon National Park, Barringer Crater and the Historic Wigwam Motel which is worth a stay for a unique night in a stone and stucco tipi. Motels, hotels, cafes and service stations line the route in each state from California to Illinois, with many of these being historic sites in and of themselves and are worth a stop, a visit, a sandwich or a stay, depending on your time frame and what you want to get out of your trip. For a full list of the top 10 sites along the route per state, check out this website.
So there you have a bit of a rundown on the history and things to see along the Historic Route 66 through the United States. With so much to see along the route it’s easy to see why this is one road trip for the ages and the one that will be talked about for years to come!