Old Route 66 is the mother of all rides. This historic route continues to captivate people around the world and is one of the essential icons of America, both for Americans and for people abroad. It runs between Chicago and Los Angeles over two thousand miles all the way.
The road, also known as U.S. Route 66, US 66, Route 66, Will Rogers Highway, the Main Street of America and the Mother Road, passes through a marvelous cross-section of American scenes and served travelers for some 50 years. It crosses much of the American Midwest, Great Plains, and Southwest. The old route is now designated Historic Route 66. Traverse the urban streets of Chicago and St. Louis, take in the expansive Grand Canyon, experience the Southwest’s Native American communities, and hit the beach in Santa Monica without leaving the route.
Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926, but it was bypassed section by section and in 1984 was finally decommissioned. This legendary old road passes through the heart of the United States on a diagonal trip. The highest point on the road is Sitgreaves Pass, at an elevation of 1.082m (3,550ft) above the sea level.
Where does Route 66 start and where does it end?
The historic Route 66 spans a distance of more than 2,000 miles. It runs from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California and crosses the states of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, to enjoy some of the country’s most archetypal roadside scenes. It passes through a marvelous cross-section of American scenes, from the golden sands and sunshine of Los Angeles, past the Grand Canyon and the Native American communities of the desert Southwest, to the gritty streets of St. Louis and Chicago. The road starts in Chicago, Illinois and terminates at the Pacific Coast in Santa Monica, California.
How long does it take to drive the Old Route 66?
Plan 13 days to drive the whole route. The landscape quickly changes. Most of the sections marked "Historic Route 66" are well maintained. Plan your trip, because the road can be confusing. The road is not on ordinary maps and there are very few road signs.It was one of the original highways in the U.S. Highway System. US 66 was established on November 11, 1926, with road signs erected the following year. No American road is as legendary as Route 66, and no American road movie is as legendary as Easy Rider, so it is fitting that the heroes of Dennis Hopper’s counter-culture classic follow the famous road for much of their journey.
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