No road is associated with America more than Route 66. This 2,400-mile trek from Chicago to Los Angeles has been romanticized in American culture since its inception in 1926. Even though it’s technically no longer an interstate, there are still many ways to “get your kicks on Route 66.”
Chicago’s Grant Park, the easternmost point of the route; and Lincoln’s Railsplitter Covered Wagon, the world’s largest covered wagon.
Cuba’s FourWay Restaurant, a former Phillips 66 gas station; and the Fanning 66 Outpost, which boasts what was once the world’s largest rocking chair.
Galena’s Cars on the Route station, which is the inspiration for Mater’s character in Cars, and East Galena’s historic district.
The Blue Whale, an iconic eighty-foot landmark in Catoosa; and Pops, a soda ranch in Arcadia with hundreds of flavors.
Amarillo’s iconic Cadillac Ranch art installation and the Big Texan Steak Ranch, an eatery offering 72-ounce steaks.
The Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, open since 1939, and the Rio Puerco Bridge, a historic bridge that can be walked.
The Painted Desert Inn in Petrified Forest National Park; the wild burros wandering the streets in the old-western town of Oatman.
The Wigwam Village #7 and Wigwam Motel in San Bernardino, and the Santa Monica Pier, where you’ll find a “Route 66: End of the Trail” sign.
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