Route 66 is a two-lane highway that meanders through back roads with rocky outcrops, along quiet streams, across the high desert landscape and red-hued cliffs, over mountains and ending at the Pacific Ocean. Traveling the old highway brings a sense of nostalgia and connection that is hard to find in the overly fast paced world of today.
Route 66 passes near many natural attractions - the Painted Desert, Meteor Crater, Meramec Caverns, the Petrified Forest and the Grand Canyon just to name a few.
You will find all kinds of roadside attractions, including teepee-shaped motels, frozen custard stands, Indian curio shops, and reptile farms. There is a wealth of sights and attractions from the historic and informative to the weird and wonderful.
The 2,500 mile route stretched from Chicago through the beating heart of America and down to Los Angeles, officially ending at the Santa Monica Pier. Nostalgia makes driving Historic Route 66 a bucket list essential. Most people find that rather than saying "I wanna visit there someday" to I'm leaving this fall for my own personal Route 66 adventure.