Route 66 or the Mother Road as it is also referred, is one of the original highways in the U.S… First established in 1926, this historic road originally ran from Chicago to California and covered a total of 2448 miles. A major roadway for the many American’s who were making their way west because of the Dust Bowl of the 30’s, Route 66 earned its place in America’s history. Today, though the roadway has changed and in some areas all but disappeared, a renewed attraction to the road has brought it once again into the minds and hearts of America. Come with Island Trader Vacations on a journey to 7 of the Mother Road’s can’t miss sites along the way.
Cadillac Ranch – perhaps the most recognized site along the entire over 2,000 mile journey today, the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo Texas was created in 1974. An icon, it has seen thousands of visitors each year since its creation.
66 Drive-In – located in Carthage, MI, this popular attraction is one of the few historically intact drive-in theaters still operating on Old Route 66 and has been up and running since 1949.Today the site is a listed historic place.
Chain of Rocks Bridge – spanning the mighty Mississippi River, the Chain of Rocks Bridge is located in St. Louis Missouri and first opened in 1929. What makes this bridge unique is it almost 30 degree bend. Closed for repairs in 1970, it remains closed to auto traffic today but it was reopened for foot and bicycle traffic in 1998.
Oklahoma Route 66 Museum – located in Clinton OK, the Route 66 Museum is a great way to see and learn all about this historic roadway and what it meant to the thousands of Americans looking for a new start in the Dust Bowl era.
4 Women on the Route now Cars on the Route – literally hundreds of restaurants and diners are located along the Mother Road however, one of the most recognized is called 4 Women on the Route or Cars on the Route as it is now known. Located in Galena KS, this popular establishment was formally the Kan-O-Tex station and was even featured in the movie Cars.
El Rancho Hotel – like places to eat, accommodations were once a dime a dozen on this historic route. Today, one of the most recognized is El Rancho Hotel. Located in Gallup New Mexico, this popular hotel has been rated one of the best on the route and features not only great accommodations ut a popular restaurant as well. It has a famous past as the choice for stars including John Wayne and Clint Eastwood.
Santa Monica Pier – the end of the road. This would have been a welcome site for travelers long ago, much like the Statue of Liberty to immigrants not long before arriving in New York City.
Great sites can be found along the entire length. Explore and find out more when you travel this historic route or other amazing roads in America.