Road Trip Time! Fun Stops and Vacation Rentals Along Route 66 [Infographic]
Vacation Rentals along Route 66
All along the historic "Mother Road," there are fun and funky towns - whether you drive through several or just visit one, here's how to see a bit of historic Americana on your trip. See a piece of the road trip past and a lot of other great attractions in one these cities - and if you have some time, all of them!
Seeing the Country from Route 66
The romance of Route 66 continues to captivate travelers. Running between Chicago and Los Angeles, the historic highway passes through the heart of the United States on a diagonal trip through some of the country's most archetypal roadside scenes. Grant Park in Chicago is the official starting point of Route 66, and while the decomissioned highway is no longer detailed on maps, you'll find the history is alive and well at many of the traditional stops along the way.
Beginning in the 1950s, Route 66 was bypassed section by section by high-speed interstate highways. The older sections are designated Historic Route 66. Trying to follow the route with a standard map won't work. There are a lot of Historic Route 66 markers, but many are missing, due to misguided collectors and the wind. The largest drivable stretch of Route 66 runs through Oklahoma, past charming towns and quirky attractions.
Route 66 was officially decomissioned in 1985, but nearly three decades later, it's still charming travelers. The advent of the interstate highway system made it possible for people to travel across the country quickly - and not see anything. Perhaps it's this desire to "see something" that keeps Route 66 alive.
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