Established in 1926, Route 66 was one of the original highways in the U.S. and quickly became known as the “Main Street of America” or the “Mother Road”. For a grand total of 2,448 miles and a whopping 37 hour trip, Route 66 is considered to be the Great American Road Trip! Here are some steps for planning your Route 66 nostalgic adventure!
Step 1: Choose your Start and End points. You can choose to drive the entire route from Chicago to Santa Monica or you can just drive part of the route. With CoPilot you can add all your stops along the way and then rearrange them to optimize your route! See Summer Drives Tip #4 for more information.
Step 2: Reserve accommodations. Half the fun of traveling on the Mother Road is staying in the quirky motels that can be found along the way!
Wigwam Motel: Holbrook, AZ
Step 3: Select some roadside attractions to stop and see! Here are a few of our favorites…
Ed Galloways Totem Pole Park: Foyil, OK — Cadillac Ranch: Amarillo, TX — Route 66 Drive-In Theatre: Carthage, MO
Hungry? Stop at the route 66 diner to give yourself a complete route 66 nostalgic feel!
Route 66 Diner: Albuquerque, NM
Need Fuel? Check out this gas station museum and an old time gas station!
Shea’s Gas Station Museam: Springfield, IL — Baxter Springs Independent Oil and Gas Service Station: Baxter Springs, KS
Step 4: Don’t be afraid to stray off the route! Check out the Grand Canyon on a detour during your trip.
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Finished? Once you’ve gotten your kicks on route 66, hang them on this shoe tree at the end of your Mother Road adventure!
Shoe Tree: Amboy, CA