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Traveling West via Route 66

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U.S. Route 66 also known as the Will Rogers Highway, the Main Street of America and the Mother Road, was one of the original highways in the United States. Established on November 11, 1926, it became one of the most famous roads in America, running from Chicago to Santa Monica California and covering 2448 miles – 3940 Km.

Cozy Dog Drive InThis Road served as a major path for those who migrated west, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and was instrumental in the growth of the communities through which it passed. People doing business along the route became prosperous due its growing popularity.

Chicago Springfield and the Mississippi River 301 miles – 484 km. Chicago is the Gateway to the Midwest and the start of your Route 66 journey. From this great American city’s magnificent architecture, excellent cuisine, the shops on Michigan Avenue and beaches along Lakeshore, you go to Springfield, the Illinois State Capitol and President Lincoln’s home and National Historic Site.

Cozy Dog Drive In this Route 66 diner became a part of the history of the Road when inventor Ed Waldmire introduced the famous “hot dog on a stick” in 1946. Inside, find an amusing selection of Route 66 memorabilia, souvenirs, and tasty treats.

An Architectural Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Springfield

route 66 gas station museumShea’s Gas Station Museum is a collection of gas station memorabilia spanning over 66 years.

The Brick Road this 1.4 stretch of historic brick road is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Missouri US 66 covered 292 mile – 470 km – in this state, passing through Joplin, Carthage, Springfield, home of the first drive-thru, and St Louis.

Oklahoma and Kansas the highway covered 267 miles – 430 km – in Oklahoma. Today, it is marked by I-40 west of Oklahoma City; after entering at Texola, US 66 passed through Sayre and Elk City on the way to Tulsa. Past there, US 66 passed through northeastern Oklahoma before entering Kansas where it covered only 13.2 miles – 21.2 km – passing only three towns: Galena, Riverton and Baxter Springs.

Texas the Midpoint Café’ in Adrian Texas is the midpoint of the route. US 66 covered 178 miles – 286 km – in the Texas Panhandle, travelling in a west-east line, passing through Amarillo.

New Mexico US 66 covered 380 miles – 610 km – and passed through many Indian reservations in the western half of New Mexico. East of those reservations, the highway passed through Albuquerque and Sante Fe.

Arizona the highway originally covered 401 miles – 645 km – paralleling I-40, passing through the ghost town of Oatman. Between Kingman and Seligman, the route is still signed as SR 66.

Desert_SunsetCalifornia US 66 had its western terminus at the Pacific Coast Highway in California, covering 315 miles – 507 km – in the state running through San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Santa Monica and intersecting with US101, in Hollywood.

Los Angeles is a metropolis with an extraordinary history and a rich cultural heritage. An entertainment capital that is also home to renowned museums, a flourishing downtown, 75 miles of sunny coastline and internationally flavored neighborhoods.

The nine cities that comprise Greater Palm Springs offer an endless supply of sunshine and a local culture ranging from art and air museums, tours of midcentury modern homes, a living desert – a unique zoo and botanical garden that specializes in the deserts of the world – hiking, biking at the Indian Canyon, with its numerous natural springs, Tahquitz Canyon, the Coachella Valley Preserve and the Joshua Tree National Park, 794,000 acres with two diverse desert ecosystems: the Colorado and Mojave Deserts.

Natural Beauty History Cultural Attractions Cutting Edge Cuisine and Wineries

Old SacramentoSacramento sits at the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers and is an ideal destination for a Northern California itinerary and getaways to visit the Wine Country, Gold Country, the Redwoods, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Reno, Yosemite, Lassen Volcanic National Park and the Central Valley. Sacramento has a colorful history filled with humor, steam trains, ghosts, heroes and villains, the California Gold Rush and other tales of the Wild West.

Wineries Rugged Coastlines and Redwood Forests

Sonoma County CoastSonoma is home to over 425 wineries, miles of rugged Pacific coastline, towering redwood forests, and proximity to San Francisco. Also, more than 50 nature parks that offer travelers miles of hiking and cycling trails through towering redwoods or oak-studded hills, and rivers for kayaking and canoeing. Sonoma County is home to sculpture gardens tucked into hills, quaint small towns and high-end galleries as well as performing arts centers like the Green Music Center, thousands of local artists and 120 performing arts companies.

Native People Gold and Silver Discoveries Ski Resorts Museums and Mansions

Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine freshwater lake and second deepest in North America. Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains between Nevada and California, it is home to ski resorts and other year-round tourism and recreation activities. Formed about 2 million years ago, it is known for the clarity of its water and the panorama of surrounding mountains on all sides.

Emerald BayNative People the area around Lake Tahoe was previously inhabited by the Washoe tribe whose territory, included the upper valleys of the Walker, Carson and Truckee Rivers. The word Tahoe derives from a Washo word meaning The Lake.

The Mining Era with the discovery of gold in 1848, thousands of gold seekers passed near the basin on their way to the gold fields. Europeans arrived in the Lake Tahoe basin with the discovery of the Comstock Lode silver deposit 15 miles – 24 km – in Virginia City, Nevada. From 1858 until about 1890, logging in the basin supplied large timbers to shore up the mines’ underground workings.

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