Route 66

If you’re craving some genuine and kitschy Americana, look no further than the iconic Route 66. Nicknamed “The Mother Road” by American author John Steinbeck in his famous novel Grapes of Wrath, Route 66 guides millions of travellers each year along the path taken by Americans as they searched for a better life in the idyllic Southern California. Lined with neon signs and unique mom-and-pop stores, in addition to taking you along some of the country’s most beautiful natural wonders, this historic route gives you a slice of American history you won’t find anywhere else.

Though much of the original Route 66 has been shut down, many of the historic gravel roads can still be travelled on and there are a number of newly created routes that allow you to experience the route the way people did before its decline in usage.

In many ways, driving along Route 66 is like travelling back in time. You’ll find a number of towns that look like they’re straight out of 1950s, where locals spend their times in old fashioned bars and diners. Route 66 is also now most famous for its wacky but lovable tourist attractions; the Wig Wam Motels, Gemini Giant, and the Cadillac Ranch are just a few.

 

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