Jun 27, 2018 - 07:01 PM
Spanning between Chicago and Los Angeles, the original length of the highway was 2448 miles or (3940 km), during its heyday.The current length is The current length of Route 66 is 2,278 miles (3.665 km) travelers of the legendary road could drive through eight states; California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois taking you through the heart of the United States on a diagonal trip that takes in some of the country’s most classic roadside scenes. If you’re looking for great displays of neon signs, rusty middle-of-nowhere truck stops, then route 66 is still the road to travel. While much of the old "Mother Highway" is still drivable, you can no longer drive the full length of the old highway.
Things to see along old route 66
- Route 66's Top Ten in Arizona
1. Petrified Forest National Park (Holbrook)
2. Grand Canyon National Park (Williams & Flagstaff)
3. Barringer Crater (Barringer Crater)
4. Historic Wigwam Motel (Holbrook)
5. Twin Arrows Trading Post (Twin Arrows)
6. Hackberry Store (Hackberry)
7. Jack Rabbit Trading Post (Joseph City)
8. Rainbow Rock Shop (Holbrook)
9. Town of Oatman
10. Standing on a Corner in Winslow Arizona
Since the highway was decommissioned on June 26, 1985, Route 66 no longer exists on modern maps. In fact, in some places, the road is unpaved and virtually impassable. However, you can still follow some of the original road in your car. In many states, Route 66 parallels the interstate highway.
Before it was called Route 66, and long before it was even paved in November 26, 1926, this corridor was traversed by the National Old Trails Highway, one of the country’s first transcontinental highways. For three decades before and after World War II, Route 66 earned the title “Main Street of America” because it went through small towns across the Midwest and Southwest, lined by hundreds of cafés, motels, gas stations, and tourist attractions.
During the Great Depression, hundreds of thousands of farm families, displaced from the Dust Bowl, made their way west along Route 66 to California, following what John Steinbeck called “The Mother Road” in his vivid portrait, The Grapes of Wrath.