Top 10 Spots on Route 66 Apr 20, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
You have probably heard of the famous Route 66, “The Mother Road.” It’s a popular destination for one of the great American road trips. The original route ran from Chicago Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona and terminated in California after 2,448 miles on the road. Most of the highway is now part of the interstate, but certain segments have been designated Historic Route 66. If you are considering a Route 66 road trip and aren’t sure where to stop along this long route, consider the following options. We will start in Illinois and end in California on this American odyssey.
Grant Park, Illinois
Grant Park is one of the biggest attractions in Chicago, which is conveniently where Route 66 has its official start. This park has hosted numerous famous events, including Obama’s election acceptance speech and the annual Lollapalooza Festival, and gives you a great view of Lake Michigan.
Gemini Giant, Illinois
While in Illinois, stop in Wilmington along Route 66 to see the Gemini Giant. He is one of a few ginormous fiberglass models used as an advertisement for roadside shops. This giant is an ad for the Launchpad Diner, and he features a space helmet along with a rocket in his hands.
Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame, Illinois
Since you won’t be able to see everything on the highway, stop at the Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum to get a feel for everything it has to offer. You will see plenty of memorabilia and artifacts from the famous musicians and travelers that commemorated the highway.
Tow Tater, Kansas
Anyone who enjoys “Cars” or likes historical autos will want to stop by and see the Tow Tater. This 1951 tow truck from International Boom served as the inspiration for one of the main characters in the movie “Cars.” It is easy to spot in Galena, Kansas, right outside of the Kan-O-Tex Service Station.
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma
This Oklahoma City museum is perfect for those who want to learn more about the culture, art, and history of cowboys and the Wild West. Learn more about how the original “Mother Road” brought settlers across America. The museum has been around since 1955 and has collected art, sculptures, and more.
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