Best Land Travel | Route 66, United States
Many people still make Route 66 the best overland route, stretching from Chicago, Illinois, to Santa Monica – Los Angeles, California, United States. This route became famous during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl in the 1930s, when migrants from the Midwest took a trip to find work in California. John Steinbeck further emphasized the impact of this route on America in his Nobel Prize-winning book, The Grapes of Wrath. Although most of the toll roads that make this route the best land route in the world are no longer designated as Route 66, the “Historic Route 66” signs provide clear markers for motorists.
The entire Route 66 overland trip covers 3,900 kilometers and crosses unique landmarks, such as the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, and the 20 kilometer road in Kansas that has retained the name Route 66.
The complete Route 66 tour takes you through the states of Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. Motorists who have conquered the entire trip recommend speed regulation while crossing this route. The trip can be done in about one week, but because there are many things that can be seen and done along the route, planning an itinerary for a trip of three to four weeks is highly recommended.
Places to visit along Route 66
Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton, Oklahoma: With the look and feel of 1950s American restaurants, the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum is a pleasant place to stretch your legs and take a short break on Route 66. This museum highlights the importance of the historic route also known as Will Rogers Highway in Oklahoma, as well as many businesses and workers affected by its popularity.
Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas: Add your personal touch to this unique art installation on the outskirts of Amarillo, Texas. This exhibition displays 10 cars covered in graffiti that are half buried in an empty field. You are welcome to bring your own spray paint can and make all the scribbles you want!
San Miguel Mission in Santa Fe, New Mexico: This adobe-style chapel is the oldest known church in the continental United States and was built between 1610 and 1626. This church once functioned as a chapel for the Spanish army, and visitors to the San Miguel Mission can still attend mass on Sunday.
Meteor Crater Natural Landmark (Barringer Crater) in Winslow, Arizona: Meteor Crater can be seen from Interstate 40, but seeing dynamic holes in the ground is worth doing up close. This site is believed to have been created by Canyon Diablo Meteorite, which fell to earth more than 50,000 years ago. This crater has a diameter of 1,200 meters with a depth of 170 meters. The most impressive for visitors is the 45-meter edge around the crater resulting from the strong impact of the meteorite.
Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles, California: End your trip on Route 66 by watching views of the Pacific Ocean from the Santa Monica Pier. Spend the day at Santa Monica State Beach, and buy souvenirs at Route 66 Last Stop Shop. This wharf is also next to Original Muscle Beach, an outdoor sports area that was founded in the 1930s. Before going home, don’t forget to stop by the Santa Monica Pier Museum, and ride a roller coaster or Ferris wheel in Pacific Park. Take off your tired and tired after this long journey.