Route 66 Is Still a Great Drive

Snaking its way through scorched deserts, table-flat prairies and dramatic canyons, Route 66 has long held a mysterious allure for tourists seeking a genuine slice of Americana. You can get the best and information on deals through internet research and resources like Achica Travel.

Stretching 2,448 miles between Chicago and Los Angeles, Route 66 was built in 1926 and was at first considered the nation’s main artery between east and west. It soon became known as the ‘Mother Road’ and thanks to the burgeoning film and music industry, the route became immortalised in American folklore.

As the century progressed however successive US governments favoured the construction of larger highways and the road fell into gradual decline. Ironically, it was the government’s decision to de-commission Route 66 in the mid-1980s that led to its renaissance as a magnet for tourists.

Starting in Chicago you’ll soon be out of the suburbs and flying along the vast grasslands of America’s Midwest on the way to Springfield, where you’ll have a perfect chance to visit the family home of arguably America’s greatest President, Abraham Lincoln.

Crossing the state line into Missouri, you’ll enter the outskirts of St Louis, a former industrial powerhouse on the banks of the Mississippi river and once a favourite haunt of notorious gangster Al Capone.

After a brief flirtation with Kansas, you’ll drift into Oklahoma and the Great Plains. Prepare to be amazed the vast expanses of land stretching for as far as the eye can see. Tulsa and the unimaginatively-named state capital Oklahoma City are the largest settlements on your route.

Moving into the northern half of Texas, you’ll arrive at Amarillo. Famed as an area for cattle-ranching, this place is heaven for steak-lovers.

Moving through the dry arid lands of New Mexico, you’ll pass through the stunning Tijero Canyon and on to the state capital Albuquerque. The option is there to head north and visit Santa Fe but many travellers choose to press on into Arizona and over the border into the final state on the journey, California.

Here Route 66 is littered with abandoned ghost towns. In some cases a solitary gas station may be the only remainder of these bygone settlements but in others several relics have been preserved for tourists to view.

As you approach the coast, Route 66 offers some of the most spectacular views of the whole trip through the Cajon Pass –a once treacherous route between two mountain ranges. From there you’ll continue into Pasadena and the sprawling Los Angeles metropolitan area. Continuing through the world famous Beverly Hills and Hollywood suburbs, your trip will end at Santa Monica and its landmark pier.