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Road trip USA - Route 66

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It was finished in 1926 and named Route 66. Nearly 4000 km stretched from Grant Park in Chicago to Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles through three time zones and eight states - Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

The writer John Steinbeck named it 'The Mother Road' and Route 66 has always been synonymous with being on the move - towards a dream or fleeing from lost opportunities and broken promises. Route 66 has everything that the U.S. is known for. You'll find cities that never sleep, prairies as far as the eye goes and small burger joints with homemade burgers so big that there should be plenty of cold Cokes to help them get going. Not to mention the incredible nature beauty of route 66.

Route 66 road trip route suggestion

Chicago – Springfield – Saint Louis – Joplin – Oklahoma City – Amarillo – Santa Fe – Gallup – Grand Canyon – Los Angeles Antal kilometer: 

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1-2 months

Kilometres

Ca 3600

Number of states

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Chicago, Illinois

Route 66 starts in Chicago. If you are visiting Chicago, you should not miss a basketball game with the Chicago Bulls. Also, remember to visit one of the city's many retro blues bars before packing the rental car and starting your road trip on "The Mother Road". Read more

Springfield, Illinois

Springfield is your first iconic Route 66 stop on the route. The city is Abraham Lincoln's hometown and you can get a sneak peek into his first home "Lincoln Home National Historic Site". Springfield is also the birthplace of the American corn dogs and drive-thru restaurants! Read more

St. Louis, Missouri

At this stop in the city of St. Louis, remember to visit the tasteful ice cream shop called Ted Drewes! You should also take a walk along the Mississippi River, and take a selfie in front of the huge Gateway Arch. Read more

Joplin, Missouri

Joplin is the next stop on the route. Remember to visit the Old Town and the Route 66 Carousel Park! Read more

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

In Oklahoma you will definitely meet some other Route 66 enthusiasts from around the world. Make a stop at Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum! Read more

Amarillo, Texas

Howdy y'all! Everything is bigger in America and that goes for Texas too. Test your stomach at the Big Texan Steak Ranch – if you can eat a 2 kg steak in less than an hour, you get it for free. If you want an authentic cowboy experience, go to the Amarillo Livestock Auction where you can meet real cowboys. Read more

Santa Fe, New Mexico

On the journey from Amarillo you will pass the strange attraction ‘Cadillac Ranch’ where 10 classic Cadillacs are half-buried in the ground. The trip then goes to the historic city of Santa Fe, one of the oldest cities in the United States. Remember to take time to relax in one of New Mexico's many hot springs. Read more

Gallup, New Mexico

It's time to learn about the Indian culture and history! One third of the inhabitants of Gallup are of Indian descent. Local Indian guides can show you around in the beautiful ruins of "Sky City" in Acoma native American Reservation. Read more

Grand Canyon, Arizona

With its stunning and unique landscape, Grand Canyon is a true natural wonder. The surroundings are beautiful, and the place also contains an exciting cultural history. It is definitely worth driving the distance from Flagstaff to get here! Read more

Los Angeles & Santa Monica, Californien

Finish your road trip with celebrity spotting in Hollywood, a visit at Universal Studios, and some well-deserved relaxation on the beach in Santa Monica. Do not forget the obligatory selfie in front of the Hollywood sign before going home! Read more

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Chicago, Illinois

Route 66 starts in Chicago. If you are visiting Chicago, you should not miss a basketball game with the Chicago Bulls. Also, remember to visit one of the city's many retro blues bars before packing the rental car and starting your road trip on "The Mother Road".

Springfield, Illinois

Springfield is your first iconic Route 66 stop on the route. The city is Abraham Lincoln's hometown and you can get a sneak peek into his first home "Lincoln Home National Historic Site". Springfield is also the birthplace of the American corn dogs and drive-thru restaurants!

St. Louis, Missouri

At this stop in the city of St. Louis, remember to visit the tasteful ice cream shop called Ted Drewes! You should also take a walk along the Mississippi River, and take a selfie in front of the huge Gateway Arch.

Joplin, Missouri

Joplin is the next stop on the route. Remember to visit the Old Town and the Route 66 Carousel Park!

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

In Oklahoma you will definitely meet some other Route 66 enthusiasts from around the world. Make a stop at Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum!

Amarillo, Texas

Howdy y'all! Everything is bigger in America and that goes for Texas too. Test your stomach at the Big Texan Steak Ranch – if you can eat a 2 kg steak in less than an hour, you get it for free. If you want an authentic cowboy experience, go to the Amarillo Livestock Auction where you can meet real cowboys.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

On the journey from Amarillo you will pass the strange attraction ‘Cadillac Ranch’ where 10 classic Cadillacs are half-buried in the ground. The trip then goes to the historic city of Santa Fe, one of the oldest cities in the United States. Remember to take time to relax in one of New Mexico's many hot springs.

Gallup, New Mexico

It's time to learn about the Indian culture and history! One third of the inhabitants of Gallup are of Indian descent. Local Indian guides can show you around in the beautiful ruins of "Sky City" in Acoma native American Reservation.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

With its stunning and unique landscape, Grand Canyon is a true natural wonder. The surroundings are beautiful, and the place also contains an exciting cultural history. It is definitely worth driving the distance from Flagstaff to get here!

Los Angeles & Santa Monica, Californien

Finish your road trip with celebrity spotting in Hollywood, a visit at Universal Studios, and some well-deserved relaxation on the beach in Santa Monica. Do not forget the obligatory selfie in front of the Hollywood sign before going home!