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Historic Route 66!

Historic Route 66 runs from Illinois to California going through six more great states along the way and attracts travelers from around the world. Let's get going!
xIllinois
It's about 300 miles from Chicago, IL to St. Louis, MO, if you only travel one alignment of Route 66. Add 200 miles or so if you travel all the alignments in the "Land of Lincoln".
xMissouri
The Gateway Arch welcomes you to the "Show Me State". It is about 320 miles from St. Louis to Joplin, MO, plus any additional alignment miles.
xKansas
The "Sunflower State" only has 13 miles of the Main Street of America, but they are packed with fun and interesting people and places from Galena to Baxter Springs, including the Rainbow Bridge.
xOklahoma
With about 430 miles the "Sooner State" has the longest stretch of Will Rogers Highway (Route 66). Of course there are more than a few "bypass" alignments to explore and that can add a lot of miles.
xTexas
It's only 185 miles across the panhandle section of the "Lone Star State", but there's plenty of interesting places to see along the way. Adrian is the geographic midpoint of Route 66.
xNew Mexico
Before they bypassed Santa Fe and Los Lunas in 1937 the "Land of Enchantment" had the longest stretch of Route 66 at about 470 miles, but the bypass cut off about 100 miles. Do both alignments if time allows.
xArizona
The longest continous section of the original Route 66 stretches from just west of Ash Fork to just east of Kingman. That section covers about 105 of the 380 or so miles across the "Grand Canyon State".
xCalifornia
Depending on the path you follow across California it's about 300 miles, plus or minus. In Los Angeles alone there are several possible choices, we'll focus on an easier path to avoid getting lost in the "Golden State".

A Road With Many Names

This grand old road has many names, some official, and others that are popular nicknames.

The Will Rogers Highway

Historic Route 66 is also officially known as the Will Rogers Highway, a name that was assigned to the road in 1942 to honor famous actor and humourist from Claremore, Oklahoma.

The Mother Road, and America's Mainstreet

Unofficially it is also goes by the names "The Mother Road", and "America's Mainstreet".

And More!

On top of all that, it wears a wide variety of different names locally in many of the cities, towns, villages and rural areas it passes through. more

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About Us We started traveling Historic U.S. Route 66 as a destination in 2009. It's like a 2,400 mile long drive back in time from Chicago to Santa Monica! more
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Did You Know: Many parts of the old 4 lane Route 66 were reverted to a 2 lane road after 66 was realigned to the interstate. In many places the abandoned lanes are still there.
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