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!
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" ... read
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 ... read more
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 ... read more
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 ... read more
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 ...
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 ... read more
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" ... read more
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" ... read more
A Road With Many Names
This grand old road has many names, some official, and others that are
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".
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.