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".
Missouri The Gateway Arch welcomes you to the "Show Me State".
It is about 320 miles from St. Louis to Joplin, MO, plus any additional
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.