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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!
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 of them in the "Land of Lincoln" ... read more
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're packed with interesting people and places from Galena to Baxter Springs ... read more
With about 430 miles the "Sooner State" has the longest stretch of Will Rogers Highway (Route 66). But there are a lot of "bypasses" to explore and that can add a lot of miles ... read more
It's only 185 miles across the panhandle 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 ... read more
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 ... read more
The longest section of the original Route 66 runs from just west of Ash Fork to just east of Kingman. That's about 105 of the 380 or so miles across the state... read more
Depending on the path you follow across California it's about 300 miles, plus or minus. In Los Angeles there are several alignments, we'll focus on an easier path to ... read more

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 in many of the cities, towns, villages and rural areas it passes through. more

x 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
xDid 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.