Route 66 is probably one of the most famous roads in the world. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of motorists and drivers have traversed the highway in the bid to quench their vocational thirst. However, over the decades, the famous highway has undergone tremendous refurbishments in some parts while some parts have been rendered outdated and decommissioned. The modification has also led to the extension of its terminals. So, where exactly does this road starts and ends?
Between the years 1926-1937, the official start point of route 66 was in Jackson Blvd along Michigan Avenue in Chicago IL on the Eastern side. On the same period, the official end-point on the western side was at Broadway at 7th St—Downtown in Los Angeles CA. Today, the official start-up point in the Eastern part is at Jackson Blvd on Michigan Avenue and ends at Will Rogers Marker just around the intersection between the Santa Monica Blvd and Ocean Avenue.
The official mileage of this famous road was 2400 miles (3, 862) Km. However, due to factors such as different permutations of the highways, this may not be the accurate measure of the road. The Americana mother road sneaked through a total of eight states. These were Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona before coming to a halt in California.
Why is route 66 so popular?
You may be wondering why this outdated road is popular. This road is the icon for Americana. It is the mother road that gave birth to some of the most coveted highways in the United States. However, the real historical records of this famous route lie with its use during the 90s.
Upon achieving a full pavement in the year 1938, Route 66 became the most used road between west coast America and the Midwest. Participants in the popular Bunion Derby hit the road on foot regularly accompanied by other travellers who desperately traversed the dusk in search for greener pastures in California. Among the popular users of the road also included World War 2 soldiers and thousands of Americans who headed to the Grand Canyon for vocational trips.
For decades route 66 has lied in the dark end of the tunnel. It was brought to the limelight in the year 2008 when the World Monuments Fund enlisted in a watch list of the most endangered sites.
Architectural highlights of route 66
The buzz of traversing route 66 lies with its ornamental architectural highlights that feature-rich historical records. Since the route passes through different states dominated by residents with diverse cultures, you will be overwhelmed with how unique some of these infrastructures are. In Holbrook, Arizona stands the remains of the once-popular Seven Wigwam Villages. Fully erected and functional are the motels with concrete teepees where you can spend a blissful night. The iconic structures were built between the year 1936 and 1950.
Upon reaching a section of the route 66 at Glenrio (Located in the border between Texas and New Mexico) you will meet the abandoned historic buildings that were used by Interstate 40 in the year 1975.
How long can you take to travel on Route 66?
The longer you can take to traverse route 66 depends on personal preferences. Without giving any stop in some of the motels and ornamental infrastructures along the route, 2 weeks is enough. For this timeframe, the best you can do is seeing some of the popular cities and busy street through your windowpane.
If you truly need to see most of the popular scenes along this route, then you should plan for a 1-month trip. For this duration, you can enjoy a relaxed journey—sip the popular root beer, watch open-air movie, spend a blissful night in iconic motels along the highway and enjoy the most iconic attractions with no worry.
Your journey will not be fantastic enough when these three stopovers miss on your list. In Missouri state, you can stop and enjoy the blissful air in the Fantastic cavern. In Oklahoma State, is the Blue Whale of Catoosa, a recognizable waterfront structure with the image of Snaptchat’s spectacle erected in 2016. In Texas, you can deviate to the Cadillac Ranch for a brew before proceeding with your journey.
The historical route 66 crosses three time zones—central time zone, the mountain time zone and pacific time zone. This can affect your timing during the trip. Also, you will notice that the GPS deviates to the newer interstate highways when travelling on the route. American history lies with the old route. Therefore, carefully map your route before starting your engine.