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Route 66 FAQs

Where does Route 66 start and end?

 

The historic Route 66 starts in Illinois in the northeastern state of Chicago and ends in the southwestern coastal state of California, in the city of Santa Monica.

 

What states does Route 66 pass through?

 

Starting in Illinois, Route 66 was built to pass through the states of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

 

Can you still drive the entire Route 66?

 

The historical Route 66 no longer appears in modern maps as it was decommissioned in 1985, however in some places, the original road still remains which you can drive through. Route 66 runs almost parallel to the interstate highway in many states with some areas showing signs calling it the “Historic Route 66”.

 

How long does it take to drive the entire Route 66?

 

If you are just visiting the the most popular sites on Route 66, you can probably do it in around two weeks. You will need to keep your travelling speed up, connecting over the Interstate highways to avoid traffic in busy downtown areas.

 

If you can spare a month to travel along Route 66, you can take the longer historical route which takes you through dusty Western-style towns, enjoying scenic walks and browsing through the antique shops, before sitting down to enjoy a root beer.

 

What’s so special about Route 66?

 

Route 66 has been immortalised by US pop culture with the song ‘Route 66’ by Bobby Troup and the 1960s TV show called, you guessed it, ‘Route 66’. The road is iconic in American history as it connected the states from the east in Illinois to the west in California. It helped to transport industry from East to West, helping to connect rural communities with urban areas. It was the symbol of opportunity, giving these rural towns the first access to a major road and providing hundreds of thousands of people with a means of escape from the 1930s Dust Bowl.

 

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