All-American Road Trip: Route 66

Posted June 15 2017

529081140Summer time is here, which means one thing for a lot of families, road trip! There are few better cross-country road trips in the United States than the world-famous Route 66. How many other roads do you know of that inspired songs and television shows? Often referred to as the “Main Street of America”, Route 66 was one of the original highway systems of the U.S. and a major path for those who migrated west. Constructed in 1926, U.S. Route 66 spans over 2,400 miles along across the heartland of America, crossing over 9 states in total, starting in Chicago, Illinois and ending in Santa Monica, California. While it was shut down in 1985, much of it remains to be driven via “Historic Route 66”, serving as the perfect route for an All-American road trip! So here are some destinations that you should consider stopping at along the way in each state.


The Route 66 Arcade Museum is a must stop for anyone who has ever played a video game. It is home to many of the classic video games that people grew up playing in arcades, and features games from 1935 to 1980. Oh, and did I mention that many of these games are waiting to be played?!


The Fantastic Caverns are one of the many natural marvels along Route 66. They were discovered by a farmer’s dog in 1862, and were further explored 5 years later by 12 women from Springfield. Today it is a great stop for the family along Route 66. Take a tram tour through the caves and see all the natural features that these caves have to offer. It is also a nice relaxing attraction that can help break up a road trip.


Cars on the Route is an old school Kan-O-Tex gas station that has since been restored. It is a perfect place to stop for a snack and a photo opportunity. The kids will also love this place as they also have a few cars such as a tow truck and a fire engine dressed up like characters from the movie “Cars”!


Ever watch the hit TV show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives? Then you will want to stop at this next place along Route 66 as it has been featured on the show! Rock Café is a great place to stop in for a meal while you are road tripping. They pride themselves on using the original grill from when they opened in 1939! Stop in for some All-American cuisine.


Texas is home to the midpoint of Route 66, and of course there is a place to commemorate crossing the midpoint. MidPoint Café is another great place to stop in for a meal and are the home of the famous MidPoint “Ugly” Pies! There are also great photo opportunities to add to your scrap book or photo album.

New Mexico

New Mexico is home to one of the more famous stops along Route 66, the Blue Hole. Located in Santa Rosa (also known as the “City of Natural Lakes”) this area is full of pristine bodies of water that are bright blue. The most famous is the Blue Hole! The Blue Hole is an 80-foot-deep artesian spring fed from an underwater aquifer. Visitors come from all around the world to take a dip, and you will want to stop here to refresh yourself for the home stretch of the road trip!


When in Arizona, take a night to stay in the Wigwam Village! Staying at the Wigwam Village will take you back to the times when Route 66 was in it’s prime, and it is an iconic part of the Main Street of America. Wigwam Village. I mean where else can you spend the night in a giant concrete teepee?


Finally, you have made it to California, the last state along Route 66, and what better place to see then the world-famous Santa Monica Pier. There are restaurants, shopping, and an amusement park, all along the Pacific Ocean. Also enjoy live entertainment as there are always some kind of street performers from musicians to artists. Considering you were in America’s heartland when starting this trip, seeing the ocean shows you have far you have come. Before you decide to pack up, be sure to experience one on the best sunsets you will see along California’s coast.

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