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The best road trip around USA, running between Chicago and Los Angeles, “over two thousand miles all the way”

Route 66 earned the title “Main Street of America” because it wound through small towns across the Midwest and Southwest, lined by hundreds of cafés, motels, gas stations, and tourist attractions.

Route 66 passes through a marvelous cross-section of American scenes, from the cornfields of Illinois all the way to the golden sands and sunshine of Los Angeles, passing by such diverse environs as the Grand Canyon, the Native American communities of the desert Southwest, the small-town Midwest heartlands of Oklahoma and the Ozarks, as well as the gritty streets of St. Louis and Chicago. Whether you are motivated by an interest in history, feel a nostalgic yearning for the “good old days” Route 66 has come to represent, or simply want to experience firsthand the amazing diversity of people and landscapes that line its path, Route 66 offers an unforgettable journey into America, then and now.

The route day by day: A personal experience

Day 1: Chicago to Springfield, Illinois

All across Illinois, Historic Route 66 is very well marked. Alignments of the highways are bannered with their years of service, so in areas where the highway splits you have a choice of which alignment to follow. While Illinois provides directional signage to show you where to turn, signs are not always well maintained and it is possible to miss a turn in some areas.

Chicago → Cicero → Joliet → Braidwood → Gardner → Dwight → Pontiac → Chenoa → Bloomington-Normal → McLean → Atlanta → Lincoln → Williamsville → Sherman → Springfield

Chicago
Day 2: Springfield to St. Louis

The Jefferson National Memorial in St. Louis, Missouri, of which the Gateway Arch is part, was built in 1965 to commemorate westward expansion. The Arch stands 630 feet high and is also 630 feet wide at the base. Underneath it is a free museum about the exploration of the Louisiana Purchase. The other part of the memorial is the old courthouse, where the Dred Scott Decision ruled that a slave did not become a free man because he was taken into a free state.

Springfield → Litchfield → Mount Olive → Staunton → Hamel → Edwardsville → Mitchell → Missouri border → St. Louis

Day 3: St. Louis to Springfield, Missouri

St. Louis → Eureka → Pacific → Gray Summit → St. Clair → Sullivan → Bourbon → Cuba → Rosati → Rolla → Doolittle → Jerome → St. Robert → Buckhorn → Sleeper → Lebanon → Phillipsburg → Conway → Vance → Marshfield → Strafford → Springfield

St. Louis - St. Clair - Bourbon - Springfield
Day 4: Springfield, Missouri to Oklahoma City

Springfield → Halltown → Paris Springs Junction → Spencer → Phelps → Rescue → Plew → Avilla → Carthage → Carterville → Webb City → Joplin → Kansas border → Galena → Riverton → Baxter Springs → Oklahoma border → Commerce → Miami → Afton → Vinita → White Oak → Chelsea → Foyil → Claremore → Catoosa → Tulsa → Oakhurst → Sapulpa → Kellyville → Bristow → Depew → Stroud → Davenport → Chandler → Warwick → Wellston → Luther → Arcadia → Edmond → Oklahoma City

Arriving to oklahoma
Day 5: Oklahoma City to Amarillo

The second largest canyon in the country lies in the heart of the Texas Panhandle. Visit Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Amarillo

Oklahoma City → Bethany → Yukon → El Reno → Hydro → Weatherford → Clinton → Foss → Canute → Elk City → Sayre → Erick → Texola → Texas border → Shamrock → McLean → Jericho → Groom → Alanreed → Conway → Amarillo

Day 6: Amarillo to Albuquerque

Amarillo → Bushland → Wildorado → Vega → Adrian → Gruhlkey → Glenrio → New Mexico border → San Jon → Tucumcari → Santa Rosa → Moriarty → Edgewood → Albuquerque

Day 7: Albuquerque to Flagstaff

Albuquerque → Grants → Gallup → Arizona border → Petrified Forest National Park → Holbrook → Joseph City → Winslow → Flagstaff

Day 8: Flagstaff to Barstow

Flagstaff → Williams → Chino Valley → Ash Fork → Seligman → Peach Springs → Kingman → Oatman → Topock → California border → Needles → Chambless → Amboy → Bagdad → Siberia → Klondike → Ludlow → Newberry Springs →Daggett → Barstow

Day 9: Barstow to Santa Monica

Barstow → Lenwood → Helendale → Oro Grande → Victorville → San Bernardino → Rialto → Fontana → Rancho Cucamonga → Upland → Claremont → Pomona → La Verne → San Dimas → Glendora → Azusa → Monrovia → East Pasadena → Pasadena → Los Angeles → Hollywood → Beverly Hills → Century City → Santa Monica

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