ROUTE 66 has become an icon of American popular culture as a route of adventure and freedom.
Here’s what we know about the mythical route that stretches over 2,000 miles.
What is Route 66?
Also called US Route 66 or US Highway 66, it was one of the first national motor vehicle highways in the United States.
He has since become a cultural icon.
American novelist John Steinbeck named the road in his Pulitzer Prize-winning 1939 novel “The Grapes of Wrath” about 1930s Dust Bowl migrants who fled drought and poverty in Oklahoma, Texas and in neighboring states looking for work.
Steinbeck devoted a chapter to “Route 66”, which he dubbed “the mother road”, and the nickname stuck.
Where does Route 66 begin?
The freeway, also called Main Street of America, originates in downtown Chicago, Illinois.
It crosses eight states: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
The numerical designation of “US Route 66” was assigned on April 30, 1926.
Where does Route 66 end?
It ends at the Santa Monica Pier in California.
Originally it ended at 7th and Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, a long way from the ocean.
After the Route gained tourist attraction status, the Route 66 Association decided to erect the “End of the Trail” sign at the Santa Monica Pier.
Why is Route 66 so famous?
Because it’s one of the oldest and most famous highways in America.
Today, it transports visitors to a bygone era of drive-ins and neon signs.
In the 20th century, it appeared as a symbol of freedom.
Singer Bobby Troup penned his immortal ode to America’s favorite highway, “Route 66,” while countercultural author Jack Kerouac wrote about it on On the Road.
Is Route 66 dangerous?
Route 66 is said to be an extremely safe place to go on an adventure.
Much of the journey will take you through quaint and safe small towns in the American Midwest, known for their friendly and helpful people.
The roads are largely well maintained, according to guides.