Route 66: 8 Incredible Sights You Can’t Miss

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“Get Your Kicks, On Route 66!”

Driving down Route 66 from Chicago to LA is a bucket-list-worthy experience for many traveling enthusiasts.

Crossing eight states: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, this trip is more about the journey than the destination itself. And you’ll find many famous attractions along the way.

This road was built in 1926 as a way to create the shortest possible route connecting the West Coast and Midwest. Unfortunately, due to modern advancements in highways, it was deemed ineffective in 1985.

But the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program was designed to save its historical and cultural significance. You can now travel on this historic route to explore charming small towns and roadside attractions.

You’ll see incredible landmarks, statues, restaurants, and neon signs in every state. But a disclaimer before we get to our list: Since Route 66 has been officially decommissioned, the highway won’t appear on any modern GPS systems.

So you’ll have to use an old-fashioned map or a guidebook. With that in mind, here are 8 Route 66 attractions worth visiting TODAY!

Side Note: We’ve included just a few of our favorites, but this route has MANY more attractions just waiting to be explored!

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