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The world is littered with incredible roads that can be explored via four wheels or two. These ultimate road trips promise unforgettable experiences, dramatic scenery and a chance to discover somewhere new.
Here we explore Route 66, which criss-crosses its way across numerous states in the USA.
Route 66 pavement sign – California’s Mojave desert
Stretching from the Great Lakes and Chicago to Los Angeles and California’s Pacific Coast, the Historic Route 66 was the first completely paved highway in the USA.
Although modern highways have since replaced much of the route, it is still possible to trace the ‘Mother Road’, taking in truck stops and glittering neon lights along the way.
On your way you’ll discover small-town America and many of the most obscure attractions that the US has to offer.
Running from east to west, Route 66 starts in Illinois, before crossing Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and finishing in Santa Monica, California.
All in all, it’s around 4,000km, which is why it features among our ultimate road trips. Simply hire a car and choose to explore as much, or as little, of the route as you like.
From end to end, you can complete the trip in two weeks, although giving yourself more time to enjoy the views and attractions en route is recommended.
Hackberry General Store, Route 66, Arizona
As one of America’s most populated cities, there is plenty to see and do in Chicago before you even take to the road, including an abundance of public art and impressive museums.
Horseshoe Bend, Colorado River. Grand Canyon, Page, Arizona
The sheer amount of things to see along Route 66 makes it an incredibly popular road trip option. If you do intend to hire a car in order to try out the route for yourself, ensure that you have adequate insurance cover prior to travel.
Date Created: 03/06/2019