For decades, Route 66 has been fascinating motorsport and travel enthusiasts alike. The famous freeway extends over almost 4,000 km and is considered a symbol of unlimited freedom. This tour presents you a couple of sightseeing spots along the road and leads you all the way to California’s picturesque Pacific coast.
The famous panoramic route starts in Chicago (Illinois) and leads you through six federal states to the sunny coast of Santa Monica (California). However, the actual route is not the original one, even if it’s called “Historic Route 66“. It’s more a touristic route which consists of sections of the former freeway. Nonetheless, it seems like Route 66 hasn’t lost anything of ist appeal. And with all the stunning sights and tourist attractions along the way, such as Grand Canyon, Las Vegas or the sunny coastline of Santa Monica, that doesn’t come as a surprise. Besides, there are other interesting stopovers like “Route 66 Hall of Fame“ and “Route 66 Museum“which give you an interesting insight into the history of Northamerica’s most famous freeway.
From Flagstaff you can do a short sidetrip to Grand Canyon, about 75 miles at the north of Route 66. You can get there by US-180 W and AZ-64 N. Besides, don’t miss the chance to visit Las Vegas. It’s about 105 miles from Kingman (Arizona) via US-93.
Please check road conditions before starting the tour.
Tips, hints and links
It takes about 14 to 2 days to cover the full distance (depending on how many breaks and stopovers you have).
From Chicago O’Hare International Airport you can get to the city center of Chicago within 30 minutes (approx. 15 miles). You can rent a car at the airport.
There are designated parking areas at the airport.
For the stopovers along the road you’ll need sturdy shoes with a good profile, warm clothes and rainwear.