Route 66: A Historic Road Trip

by Brett Leveridge

Route 66, which runs roughly from Lake Michigan to the Pacific Ocean, has been called the Main Street of America, the Mother Road, and the Will Rogers Highway. Whether you live nearby and are looking for some sightseeing ideas for a quick road trip, or you need a virtual vacation, these images from Route 66 offer a few minutes to relax, de-stress and return to a simpler time. 

Established on November 11, 1926, Route 66 covers some 2,448 miles before it ends just short of the Santa Monica pier. Though the road was decertified as interstates became the preferred way to motor long distances, local Route 66 associations have managed to see much of the Mother Road preserved as local and state roads. With a little careful planning, you can still travel 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles (or vice-versa, of course), with only occasional detours onto I-40.—Brett Leveridge