Route 66 is an iconic piece of road trip history and one that’s packed with sights to see. Here are just a few of them…
Think classic American road trip and the name Route 66 will undoubtedly come up sooner rather than later., and for good reason.
As one of the most historic and popular highways in North America (and dare we say the world), Route 66 has gone through a series of changes since its inception in 1926, going from ultimate ‘Mother Road’ to one that arguably offers an opportunity for small businesses to attach their name to as a means for survival.
Route 66 has almost gone from an aspirational link between the industrial East and the sun-soaked West, to a destination in its own right. Many talk of now travelling on Route 66. Where to? Well, does it even matter anymore? In a world where travelling from point A to point B is becoming a chore rather than a pastime, perhaps it’s refreshing to see Route 66 come as far as it has.
The building of the new interstate had a huge impact on the old Route 66. It offered people a much faster way of traveling west but lacked the distinct character of the old road. Today, though, Route 66 is still a crucial element of the modern trail, one that provides an fascinating insight into an America, both old and new.
Nonetheless, for those that want to tap into the nostalgic elements of Route 66, here are just some of the things you can look forward to:
Cadillac Ranch is, to all intents and purposes, a ranch… but a ranch with old rusty Cadillacs planted in the ground. It’s located in Amarillo, Texas and visitors are actively encouraged to create their own graffiti on the vehicles, creating a psychedelic collection of some of America’s finest vehicles.
This iconic motel, café, gas station and auto repair shop has been featured in a number of films over the years. It represents the quintessential remote, American roadside stop-off that features heavily in road trip culture. You can still see the bullet holes from the original film sets.
Joshua Tree National Park
One of the most unique landscapes in North America, Joshua Tree National Park combines the Mojave and Colorado desert, with a huge variety of plant life and animals, all making a home for themselves in the Joshua Tree National Park. A truly once in a lifetime experience and a must visit for camping enthusiasts all over.
Sneaker Tree, Amboy
Perhaps one of the last things you’d expect to see on your travels is a tree…full of sneakers. This really is a ‘you can’t miss it’ kind of thing. The tree fell in 2010 but it remains untouched, and displays an eclectic selection of sneakers old and new. Tired of yours? Well just throw them on the tree and start fresh, while being a part of history along the way!