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11 Must See Sights On Old Route 66 Attractions
Few roads in the US inspire as much nostalgia as good old Route 66 leading from Chicago to Los Angeles. It represents western migration, freedom of the open road, the American spirit, and a sense of time gone by.
The road was first designated by the US Department of Public Roads in 1926, and after the Great Depression set in, it became a human river of westward moving farmers escaping the Dust Bowl.
WWII had its affect as well as the road was heavily used by the military convoys. Since it was an important road to the government at that time the road received some upgrades and widening.
Post WWII could be seen as Route 66’s heyday, with a surge in popularity. This is when the diners were established, the roadside attractions were created, and the motels multiplied.
By the mid 1950’s the road was getting to be in bad shape and was rerouted and bypassed by the new interstates coming through.
This leaves the question of how does one experience Route 66 today? It is no longer possible to do the trip using only the old road- some of it doesn’t even exist anymore!
If you have a limited amount of time it is not practical to try to stick to the old roads anyway. You can still experience the retro feeling of traveling across some of America’s most amazing cities and landscapes.
Here are eleven of today’s Route 66 highlights not to be missed…
Jul 12, 2019
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