Route 66: The Classic American Road Trip

There is nothing more evocative of the United States of America than the great American Road Trip. In a land where the car is synonymous with freedom and a fortune can be made anywhere, the road trip isn’t just about the destination; it’s about the journey.

And if there is on road trip that you must do, it is Route 66.

The Car

The car is the most important aspect of any road trip and since you are going to be spending a lot of time in it, you need to make sure it’s comfy. A lot of road trippers tend to buy a car specifically for the long trip ahead and then sell it on once they reach their destination. This is a smart move since you will probably prefer to fly back, rather than drive it all again.

If you are looking for a classic, only a Ford can evoke the original optimism and freedom of the age of Route 66. Start by buying a car from a dealership local to you and then get ready for some serious road tripping.

Route 66: A History

One of America’s first transcontinental highways, Route 66 was engraved into the history books from it’s conception, but in the years that have followed, it has become more than a great feat of industrial determination, it has retained the mystique and legendary status road trippers can’t resist. Part of the charm is the old style Americana found neon-lit along the road style, but there is also something about being able to drive over 2000 miles that takes your breath away.

Route 66 brings tourists from around the globe, all determined to drive the distance from Chicago, Illinois, down to Santa Monica, California. Though the route doesn’t exist in its original form anymore, you can still follow the same path going through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

The Scenery

While the route has changed somewhat since it was decommissioned and replaced by interstate highways, passing through so many states is a real treat. There are both nods to the cliches of each state and city and yet, there is always something new to see, a new roadside treasure to find or a new person to meet along the way.

Taking in the magnificent scenery America has to offer is vital on this road trip. Though the road doesn’t directly pass the Grand Canyon, given that it is so close to the route, you really should detour to have a look. But there are some great cities here too and if you are new to these states, you will be surprised by the differences that mark each city out from your own home state.

Taking a road trip is the perfect way to see some of the incredible sights that America has to offer and whether you are a local or a tourist, a family or a group of friends, there will be plenty of time along the way to have a laugh and enjoy yourselves.