Getting your kicks on Route 66 has never been easier!!
Long before the interstate and its roadside exits of sprawling truck stops and chain restaurants, motoring west wasn’t just a mindless means of getting from point A to point B. It was an adventure. No road represents those days better than iconic Route 66.
Route 66 not only stretched from Chicago to Los Angeles but told the story of 20th century America. During the Dust Bowl, the “Mother Road,” as Steinbeck called it, represented a new life for those fleeing to California. During World War II, it carried brave GIs, including Clark Gable, as they reported for duty. After the war, Route 66 ferried countless families in their station wagons as the “family road trip,” came of age.
The 2,400+ miles of Route 66 snaked through small towns and through the hearts of several large cities, and all prospered.
Then it all changed.
The interstate system came, and by the 1980s, you could drive west in record time, but the enjoyment of a leisurely road trip was gone. Sadly, many of the small towns along Route 66 became collateral damage.
A barber in Seligman, Arizona, however, wasn’t going to uproot his family and business. Angel Delgadillo banded together with other business owners to create the first Route 66 Association to promote tourism. The “Angel of the Route,” as he’s often called, knew people would come back, and they certainly have.
Fast-forward to today and Route 66 is now a “bucket list” trip for both young and old motorists from all over the world.
Each year, a vintage filling station, diner, or motel like the U-Drop Inn (as seen in the movie Cars) in Shamrock, TX finds new life and once again turns on its old neon sign. Every year, a new museum opens or an old roadside attraction is lovingly restored and reopened.
These days, a trip down Route 66 is again an adventure filled with friendly people and kitschy photo opportunities. From eating dinner at local cafes like the Palms Grill in Atlanta, IL or the FourWay in Cuba, MO or spray painting your name on a tail-fin at Cadillac Ranch, each day on Route 66 offers endless fun.
The problem, however, is planning a trip on Route 66 can be a daunting challenge. While 80% of the original road exists, it can be confusing to navigate, and overwhelming to decide exactly where and how to spend your time.
That’s why Two Lane America and its seasoned Route 66 experts launched an easy way for travelers to see the best of Route 66 without any planning. Their 13-day car caravans assemble in Chicago and a lead car carefully guides guests across 8 states, all the way to the end of the trail at the Santa Monica Pier. Their trips include not only turn-by-turn guidance and a detailed itinerary, but they also handle all the hotel bookings, several of meals, and museum and park admission fees.
If getting your kicks on Route 66 is a bucket-list item for you, Two Lane America’s Guided Route 66 Car Caravans may be just the easiest way to do it.