Photo: Kingman, Mohave Museum
Planning your trip along the historic Route 66? Planeta.com is updating our city and state guides along the Mother Road and beginning an index of favorite places. Suggestions welcome.
Route 66 spanned more than 2,400 miles (3,862 kilometers) and ran through eight states. The “Mother Road” was created in 1926 after the Bureau of Public Roads launched the nation’s first federal highway system, bringing together existing local and state roads from Chicago through St. Louis to Los Angeles.
Albuquerque is home to the longest urban stretch of Route 66. Officials are planning to construct a new Route 66 Visitor Center in the city. Land has been purchased on West Central at the apex of Nine Mile Hill.
Route 66 Faves
Wikipedia: U.S. Route 66, also known as the Will Rogers Highway and also known as the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System. US 66 was established on November 11, 1926, with road signs erected the following year. The highway, which became one of the most famous roads in America, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before ending at Santa Monica, California, covering a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 kilometers). –
The most scenic stretch of #Route66 leaves the desert behind in western #Arizona at Cool Springs and makes a twisted tortured climb toward the old mining town of Oatman. Steep drop-offs, hairpin curves, and endless views; driving the Goldroad is a ride you'll never forget. pic.twitter.com/q66HdXi1FD
— Roger Naylor (@AZRogerNaylor) July 31, 2019
— Ron Mader (@ronmader) September 25, 2018