Opened in 1926, Route 66 connected Chicago with the West Coast with 2,448 miles of tarmac spanning across eight states and three time zones. Route 66 was the first highway of its kind, acting as an ‘artery’ connecting rural America to the big city lights. Route 66 became popular during the Great Depression, providing an escape route for thousands of Dust Bowl migrants who were forced to flee their homes and set off in their old jalopies in hope of seeking out a better life in California. Route 66 symbolises the quintessential American dream, a pathway to better times and the freedom of the open the road, which are just some of the reasons that make this ‘road of dreams’ such a sought after fly-drive adventure.
Even though Route 66 was eventually decommissioned in 1985, its spirit has always lived on with many of the towns along the way preserving their Route 66 heritage. Today the route has never been more alive with people coming from all over the world to get their ‘kicks’. Route 66 is certainly a nostalgic ride with old-fashioned motels, gas stations and diners around every corner, all still frozen in time with their original neon signs and kitsch décor, giving you a feel of what life on the open road was like in the 1930s. So whether you’re climbing in your Mustang, hopping on your Harley Davidson or riding in the cab of your motorhome, expect a hefty dose of pure Americana wherever you go.