The Windy City
This vibrant city at the Eastern end of Route 66 has the perfect combination of old and new. You can see the city’s sky high views atop its iconic skyscrapers, discover the great performing arts on offer and take a trip to the Navy Pier. Yet it's a city that's big on tradition too, and that includes a passionate allegiance not only to its major sports teams but to deep-dish pizza and its unique style of hot dog.
Route 66 Museum, Clinton Oklahoma
For the ultimate Route 66 experience, visit the Route 66 Museum in Clinton Oklahoma. Learn about the history of America’s most famous road; how it was built and how it evolved from a route of escape for victims of the Dust Bowl to a speedway for 1950s recreation and holidaymakers. The museum also offers changing special exhibits, focusing on the Route 66 experience.
The oldest capital city in the United States combines distinctive Pueblo Revival architecture with an artistic soul and a dramatic mountain backdrop. Don’t miss a visit to America’s oldest public building, the Palace of the Governors in the Historic District. Or, for something different, buy a ticket for one of Santa Fe’s newest, the fantastic open-air opera house, opened in 1998.
For a taste of the old Wild West, the gold rush town of Oatman, Arizona is the place to park your horse, or more likely your car. Here you can watch regular gun fights (staged), feed wild burros (donkeys) and visit the hotel where Clarke Gable and Carol Lombard stayed on their honeymoon. This is also a town which is very proud of its Route 66 credentials and there’s plenty of memorabilia on show.
Santa Monica Pier
Above the landmark 1909 pier stretching out into the Pacific Ocean, you can read the sign that marks the “End of the Trail,” a direct reference to the end of Route 66. Here, amongst local surfers and crowds of international tourists, you can relax and enjoy everything from arcade games, amusement park rides like the famous Ferris wheel, and even a trapeze school.