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  • Michelle Bucher | June 23, 2015 1:00 PM ET

    6 Things To See Along Route 66

    6 Things To See Along Route 66

    Illustration by Michelle Bucher

    Running between Chicago to Los Angeles, this legendary road trip route passes through the heartland of America, taking you past old-school neon signs, vintage mom and pop diners, and iconic roadside attractions.

    One of the best parts about driving along Route 66, besides the feeling that you’ve just stepped back in time, is that you will randomly come across original sections of the road from the 1920s. We had a fellow road tripper mention this to us before we set out on our journey. One of the main places that we noticed the original old brick road was in Auburn, Illinois.

    When plotting out our road trips, I always like to include some roadside attractions into our plans, but I also love to leave some parts unplanned so we have room for discovering random things along the way. Route 66 is the perfect road trip for this. There are some major roadside attractions and scenery along this route that you should definitely see, but there are also some great attractions, signs, and shops that you should really discover for yourself.

    We recently road tripped this route, but started our journey in Los Angeles as we were already down in California, and made our way up to Chicago from there. Here’s great list of must-sees while road tripping on Route 66:

    1. Los Angeles, California

    To say that there’s a lot to see and do in Los Angeles is an understatement. Although Route 66 technically starts (or ends) in nearby Santa Monica, we chose to start our Route 66 road trip in Los Angeles as we were already in town. We spend our time in the City of Angels driving around Hollywood, Rodeo Drive, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and even Disneyland. 

    2. The London Bridge, Arizona

    Once you reach Arizona, Route 66 passes through the beautiful city of Lake Havasu, and even takes you near the original London Bridge. For those of you who don’t know, this is in fact the London Bridge from England. Back in the late 1960s, a resident purchased the original London Bridge, had it shipped to America, then reassembled in Lake Havasu. It’s a really cool experience walking across this bridge — British flags are still flown on the span to this day.

    3. The Meteor Crater, Arizona

    The crater is said to be over 49,000 years old and is a fascinating thing to see in person. There really isn’t anything like it in America, so it’s worth a stop.

    4. Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas

    The Cadillac Ranch is a really popular tourist destination for those passing through town. Years ago, 10 Cadillac cars were buried in the ground, nose-deep. They still stand to this day, located right off the I-40 in Amarillo, Texas. Travelers are encouraged to come and spray paint whatever they like on the cars. It’s a great excuse to get out of the car, stretch your legs, and unleash your inner artist for the afternoon.

    5. St Louis Gateway Arch

    The Gateway Arch is an iconic monument for St Louis — it’s the symbol of the city. We spent a bit of time in the downtown area, and even had a picnic under the iconic arch.

    6. Millennium Park, Chicago

    Chicago is another great city with a lot to offer road trippers. There’s a lot to see in the beautiful downtown core, especially for gourmands. Chicago is well known as foodie heaven, with so many restaurants being featured on Food Network’s Diners Drive-Ins and Dives. We’d need a full week just to get through the list of recommended places to eat at while in town.

    Millennium Park is also a great attraction for tourists; this is where you can find the famous Cloud Gate — the three-story steel sculpture that’s shaped like a metal bean. Many tourists make a stop at Millennium Park for a picture with the famous bean sculpture.

    We ended our Route 66 road trip in Chicago before making our way back home. A full 2 weeks are recommended to see all the amazing sites along Route 66. Unfortunately, we had to head home, so we only spent a week on the road. There’s so much to see, so many amazing sites, and some wonderful people in the hotels, diners, and coffee shops. Spend some time along Route 66 this summer; it will make for an amazing journey.

    What’s your favorite thing about Route 66? Leave your comment below and share your road trip journey with us. 


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Michelle Bucher Road Rules From the Road Trip Blogger

Michelle Bucher Michelle Bucher is an avid road tripper, travel writer and social media marketer from Vancouver, British Columbia. Michelle has spent the past six years on various road trip adventures around North America. She's road tripped through 48 states, 10 provinces and several other countries. Michelle runs a fun travel blog,, showcasing stories from her random road trip adventures.
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