Route 66. Will Rogers Highway. Main Street America. The Mother Road.It's one of the oldest and most famous highways in America and covers 2,448 miles between Chicago and L.A. It's gone through many realignments in it's time, isn't an official U.S. highway anymore, and isn't nearly as well-traveled as it once was, but U.S. Route 66 is still one of the most iconic cross-country routes in the nation and we were determined to check it out for ourselves.
While we didn't cover every mile of the road, leaving out the sections in Illinois and California (the end-cap states), we traveled enough of it to be amazed and intrigued by the wide open road. The lack of traffic was a definite plus, too.
|The Saint Louis Gateway Arch|
|Steel sculpture outside of the St. Louis Zoo|
|Some sections of US 66 are marked better than others. It's best to buy a guide or print off a free version HERE.|
|The World's Largest Rocking Chair|
|Bacon, jalapenõ and pineapple pizza with a St. Louis style thin crust at Pizza House.|
|Big Momma's Coffee in old downtown Springfield, MO|
|Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum|
|Personal Pizza at The Wedge Pizzeria|
|The Wedge Pizzeria in OKC|
|The Oklahoma State Capitol Building in OKC|
|Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo, TX|
|Vegetarian fare at 806 Café in Amarillo, TX|
|A street in downtown Santé Fé. Southwest gift stores as far as the eye can see.|
|Hiking trail just outside of downtown Santé Fé|
|Taking a quick bike ride in Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Joe & Aggie's Mexican Restaurant in Holbrook, AZ|
|Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, AZ|
|If you look closely, you can see The Church of the Holy Cross built into the cliff face | Sedona, AZ|
|The beautiful rocks of Sedona, AZ|
We passed through Phoenix again for just a day or two to gather our things and hit the road toward our final destination: Austin, Texas. We said good bye to our friends and drove to El Paso where we would be staying with another Couchsurfing host. The drive was about seven hours, and there were no more fun back roads through ghost towns. But the two lane highway that is I-10 was pretty empty most of the way, so it wasn't bad. From there we had another 8 hours or so on those same desolate highways to Austin (where highways are anything but).
Again friends opened their home to us and we settled right in, though I have to admit, it felt a bit weird to think we were going to be staying in one spot for more than a few days or weeks after a month on the road. I guess it'll just take some getting used to after so much glorious traveling. Hopefully we'll get to finish Route 66 at some point, but there are other adventures to be had, other roads to explore. But if you're looking for a good one, I highly recommend America's Mother Road.
Have you taken any amazing road trips? Share them in the comments below!