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MidPoint Cafe, Adrian

MidPoint Cafe, Adrian

If you have made it to the MidPoint Cafe in Adrian then congratulations – you have made it exactly half-way along Route 66! The MidPoint Cafe is located at the exact “geo-mathematical” centre of Route 66 – 1139 miles from both Chicago and Los Angeles. I found the cafe to be very welcoming and the food was… Read More

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City

This was one of my favourite attractions on Route 66. It boasts more than 28,000 exhibits celebrating Western and American Indian culture. It houses a huge collection of artworks and historical artefacts including the American Cowboy Gallery, the American Rodeo Gallery, the Native American Gallery and the Weitzenhoffer Gallery of Fine American Firearms. It also… Read More

Navy Pier, Chicago

Navy Pier, Chicago

Navy Pier is a 1000m-long pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan. It’s attractions include sightseeing tours, dinner cruises, an IMAX theatre, restaurants, shops and fairground rides such as 150-foot-tall Ferris Wheel. The pier has fireworks on Wednesday and Saturday nights during the summer, and Friday and Saturday nights during the fall. www.navypier.com   Read More

Oatman, Arizona

Oatman, Arizona

Oatman is a former mining town in the Black Mountains of Mohave County, Arizona where wild donkeys roam the streets having descended from the pack animals associated with the town’s early mining history. These days there are plenty of gift shops and “museums” to peruse, while the locals are incredibly inviting. While I was there… Read More

Odell Station, Odell

Odell Station, Odell

This Standard Oil gas station opened in 1932 and stopped serving gas in the mid 1960’s. Subsequently a body shop it finally closed it’s doors in 1975. It’s since been lovingly restored by the Illinois Route 66 Association and their Preservation Committee, and is now staffed by volunteers happy to welcome Route 66 travellers. It… Read More

Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Formed over 200 million years ago, the result of a forest being buried by volcanic ash and petrified, the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park makes for a particularly interesting detour off Route 66. The glorious multi-colored rock formations are a result of the various iron and manganese compounds in the rock, and on a sunny day… Read More

Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Texas

Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Texas

A fantastic scenic attraction – enjoy extraordinary vistas of color and beauty from the comfort of your automobile. Travel the same trails used by Native Americans, early Spanish explorers, buffalo hunters and pioneers. The park occupies over 25,000 acres and offers camping, cabins, riding stables, picnicking, and miles of hiking, mountain bike and horse trails.… Read More

Pappy’s Smokehouse, Missouri

Pappy’s Smokehouse,  Missouri

Pappy’s Smokehouse is a very well respected BBQ restaurant in St Louis and has been voted the number one restaurant in the city on Urbanspoon. Pappy’s pork ribs – cooked dry and slow over apple and cherry wood – have been making mouths water since 2008. It’s frequently voted the best barbecue restaurant in the state and… Read More

Pops, Arcadia, OK

Pops, Arcadia, OK

Pops opened in the summer of 2007 but despite it’s relatively new status struck a chord with many new and old fans of Route 66 alike. It may be more glossy than the usual Route 66 restaurant or soda bar but the 66-foot illuminated soda bottle out front (the worlds largest soda bottle) certainly gives the place… Read More

Route 66 Auto Museum, Santa Rosa

Route 66 Auto Museum, Santa Rosa

For some real retro-road-trip icons you have to stop here. There are over 30 classic/vintage cars on display, all of which are in pristine condition. The cars are incredibly well maintained with colourful bodywork and glistening chrome – they certainly put my hire car in it’s place! They also sell a small selection of their vehicles – imagine driving… Read More