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Meramec Caverns, Stanton

Meramec Caverns, Stanton

The Meramec Caverns have been allowing road weary travellers to cool off in their 7.4km cavern system since 1935. The original owner of the attraction, Lester B. Dill, actually invented the bumper sticker as a means of promoting the caverns! In 1960, Meramec Caverns began to rent billboard space in the caverns. The owners claimed… Read More

Mesalands Dinosaur Museum, Tucumcari

Mesalands Dinosaur Museum, Tucumcari

This 10,000 square foot exhibit hall displays dinosaur skeletons, bronze representations of dinosaurs and fossils, and replicas of prehistoric creatures. There is also plenty of original artwork on display throughout the exhibit hall. The great thing about the bronze exhibits is the fact that you can get right in there and touch the exhibits. Kids… Read More

Meteor Crater, Meteor City

Meteor Crater, Meteor City

Located just minutes from Interstate 40 in Northern Arizona near Winslow, Meteor Crater is the breath-taking result of a collision between an asteroid traveling 26,000 miles per hour and planet Earth approximately 50,000 years ago. Nearly one mile across, this is the world’s best preserved meteorite impact site on Earth. This huge crater is 1,200m in… 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

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