How did Route 66 Tourism Develop?

Origins of Route 66 In the 1930's, particularly during the dry, arid years of the "dustbowl", Route 66 was the primary thoroughfare for those who migrated west in search of agricultural work, and the volume of traffic was sufficient to support the economy of the many small towns through which it passed. By the time […]

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What is Route 66?

What is Route 66? Most of us have an awareness of the image of Route 66 in popular culture, but fewer would be able to describe the origins of this iconic road. Hopefully this article will provide a bit of background on the history and resurgence of the "mother road"... Origins of Route 66 Route […]

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What is the Best Time of Year to Drive Route 66?

This question of "what is the best time of year to drive route 66" gets asked a lot, but there's no simple answer. A member of the Facebook group recently came out with this little gem: "anytime between January and December"! However, as correct as that answer is, it doesn't help you make a decision […]

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5 Top Guidebooks for Planning Your Route 66 Road Trip

For me, the process of planning my Route 66 road trip was a large part of the whole experience. I was 28 years old, knew next to nothing about Route 66 and had never been to the US before - the whole experience was new and exciting. When my wife and I made the decision […]

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    What started as a record of my personal Route 66 experience has grown into an active community of Route 66 veterans and newcomers alike. This website relies entirely on the experiences of its users so please feel free to recommend your own personal favourites.

    Every Route 66 road trip is unique, and this site is in no way intended to be a definitive guide to the old road. However, I sincerely hope it offers a starting point to anyone planning their own Route 66 vacation.

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