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Historic Highway Route 66

Route 66Route 66 belongs to a more relaxed and playful era of American life when travel was slower and Americans were just beginning their relationship with the automobile. The architecture along the highway is often reminescent of the 1930's with art deco cafes and gas stations that catered to a new age of American travelers. The highway became representative of an era in America that started with the Great Depression, went through the war and in the end led America to the prosperity of the 1950's and early 1960's. This highway known as U.S. Route 66 was also referred to as Main Street of America, the Will Rogers Highway and the Mother Road was one of the original highways within the American highway system and was established on November 11th, 1926. But, the road signs for this interstate highway were not posted until the year after.

Highway Route 66 Known Around the World

Route 66Soon becoming one of the most famous roads in America as well as being a prime destination for visitors from abroad, the highway originally went from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before finding its final destination at the Santa Monica Pier near Los Angeles, California. The highway transversed a total of 2,448 miles or 3,940 kilometers from start to finish. The popularity of this highway was recognized by a rock-and-roll song as well as the successful Route 66 television show that ran for 4 seasons from 1960 to 1964. Route 66 served as a major roadway for people migrating westward during the Dust Bowl that occurred in the midwest during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Route 66 greatly enhanced the economies of the communities through which it passed. Businesses on the highway prospered because of the growing popularity of the highway, and it was these same business owners that later fought to keep the highway alive when being bypassed by the new Interstate Highway System became evident.

Unfortunately, the highway was officially removed from the United States Highway System on June 27th, 1985 after it had been replaced entirely by the Interstate Highway System. Later sections of the highway that passed through Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, and Arizona were designated a National Scenic Byway and given the name Historic Route 66. Also, several states have adopted certain bypassed sections of the former Highway US 66 into their state road networks and gave them the name of State Route 66.

Diamond Creek Road From Route 66 in Arizona

Route 66 Diamond Creek is a rather dodgy stream that flows through the Hualapai Indian Reservation from Peach Springs, Arizona to the Colorado River. Diamond Creek Road is graded in the river canyon adjacent to the stream and even within the streambed in some parts of Diamond Creek. This road provides the only access to the Colorado River between Lees Ferry and Pierce Ferry - a distance of approximately 270 miles along the river. Diamond Creek Road is a popular launch location for whitewater rafting trips through the Grand Canyon. Some also launch from the same location to float downriver to Lake Mead. The Hualapai Indian tribal council charges a fee for all vehicles and people that want to use the road. It started out as a nominal charge, but seems to go up every year with the latest fee said to be $26.50 per person. When travelling Diamond Creek Road also beware of flash flooding when there is heavy rains. These floods have been known to damage or destroy sections of the Diamond Creek Road forcing it to be closed and even once washed vehicles into the Colorado River. Diamond Creek Road is accessed from old Route 66 at Peach Springs, Arizona between Kingman and Williams in Arizona. All in all, it is a very spectacular way of seeing the bottom of the Grand Canyon even if the Hualapai are charging an arm and a leg.

Highway Route 66 Lodging & Dining Guide

Route 66 Dining and Lodging Guide
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The new Route 66 Dining & Lodging 16th Edition Guide has been enlarged to 188 pages. Including over 300 photos of listed establishments, it is in a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" format with a spiral binding. It lists over 500 dining and lodging establishments objectively reviewed by the National Route 66 Federation, which allows no advertising and concentrates on the vintage properties that made the Route famous. Price ranges, amenities, where credit cards accepted, must see's and must do's and other specialty features are included. The guide covers all 8 states and comprises several major alignments of the highway.

The Route 66 Dining & Lodging 16th Edition Guide makes an excellent traveling companion to the EZ66 GUIDE For Travelers.

Highway Route 66 Video Series

Genuine Life Route 66 Meet the writers, artists, innkeepers, restaurant and gift shop owners, and perhaps most importantly, the travelers from all over the world that keep Highway Route 66 alive. See the self-funded video project produced by KC Keefer and co-produced by Nancy Barlow on YouTube. Watch on YouTube

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EagleRider Motorcycle Rentals
EagleRider Route 66 Self-Drive Motorcycle Tour - a 15 day journey on the historic U.S. Route 66 highway from Chicago to Santa Monica on a Harley-Davidson. Check it out

Route 66 EZ Guide

Route 66 EZ Guide

Route 66 Museum

The Oklahoma Route 66 Museum is a recently redesigned museum funded by the State of Oklahoma as well as the residents of Clinton, Oklahoma that celebrates the history and signifigance of the famous roadway that connected Chicago, Illinois with Malibu, California.


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