The Unforgettable Route 66
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Unforgettable and Fun Things to See on Route 66
Traveling along Route 66 is quite the experience. I really had no idea what to expect from this adventure or what we were in for. I hope that you will enjoy this post as we explore some of the fun and curious things we saw along the way.
It begins in Chicago, Illinois. This city is well known for many reasons, not the least of them is Al Capone (Scarface), notorious gangster and businessman during the Prohibition era. Chicago has many beautiful treasures, one of them being its beautiful lakeside front and downtown water canals.
So, We Begin Our Journey
Traveling through the cornfields of Illinois, we saw these – Follow the yellow – no, red, I mean the red brick road –
and visit the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, Illinois Don’t forget to visit the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site – the final resting place of the 16th president.
A stop in St Louis to get some perspective:
The Gateway Arch reflects the role of St. Louis in the opening up of the West (Thomas Jefferson). St. Louis is also famous for the Dred Scott Trial (Dred and Hariette Dred) where the Dred couple filed in court for their freedom.
and a bite to eat at Angelo’s taverna
Then we headed on our way toward, Missouri (Cuba) and stayed in this quaint hotel (The Wagon Wheel Hotel
And ate at this wonderful country restaurant Missouri Hick Bar-B-Q right beside the Wagon Wheel hotel.
Don’t miss this little outpost store, not far from the Wagon Wheel hotel and the “biggest Rocking Chair in the world.”
Look at this cute little fire hydrant we spotted in a small Kansas town on our way as well as the cars that inspired the movie by the same name: Cars
Sometimes we hit a few obstacles:
But we were soon back on the road again.-
And onwards toward Oklahoma
Stop in and visit the Will Rogers Memorial & Museum (Claremore). Will Rogers was an Oklahoma country boy (of partly Cherokee heritage) who began actin in Wild West shows and then later, Vaudeville and ultimately Broadway. Rogers was also a nationally known writer (social moral issues of the day).
Here is another quaint restaurant: Pedro’s Bar and Grill–
on our way into Texas…
They say everything is big in Texas – this is the biggest cross I have ever seen –
In Groom, Texas, you will find this gem measuring 190 feet and reputed to be the tallest cross in the Northern Hemisphere.
And there are wide open spaces for growing anything (Cadillac Ranch)
Cadillac Ranch is a living, dynamic artwork /sculpture that invites participation (bring your spray paint). It has a bit of a quirky past, but essentially represents the “Golden Age” of the American automobile. You can find this gem just west of Amarillo, Texas on Old Route 66.
The Leaning Tower of – Texas?
Also in Groom, Texas
And we are off.. again.. en route for New Mexico…
And Albuquerque –
Albuquerque is located on the upper edges of the Chihuahuan Desert in one of the highest elevated regions in the United States. The Old Historic Town was founded in 1706 by Spanish families. The brown adobe architecture is a Pueblo-Spanish style.
Now to cross the Continental Divide…. on the way to Arizona
Sometimes you can be on the wrong side, but don’t worry, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel – on our way to Arizona.
Take a step back in time as you drive into Oatman, Arizona, an old mining ghost town that still continues to thrive. Come to walk among the donkeys that are regulars around town.
Here is what we encountered on our way into Oatman –
Meteor Crater –
This meteor crater is the world’s best-preserved meteor impact site. It is located along Route 66 in Northern Arizona, near Winslow. The crater is nearly one mile wide and 550 feet deep.
Grand Canyon –
No need for a bio on the Grand Canyon. It is simply massive and very beautiful.
Along Route 66, don’t miss the Bagdad Café – made famous by the movie of the same name.
In Newberry Springs, California, on Old Route 66, you will find the Bagdad Café – in the middle of nowhere, but somewhere in the Mojave Desert. There is not much of anything for miles around – just sand and heat and dust.
Sometimes along this lonely road, you may find it necessary to rethink your path-
But, you will know you are almost there when –
And, all of a sudden – you have made it!!
Now to explore the destination –
A little bit of Los Angeles
And a little fun at Universal Studios –
and me with a couple of my buddies –
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