4 Reasons You Need To Do Route 66

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We’ve all heard about the great American road trip, that is Route 66. The infamous trip that takes travellers from one side of America, right to the other, is one of the most talked about bucket list entries for die-hard travellers. If you’re considering taking on the epic route 66 journey and you’re still unsure, here are our top four reasons, that will perhaps make your mind up, once and for all.

To Cover Some Serious Ground

Some people want to do the route 66, purely for the amount of ground that is covered on this epic journey. The route from Illinois all the way to California, crossing eight states, covers a total of 2451 miles. The journey reveals a constantly changing and evolving landscape that will have you driving through and witnessing some of the most impressive scenery on the planet.

If you are travelling over from outside The USA then you are going to need to make sure that you have all the correct documents in order. You will need to download the Electronic System For Travel Authorization form and fill in all your details, in good time before your trip, to make sure that you don’t have any problems once you enter into the USA.

See America From A Unique Perspective

Many people travelling around America can tend to gravitate towards the larger cities and more well known areas of America. However route 66 leads you through some of the smallest, most unique and most remote villages that America has to offer. So this journey gives you a real insight into the authentic side of The USA and the more historical places that North America has to offer.

You will also drive through places that are now just ghost towns. Small towns that were completely abandoned as people migrated to larger cities for a better way of life. Route 66 will lead you through many hauntingly derelict ghost towns where you can explore what American life used to look like many, many years ago.

Follow In The Footsteps of History

Route 66 will allow you to follow in the footsteps of the Native Americans, along the Trail of Tears, when their homes were displaced and families began migrating to the sunshine coast of California, in search of a better life. California was seen as the promised land, a place that offered jobs and prosperity, so this part of the route 66 will have you following in the footsteps of those that made that long journey back in the 1950’s.

The Great American Diners & Motels

Route 66 is not just about the incredible landscape it is also about the diners, motels and the people that you get to meet along the way. America is famous for it’s larger than life cuisine and that is never more true than in the quintessential diners that you will come across on route 66. The motels are also part of the experience, as are all the interesting and unique characters that you will meet as you journey through this truly incredible land.

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