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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Route 66?

Route 66 is a road. It was a U.S. highway, one of the first federal routes in America. It is an historic road on which generations of Americans traveled. Route 66 is an adventure and an experience, and more than anything else, Route 66 is the great people who live along it.

Can you still drive on Route 66?

Sure, a large percentage of Route 66 still exists, is paved, and is drivable. Perhaps 85% can be driven in a typical passenger car. However, you might be able to drive even more if you have a high clearance, four wheel drive vehicle. Old alignments of Route 66, both paved and unpaved, are out there to explore. All it takes is a map or guidebook, and a sense of adventure.

Where exactly is Route 66?

Route 66 follows a relatively straight path from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California. It now parallels several U.S. Interstate freeways including I-55, I-44, I-40, I-15, and I-10.

What states does Route 66 cross?

From east to west: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

Is Route 66 still a federal highway?

Well, yes and no. Route 66 was finally decommissioned as a U.S. highway in 1984. However, the route has federal status as an historic and cultural corridor. Many states and towns have marked the road with "Historic Route 66" signs.

How can I find and follow Route 66?

Although a lot of the road is well signed with historic Route 66 signs, some sections can be confusing or hard to follow. In addition, Route 66 took several different routes (called alignments) over the years, especially in the larger cities. I recommend good specialty maps, and Route 66 guidebooks for each state.

What is there to do on Route 66? Is it fun?

The trip along 66 is truly an American adventure. It is the "road trip" at its best. The scenery is spectacular, the cities and architecture are awesome, and the people are wonderful. There are many national, state, and county parks and monuments along the way. There are amazing wonders of nature, and kitchy tourist shops. You'll taste a wide spectrum of American food, and see the cultures and climates change from the Mid-West farms, through the Ozarks, the Great Plains, to mountains, deserts, and southern California's Hollywood glitter and car culture icons. Oh, and don't forget the kids! There's a lot for them to do, also.


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