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20 Sites Along Route 66 You Cannot Miss

by Maria Blazz on 26/01/09 at 2:37 am

If you decided to “get your kicks” on the American “Mother Road”, make sure to visit these places.

If you are ready to drive along “The Main Street of America” here is my Top 20 of favorites places you can stop on your way to California. Of course, there are many others, but this is just a personal selection. For contact details and directions, click on the links of each place.

1.      Chicago (Illinois): Historic starting point in Jackson Blvd. and Michigan Avenue.

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2.      Restaurant Lou Mitchell (Chicago, Illinois): Visited by ex president George W. Bush, among other celebrities.

3.      Ambler-Becker Texaco Gas Station (Dwight, Illinois): It stopped working in 1999, but it keeps its old appearance and is open to the public. Address: 417 West Waupansie Street. Phone: (001) 815-584-3077.

4.      Gemini Giant (Wilmington, Illinois): A big sculpture of an astronaut at the entrance of restaurant Launching Pad. Address: 810 East Baltimore Street. Phone: (001) 815 476-6535

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5.      Old Chain of Rocks Bridge: It crosses from the state of Illinois to Missouri and offers a great panoramic view of the Mississippi River.

6.      Meramec Caverns (Stanton, Missouri): 60 miles West from Saint Louis city, the place where the infamous Jesse James hid in the end of XIX century.

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7.      Arcadia (Oklahoma): Where you can visit the old Arcadia Round Barn or the modern Pops restaurant.

8.      Oklahoma Route 66 Museum: For lots of fantastic memorabilia of the 50s.

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9.      The Blue Whale (Catoosa, Oklahoma): It’s not a swimming park anymore, but it is still one of the most famous icons to take a picture.

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10.  Cadillac Ranch (Amarillo, Texas): Ten Cadillacs partially buried are really a curiosity to view. Address: I-40 West, between exit 60 and 62.

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11.  Big Texan Steak Ranch (Amarillo, Texas): Are you ready to try its famous 72 oz. steak? If you make it in less than 60 minutes, it’s free.

12.  Blue Swallow Motel (Tucumcari, New Mexico): Since 1939, with its neon sign, a classic postcard of the route.

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13.  Hotel El Rancho (Gallup, New Mexico): Spend the night in rooms visited by celebrity guests like Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Kirk Douglas and Ronald Reagan.

14.  Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona): One of the greatest landscapes in the world.

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15.  Wigwam Motel (Holbrook, Arizona): If you want to sleep in a tepee as Native Americans used to do, this is your place.

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16.  Jack Rabbit Trading Post (Joseph City, Arizona): Perfect place to buy traditional gifts and souvenirs.

17.  Oatman (Arizona): Revive the old far West experience with gunfight re-actments and visit the mines to remember the “gold fever” of 1900-1940.

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18.  The origin of Mc Donald’s(San Bernardino, California):Brothers Richard and Maurice Mc Donald started their business here in 1937.

19.  Bagdad Cafe (Newberry Springs, California): Original location of the Percy Aldon’s film.

20.  Santa Mónica Pier (California): End of itinerary in the park where it was shot The Sting, with Paul Newman.


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Drive safely and have a nice trip!

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Jan 26th, 2009

brilliant loved the tepees!!!!!


Peter Cimino

Jan 26th, 2009

Awesome job. Very enjoyable!


Jan 26th, 2009

Very interesting places!
The whale scares :(

Bren Parks

Jan 26th, 2009

Great job!!! Well researched and written!

James DeVere

Jan 26th, 2009

That was twenty. Anyway, love the images and the brief descriptors. A great site that I will look out for when I head over your way. j

Maria Blazz

Jan 26th, 2009

Good observation, James! No one had noticed before, nor even me :)
I made an original list of 30 places at first, but I planned to reduce it to the half. Finally there were 20. I already sent the fix, thanks!


Jan 26th, 2009

Ok now in another article you can write the other 10 . Jajjaja
Very well done, Maria.


Jan 27th, 2009

One of my dreams is to ride the 66 on a Harley Davidson. When the moment come I will carry this printed tips in my pocket. But first I need to travel to the US… and find money to buy a Harley! :(

Patrick Bernauw

Jan 27th, 2009

And this is even better than your other 66 article, with all those photo’s and details! Love it!

Joe Dorish

Jan 28th, 2009

That is a crazy road!


Jan 29th, 2009

Thanks for the pleasant trip!

Mr Ghaz

Feb 3rd, 2009

Excellent! You are my good gurus Maria. You have many good and creative ideas. Keep on writing and track others gurus in Triond as well. We all loved to share their stories. Well done and thanks for sharing.

T.Rex McGoogle

Feb 3rd, 2009

Very interesting writing to make us aware of what we’ve been
missing by not traveling on Route 66. I always wanted to drive
it and now I’ll just have to plan it. You find a lot of good
ways to attract readers to your writing and I need some of that
particular skill. A little envious here.

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