A Historic Route 66 Road Trip

A Historic Route 66 Road Trip

The iconic Route 66 no longer technically exists, but what is left is now designated Historic Route 66 and still offers a fun and funky road trip experience. If you have the time, you can certainly drive the whole route, from Chicago to Los Angeles, but for our purposes here, we will focus on the section covering Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas ¿ part of what many of us traditionally think of when we hear about Route 66 road trip stops. 

Missouri

We'll start just west of St. Louis, where you can visit Meramec Caverns, which Jesse James once used as a hideout. Take in a sound and light show in the caves. Interstate 44 has replaced Route 66 throughout Missouri, but you can find the old road off most interstate exits. You'll definitely want to jump onto the old road in the Devil's Elbow district to view the twisty Big Piney River. Continuing west, the town of Lebanon contains the Route 66 Museum, which is worth a stop.

Oklahoma

Follow the historic route through the corner of Kansas and end up in the state of Oklahoma. In this northwestern part of the state, the road is nicknamed the "Sidewalk Highway" because of its narrowness. Use caution when driving large vehicles. You might want to take the interstate here instead. Near the town of Foyil you can see giant restored totem poles carved by folk artist Ed Galloway in the 1940s and 1950s. Visit the Will Rogers Memorial in the town of Claremore.

In Arcadia, be sure to stop at Pops for a soda and to view the giant bottle-shaped sign. Head through Oklahoma City and visit the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton.

Texas

Outside Amarillo, find Cadillac Ranch, where an art installation of 10 Cadillacs are buried in the ground with their tail fins poking out. Then visit Palo Duro Canyon State Park for gorgeous scenery. In Adrian, stop for a bite at the Midpoint Café, where you're on the halfway point of the route between Chicago and LA. 

Hopefully this Route 66 road trip itinerary has sparked some inspiration for RV travel, and you're ready to pack up your new or used RV and hit the road!