Here are 7 travel tips with things to do along the legendary Route 66, which we would recommend to do:
Route 66 Rocking Chair
Just past Rolla you turn off and venture towards Cuba followed by Fanning to see the teeny weenie Route 66 Rocking Chair! The 66 Post next to it was stacked with all kinds of Route 66 merchandise from key rings to hoodies.
Standard Oil Gasoline Station
The Standard Oil Gasoline Station in Odell, a real reminder of those early American gas stations. It’s now a small visitor centre which is great to have a look at. (photo)
Rolling into Stroud, make sure to pull into The Rock, a small rustic diner. In 2003 the building was devastated by fire, but was brought back to life over an 18-month period, even managing to re-install the original range, which survived the collapse. The Rock forms part of the many iconic places of interest along Route 66 which proudly displays the Route 66 Roadside Attraction signage.
U Drop Inn Gas Station
Shamrock is home to the U Drop Inn Gas Station, which is so lovingly restored although looking slightly at odds with some of the surrounding buildings.
Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park
Follow the south frontage road (old 66) to Defiance, which meanders back and forth over and under Interstate 40 until you reached Chambers and then onto the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park on Route 66. The scenery is absolutely beautiful, don't miss it!
Grand Canyon helicopter ride
There's no better feeling than being off the ground and floating over the pines heading for that view! As you approach the North Rim you can make out the vastness of what is below, a stunning spectacle of rock formations and the meandering green water that flowed between its jagged walls!
And last but not least..
Eat, eat, eat..! From the divine steaks in Texas to Mexican restaurants to the proper American style burgers - it's all a feast, especially for Brits like us!
Thanks to Bennetts bike insurance for granting my Biker dream to ride Route 66, can thank you enough!
Written and contributed by Steve and Ali