Few destinations recall old America the way that Route 66 does.
For the ardent traveler and inveterate roadie, there is no other place quite like it. It’s a place of endless roadside diners, curious attractions, and miles of open road, making it the cyclist’s dream trip.
If you’re about to set out on a trek down this famous highway, here are four places you won’t want to miss along the way.
Four Places to Visit Along Route 66
1. Route 66 Starting Point
Every trip worth taking has its official starting point. Route 66 is no different. According to Historic 66, Route 66’s official entry point as of right now—it has changed a couple of times—is Adams Street at Michigan Avenue. Incidentally, make this beginning marker as the place where you officially check off all your to-dos.
Obviously, you’ll want to fill up on gas and oil plus road snacks, but you may also want to line up some emergency provisions, including the number of an attorney, who specializes in motorcycle accident. While things will likely be smooth sailing all along the way, it’s better to be prepared if things do go awry.
2. The Petrified National Forest
The red, ochre, violet, and green bands of rock and sediment, dating back to the Triassic period, are the big draw of this roadside wonder. The Petrified National Forest offers something for the person who just has two or three hours to spend as well as for the day trekkers. Some areas of special note are the Painted Desert Inn Museum and the Giant Logs and Crystal Forest trails.
3. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis
It’s true. This great monument is on the Route 66. If you’re going to be stopping in the St. Louis area, anyway, you might as well take in this famous arch. At 630 feet and 17,246 tons, it’s one of the most impressive man-made sights along Route 66. Just take Route 66 until it turns into Tucker Blvd and go until you hit Chestnut St.
4. Roy’s Motel and Cafe
This Depression-era roadside stop has been on Route 66 since the late 30s. Roy’s Motel and Cafe offered not only a service station and a wreck truck for those unfortunate road-related mishaps, the cafe portion of this historical site also just happens to be one of the best examples of futuristic architecture along 66. Its Flying-V roof is a beauty to behold.
Route 66 counts as a bucket-list item for many motorcyclists. With its miles and miles of open road and Americana architecture, it’s a look back in time. If you’re planning on taking a trip down Route 66, you won’t want to miss these four stops.
They’re part of the quintessential 66 experience!