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USA. Illinois. Chicago. Beginning of Route 66 sign. This is where your journey West begins. Have a great roadtrip! Traveled Rte 66 soooo many times ~ what memories!

Motel Safari, Route 66 - Tucumcari, New Mexico

Route 66 was born in 1927. For fifty years, it headed west for 2,297 miles, beginning at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Jackson Parkway in Chicago, and terminating at the foot of the Amusement Pier in Santa Monica, California. The road traversed eight states - Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California..

First McDonald's was opened May 15, 1940 on Route 66 in San Bernardino, California. Pinner says: I remember the hamburger jail. We used to play in one just like that! Haven't seen one since then. Cool!

Truck stop Route 66, Arizona. www.crcint.com

Once you hit Santa Monica, California, your Route 66 road trip has come to a beautiful end. The city’s historic pier is a magnificent final landmark, with Pacific Park, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica State Beach and the original 1946 Hot Dog on a Stick. Get a corn dog and lemonade and enjoy the view.