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Location: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois

Distance: 3,945 kilometres

After more than 80 years, the 'Mother Road' continues to lure road-trippers keen on chasing down some good old-fashioned freewheelin’ fun. While the updated interstate system, known as the Will Rogers Highway, may have fundamentally changed the way people drive in these parts, there’s still enough rundown gas stations, homely diners, rib joints, dive bars and snap-worthy roadside oddities to keep the inimitable spirit of Route 66 alive. Experience rugged deserts, quiet cowboy towns to glitz and glamour in Las Vegas, to the wide open spaces of the Grand Canyon!

Go the whole distance: Choose to drive just a segment of the Mother Road, or double down and go the whole way for the road trip of a lifetime.

Highlights:

  • Don’t miss the Cadillac Ranch sculpture in Amarillo.

  • Get snap-happy on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood.

  • Visit Abraham Lincoln’s home in Springfield.

  • Take in Acoma Sky City’s cultural centre and Haak’u Museum.

  • Tip your hat at the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.

  • Stop in at the Dinosaur Museum in Tucumcari, and check out the city’s 17 life-size murals.

  • Pull in for a meal at the Comet Drive-In, then admire the historic buildings in downtown Santa Rosa.

  • Check out the best preserved section of the route in the Southwest in Arizona, including the main street of Kingman (the largest town on the route).