Get Your Kicks on the New NPS Route 66 Travel Itinerary

2302075_route66sign.jpgWinding from Chicago to L.A., more than two thousand miles all the way,
Route 66 is still the place to get your kicks. If you’d like a break
from cookie-cutter restaurants and lodging options, this fabled road
remains lined with homespun businesses and attractions that can only be
missed if your eyes are closed. The National Park Service just launched
an online “Discover Our Shared Heritage” travel itinerary, available at
http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/travel/route66, which makes it easy to
trek back in time on the “Mother Road.”

 

“Route 66 crosses two-thirds of the country, connecting not just east
and west but the past to the present,” said acting National Park Service
Director Dan Wenk. “This new travel itinerary is designed to help
people experience the spirit of Route 66 and discover the dozens of
unique places, now listed in the National Register of Historic Places,
that are iconic reminders of the early days of automobile travel.”

Route 66 harkens back to a time when 98 percent of lodging was
privately owned and small businesses used slogans, signs, folk art, neon
lights, and gimmicks to stand out. Sections of the road appear to be
frozen in time; travelers can still sleep in a wigwam, eat under a
supersized milk bottle, swim in a spring-fed lake, catch a movie at a
drive-in theatre, shop in a general store, pump gas at an old-fashioned
filling station, and take in many other sights that have been enjoyed by
generations.

Etched in the American consciousness and immortalized in Bobby
Troup’s famous song, Route 66 is a reminder that “you may have travelled
near or far, but you haven’t seen the country, ’till you’ve seen the
country by car.”

The National Park Service’s Heritage Education Services and the
National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program produced
the itinerary in partnership with the American Express and World
Monuments Fund Sustainable Tourism Initiative and the National
Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers.

The itinerary was funded in part through a generous contribution
from the American Express and World Monuments Fund Sustainable Tourism
Initiative, which rewards and encourages responsible stewardship of
historic sites.

The Route 66 itinerary is the 49th in the National Park Service’s
ongoing Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary Series. The series
promotes public awareness of history and encourages visits to historic
places throughout the country. All of the itineraries in the series can
be found at http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/travel.
From the National Park Service

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