Route 66 is one of the most iconic and historically significant roads in America. The route starts from Chicago and stretches all the way to Los Angeles. Running through some of the most iconic cities of America such as Flagstaff, Joplin, Tulsa, Albuquerque and Amarillo, Route 66 has also been billed as the “Mother Road”. Although the route has become obsolete as a cross country thoroughfare and has been discontinued from the official US highway system, it has become somewhat of a legend for history and culture buffs. Although Route 66 traces the history of the nation, it is not just limited to history enthusiasts. Today, quite a few interesting attractions have sprung up on the old route, thus making it highly sought after for a road trip. Here are some of the attractions along Route 66.
In the 1960s, the travellers used to pass by a number of gigantic fibreglass structures used for advertising. The first structure was that of “Paul Bunyan”, a lumberjack from American folklore. Initially it advertised the Paul Bunyan Cafe in Flagstaff, Arizona, holding an axe. In 1965, it was bought by a man from Cicero, Illinois to advertise his restaurant. He replaced the axe with a Giant hotdog. In the 2000s it was moved to Atlanta, Illinois and stands there even today.
Route 66 Rocker
The whole trip on Route 66 can be termed as either bizarre or surreal, depending upon your aesthetics, yet it never fails to make people marvel at the idea of these attractions. Probably on the top of the list comes Route 66 Rocker, situated in Fanning, Missouri. It is a thirteen-metre-tall chair situated just off the road. The chair was completed on 1st of April 2008 and in the same year it was awarded the title of the “Largest Rocking Chair in the World” by the Guinness Book of World Records. Although there was a time when the chair actually rocked, it was discontinued for safety reasons by the authorities.
Another bizarre/surreal attraction along the route is the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas. Here you will see 10 Cadillac cars buried partially. The signature Cadillac tailfins, point at the sky. It was created in 1974, by a group of artists. Although it is situated on private land, the owner has kept the area open for visitors. Every day, a large number of tourists visit the ranch. You can also bring spray paint, if you would like to paint or write something on the cars.