Route 66 is the historic highway that ran southwestwardly from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California, crossing 8 states and covering over 3,900 km (2,400 mi).

From east to west, Route 66 runs through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

Today Route 66 is the mythic road side culture and the appeal of the open road that attracts tourists. It is no longer just a route that connects towns, it is a destination. Even though it was officially decommissioned in 1985, people from around the world go to drive this classic highway, stay in vintage road motels, gawk at odd American roadside attractions, and eat road food.

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