Chicago, where it all begins
Described as the ultimate all-American road trip, Route 66 is fondly known as the Mother Road. Spanning 2,448 miles (3,940 km) through eight states, from Chicago, Illinois, across to Santa Monica, California. Large portions of the route have now been decommissioned and bypassed by the busy interstate, and it was officially removed from the U.S. highway system back in 1985.
For the best information on Route 66 www.national66.org and look for the links to Jerry McClanahan ezy 66 guide.
Illinois to missouri
The original 66 runs parallel to I-55 in places and through the little towns of Joliet, and Pontiac, which features many large wall murals throughout the town. On through Lincoln, with its 24-foot-high wagon with Abe Lincoln in the seat, and into the capital of Illinois, Springfield. Along the way you will get a glimpse of time gone by, as you pass through once prosperous towns, with old-time diners, service stations, and small family-run motels.
St. Louis, is home to some of the country’s best beers, blues, and ribs, and no trip through here is complete without a tour of the St Louis Budweiser brewery. They also run tours of the historic stables that were built in 1885 and home to the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales.
The historic Chain of Rocks Bridge lies just off the I-270 near Route 66 in St. Louis.
Seligman to Kingman, Arizona is one of my favourite stretches of Route 66.