Route 66

Route 66 lies at the heart of the legendary US road-trip; a 2,448-mile stretch of historic tarmac connecting the Midwest to the Pacific Ocean and providing the basis for an all-American rite of passage.

Celebrated in pop culture from Pixar’s Cars, R&B standard (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66 and Karl Pilkington’s An Idiot Abroad, the highway remains a metaphor for freedom and the true spirit of the American dream. Despite its decommission in 1985, thousands still make this iconic road trip every year with only a few tweaks to the original itinerary.

Connect with America

Pick up a car from Alamo in Chicago then head eastwards with the wind whistling through your hair. Drive leisurely and experience the diverse cities that line its route; places like St. Louis, Oklahoma City, Albuquerque, Flagstaff and Los Angeles. We have numerous locations across the region so you can pick-up and drop-off wherever it suits, giving you the freedom that a Route 66 road trip deserves.

Originally designed as a way to connect rural Midwest communities with larger cities in the 1920s, Route 66 later offered a migration route for farmers escaping devastating dust storms a decade later. After World War II, it began to attract the middle classes and their brand new automobiles. Today, it’s a mixture of kitsch Americana and friendly nostalgia – old-style gas stations, diners, motels and travellers seeking their rebirth in Los Angeles.

Must-see attractions

Look out for the following points of interest along the way:

  • The Blue Whale (Catoosa, Oklahoma) is a smirking, 80ft mammal statue originally built as an anniversary gift but now enjoys the coveted Roadside Attraction status.
  • Petrified Forest National Park (Arizona) is a park of fossilised tree logs, over 225 million years old. Visit its archaeological sites and dig up a few dinosaur fossils.
  • Route 66 Mother Road Museum (Barstow, California) houses classic cars, vintage photography and auto-repair signs for the avid (and casual) collector.
  • The Wigwam Motel (San Bernardino, California) opened in 1949 and is undoubtedly the best collection of 30ft concrete tepee hotels in the area. Each unit has a barbeque grill and a kidney-shaped swimming pool.
  • Meteor crater (near Flagstaff, Arizona) is over 50,000 years old, 2.4 miles in circumference and 167 metres deep. You can’t miss it!
  • Giganticus Headicus (Walapai, Arizona) is a 14ft, blue tiki head which loves having its photograph taken.

Route 66: Historic, symbolic and iconic. Get your one-way Route 66 road-trip underway with Alamo Rent A Car and preserve this unique element of modern-day America.