A Brief History
US Highway 66, popularly known as "Route 66," is a significant as the nation's first all-weather highway linking Chicago to Los Angeles. When contrasted with transcontinental corridors, Route 66 does not stand out as America's oldest or longest road. What sets this national highway apart from its contemporaries is that it was the shortest, year-round route between the Midwest and the Pacific Coast. Route 66 reduced the distance between Chicago and Los Angeles by more than 200 miles, which made Route 66 popular with motorists who drove west in subsequent decades.
Route 66 and Places of Interest
Route 66 Map. Use your mouse to zoom in and out on the map to see the various alignments. Seen below are some of the places of interest along the Route 66. For more places of interest, Explore Route 66.
Highlights of Route 66
The Texas section of Route 66 contains some 960 road-related historic resources including auto repair garages, gas stations, diners, tourist camps, auto courts, motels, road markers, paving, traffic signs, and bridges.