Leaving Seattle in our beautiful red 1962 Corvette we drove to Chicago. Because we only allowed two weeks for the Route 66 portion we were unable to see everything. Due to my confusion in Chicago, we picked up Route 66 at Joliet. At times we drove on actual sections of the original Route 66, and often right beside it.
We Stopped for a Photo Op In Braidwood at the Polka Dot Drive-In. Visited an old Texaco station Museum in Dwight.
In Lincoln, IL we ate diner at the Blue Dog Bar and Grill and their famous "Horse Shoe"; toast, piled with your choice of meat, fries, and topped off with a cheese sauce made from a 100 year old recipe. Saw the worlds largest statue of Abe Lincoln sitting on a covered. A phone booth on the roof of the Lincoln City Hall, and the restored Red Mill Cafe.
Springfield. Lincolns tomb is absolutely beautiful and majestic. Because it was Sunday most things were closed. We took pictures through windows and chain link fences of: Bill Shea Historic Route 66 Museum: Cozy Dog Drive in: the beautiful state Capital Building: Toured Lincoln's pre-presidential home of 25 years - (this is a four block area of restored homes, wood sidewalks; with short movies about his home and his life).
We checked into the Route 66 Motel and Convention Center for a night. This Motel was the first Holiday Inn on Route 66. Very cool decor- lots of old stuff everywhere
Stopped in Litchfield for breakfast: We wanted to go to Ariston Restaurant, but it was closed on Monday. Stopped at a cute museum housed in a new building in deco style with a nice display. In Mt. Olive we saw Mother Jones Monument in the Union Miners Cemetery.
In Stanton the Meramec Caverns were very interesting and nice and cool at 300' under ground. Really cool reflection of the cavern ceiling in the underground river, giving the illusion of 60' deep water that is actually only 2'.
Bedded down at the Old Wagon Wheel Motel in Cuba; beautiful stone cabins with a great Missouri Hicks BBQ next door. They have a dozed beautiful murals in the down town area.
Had breakfast down the road at a really cute retro "Route 66 Diner" in St. Robert. Saw the worlds largest rocking chair. At Lebanon we checked out the cool original neon signage for the Muger Moss Motel. Stopped in Joplin to view the Route 66 display and a huge mural in City Hall.
At Baxter Springs we stopped at the Phillips 66 museum and the ladies sent us to see the "rainbow bridge" and the Baxter Springs Museum. the BSM was the most complete, thorough, interesting display we've ever seen.
This brought us to Miami Oklahoman where we visited a Motor Cycle Museum and the restored gorgeous Coleman Theater.
In Foyil - a wide spot in the road, we went 4 miles off the main road to see the Totem Pole Park. Amazing!
Spent a night at the Claremore Motel. Toured the Will Rogers Memorial and Museum. So sad he died so young. What a great man, and could he rope! Cruised by the and Belvidere Mansion noted for having towers on all four corners
Saw the Blue Whale and a round barn. Next stop was Stroud and the Rock Cafe - it is built out of rock that was removed while excavating route 66. Toured the excellent Oklahoma city National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
In McLean, Texas the "Devil's Rope Museum" was amazing; all sorts of gear (and many versions of each) used to work the wire; stretchers, weavers, hole diggers... Lots of sculptures made out of the different types of wire.
Amarillo and the Cadillac Ranch a photo op. The Midpoint Cafe in Adrian, our last stop in Texas.
Tucumcari New Mexico: stayed at the Historic Route 66 Motel (60's flavor).
We drove the "OLD" Route 66 to Santa Fe. Bernalillo is a cute town
West of Albuquerque we turned off HW 40 to Acoma Pueblo and the Sky City, great views and very interesting site
Grants NM. Massive lava flows about 3000 years ago.
Painted Desert and Petrified Forest is a 26 mile loop through a desolate but beautiful terrain and an ancient Pueblo ruin with petro glyphs.
Holbrook where the Wigwam Village Motel is located.
A side trip at Exit 233 off of I40 takes you to a six mile road leading to the Meteor Crater
We headed up hwy 180 to the Grand Canyon. Pictures can not capture the magnificence.
Back to civilization on hwy64 to Williams. What a darling little town we liked it so much we stayed two nights. Each morning before the train departs to the Grand Canyon they put on a very entertaining Western drama.
Seligman (pronounced slegman) Is a cute tribute to ROUTE66. We stopped in "Historic Seligman Sundries" and chatted with Frank Kocevar, the owner, who took a picture of the Vette in front of his store to post on his web site.
We kept on Route 66 (reading Burma Shave signs!) through several "towns" to Kingman Where we picked up the 50 mile loop on OLD 66 highway to Oatman I've never seen so many 10 mph S turns with sheer drops and no guard rails. Oatman is a really cute authentic western town.
No trouble crossing the Mojave. A huge wasteland, but a beautiful high desert. Pulled off at Victorville and checked into the New Corral Motel. Went to the California Route 66.
Went all the way back to Barstow and toured the museum, really we did not miss much on this leg - most things were either gone or closed (Dew Drop INN, old store & post office...).
Over Cajon pass to San Bernadino and arrived at the Wigwam Motel.
Stopped and saw the Magic Lantern Inn. We went as far as possible on Route66 (here it is called Foothills Blvd). Found our way to Venus Beach.