Since 1926, driving down Route 66 has been the experience of a lifetime for travelers, adventurers, desperados and dreamers. The legendary U.S. highway 66 has a rich and long history. For decades its travellers brought prosperity to the roadside communities, building a deep bond with America.
The “Mother Road” was born from the need of a nation to move about, for trade, work and leisure. It was initially a hodgepodge of different roads, linked together by an incipient Federal highway system. From such humble origins it became an icon of America and Americana.
Ever since U.S Highway 66 was created back in 1926, it became a symbol of all things American.
Route 66 cuts right across the heart of America, linking two of its most important cities: Chicago and Los Angeles. It allows you to wet your feet in Lake Michigan and the Pacific Ocean and also the Mississippi, Arkansas and Colorado rivers along the way.
It crosses the southern reaches of the Rocky Mountains, the hills of the Ozarks and the flat regions of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. It winds through the pine forests of Arizona and the deserts of eastern California. It is a transect of America.
Songwriters, musicians and writers have layed down their memories from the legendary highway in unforgettable songs, movies and books.
“Route Sixty-six” is an emblematic song that immortalized Route 66 in the minds of several generations. It’s about an iconic Road Trip, a journey where the traveler can get his kicks, enjoying and savoring the moment and the freedom of riding the Mother Road. The song was written by Bobby Troup in 1946 and became a hit evoked by all those who have driven (or long to drive along) Route 66.
“Take it easy,” a song written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey, was a big hit for the band Eagles, and maybe an even bigger hit for the town of Winslow along Route 66 in Arizona, eventually saving the town’s tourism industry.
The cult road movie “Easy Rider” takes us on a Harley-Davidson ride with two “biker-hippies”, namely Wyatt “Captain America” (played by Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper), crossing the west and southern United States to reach New Orleans. It was filmed along Route 66, especially in Santa Monica, California and Flagstaff, Arizona.