The figure used most often is 2,400 miles. But this is really a rough approximation because the road has had many different alignments through the years.
Eight. Traveling from east to west, they are Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
85% is still easily driveable in an ordinary car.
It was decommissioned as a federal highway over a period of years with the last stretch disappearing from the records in 1984.
Through the years, the federal government built a collection of high speed, interstate highways to bypass and replace old 66.
Although some organizations have posted signs here and there, they are not prevalent enough to be able to count on.
Yes, there are plenty of places. We suggest you get the Route 66 Dining and Lodging Guide which features over 300 objective reviews. The guide is inexpensive and available online on our website.
When it was bypassed, many businesses and even entire towns closed down. The number of vehicles dwindled from thousands a day to less than 10 in some of the outlying communities. Yet, it created a microcosm of roadside America that became pickled in time. Although many of these properties have deteriorated and even been removed, others have been restored and are doing very well thanks to renewed interest in Route 66. Tourists from all over the world come to experience this unique treasure.