Strange Americana: A Guide to Route 66, the Historic “Main Street of America”

A vintage Corvette at the gas pump of a general store along the historic Route 66 in the ghost town of Hackberry, Arizona. Photo Courtesy: Arterra/Universal Images Group/Getty Images

Thinking of taking a road trip down America's most historic highway? Whether you’re driving your personal car or renting an Airstream, Route 66 — the so-called “Mother Route” that was established in 1926 — makes for an incredible tour across a large chunk of the country. Spanning eight states, the “Main Street of America” runs from bustling Chicago, Illinois to the coastline in Santa Monica, California.

But before you hop in the car, it’s important to do a little planning; you don’t want to miss any of the wonderfully strange sites along the way, after all! To help you get started, we've mapped out some of the must-see stops in each state you'll travel through while motoring down Route 66.