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Long one of America’s most cherished byways, Route 66 remains a popular tourist attraction and travel route for thousands of travelers every year. While stretches of the once-glorious road have been paved over or bypassed by the interstates, the journey from Chicago to Santa Monica along the path of the “double six” remains chock-full of unique roadside attractions, specta Long one of America’s most cherished byways, Route 66 remains a popular tourist attraction and travel route for thousands of travelers every year. While stretches of the once-glorious road have been paved over or bypassed by the interstates, the journey from Chicago to Santa Monica along the path of the “double six” remains chock-full of unique roadside attractions, spectacular natural landscapes, and fascinating historical landmarks. Communities throughout each of the eight states touched by the “Main Street of America”—Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California—have embraced this vital piece of American history and offer a vast array of opportunities to experience the grandeur as well as the lost innocence of the glory days of Route 66. In Travel Route 66, Route 66 expert and enthusiast Jim Hinckley provides detailed descriptions and itineraries that allow travelers of all ages and inclinations to explore the myriad wonders to be found along the highway’s 2,500 miles. In addition to specific recommendations for places to visit, eat, and spend the night, Hinckley presents history for the highway and its attractions and suggests detours and daytrips off the beaten path, all while providing a vivid picture of the road that has long captured the imaginations of travelers from throughout the world. Illustrated with a wealth of color photos and vintage memorabilia, Travel Route 66 is a practical and entertaining guide to the America’s Mother Road.


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Long one of America’s most cherished byways, Route 66 remains a popular tourist attraction and travel route for thousands of travelers every year. While stretches of the once-glorious road have been paved over or bypassed by the interstates, the journey from Chicago to Santa Monica along the path of the “double six” remains chock-full of unique roadside attractions, specta Long one of America’s most cherished byways, Route 66 remains a popular tourist attraction and travel route for thousands of travelers every year. While stretches of the once-glorious road have been paved over or bypassed by the interstates, the journey from Chicago to Santa Monica along the path of the “double six” remains chock-full of unique roadside attractions, spectacular natural landscapes, and fascinating historical landmarks. Communities throughout each of the eight states touched by the “Main Street of America”—Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California—have embraced this vital piece of American history and offer a vast array of opportunities to experience the grandeur as well as the lost innocence of the glory days of Route 66. In Travel Route 66, Route 66 expert and enthusiast Jim Hinckley provides detailed descriptions and itineraries that allow travelers of all ages and inclinations to explore the myriad wonders to be found along the highway’s 2,500 miles. In addition to specific recommendations for places to visit, eat, and spend the night, Hinckley presents history for the highway and its attractions and suggests detours and daytrips off the beaten path, all while providing a vivid picture of the road that has long captured the imaginations of travelers from throughout the world. Illustrated with a wealth of color photos and vintage memorabilia, Travel Route 66 is a practical and entertaining guide to the America’s Mother Road.

30 review for Travel Route 66: A Guide to the History, Sights, and Destinations Along the Main Street of America

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    Travel Route 66 is a great travel guide for those curious about the world famous highway. The author is clear and informative in his writing, although I do feel like the language sometimes felt a little stiff. The book also features a massive array of beautiful, high quality pictures that were a joy to look at. As far as travel guides go, I liked this. I do generally prefer more casual guides ( in terms of language) but nevertheless this was still a fun and enlightening read. Would recommend Travel Route 66 is a great travel guide for those curious about the world famous highway. The author is clear and informative in his writing, although I do feel like the language sometimes felt a little stiff. The book also features a massive array of beautiful, high quality pictures that were a joy to look at. As far as travel guides go, I liked this. I do generally prefer more casual guides ( in terms of language) but nevertheless this was still a fun and enlightening read. Would recommend. Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    There were numerous books available on Route 66 at my local bookstore, I guess I picked this one because I was seduced by all the color photo's. The photos & illustrations are impressive in this book. The book is broke down by chapters, for each of the Route 66 states. For me the biggest issue with this book, that makes it really unuseable and unnavigable is that there is not a single map anywhere in the book. There were numerous books available on Route 66 at my local bookstore, I guess I picked this one because I was seduced by all the color photo's. The photos & illustrations are impressive in this book. The book is broke down by chapters, for each of the Route 66 states. For me the biggest issue with this book, that makes it really unuseable and unnavigable is that there is not a single map anywhere in the book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carla

    We arrived at Santa Monica today having completed the trip from Chicago using the EZ66 guide for travellers as our bible (Also 5 stars and reviewed separately). Using this book on my kindle by its side provided the additional history, background and quirky stories which was a great bonus. I would recommend using the two in conjunction to any travellers on the great road.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ietrio

    a travel guide less interesting and with less information than the regular travel guide

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dewayne Stark

    Lots of great pictures. I grew up a few blocks from the end of 66 in Santa Monica. Traveled on it east several times. My Aunts lived in San Bernardino and my good buddy Butler actually lived on it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Grossi

    This is a "take it along with you" travel book, but I enjoyed it just as much sitting at home reading it. The format is a delight with bright, colorful photos and easy-to-read sidebars. Some sidebars in other books make you lose the narrative, but these are set so as not to do that. The directions seem very clear, although I was traveling from my home, not in a car, so they are not tested. There is just enough information to make me want to hit the road and discover new sites and revisit old one This is a "take it along with you" travel book, but I enjoyed it just as much sitting at home reading it. The format is a delight with bright, colorful photos and easy-to-read sidebars. Some sidebars in other books make you lose the narrative, but these are set so as not to do that. The directions seem very clear, although I was traveling from my home, not in a car, so they are not tested. There is just enough information to make me want to hit the road and discover new sites and revisit old ones. There has to be so much on this route to be discussed, that the author seems to have done a great deal to make it clearer for the "double six" enthusiast or initiate to not get bogged down by the thought and just be ready to set off on a wonderful adventure.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Holman

    The book reads more like a long brochure instead of nonfiction book about Route 66 (which was what I was expecting). However, this book would be very good for someone actually traveling on Route 66 because it will be very helpful and make the trip more adventurous.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jill

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    Karen

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    Nancy

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mousechow

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brad

  13. 4 out of 5

    Robert

  14. 4 out of 5

    Donnie Adkins

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mona Mayer

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jill Szolek Wismer

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ronald Gregor

  18. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Woyna

  19. 4 out of 5

    Claire

  20. 4 out of 5

    Norine

  21. 4 out of 5

    Phil Toop

  22. 4 out of 5

    Wei Hu

  23. 4 out of 5

    Linda

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joël

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten Hoyt

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kåre Alme

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tim K

  28. 5 out of 5

    Arne Christensen

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn Cornine

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lena

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