Riding Historic U.S. Route 66 from Chicago to Missouri
|Historic Route 66 begins in Chicago, Illinois|
Route 66 was one of the United States' first continuous stretches of paved highway, and served as a major path for those who migrated west.
"The Mother Road" was established on November 11, 1926, and ultimately stretched 2,448 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles.
The beginning point of Route 66 has changed a few times over the years, originally starting on Jackson Boulevard at Michigan Avenue.
From its beginning in Chicago, Route 66 and ran southwest to Bloomington and on to Springfield, Illinois.
Leaving Springfield, it took a more southerly route to St. Louis, where it turned west through Rolla, Springfield, Joplin and into Oklahoma.
We've driven much of Route 66, including segments in Illinois and Missouri.
And ... don't miss Shea's when in Springfield, Illinois!
Map of Historic Route 66 from Chicago to St. Louis to Springfield MO
Photo Highlights from Our Road Trips Along Route 66
We have included below a sampling of the original photographs taken by our staff. We are working to post more photographs and reviews from our road trip archives to this website over time.
Shea's in Springfield Illinois, along Historic Route 66
Murals on the wall in downtown Cuba, Missouri, on Historic Route 66
Downtown Cuba, Missouri, on Historic Route 66
Prosperity Corner mural, Cuba, Missouri, on Historic Route 66
Vintage Postcard: Victory Court, Springfield, Missouri, on Historic Route 66
Modern Cottages, Rolla, Missouri, on Historic Route 66
Lodging Options Along Route 66
Travel Guides of Historic Route 66 Segments
Planning a Road Trip on Route 66? Here are the major segments ...