Remarkable Places on Route 66

Route 66 Baker’s Dozen Stops along the Way.
By Nancy Nelson-Duac

From Chicago to LA more than 2,400 miles the route weaves through remarkable places with effortless formality. It is the road that inspired songwriter Bobby Troup’s famous lyrics “get your kicks on Route 66….”

Steinbeck called it Mother Road in “The Grapes of Wrath.” Each section supplies a unique American portrait of spirit and tenacity with cafes and campgrounds, museums and parklands weaving an amazing collage of discoveries to be made. Most significant about Route 66, the friendly people willing to connect with travelers and improve the drive with stories and directions, insider tips and good wishes. The debate of west to east or east to west will more than likely never be settled. I prefer driving west and cannot really explain why, except that I like the idea of heading toward the sunset. There are hundreds of great places. I have selected a few favorites.

Click on the links below to view KOA Campgrounds along Route 66.

Illinois | Missouri | Oklahoma | Texas | New Mexico | California | Arizona

KOA Kampgrounds located along the Historic Route 66 provide the community connections that make the “Mother Road” real. From delicious Missouri BBQ, homemade pies and hand dipped ice cream in Stanton to Missouri pancakes, ice cream socials and free watermelon in Springfield. Does it get any better?

In New Mexico at the Tucumcari KOA there are tire horses on the playground, bliss to a six-year-old. In Albuquerque there’s an indoor hot tub, Kamping kitchen and a tent village. Holbrook Arizona KOA has provides pancake breakfasts and cowboy cookouts. In Williams a wooden Indian statue stands watch and guests can enjoy horses and hayrides. In California at the Pomona Fairplex KOA the clubroom is the community connection and the spa the perfect answer to relaxing after a Disney day.

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