Hitting Scenic Route 66

Friday, September 16, 2011

Having been the first highway to be completely paved back in 1938, U.S. Route 66 quickly became the lifeline of American travel. In the glory days of the American roadways, scenic Route 66 led travelers from California to Illinois in style.

The trip across the country may be a ghost of its former glory, but that may be part of the reason why it’s still such a popular journey for bikers. Getting cheap insurance on a used bike and making the trip from Los Angeles to the Great Lakes is a great way to see the country. The brave can continue on from New York, or make the trip in the other direction, starting on Coney Island and going all the way to Southern California. In any event, it’s a trip that will put hair on a man’s chest, and soaking up the scenic American culture along the way is a great way to really fall in love with this place all over again. Here are some of the most interesting spots along the way.

The Chain of Rocks Bridge
This bridge stretches over the Mississippi River. It used to carry the massive amounts of traffic coming in and out of Saint Louis, Missouri. Today it still sees some action, but it’s worth checking out if only to see a major bridge that sees quiet days from time to time. How often does anyone get to see the Golden Gate or Brooklyn Bridge without a car on it.

Wigwam Motel
The Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona is a quirky, iconic piece of the Route 66 landscape, paying tribute to the Native American culture and history of the area. The rooms that visitors stay in here are actually shaped like teepees. Contrasted with the glowing neon signs and fluorescent interior lights of the office, it’s a true piece of American architecture.

Buckingham Fountain
Chicago’s Buckingham Fountain can be seen just south of the former eastern terminus of scenic Route 66. This fountain has been seen in film and magazines and is as integral to the Chicago landscape as the Watts Towers are to LA. The enormous fountain lights up at night for a truly breathtaking sight.

Checking out pictures of these spots, it’s hard to resist the urge to get some cheap motorcycle insurance on a bike and hit the road. Considering how little gasoline a good bike uses, and hitting campsites and cheap motels along the way, the trip can be surprisingly affordable!

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