Route 66 FAQ
There is a lot to discover about historic Route 66. We’ve compiled some frequently asked questions and answers
Through the years, we have been asked many questions about Route 66. Here are answers to a few of the most common questions:
How long is Route 66?
The figure used most often is 2,400 miles. But this is really a rough approximation because the road has had many different alignments through the years.
How many states does Route 66 go through?
Eight. Traveling from east to west, they are Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
Is the original road still driveable?
85% is still easily driveable in an ordinary car.
Why is Route 66 not on ordinary maps?
It was de-commissioned as a federal highway over a period of years with the last stretch disappearing from the records in 1984.
Why was Route 66 de-commissioned?
Through the years, the federal government built a collection of high speed, interstate highways to bypass and replace old 66.
Is Route 66 well marked with road signs?
Although some organizations have posted signs here and there, they are not prevalent enough to be able to count on.
Are there still places to eat and stay on Route 66?
Yes, there are plenty of places. We suggest you get the Route 66 Dining and Lodging Guide which features over 300 objective reviews. The guide is inexpensive and available online on our website.
What is legendary Route 66 like today?
When it was bypassed, many businesses and even entire towns closed down. The number of vehicles dwindled from thousands a day to less than 10 in some of the outlying communities. Yet, it created a microcosm of roadside America that became pickled in time. Although many of these properties have deteriorated and even been removed, others have been restored and are doing very well thanks to renewed interest in Route 66. Tourists from all over the world come to experience this unique treasure.
What Should I Bring With Me?
- Credit card