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Discovering America's great lost highway — Route 66

The Active Times Logo By Kaitlin Miller of The Active Times | Slide 1 of 36: Despite being officially decommissioned in 1985, Route 66 has continued to captivate Americans as well as tourists from around the world. Thanks to the work of business owners and historians who have preserved America’s Highway, new generations can discover the magic and history that lies along the ultimate road trip route.Spanning more than 2,000 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles, the road once passed through hundreds of towns and stops throughout the states along its route. While these places all have their own charms, there are certain stops that you can’t miss when exploring Route 66 for the first time. Here are 34 attractions, stores, lodgings and restaurants that you should plan to visit on your Route 66 road trip.

Discovering America’s Great Lost Highway — Route 66

Despite being officially decommissioned in 1985, Route 66 has continued to captivate Americans as well as tourists from around the world. Thanks to the work of business owners and historians who have preserved America’s Highway, new generations can discover the magic and history that lies along the ultimate road trip route.

Spanning more than 2,000 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles, the road once passed through hundreds of towns and stops throughout the states along its route. While these places all have their own charms, there are certain stops that you can’t miss when exploring Route 66 for the first time. Here are 35 attractions, stores, lodgings and restaurants that you should plan to visit on your Route 66 road trip.

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