Summer is the perfect time to take a road trip. Pack up the car and just go! This month we are going to take you through the Historic Route 66, which runs from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California. Labeled as the "Main Street of America", because it takes you through all those small towns with huge tourists attractions. Don't worry, we will make sure you know how to dress at each stop along the way.
Our journey begins in heart of downtown Chicago, Illinois at the intersection of Jackson and Michigan Avenues. Chicago is known for its delicious hot dogs, deep dish pizzas, jazz music and devoted sports fans. If you're going to some of the big attractions, like "The Bean" at Millennium Park, Navy Pier or the sky box at the Willis Tower, dress like Chicago ladies, comfortable but still adorable! Click here to see 14 outfits to wear in Chicago this summer.
The Show Me State, Missouri is our next stop! One of the most enjoyable attractions is the Meramec Caverns. Man-made limestone caves developed during the Civil War was used by farmers for dances and to this day holds Easter services and arts and craft shows.
Now lets get adventurous and start hiking in the caves, zipline or rent a canoe on the Meramec River.
We are going to travel through Kansas for about 13 miles, then reach the Sooner State, Oklahoma. Learn about Native American heritage at the Eastern Trails Museum in Vinita. Although we missed the worlds largest calf fry festival and cook off, which is always held in June, we still have time to plan to go to the Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo held each August. While we're there we can stop to eat at Clanton's Cafe in the middle of town, known as Oklahoma's oldest family-owned and operated restaurant, where they serve famous chicken-fried steak and burgers. If you really have an appetite for a burger, wait until you reach El Reno, known as Burger City. Yum! Don't forget to go to Oklahoma City Fashion Week in September!
Now we reach The Lone Star State, Texas. Route 66 runs 200 miles through the panhandle. Like the classic song by George Strait, "Amarillo by Morning", Amarillo should be a stopping point through Texas. Known as heart of the panhandle, it is a busy city but retains its cowboy roots. Amarillo handles about 90% of all beef in Texas. Check out West Avenue where there are shops containing old guns, saddles, and Wild West clothing. If you need a hotel, stay at the Big Texan, where there is a Texas shaped pool to cool down in the summer.
The Land of Enchantment, New Mexico is where we are headed now. If you're a scuba diver or like to see beautiful water sites, stop in Santa Rosa at the Blue Hole. It is 80 feet wide and almost 100 feet deep. It stays at a constant 62 degrees, perfect for a hot summer day to take a dip. The heart of New Mexico is Albuquerque. The Old Town has a 300-year-old Spanish church and inexpensive motels. If you're a Breaking Bad fan, stop by to see the Dog House Drive where it appeared in several episodes.
If you have never been to Arizona, the Grand Canyon is a must see! Off Route 66 is the Grand Canyon Caverns, and there are tours everyday! Stay at the Cave Suite which was made back during the Cuban Missile Crisis, a fully furnished two bedroom suite in the corner of the cave that was once a fallout shelter. Make your way to Peach Springs to get the view of a lifetime. The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a glass-floored steel horseshoe that sticks out of the edge of the Grand Canyon, placed 4,000 feet higher than the Colorado River. Arizona is also known to be the world's leading producer of turquoise.
Our final destination, The Golden State, California. We will travel through desert, mountains, valleys and beaches throughout Southern California. In Hollywood, Route 66 turns into Santa Monica Boulevard. There are tons of shopping and food attractions in downtown L.A. While in Hollywood, check out the Hollywood Walk of Fame where there are over 2,000 stars. Now on to Santa Monica, where the boulevard ends at Ocean Avenue is a brass plaque marking the official end of Route 66. Enjoy the beach, shopping and stay at a nice hotel before your trip back home.
We hope you enjoyed the road trip! Let us know if you ever traveled down Route 66 and what attractions you enjoyed!