"Get Your Kicks on Route 66" was a popular 40s song, sung by Nat King Cole, which helped bring the long stretch – Route 66 – to fame. Now you can get your own kick on Route 66 if you bring the Route 66 Adventure Handbook with you, as it will lead you to many of the hidden, and not-so-hidden, gems along this road.
Route 66 was one of the first highways in the United States, with completion coming in 1926. It travels from Chicago to California, traveling through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, en route to Santa Monica, California. In the 1950s, after President Eisenhower's signing of a bill that saw the establishment of the "Interstate Highway system" and many large, "super highways" were built, many assumed that the famous road was anything but dead. But while these new highways challenged Route 66 and as the author of the Route 66 Adventure Handbook notes, it seemed for a while that the famous road faded into oblivion, fortunately, travelers finally recognized the unique features of this famous route, and are now enjoying a resurgence.
Now in its fifth edition, the Route 66 Adventure Handbook is divided into chapters by the state, running southwest from Illinois to California. Each chapter contains many attractions, far more than I have seen in other travel books. And many of these attractions are places that other books miss, places that are about as unique as Cadillac Ranch where car art shows real Cadillacs partially buried, "… which is said to be located at the same angle as pages of the Great Pyramids of Egypt. "(P. 290) In addition, each chapter also includes a section" Further Away "where you will find attractions, just a short distance from the famous route.
The Route 66 Adventure Handbook is written in an easy-to-read / follow style, and the layout is easy on the eyes, making this book perfect for picking up and referencing over and over. There is so much to choose from for your trips on the pages that you will start searching through the book long before the tour begins. My top selection from a host of attractions in this book has to be "Big Brutus" – a giant and I mean GIANT! ("the second largest ever built") – Power Spade in West Mineral, KS. A photograph of Brutus shows a car parked next to it which gives you a good idea of how big Brutus is. And I have to mention all the photographs because this book is full of them – almost every attraction mentioned is accompanied by a good, clear picture. To make it even easier to find, the GPS location of the attraction is below each image. If you are planning a trip to explore Route 66, either a quick getaway along part of the road, or an adventure enjoying the entire 2,000-mile route, you must take the Route 66 Adventure Handbook with you so you will win I miss a single attraction on this famous road.
Quill says: John Steinbeck called Route 66 "The Mother Road" in The Grapes of Wrath, and for good reason. Now, with the Route 66 Adventure Handbook, you can explore this amazing stretch of asphalt and enjoy all the unique gems it has to offer, jewels that others without the guide might miss. Get the book, hop in your car, and start driving!