February 13, 2019

Photo Essay: Take a Trip Down Route 66

Route 66 is 2,448 miles of highway covering eight states. In its breadth, it captures a perfect slice of small-town America.

On either side of the Mother Road are colorful diners, delightful foods and charming main streets. This winding highway is a source of connection for people, visitors and locals alike.

So start the car. It's always a great time for a road trip and Route 66 has a lot to offer.

photo by: David Kafer

Travelers Natalie Rayner and William Barnett play the ukulele inside their RV in Illinois as they venture across the America’s Main Street.

photo by: David Kafer

Opened in 1935, Clifton’s Republic in California is a gateway to a woodland paradise. Founder Clifford Clinton wanted everyone to have equal access to the restaurant and allowed customers to pay what they wanted. Listed in the Green Book, it was a haven for black travelers.

photo by: David Kafer

This iconic Illinois attraction is the perfect spot for a colorful Instagram post. It is also an excellent place to satisfy your taste for ice cream—in a shop shaped like an ice cream cone.

By: Zubin Hill, Alex Green

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