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Editor's Note: Watch for next month's family vacation travel review about the original Hollywood Wax Museum, located on Hollywood Boulevard just blocks from the segment of Route 66 that runs through Hollywood, California.
Historic Route 66 is a nostalgic family fun road trip like none other. One that every modern American parent might consider taking your family on before the kids all graduate high school. Constructed almost 90 years ago in 1926, Route 66 was the first highway to run continuously through eight states from the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois to the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica, California. In its hey day, buzzing with all kinds of small shops and businesses dotting both sides of the roadway, the highway was unbroken, extending for 2,448 miles.
|Santa Monica Pier, MommyBlogExpert.com|
As a child in the 1960s, my family of five and I traveled the whole way from Chicago to Los Angeles in the heat of the summer in my Dad's unairconditioned 2-door sedan without seatbelts. Yes, these were the days not only before seat belts and large coast-to-coast motel and hotel chains existed, it was also a time when posted highway speed limits usually were 80 or 85 miles per hour. For sure, multi-week road trips like this are among my most treasured childhood memories.
When I became a mother of four children within a year -- a big brother followed by girl, girl, boy triplets -- the spirit of Route 66 past beckoned me to return with my own family.
|My kids at National Route 66 Museum, Elk City, OK, MommyBlogExpert.com|
|Classic Car along Route 66, Kingman, AZ, MommyBlogExpert.com|
|My family & I at Meramec Caverns, Stanton, MO, MommyBlogExpert.com|
- Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California
- Petrified Forest National Park & Painted Desert, Arizona
- Wigwam Motel, New Mexico
- Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas
- Blue Whale Water Park, Catoosa, Oklahoma
- 11-mile stretch of Route 66 runs through the corner of Kansas
- Meramec Caverns, Stanton, Missouri
- Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum, Pontiac, Illinois
|Culmination of Route 66, Santa Monica, California|
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