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Route 66: EZ66 Guide for Travelers, 3rd Edition

– Jerry McClanahan

This third edition updates almost every page. The EZ66 GUIDE was developed by award-winning Route 66 historian Jerry McClanahan and The National Historic Route 66 Federation to make it as EZ as possible for travelers to find and follow the various alignments of Route 66. The guides have been used by thousands from around the world since 2005. The 200 page, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 guide is spiral bound, to make it EZ to use while traveling. It includes EZ to use maps and directions you can follow going EAST or WEST, plus attractions, games, select mom and pop motels and cafes and historic details. FREE online updates. An excellent companion to this third edition is the publisher’s Route 66 Dining & Lodging Guide.

The Route 66 Encyclopedia [Hardcover]

– Jim Hinckley

An encyclopedia with a twist, The Route 66 Encyclopedia presents alphabetical entries on Route 66 history, landmarks, personalities, and culture, from Bobby Troup’s anthem “Route 66” to The Grapes of Wrath to the Wigwam Motel, illustrated with over 1,000 old and new, color and black-and-white photos and memorabilia.
You’ll learn about Jack Rittenhouse and Will Rogers as well as the contributions of lesser-known figures like Arthur Nelson and Angel Delgadillo. With references to the old (including the history of the U Drop Inn Café in Texas) and new (including a section about the recent Cars movie), The Route 66 Encyclopedia provides a sweeping look at a highway that has become more than just a road.
These pages cover the history of Route 66 and the people who played a role in its transformation from highway to icon between 1926 and the present, but like the highway itself, this work does not fit within the traditional confines of generalities or terminology. Yes, this is an encyclopedia, a reference book for all things Route 66. However, it is also a time capsule, a travel guide, a history book, a memorial, a testimonial, and a chronicle of almost a century of societal evolution.

Travel Route 66: A Guide to the History, Sights, and Destinations Along the Main Street of America [Paperback]

– Jim Hinckley

Long one of America’s most cherished byways, Route 66 remains a popular tourist attraction and travel route for thousands of travelers every year. While stretches of the once-glorious road have been paved over or bypassed by the interstates, the journey from Chicago to Santa Monica along the path of the “double six” remains chock-full of unique roadside attractions, spectacular natural landscapes, and fascinating historical landmarks. Communities throughout each of the eight states touched by the “Main Street of America”—Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California—have embraced this vital piece of American history and offer a vast array of opportunities to experience the grandeur as well as the lost innocence of the glory days of Route 66.

In Travel Route 66, Route 66 expert and enthusiast Jim Hinckley provides detailed descriptions and itineraries that allow travelers of all ages and inclinations to explore the myriad wonders to be found along the highway’s 2,500 miles. In addition to specific recommendations for places to visit, eat, and spend the night, Hinckley presents history for the highway and its attractions and suggests detours and daytrips off the beaten path, all while providing a vivid picture of the road that has long captured the imaginations of travelers from throughout the world. Illustrated with a wealth of color photos and vintage memorabilia, Travel Route 66 is a practical and entertaining guide to the America’s Mother Road.

The Illustrated Route 66 Historical Atlas [Hardcover]

– Jim Hinckley

The definitive, fully illustrated state-by-state atlas of the shifting alignments, historic sites, and current points of interest along the United States’ beloved Route 66.

Route 66 changed immensely in the six decades between its opening in 1926 and its removal from the U.S. highway system in 1985. Since that time, Route 66 has enjoyed a renaissance, and interest in America’s Mother Road as both a historical byway and a travel destination continues to grow. In this unprecedented volume, prolific Route 66 author Jim Hinckley presents an illustrated Route 66 atlas that explores the road’s history from its inception into the present day. The Illustrated Route 66 Historical Atlas is highlighted by more than a dozen specially commissioned maps that include points of interest along or near Route 66, divided into six categories: pre-1926 historic sites (such as Lincoln’s home and presidential library); noteworthy landmarks; the locations of infamous crimes and disasters; parks of interest; key sites in Route 66’s evolution (such as Hooker’s Cut, Missouri, an engineering marvel when completed); military-specific sites (including Civil War battlefields and POW and internment camps); historic attractions from the road’s midcentury heyday (such as Little Beaver Town and Geronimo’s Trading Post); film-related sites; and locations important to Route 66’s modern resurgence. Illustrated with photography and memorabilia in addition to the maps, The Illustrated Route 66 Historical Atlas is a unique, colorful, and visually dynamic look at 500 of the Mother Road’s most significant sites from the past and today.

Route 66 Adventure Handbook: Turbocharged Fourth Edition

– Drew Knowles

Route 66 Adventure Handbook is your personal guide to the vanishing American roadside, with all of its exuberance, splendor, and absurdity.

For this updated and expanded fourth edition, Drew Knowles has included it all: magnificent architecture, natural wonders, Art Deco masterpieces, vintage motels and cafes, unique museums, offbeat attractions, fascinating artifacts and icons, and kitschy tourist traps. The addition of city maps, showing the multiple paths of Route 66 and displaying the exact locations of points of interest, is a major improvement over the already critically acclaimed third edition of the book. The fourth edition also includes hundreds of beautiful new photographs and the addition of dozens of new attractions.

Filled with wonderfully quirky side trips and fun bits of trivia, Route 66 Adventure Handbook is the most authoritative resource for anyone looking to explore the Mother Road. Fasten your seatbelts!

Annie Mouse’s Route 66 Adventure: A Photo Journal

– Anne Maro Slanina & Kelsey Collins

Join Annie Mouse and her family as they put their cares behind them and go on a Route 66 cross-country trip in this fifth Annie Mouse Adventure. Annie Mouse is excited to share the photographs that document her family’s experiences as they follow the route westward from Joliet, IL to Needles, CA. The Mouse Family visits attractions in each of the route’s eight states, making friends and learning about the history of the Mother Road along the way. This book can be used as a travel guide while on the route or it can be used as a social studies supplement. This adventure was inspried by the author’s many Route 66 trips and features her original photography.

 

Arizona Kicks on Route 66 [Paperback]

– Roger Naylor & Larry Lindahl

Arizona is home to the longest intact portion of Route 66, stretching 158 miles from west of Ash Fork to the Califronia border. In words and pictures, Naylor and Lindahl explore the history and nostalgia surrounding the “Mother Road,” and the great swaths of Arizona that it passes through. They describe a wealth of spectacular and easy side trips that surround the highway. Arizona, the birthplace of Route 66, is where you can still “get your kicks.”

 

 

Ghost Towns of Route 66 [Paperback]

– Jim Hinckley

Ghost towns lie all along the Mother Road. The quintessential boom-and-bust highway of the American West, Route 66 once hosted a thriving array of boom towns built around oil wells, railroad stops, cattle ranches, resorts, stagecoach stops, and gold mines. Join Route 66 expert Jim Hinckley as he tours more than 25 ghost towns, rich in stories and history, complemented by gorgeous sepia-tone and color photography by Kerrick James. Also includes directions and travel tips for your ghost-town explorations along Route 66.

Explore the beauty and nostalgia of these abandoned communities along America’s favorite highway!

 

Route 66: Traveler’s Guide and Roadside Companion

– Tom Snyder

Right down America’s Main Street it rolled, pausing at each town along the way, then moving on, carrying travelers in search of adventure, romance, or that rare chance for a new beginning. Route 66 knew many names: the Mother Road, Will Rogers Highway, the Neon Road. And it lived up to each. Travelers met the land, found new friends—and often themselves. Now, more than a quarter-century since being officially abandoned, the old road still keeps its promise.

Today, all along the highway’s 2,448-mile length from Chicago to L.A., signs carrying its magic double sixes once again give direction to the journey. Yes, they assure you, this is still Route 66. . . .

More than twenty years after the original publication of Route 66, this completely updated and expanded guide will make the trip along the Mother Road easier and even more exciting. Responding to requests from readers and travelers, Tom Snyder offers up-to-date routings, elegant and easy-to-read new maps, and revised information on roadside attractions. Filled with love, high jinks, and mystery, the stories Snyder narrates truly capture the flavor of the Main Street of America. Cattle rustlers, gangsters, hitchhikers, and ghosts all make appearances in these nostalgic glimpses of history-in-the-making along America’s most famous highway.

Route 66 (Enthusiast Color) [Paperback]

– Tim Steil

More than three decades after Route 66 went by the wayside, it remains a nostalgic signifier of a 50-year period when cross-country travel was synonomous with meeting interesting characters, absorbing marvelous new sights, and stopping to check the oil along the way. In this colorful biopic, author Tim Steil retraces the wandering path of Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica, returning home with a scrapbook of new color photography profiling businesses and attractions that continue to operate alongside Route 66 despite the demise of the legendary two-lane. The result is a unique look at motels, service stations, restaurants, truck stops, and museums, and the colorful folks who continue to whittle out a livelihood along Route 66 .

Road Trip USA Route 66 [Paperback]

– Jamie Jensen

Professional traveler Jamie Jensen traveled more than 400,000 miles to bring you the best-selling guide Road Trip USA. In this expanded tour of Route 66, Jamie covers the kitschy “Main Street of America,” one of the country’s first transcontinental highways. From the Meramac Caverns to the wild creatures on display in roadside menageries, this historic route survives. From the golden sands and sunshine of Los Angeles to the gritty streets of St. Louis and Chicago, Road Trip USA Route 66 highlights major cities, obscure towns, popular attractions, roadside curiosities, local lore, and oddball trivia on this unforgettable journey into America, then and now.

Route 66 Backroads: Your Guide to Scenic Side Trips & Adventures from the Mother Road

– Jim Hinckley

U.S. Route 66 is the nation’s best known highway. Once the microcosm of a culture increasingly connected by automobiles, its sights and attractions are now a fascinating reflection of a nation on the move. Travel this iconic highway through the heart of America with Route 66 Backroads as your guide. This lavishly illustrated book steers you from Chicago to Los Angeles, traveling through the lowlands of the American Plains and the high plateaus of New Mexico and Arizona, from the Great Lakes to the mighty Pacific Ocean, and through major metropolises and remote country towns.
Branch away from the Mother Road, and you encounter gems hidden beyond today’s standard motels and tourist traps – the quaint frontier communities that date back to the nation’s westward expansion; the legacy of ancient native cultures; and the awe-inspiring natural wonders that have graced these lands since time immemorial. State parks, wildlife refuges, museums, historic sites, literary landmarks, and much more are there to be explored within a few hours’ drive from the path of Route 66. The fifty trips included here offer new travel opportunities for the thousands of road-trippers who follow this legendary route, looking for something more.

Legendary Route 66: A Journey Through Time Along America’s Mother Road

– Michael Karl Witzel

It started in the heartland and originally ended in Los Angeles. It carried truckers crossing the country, Okies fleeing the Dust Bowl, vacationers seeking the sun. It was America’s Main Street, the Mother Road, the Will Rogers Highway, and, at its dangerous curves, Bloody 66. Get your kicks on Route 66 with this wonderfully illustrated tribute to the best-loved highway in this car-loving nation. Michael Witzel shares his expertise and wealth of personal, archive, collector, and contributing photographer images in these pages, offering a nostalgic tour of the charms and oddities of this road through American cultural history.
Starting in Chicago and running to Santa Monica, this book highlights the sights along the highway with historic and current photos in then-and-now pairings, and includes Route 66 postcards, road signs, trinkets, maps, brochures, and advertisements. Here we see Route 66 as it was in its heyday and as it is now, the neon glamour of yesterday versus the ghost towns of today. Witzel and his wife, Gyvel Young-Witzel, recount the highway’s history, its role in popular culture, and its demise, as well as the individual stories of famous sights.

Route 66 Dining & Lodging Guide

– National Historic Route 66 Federation

The new 15th Edition guide has been enlarged to 120 pages; it now includes photos inside and it is a larger 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 format with spiral binding – like the EZ66 GUIDE. These unique guides have been used by thousands around the world to find the best places to stay and eat along the Route. It lists over 500 dining and lodging establishments objectively reviewed by Federation Adopt-A-Hundred members. No advertising is allowed. It concentrates on the vintage properties that made the Route famous. Price ranges, amenities, credit cards accepted, must stops and other specialty features are included. The guide covers all 8 states comprising several major alignments. An excellent traveling companion to the EZ66 GUIDE For Travelers.

Roadside Attractions: Cool Cafes, Souvenir Stands, Route 66 Relics, & Other Road Trip Fun

– Brian Butko

Hit the open road for fun and wackiness as the Butkos visit offbeat attractions from coast to coast – dinosaur parks, miniature golf courses, populuxe motels, vintage amusement arcades, classic diners illuminated in neon, and even the world’s largest ball of twine.
More than thirty fellow authors and artists offer their favourite attractions or recall memorable trips. Visitor information is included to help plan quick visits or an entire road trip.

Greetings from Route 66: The Ultimate Road Trip Back Through Time Along America’s Main Street

– Michael Karl Witzel

John Steinbeck famously christened Route 66 America’s “Mother Road” in The Grapes of Wrath, and that chapter about Tom Joad’s exodus is just one of the classic pieces collected in this ultimate anthology. Here’s history, roadside attractions, pop culture, ghost stories—even recipes from famous greasy spoons. And it’s all illustrated with the largest collection of vintage art, postcards, travel decals, collectibles, and other memorabilia ever amassed. This is a truly a worthy tribute to the Main Street of America.

Motorcycle Guide to Route 66 [Paperback]

– Kirk Woodward

The complete resource for motorcyclists in search of America’s most famous highway . . . Route 66, The Mother Road.
You’ll have everything you need to make a safe, enjoyable trip down Historic Route 66 on two wheels. Three turn-by-turn guides to the old road.
See exactly how to do it from Chicago to Los Angeles or from Los Angeles to Chicago. A complete listing of motorcycle dealers along the Route.
Laws regarding motorcycles in each of the 8 states the Route passes through. And much, much more.

Route 66 Quick Reference Encyclopedia [Paperback]

– Drew Knowles

With this handy reference, novices and seasoned roadies have quick and easy access to essential information about this famous highway. Providing a list of important terms accompanied by descriptive articles and illustrations, the guide details the route’s history—including the origin of the slogan “Get your kicks on Route 66″—commemorative festivals, useful highway terms, maps, and its most famous and quirkiest attractions. A Question & Answer section with trivia questions and their unexpected and fascinating answers provides further information that will allow road warriors to impress friends and fellow travelers with their knowledge of the route, while a supplemental list directs dedicated fans to more detailed information on one of the most historic and beloved drives in America.

Route 66: Images of America’s Main Street [Hardcover]

– William Kaszynski

Route 66 is a fixture of American culture. For the truckers, salesmen and vacationers who have traveled it and for the people who live along it, the road is a reminder of the bygone days of the American motoring experience. Despite time, neglect and progress, Route 66 endures. Almost all of its 2,448 miles are still intact and drivable.
Travel from Chicago to Los Angeles and experience Route 66 through this richly illustrated book. It presents pictures of many of the historic landmarks and longtime businesses which have become roadside institutions to several generations of Route 66 travelers, plus some places that are relatively unknown to the average traveler. Nearly all of the places shown can be visited today.

The Complete Route 66 Lost & Found [Hardcover]

-Russell A. Olsen

Russell Olsen’s best-selling collections featuring Route 66 filling stations, main streets, motor courts, cafés, campgrounds, honky-tonks, truck stops, and barbecue joints as they appeared both in their heyday and today is available in one package.

For more than 30 years, Route 66 was America’s main east-west artery, pointing the nation toward all the promise that California represented. To serve these travelers, Route 66 boasted bustling commercial hubs, many of which remain today, many more of which crumbled long ago. All of the sites included here—150 in all—are shown both during their mid-century heydays and as they appear today. Taken together, the marvelous visual and descriptive elements assembled here—period postcards and imagery, specially commissioned maps, and Olsen’s own photography and capsule histories of the sites featured—comprise a unique, state-by-state look back at America’s Main Street.

Route 66 Lost & Found: Ruins and Relics Revisited, Volume 2

– Russell A. Olsen

Much more than a ribbon of crumbling asphalt, Route 66 is a cultural icon revered the world over for its nostalgia value—an east-west artery pointing America toward all the promise that the great West represented. But as stretches were bypassed and fell into disuse, so too did most of the bustling establishments that had sprouted up from Illinois to California to cater to weary travelers and hopeful vacationers alike.
Motor courts, cafes, main streets, filling stations, and greasy spoons—all are represented in this second volume of Lost & Found images from photographer Russell Olsen. Each site is accompanied by a capsule history tracing the locale’s rise and fall (and sometimes rebirth), as well as an exclusive map pointing out its location along Route 66.

Lonely Planet Road Trip Route 66

– Sara Benson

Get your kicks! Leave the interstate behind and explore this classic American drive with its vintage roadside attractions and stunning natural beauty.
* Eclectic Americana – see the Gemini Giant, the Cadillac Ranch, the Jackrabbit Trading Post and countless other Route 66 icons
* Natural Treasures – explore the Painted Desert, the Petrified Forest, the Grand Canyon and the Mojave Desert
* Historic Sights – visit Civil War battle fields, presidential homes, Native American pueblos and Old West towns
* Where to Stay – bed down in a wigwam, a 1930s motor court or a room fit for the King
* Road Food – load up on apple pie, BBQ, fried chicken, milkshakes, chili and gigantic steaks
* Trusty Maps – find hidden stretches of the old road with our detailed maps and directions

Route 66 Souvenirs [Paperback]

-Alan Rose

A book of memorabilia commemorating the USA’s best-known highway, complete with 24 easy-to-assemble die-cut buildings, classic postcards and two sheets of license plate slogan stickers.
 

 

 

Route 66: The Empires of Amusement [Hardcover]

– Thomas Arthur Repp

Route 66: The Empires of Amusement is, quite simply, the first book ever written to examine in detail the lives of the most overlooked group of people on America’s favorite highway: the tourist attraction operators. From Whoopee Coasters to show caves, snake pits to trading posts with piano-playing chickens, Route 66: The Empires of Amusement goes to the families themselves for their stories, and then tells those stories in full. It tells tales of Blue Whales and prairie dog towns. Sweethearts who smooched between buffalo burgers. Route 66: The Empires of Amusement showcases these stories with over 200 color and vintage photographs – many taken from the personal collections of the old entrepreneurs themselves. Their discovery completes a package guaranteed to take you back to those days when happiness was a rubber tomahawk. And getting there was all the fun.

The Man who put the Lights along Route 66

– Edna Jacquelyn Stiles Kirkis

James Harland Stiles was the man who put the lights on Route 66 when America was beginning to find herself again.
He built a business in an era of American progress with light, paint, and design. His artistry lit up the highways with glowing, innovative signs.
The gleam of his neon glass acted as a beacon for travelers searching for a good meal, or for respite at one of the new ‘motor hotels.’
 

 

 

Roadside USA: Route 66 and Beyond

– Shellee Graham

Roadside USA: Route 66 and Beyond is a collection of 30 detachable color postcards. With heritage tourism now among the fastest growing industries in America, motorists in search of adventure are hitting the road in greater numbers than ever before. Along the way, the fun of sending postcards provides a great opportunity to share the journey in real time and to create personalized souvenirs. The images in Roadside USA represent a grab bag of roadside vignettes from around the country – everything from forgotten motels and classic cars to dazzling neon.

Route 66 Road Trip Family Fun [Paperback]

– James H Roche

Route 66 Road Trip Family Fun: Fun Places to take the Kids on Famous Route 66.
‘Kid Friendly’ attractions in all 8 States on Route 66.
Many attractions on Route 66 complete with photos and websites.
Fun Route 66 facts and pictures for the kids to color.