In search of roadside attractions on ‘America’s Highway’
The lure of Route 66 isn’t extinct here in Holbrook, Arizona, where you can still spy giant concrete dinosaurs, kitschy truck stops, and teepee-shaped motel rooms that were constructed during the road’s heyday. Route 66 was established in the 1920s and within the next few decades, as millions of Americans acquired their first automobiles, it became a destination unto itself, as the cross-country road trip became a new national pastime. It even inspired a hit song, ‘(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66,’ by Bobby Troup, and a TV show—‘Route 66’—about two young men on the road, searching for adventure. In 1985 the highway was decommissioned—it had been replaced by the new Interstate Highway System. But for the adventurous road-tripper, there’s still plenty of the old highway to explore.