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Cozy Dog Drive In
Back in 1946, Ed Waldmire invented the famous hot dog on a stick, known as the Cozy Dog. The diner then became famous for its signature offering, which it makes daily, and has been operating on Route 66 since 1949.
Cozy Dog moved to its current location in 1996, where customers can order inside, take their food away or get it from the drive through window.
Chain of Rocks Bridge
Linking the states of Missouri and Illinois, the mile-long Chain of Rocks Bridge is pretty unique and even has a 30 degree turn half way across it. Standing more than 60 ft. above the Mississippi river, the bridge has been a must-see landmark for anyone driving along Route 66 for decades.
The World’s Largest Rocking Chair
Dan Sanazaro’s 42 ft. tall rocker was awarded the title of World’s Largest Rocking Chair by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2008 and has been a popular Route 66 attraction ever since.
To be certified by Guinness, the chair had to rock, which it originally did, but Sanazaro was worried tourists might overturn it, so securely welded the chair to its base.
Ted Drewes Frozen Custard
Ted Drewes is actually a pair of frozen custard shops founded in 1930 by Ted Drewes Senior. One of the stores is on South Grand Boulevard and one is open on Chippewa Street, a designated area of Route 66.
Cars on the Route
One of the most famous stops on Route 66, this old Kan-O-Tex service station was originally bought by four women from Galena and operated as a tourist attraction called “Four Women on the Route” for a number of years.
It has now been renamed as “Cars on the Route” thanks to its connection with the film “Cars”, and has a couple of vehicles outside, including the mining boom truck that was the inspiration behind the character ‘Tow Mater’ in the film.
Snacks, sandwiches, and antiques are all available at Cars on the Route.
Marsh Arch Bridge
The last of its kind on Route 66, The Bush Creek Marsh Arch Rainbow Bridge is one of three originally built in 1923 on what would later become Route 66.
Visitors can walk and drive over the bridge, but in a westbound direction only, and there is a bypass over Bush Creek for normal traffic.
The bridge is now on the National Register of Historic Places, which keeps it safe from demolition or condemnation.
Totem Pole Park
Home to the largest concrete totem pole (60 ft. tall and 30 ft. in circumference), Ed Galloway’s 14-acre Totem Pole Park is a slight detour off Route 66, but definitely worth a visit.
There are 11 sculptures in total built by Galloway, but none as big as the colourful totem pole that rests on the back of a turtle and depicts spirit lizards, owls, and Native American portraits
Waylan’s Ku-Ku Burger
Famous for its giant cuckoo bird made of yellow fibreglass that emerges from the front of the building, and a bright yellow and green neon sign that makes it hard to miss, Waylan’s Kuk-Ku Burger is known for its hamburgers.
Back in the 1960s, Waylan’s Ku-Ku Burger was an original fast food chain, but now this burger joint in Oklahoma is the last one standing.
The name says it all. The Midpoint Café is a restaurant, souvenir, and antique shop in Adrian, Texas – the geographical midpoint of Route 66, between Los Angeles and Chicago.
Famous for its “ugly” pies, the Midpoint Café has a selection of tasty food and is a great place to stop off for a bite to eat and to get your picture taken with the Route 66 midpoint sign across the road.
The famous Cadillac Ranch is in fact not a ranch at all, but a famous art sculpture in Amarillo, Texas. Created in 1974, by art group Ant Farm, it is made up of 10 junk Cadillacs that are half buried, nose down, in the ground.
They all face west in a straight line, and represent a number of models from 1949 - 1963. They are apparently all buried at the same angle as the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Santa Fe Bite
Previously known as the Bobcat Bite, before moving to the Garrett’s Desert Inn, the Santa Fe Bite is one of the top dining spots on Route 66.
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Santa Fe Bite was featured in the Washington Post for serving up Santa Fe’s “Best Green Chili Cheeseburger.
Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway
The longest aerial tram in the US, the Sandia Peak Tramway spans the northeast edge of Albuquerque to the crest line of the Sandia Mountains.
It takes 15 minutes to go up the mountain and from the top you can see around 11,000 square miles of New Mexico countryside.
Delgadillo’s Snow Cap Drive-In
This historic roadside attraction was built in 1953 by Juan Delgadillo, mainly using scrap lumber from the local Santa Fe Railroad yard.
The restaurant is famous for the decorated Chevy outside, that is brightly painted and adorned with horns, emblems, and even an artificial Christmas tree in the back.
Petrified Forest National Park
The only National Park system that contains a part of Route 66, the Petrified Forest is named as such due to the amount of petrified wood that can be seen.
This wood came about after the forest was buried in volcanic ash around 225 million years ago. The wood was then covered with silica and given a stone-like appearance and consistency.
The Bagdad Café in Newberry Springs, California, is open from 7am to 7pm and is a must stop for fans of the German cult classic film of the same name.
The film was actually shot at this sweet little café, so be sure to read and sign the guestbook, which contains hundreds of comments from fans who have travelled to the café from all over the world.
Just off Route 66, and only a 13 minute drive away from the San Bernadino International Airport, this fun accommodation dates back to 1949 and is made up of nineteen 30 ft. tall concrete teepees.
Each teepee has a 25-inch TV, a bathroom, mini-fridge, and WiFi, and is likely to be the most unique place you stay at on Route 66.