Automobile Club Releases 90th Anniversary Guide to Route 66

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A splashy new map to Route 66 just landed on my desk. The guide was produced by the Automobile Club of Southern California to commemorate the 90th anniversary of “America’s Highway.” I’ve taken the trip twice, and made an excursion through Arizona’s portion this summer. My path cobbled together bits of the remaining road between long stretches of efficient interstate. One hour of meandering to Oatman on curvy 66, one hour of booking it to Seligman on I-40. I slept at the Blue Swallow motel, explored the big round barn in Oklahoma, and enjoyed frozen custard at Ted Drewes in St. Louis. They were incredible trips. When I got back in August I traded notes with Los Angeles magazine Editor-in-Chief Mary Melton and my jaw dropped. Her son Isaac plotted a course that took in every inch of the decommissioned highway between Chicago and Santa Monica. I was floored. What a kid. Read about their adventure here. This new AAA map would be child’s play for 11-year-old Isaac, but perhaps you haven’t already visited the 15 California destinations highlighted. They include Clifton’s Cafeteria, Fair Oaks Pharmacy, Aztec Hotel, Bagdad Café, and the Wigwam Village in San Bernardino. Nothing is more than 3 hours away, so think of the California section as a great guide to weekend getaways. If you decide to make the entire journey don’t rely on your phone, cell towers are few and far between. Auto Club members can still request a TripTik, a custom-made, bound map book. Bring it home stuffed full of souvenirs you picked up on the road.

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