The Mother of All Road Trips: Route 66
Kicking off your road trip
The route rarely strays far from the interstate, making it easy to jump on and drive a section as time allows. But before you set out, buy a good set of maps or a guidebook. Route 66 signs are maddeningly spotty in some states.
And be sure to retain a healthy taste for discovery. Nobody drives the Mother Road so they can patronize franchises. The following slides contain dozens of our unique finds along the tour.
Route 66's start, Chicago: Purists begin their drive at the Mother Road's original starting point: the corner of Jackson and Michigan at Grant Park.
Lou Mitchell's, Chicago: Day One's traditional breakfast occurs on a red vinyl seat at this landmark (left) that opened on Jackson Boulevard three years before Route 66. Lou's gets the little touches right: free doughnut holes for everyone and a special box of Milk Duds just for ladies. loumitchellsrestaurant.com