Ever wondered what it'd be like to travel all 2400 or so miles of Route 66? You'll just have to hit the road to find out, because it's more amazing than I could ever describe: time-warped motor courts and railway whistle stops, 1950s mom-and-pop diners, kitschy roadside attractions and other retro Americana, and so much more.
If you want a preview, I've written an online Route 66 travel itinerary that gives you a bite-sized sampling of highlights of my many trips along the Mother Road, stopping at such classic places as Funk's Grove for maple "sirup" in Illinois, the Devil's Rope Museum in Texas, Tucumcari's Blue Swallow Motel in New Mexico and the genuine Old West mining town of Oatman, Arizona, where wild burros still run amok in the dusty streets.
You can read about all these places, along with dozens of other quirky pit stops between Chicago and Los Angeles, at Route 66: Finding America's Mother Road.
Photo: Cool Springs, Arizona (Sara Benson & Mike Connolly Jr.)