October 11, 2017

Where in the world can Trafalgar take you?


From ‘honky tonks’ in a museum and sleeping in a wigwam to seeing the world’s largest rocking chair and just ‘taking it easy’, the famous Route 66 stretches across eight US states and features on many a weird and wacky bucket list.

This popular route spans from Chicago to Los Angeles and is otherwise referred to as the Main Street of America, remaining a favourite roadtrip for travellers across the globe.

You will undoubtedly pass many giant fiberglass statues along the road. However, the Muffler man in Atlanta, Illinois, is kitsch at its finest. Originally from Cicero in the 1960s, it served as an eye-catching ad for a hot dog restaurant. The restaurant closed but the statue was (very carefully) moved to its present location, hot dog still in hand.

In Fanning, Missouri, one of Route 66’s most famous attractions will be near impossible to miss – a 13-metre tall rocking chair. While the rocking chair actually rocked at one stage, it was decided to secure it in a stationary position for safety reasons. Adding to its quirky appeal is that it was completed in 2008 on April Fool’s Day, and was awarded the title of the ‘World’s Largest Rocking Chair’ in the same year. And no, you are not allowed to try it out.

Yet another strangely bizarre sight can be found in Amarillo, Texas – a colourful burial ground for cars known as the Cadillac Ranch. The ranch consists of 10 Cadillac cars that are partly buried, front first, in the hard, flat earth and their iconic tail fins pointing toward the open Texas sky. While the site is meant to represent the golden age of cars, visitors are encouraged to leave their mark on these cars, so don’t be surprised if you notice visitors with spraypaint in hand.

Other stand-out features of Route 66 includes the route’s many motels, some of which are just a little odd, like the Wigwam Village in Holbrooke, Arizona. Each room is actually a separate building, tall and cone-shaped.

If you ever wondered what a honky-tonk was, at the Museum Club in Flagstaff, Arizona, you’ll find out. Opened in the 1930s, it was built to be the biggest log cabin in the world, housing its then taxidermist owner’s collection of stuffed animals. It later became a place to gather and drink, and eventually country-western music and dancing was added. Over the coming years, the club got wilder and earned its title as a honky-tonk, a bar that features country music, low-cost drinks and wild behaviour. Rest assured that today, while it is still lively, it is very much respectable.

In Winslow, Arizona, fans of The Eagles song “Take It Easy” will appreciate taking it easy as you too can stand on a corner and see a flatbed Ford. It really is just a corner, so it’s fairly small featuring a mural depicting multiple windows, with the reflection of a truck in one and two people embracing in another.

You will never have to travel Route 66 on an empty stomach, especially in Texas. As the saying goes, everything is always bigger and better in Texas, even the steak. At the Big Texan Steak Ranch you may even get your steak for free. The catch? You have to finish a 2kg steak in one hour. You will get your own table, though – in the middle of the restaurant, for everyone else to watch. Another popular spot is Crown Candy Kitchen. Operating for more than 100 years, this family run soda fountain shop is popular for its candies, malts and meals.

Novelty shops can be found around every corner. However, Angel & Vilma’s Route 66 Gift Shop in the town of Seligman, Arizona, is known to be one of the best. The owner Angel Delgadillo was born in a house located on Route 66 and fought to have the road granted historic status in the 1980s.

Make your travel all about the journey and experience this famous highway with Trafalgar’s 15 Days Route 66 package. You won’t regret getting your kicks on Route 66.


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