Chevy Bel Air & Route 66
When it comes to historic American cars, the 1957 Chevy Bel Air is the most iconic and recognizable. This attractive and affordable car defined the era of Route 66 and the open road. Families could finally afford cars and they were just learning about the joy of a road trip, especially with the growth of the Interstate Highway System and the Mother Road.
Now, families are able to hit the road in more style and comfort than the early designers at Chevrolet could ever imagine. Despite the posh features of family cars today, there are many families who would love to embark on a Route 66 road trip. Whether you are able to ride the Mother Road in a classic two-toned Chevy Bel Air with the Powerglide transmission or you get to ride in the latest Chevy Suburban loaded with leather and an entertainment system, there are a few remnants of Route 66 that are worth seeing before they disappear from the American landscape:
* Wagon Wheel Motel in Cuba, Missouri. You can see what a Route 66 motel was really like was when rooms were only $2.50 to $3.00 per night.
* 66 Drive-In in Carthage, Missouri. People loved their cars so much that they chose to sit in their cars to watch movies. If you have never been to a drive-in, this is the one to see. After a thorough renovation in the late 1990s, the theater is still showing movies on the big screen.
* Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park in Foyil, Oklahoma. Check out the totem poles, it’s free!
* Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Cafe in Shamrock, Texas. If you have a child who loves Disney’s Pixar Cars movie, you cannot miss this classic building.
* Wigwam Inn #6 in Holbrook, Arizona. Sleep in a teepee. Enjoy some air conditioning.
* Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California. This is the end of the road, but before you get there, check out the Will Rogers Highway Dedication Plaque in Palisades Park.