There are a lot of attractions along Route 66, and a history behind it all that brings depth to the journey. However, the natural wonders aren't to be forgotten.
Take the time to absorb and enjoy the scenery as you drive Route 66, and stop at some of the following breath-taking locations.
Blue Hole of Santa Rosa
A natural swimming hole with a series of underwater caves, not far from Route 66? You heard right.
Set in the arid New Mexico climate, the Blue Hole is a small body of water that offers a refreshing break from your road trip. Used for scuba training, and bringing divers from around the world, it's a 24-metre deep swimming pool that's clear blue in colour.
Even if you aren't interested in going for a dive yourself, it's a beautiful spot to stop and admire.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
The second largest canyon in America can be found in the heart of Texas Panhandle, and holds the nickname amongst locals of the 'Grand Canyon of Texas'. Deep red, brown, and tan layers rise up about you as you follow the park road down onto the floor of the canyon. At the north end, keep an eye out for the Lighthouse, a formation that juts up into the sky, 91 metres tall.
Camp at the base of the canyon, or take the time to explore some of the hiking trails extending through the park, admiring the colours and the life that surrounds you.
Petrified Forest National Park
On the way to the Grand Canyon, make sure you stop at the Petrified Forest National Park. In the Late Triassic period, 225 million years ago, this region was humid and sub-tropical as the fossils of fallen trees from that era show. Though the stumps may look like normal wood, they're actually hard rock.The petrified logs hold unexpectedly bright colours due to the sediments they contain, and are beautiful to examine.
If you have time, hike through the Blue Mesa area and stare in awe at the cool-toned hills of green, blue, lavender, white and brown layers that don't seem quite part of this world.
The Grand Canyon
Overwhelming and immense, the Grand Canyon is a stop that cannot be missed on your motorcycle tour. When there, it is impossible to take in its size and looking back over photos you'll find that they will never do it justice.
Erosion and weathering have carved this monument to nature's power into the earth over a period of 5-6 million years. Layers of rich colour run through the sculpted geological display. At 477 km long, and 29 km wide, it's the largest canyon in the United States.
Hikes allow you to drop down into the canyon itself, but be aware that the further down you go, the more the temperature can rise.
California, Pacific Ocean
The end of Route 66 at Santa Monica Pier is often talked about, but out beyond the boardwalk and the lights, is the real beauty that draws people to its shores. Extending out to the horizon, the Pacific Ocean is bordered by stretches of golden sand spotted with lifeguard towers. The pier reaches out into the water and cool shadows wait beneath the wooden pillars.
Wading in the waves as the sun sets and the seagulls caw, this is the perfect place to reflect your American road trip.
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