If you're travelling the 2,400 miles (3,862.43 kilometres) of Route 66, then you're going to need to be prepared for a lot of sightseeing! This area of America is home to some of the most recognisable attractions in the whole country (and even, the whole world).
Here are just some of the many landmarks you'll get to see when you embark on an adventure with Route 66 Tours.
The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Don't know why they call it the 'grand' canyon though? Well, that's because it is 277 miles (446 kilometres) long, 4 miles (6.4 kilometres) wide, and a whopping 6,000 feet (1,800 metres) deep. It's so big, that you can even see it from an airplane as you fly over.
This incredible American landmark was formed via millions of years of erosion from the Colorado River. Even more amazing, geologists have found rock at the bottom of the canyon that is around two billion years old. It became a national park in 1919 and is visited and enjoyed by millions every year – be the next when you join one of our tours!
Does space interest you? Shooting stars, far out planets and galaxies far, far away fascinate most of us, but here on Route 66 you can see the real impact space has on Earth! Meteor Crater was formed 50,000 years ago when an asteroid smashed into what today is called central Arizona. This hit was so huge, The Meteorite Exchange explains that it's estimated to be the equivalent of 10 million tons of TNT.
The asteroid itself was about 150 feet (45.7 metres), though the crater it formed was much bigger, as it is now 3,900 feet (1,200 metres) wide. In order to create a crater this large, the asteroid would have had to been travelling about eight miles per second (12.8 kilometres per second). Truly, it is an incredible sight to behold.
The Gateway Arch
Swing on down to St. Louis, Missouri and check out the amazing Gateway Arch – you can't miss it! In fact, you can see it a long ways away as you approach the city as it is the country's tallest monument reaching 630 feet (192 metres) above the Mississippi River. It's made up of about 886 tons of stainless steel, but you'll notice that its curve is absolutely flawless. The arch attracts millions of visitors every year, so if you can't see it from a distance just follow the crowds!
Would you like to see these places in person? Then contact our team here at Route 66 Tours, we'll help you find the perfect tour for you!