The historic Route 66 ran through the states of Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. The "super highway" encompassed more than 2,400 miles between Chicago and Santa Monica, including more than 400 miles in each of three states: New Mexico, Oklahoma and Arizona.Know More
The "66" designation was officially added to the highway in 1926, and by 1938 the entire stretch was paved. It is celebrated as one of the country's original highways, dotted with hundreds of cafés, gas stations, motels and tourist attractions. Singer Bobby Troup detailed the journey from Chicago to Los Angeles in his 1946 hit "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66." As Route 66 was decommissioned in the mid-1980s, signs were gradually removed and the highway was replaced by the Interstate Highway System. While the highway has been officially removed from maps, portions of the route in several states are designated as a "National Scenic Byway" by the Department of Transportation.
The highway served as the primary route for more than 200,000 Americans fleeing westward from the Midwest to escape the "Dust Bowl" during the 1930s. Author John Steinbeck referred to Route 66 as the "Mother Road" in his famous novel "The Grapes of Wrath." Route 66 was also instrumental in the transportation of troops and military supplies during World War II.Learn more about United States
Anthony, Texas, and Anthony, New Mexico are neighboring towns separated by a state line, and these two towns together are known as the Leap Year Capital of the World. The town's own chamber of commerce assigned it this lofty title thanks to their Leap Day festival.Full Answer >
The longest street in America is Colfax Avenue in Denver, Colorado. It is 26.1 miles long, and was dubbed the "the longest, wickedest street in America" by Hugh Hefner in reference to some of the rougher neighborhoods through which the street traverses.Full Answer >
"Star Trek" fans are often particularly fond of Riverside, Iowa because it claims to be the fictional birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk, captain of the starship Enterprise on the original "Star Trek" television series. This character detail was introduced after the show had already been on the air, but it has been prominently discussed in several "Star Trek" novels.Full Answer >
Yosemite National Park has four sister parks: China's Huangshan and Jiuzhaigou national parks, Chile's Torres del Paine National Park and Germany's Berchtesgaden National Park. Like Yosemite, all of these parks have mountainous areas that are considered to be of international interest and value and are recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites or Biosphere Reserves.Full Answer >