The Backroads of Route 66

Your Guide to Adventures and Scenic Detours

Jim Hinckley
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The Backroads of Route 66 explores the landmarks, natural wonders, and historical gems left to be explored off the beaten path of America's most famous byway.

This wonderfully illustrated, up-to-date guide to the natural, cultural, and historical gems hidden just off the legendary Route 66 outlines 50 trips for curious travelers. Route 66 is arguably the world's most famous highway (more than 60% of Route 66 adventurers are from overseas!)—its motels, greasy spoons, and roadside attractions comprising a time capsule of America's love affair with the automobile. While many of the road's iconic attractions have disappeared with time (along with large stretches of the road itself), others are as enduring as ever. In this completely revised and updated version of The Backroads of Route 66, author and Route 66 expert Jim Hinckley is your guide from the lowlands of the American Plains to the high plateaus of New Mexico and Arizona, from the Great Lakes to the mighty Pacific Ocean, and through major metropolises and remote country towns. But rather than take the road oft traveled and the sites most photographed, Hinckley encourages you to branch off the Mother Road and discover the hidden gems beyond today's familiar motels and tourist traps—quaint frontier communities that date to the nation's westward expansion; the legacy of ancient native cultures; and the awe-inspiring natural wonders that have graced these lands since time immemorial. There to be explored within a few hours' drive from the path of Route 66, discover:

- State parks
- Wildlife refuges
- Museums
- Historic sites
- Literary landmarks
- And much more

The fifty trips in The Backroads of Route 66 offer new travel opportunities for you and the thousands of road-trippers who follow this legendary route, looking for something more.

Author bio:

Since his childhood, Jim Hinckley dreamed of being an author. After numerous detours into truck driving, mining, ranching, and a variety of other endeavors, he turned to writing a weekly column on automotive history for his local newspaper, the Kingman Daily Miner, in his adopted hometown of Kingman, Arizona. From that initial endeavor more than twenty years ago, Hinckley has written extensively on his two primary passions: automotive history and travel. He is a regular contributor to Route 66, American Road, Hemmings Classic Car, and Old Cars Weekly, and he is an associate editor at Cars & Parts. Book reviews and original features on automotive history and travel can be found on his blog,

Category: Other books
ISBN: 9780760374498
Publisher: Quarto US
Imprint: Motorbooks
Pub Date: July 2022
Page Extent: 192
Format: Paperback
Subject: Travel tips & advice: general