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Taking the Road Less Traveled


For those who like taking the road less traveled on the mainland US, why not consider taking the Mother Road, Route 66.  Until the 1960s, Route 66 was the main thoroughfare from Chicago to Los Angeles, passing through the states of Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.  But the completion of Interstate 40 changed all of that and once thriving areas on Route 66 became ghost towns virtually overnight.  Examples of such towns include Amboy, California; Ash Fork, Arizona; Gallup, New Mexico and many others.

But something changed.  People become interested about American nostalgia and in particular, folklore along America’s road, Route 66.  Some towns, like Seligman, Winslow and Williams in Arizona are capitalizing and even flourishing on their colorful past and increased interest in experiencing all things associated with Route 66.  Popular culture has also help to promote interest in Route 66 for some time now.  The TV series Route 66 and the classic song “Get Your Kicks on Route 66” certainly helped to popularize  America’s Mother Road since the 60s.  The photo above commemorates the song by The Eagles, “Take it Easy” where supposedly one member of the group was “standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona,” a town which used to be a main stop along the Santa Fe railroad line along Route 66.   More recently, movies like the popular Disney animated movie “Cars,” which depicted the trials of a fictionalized town, Radiator Springs, on Route 66, have added to the area’s folklore.

And of course, Panda Travel ®, one of Hawaii’s Best travel agencies as recognized by the Honolulu Star Advertiser, can take you to the Mother Road, Route 66.  We suggest we take you to Las Vegas or Los Angeles in a nicely priced vacation package as a good starting point.






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