From the Wild West to the forests and the sea. From the musical genres that marked history to traditional and gourmet flavors. When working is fun.
The walk deserves it, even when it is a route marked by work. It is that there are routes in the United States worth knowing. From North to South, from East to West, these trails invite you to explore climates, landscapes, flavors, aromas, and history. Five trails that you will not be able to forget.
The iconic route 66
“The mother road” is one of the most famous and covered no less than 2448 miles. From Chicago to Los Angeles, this route was built in 1926.
Back then, 66 was the route that allowed dreamers to reach California. The old R66 as such does not exist, now it is a walk through the history of the United States. Museums, restaurants and retro gas stations can be visited by explorers.
What replaced it? The United States Interstate Highway network. However, in fragments of the roads that go to Illinois, New Mexico and Arizona, signs can be read announcing that “Historic Route 66” was there.
Great River Road or 61
It may not have the same mystique as Route 66, but it is just as important. It was completed in the late 1930s. It runs along the entire banks of the Mississippi River in an extensive 3,000-mile journey that crosses 10 states to end in New Orleans.
The history of music in the United States can be learned by walking through it. Elvis in Memphis, the Mississippi Delta, cradle of blues to jazz that originated in New Orleans.
The Californian Dream: The PCH (Pacific Coast Highway or Highway 1)
It runs along the West coast of the United States and is the longest in California and the second longest in the United States. It’s 656 miles of ocean views running through California, Washington, and Oregon. A beautiful walk to observe, but also for the rest of the senses. If you have a little time, it is advisable to stop for lunch and taste the maritime flavors.
The route is recognized as a National Scenic Byway. This means that it was recognized by the United States Department of Transportation for qualities that may be cultural, historical, natural, recreational, archaeological, or scenic.
To Arizona on 163
The Far West says present with this route. And the image of John Wayne on horseback undoubtedly appears in the mind of those who observe these beautiful landscapes.
A ride that is almost from another planet joins Utah with Arizona. It was created in 1970 to replace Arizona State Route 464 and Utah State Route 47. It has one of the most captured points in the cinema and is part of the Path of the Ancients. A point to know: the Monument Valley and its reddish sands crowned by sandstone hills.
Beauty is in the 120
This California highway runs through a large part of Yosemite National Park. In the northern region of the park it is known as Tioga and in the western Tioga Pass.
This was the path of the stagecoaches that moved through this area of the United States in the 19th century as it was a freight route that became very popular in 1849. At the time of the gold rush this route was known as the Big Oak Flat Road in honor of the town of Big Oak Flat.
Do you want to know more? Next week we’ll talk about five routes that are also worth exploring.