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National Cherry Blossom Festival
National Cherry Blossom Festival

National Cherry Blossom Festival

The nation’s capital comes abloom every spring with the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival. See the famed cherry blossom trees, lining the Tidal Basin, while strolling past sites like the Jefferson and Martin Luther King memorials. See more ideas for where to travel in March. 960 1280

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Holi (India)

Holi (India)

Celebrate spring with a dash of color. The annual Holi festival in India inspires revelers to hit the streets, playfully throwing powdered colors on each other. Once your clothes are doused with all sorts of hues, you’ll understand why this is called a festival of colors. 960 1280

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Daytona Bike Week

Daytona Bike Week

Rev up for a week of diesel and fun at Daytona Bike Week. The annual motorcycle rally attracts some of the fiercest bikers, clad in leather (and sometimes little else) to celebrate the freedom of the open road. 960 1280

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MLB Opening Season

MLB Opening Season

Calling all baseball fans! Grab a hot dog, popcorn and peanuts to enjoy one of America's favorite pastimes. Travel to watch the opening game to kick off the Major League Baseball season.   960 1280

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Las Fallas (Valencia, Spain)

Las Fallas (Valencia, Spain)

Enjoy a high-spirited fiesta in Valencia, Spain’s third-largest city. The annual bash, held in commemoration of Saint Joseph, sees neighborhoods transformed into lively parties over a boisterous 5-day period. 960 1280

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Spring Equinox: Stonehenge

Spring Equinox: Stonehenge

Mark the beginning of spring with a celebratory gathering at Stonehenge. Join the crowds who gather at the mysterious stone structures in Wiltshire, England, to see the sun rise, ushering in the spring equinox. 960 1280

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St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day

Don your friendliest green for St. Patrick’s Day. Boston is the place to be, with the city’s official St. Patrick’s Day Parade drawing anywhere from 600,000 to 1 million people every year. 960 1280

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March Madness

March Madness

Get out your ballots, it’s time for March Madness. The annual college basketball showdown begins March 18. Stay glued to the tube and watch every game live or hit the road and check out our list of the best college basketball towns. 960 1280

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Spring Break (Panama City Beach)

Spring Break (Panama City Beach)

Slap on your sunscreen and grab your shades for a laid-back spring break on Panama City Beach. This sunny haven on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico beckons with its tagline, “World’s Most Beautiful Beaches.” You’ll see why once you sink your toes into its unique sugar-white sand. 960 1280

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South by Southwest

South by Southwest

Pull up a seat at the leading film, interactive and music festival showcase in America. Every year, since 1987, South by Southwest has put the spotlight on Austin, TX, and cutting-edge communication trends; see what’s in store this year, with speakers like Chelsea Clinton and actress Mindy Kaling. 960 1280

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Alaska: Arctic Ventures

Alaska: Arctic Ventures

Exploring the North Pole may seem surreal. After all, it is the land of the midnight sun and home to polar bears and penguins. But you can also hike in Alaskan rain forest, kayak alongside peaceful coastlines, or relax in luxury as you sail past breathtaking icebergs, pods of orca and breaching humpbacks. 960 1280

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Burgundy: Wine & Dine &…Bike

Burgundy: Wine & Dine &…Bike

Explore Beaune, the vibrant capital of the Cote d'Or. Then, get off the beaten path -- literally -- as you bike through rolling hills and quaint, friendly towns from vineyard to vineyard. Sip vintages surrounded by the fields in which they were grown, dine in chateaus and enjoy private cellar tours. 960 1280

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Ireland: Castles & Countryside

Ireland: Castles & Countryside

Maybe you're tracing your family roots. Or perhaps you have fantasies of spending the night in a medieval castle. Whatever the reason, if you'd like to start each day with rashers and sausage and end it in a town pub, perhaps cruising along the Irish countryside is just your speed. 960 1280

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India: Mythology & Mountain Peaks

India: Mythology & Mountain Peaks

The best tours can help you cut through the controlled chaos that typifies India, so you can get the chance to enjoy Darjeeling's famous tea and Bengali sweets, explore ornate temples and Hindu mythology and take in the sunrise over the Himalayas. 960 1280

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Istanbul: Faraway Family Adventure

Istanbul: Faraway Family Adventure

There's no reason the entire family wouldn't enjoy these classic Turkish experiences like bargaining in the Grand Bazaar, sailing on a gullet -- a Turkish wooden yacht -- and exploring ancient Ephesus. 960 1280

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Peru: Land of the Inca

Peru: Land of the Inca

The Incan Trail. Machu Picchu. You need to say little more to conjure up the lost city's spectacular ruins. But with archaeological sites like the Sacred Valley, the cities of Cusco and Lima and the natural wonders of the Amazon rainforest, highlights abound. 960 1280

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Costa Rica: For Outdoor Adventurers

Costa Rica: For Outdoor Adventurers

Whether you're gliding through a cloud forest on a zip-line, whitewater rafting or rappelling down waterfalls, there's plenty of adventure to be had in Costa Rica. If you're looking for “pura vida” (the good life), stay at a luxury eco-lodge, soak in natural hot springs and stroll by an active volcano. 960 1280

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Indonesia: The Life Aquatic

Indonesia: The Life Aquatic

If you live for underwater adventures, imagine scuba diving in paradise -- or in this case, Raja Ampat, in Indonesia's West Papua province. Sail routes once reserved for intrepid explorers and scientists to discover untouched coral, wildlife like the impressive Komodo dragon and breathtaking Hindu temples. 960 1280

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South Georgia Island: Antarctic Oasis

South Georgia Island: Antarctic Oasis

One of the most remote places on Earth, South Georgia is located 850 miles east of the Falkland Islands. You can cruise by more than 160 glaciers, tens of thousands of penguins on Salisbury Plain and in St. Andrews Bay, and, if you're lucky, the enormous southern elephant seal, the largest of its species. 960 1280

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Kenya: Eco-Friendly Safaris

Kenya: Eco-Friendly Safaris

Kenya is the perfect backdrop for your dream African safari, especially if you witness the Great Migration, when over 2 million zebra, wildebeest and antelope migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the greener pastures of Kenya's Masari Mara National Reserve. Home to one of the largest elephant populations in East Africa, you can visit with adorable baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage. 960 1280

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Los Angeles Bee Transfer

Los Angeles Bee Transfer

Los Angeles bee expert Ruth Askren transfers 30,000 feral bees from an old desk into a Langstroth hive box. 960 1280

  

Prepared for 30,000 Feral Bees

Prepared for 30,000 Feral Bees

Geared up in this fashionable veil, I can get close to a colony of 30,000 feral bees in Los Angeles. 960 1280

  

Underwood Ranch

Underwood Ranch

I commandeer a harvester tractor on <a href="http://underwoodranches.com" target="_blank">Underwood Ranches</a>’ jalapeno pepper farm outside Los Angeles. 960 1280

  

Huy Fong Foods Factory

Huy Fong Foods Factory

That's me on a factory tour with <a href="http://www.huyfong.com" target=_blank">Huy Fong Foods</a> founder David Tran, the man behind the world-famous Huy Fong sriracha. 960 1280

  

Harvested Chilies at Underwood Ranch

Harvested Chilies at Underwood Ranch

From August through November, Underwood Ranches in Southern California harvests nearly 60,000 tons of chilies for Huy Fong Foods. 960 1280

  

World-Famous Sriracha Hot Sauce

World-Famous Sriracha Hot Sauce

The main ingredient of Huy Fong Foods' world-famous sriracha hot sauce is grown and harvested just outside Los Angeles. 960 1280

  

Live Prawns at Santa Monica Seafood

Live Prawns at Santa Monica Seafood

A live Santa Barbara prawn inside Southern California's premier seafood supplier, <a href="http://www.smseafoodmarket.com/santa-monica-seafood-market-and-cafe" target=_blank">Santa Monica Seafood</a>. 960 1280

  

Fijian Moonfish

Fijian Moonfish

That's a Fijian moonfish imported by my pals at Santa Monica Seafood. 960 1280

  

Sea Urchin Examination

Sea Urchin Examination

When I am at Santa Monica Seafood, I like to examine sea urchins … what can I say? 960 1280

  

Wolvesmouth's Halibut

Wolvesmouth's Halibut

Chef Craig Thornton's <a href="http://wolvesmouth.com/wolvesden" target=_blank">Wolvesmouth</a> tasting menu includes halibut with tarragon-spinach hollandaise, sunchoke, green apple, celtuce and a potato profiterole filled with onion jam. 960 1280

  

Whipped Ponzu and Blue Dashi Gelee

Whipped Ponzu and Blue Dashi Gelee

Whipped ponzu and blue dashi gelee resemble sea foam flooding over seared albacore with cucumber masago crunch in a dish created by chef Craig Thornton at Wolvesmouth. 960 1280

  

Wolvesmouth's Pork Belly

Wolvesmouth's Pork Belly

The tasting menu at chef Craig Thornton's Wolvesmouth dining experience includes amazing dishes, such as this pork belly. 960 1280

  

Edible Art at Wolvesmouth

Edible Art at Wolvesmouth

Each course at chef Craig Thornton's Wolvesmouth dining experience looks like a work of art. 960 1280

  

Koreatown's California Market

Koreatown's California Market

Myself and chef Sang Yoon, owner of the famed LA gastropub Father's Office and the restaurant Lukshon, inside Koreatown's California Market. 960 1280

  

Swordfish at Santa Monica Seafood

Swordfish at Santa Monica Seafood

Cleaned and trimmed swordfish at Santa Monica Seafood, ready to be portioned and delivered to Los Angeles restaurants. 960 1280

  

Santa Barbara Prawns

Santa Barbara Prawns

Over the past decade, Southern California's premier seafood distributor, Santa Monica Seafood, has seen a spike in demand for Santa Barbara prawns. 960 1280

  

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National Cherry Blossom Festival

National Cherry Blossom Festival

The nation’s capital comes abloom every spring with the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival. See the famed cherry blossom trees, lining the Tidal Basin, while strolling past sites like the Jefferson and Martin Luther King memorials. See more ideas for where to travel in March. 960 1280

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Holi (India)

Holi (India)

Celebrate spring with a dash of color. The annual Holi festival in India inspires revelers to hit the streets, playfully throwing powdered colors on each other. Once your clothes are doused with all sorts of hues, you’ll understand why this is called a festival of colors. 960 1280

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Daytona Bike Week

Daytona Bike Week

Rev up for a week of diesel and fun at Daytona Bike Week. The annual motorcycle rally attracts some of the fiercest bikers, clad in leather (and sometimes little else) to celebrate the freedom of the open road. 960 1280

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MLB Opening Season

MLB Opening Season

Calling all baseball fans! Grab a hot dog, popcorn and peanuts to enjoy one of America's favorite pastimes. Travel to watch the opening game to kick off the Major League Baseball season.   960 1280

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Las Fallas (Valencia, Spain)

Las Fallas (Valencia, Spain)

Enjoy a high-spirited fiesta in Valencia, Spain’s third-largest city. The annual bash, held in commemoration of Saint Joseph, sees neighborhoods transformed into lively parties over a boisterous 5-day period. 960 1280

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Spring Equinox: Stonehenge

Spring Equinox: Stonehenge

Mark the beginning of spring with a celebratory gathering at Stonehenge. Join the crowds who gather at the mysterious stone structures in Wiltshire, England, to see the sun rise, ushering in the spring equinox. 960 1280

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St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day

Don your friendliest green for St. Patrick’s Day. Boston is the place to be, with the city’s official St. Patrick’s Day Parade drawing anywhere from 600,000 to 1 million people every year. 960 1280

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March Madness

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Get out your ballots, it’s time for March Madness. The annual college basketball showdown begins March 18. Stay glued to the tube and watch every game live or hit the road and check out our list of the best college basketball towns. 960 1280

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Spring Break (Panama City Beach)

Spring Break (Panama City Beach)

Slap on your sunscreen and grab your shades for a laid-back spring break on Panama City Beach. This sunny haven on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico beckons with its tagline, “World’s Most Beautiful Beaches.” You’ll see why once you sink your toes into its unique sugar-white sand. 960 1280

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South by Southwest

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Alaska: Arctic Ventures

Alaska: Arctic Ventures

Exploring the North Pole may seem surreal. After all, it is the land of the midnight sun and home to polar bears and penguins. But you can also hike in Alaskan rain forest, kayak alongside peaceful coastlines, or relax in luxury as you sail past breathtaking icebergs, pods of orca and breaching humpbacks. 960 1280

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Burgundy: Wine & Dine &…Bike

Burgundy: Wine & Dine &…Bike

Explore Beaune, the vibrant capital of the Cote d'Or. Then, get off the beaten path -- literally -- as you bike through rolling hills and quaint, friendly towns from vineyard to vineyard. Sip vintages surrounded by the fields in which they were grown, dine in chateaus and enjoy private cellar tours. 960 1280

Matteo Colombo / Getty Images  

Ireland: Castles & Countryside

Ireland: Castles & Countryside

Maybe you're tracing your family roots. Or perhaps you have fantasies of spending the night in a medieval castle. Whatever the reason, if you'd like to start each day with rashers and sausage and end it in a town pub, perhaps cruising along the Irish countryside is just your speed. 960 1280

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India: Mythology & Mountain Peaks

India: Mythology & Mountain Peaks

The best tours can help you cut through the controlled chaos that typifies India, so you can get the chance to enjoy Darjeeling's famous tea and Bengali sweets, explore ornate temples and Hindu mythology and take in the sunrise over the Himalayas. 960 1280

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Istanbul: Faraway Family Adventure

Istanbul: Faraway Family Adventure

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Peru: Land of the Inca

Peru: Land of the Inca

The Incan Trail. Machu Picchu. You need to say little more to conjure up the lost city's spectacular ruins. But with archaeological sites like the Sacred Valley, the cities of Cusco and Lima and the natural wonders of the Amazon rainforest, highlights abound. 960 1280

Spaces Images / Getty Images  

Costa Rica: For Outdoor Adventurers

Costa Rica: For Outdoor Adventurers

Whether you're gliding through a cloud forest on a zip-line, whitewater rafting or rappelling down waterfalls, there's plenty of adventure to be had in Costa Rica. If you're looking for “pura vida” (the good life), stay at a luxury eco-lodge, soak in natural hot springs and stroll by an active volcano. 960 1280

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Indonesia: The Life Aquatic

Indonesia: The Life Aquatic

If you live for underwater adventures, imagine scuba diving in paradise -- or in this case, Raja Ampat, in Indonesia's West Papua province. Sail routes once reserved for intrepid explorers and scientists to discover untouched coral, wildlife like the impressive Komodo dragon and breathtaking Hindu temples. 960 1280

Image Source / Stuart Westmorland / Getty Images  

South Georgia Island: Antarctic Oasis

South Georgia Island: Antarctic Oasis

One of the most remote places on Earth, South Georgia is located 850 miles east of the Falkland Islands. You can cruise by more than 160 glaciers, tens of thousands of penguins on Salisbury Plain and in St. Andrews Bay, and, if you're lucky, the enormous southern elephant seal, the largest of its species. 960 1280

Mint Images / David Schultz / Getty Images  

Kenya: Eco-Friendly Safaris

Kenya: Eco-Friendly Safaris

Kenya is the perfect backdrop for your dream African safari, especially if you witness the Great Migration, when over 2 million zebra, wildebeest and antelope migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the greener pastures of Kenya's Masari Mara National Reserve. Home to one of the largest elephant populations in East Africa, you can visit with adorable baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage. 960 1280

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Travel Back in Time at The Field Museum, Chicago

Travel Back in Time at The Field Museum, Chicago

Route 66's eastern end begins at Chicago's Millennium Park near the Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium. Get a family photo in front of Sue, the largest T. rex skeleton in the world. 960 1280

The Field Museum  

Hop to Henry's Rabbit Ranch in Staunton, Illinois

Hop to Henry's Rabbit Ranch in Staunton, Illinois

Henry’s Rabbit Ranch in Staunton, Illinois, features Route 66 memorabilia, pet rabbits that perform tricks and cars buried in the ground à la Amarillo’s famous Cadillac Ranch. These cars are VW Rabbits, of course. 960 1280

Mark Williamson  

Brave a Cave at Meramec Caverns, Missouri

Brave a Cave at Meramec Caverns, Missouri

Advertised on old barn roofs and billboards for miles along Route 66, Meramec Caverns near Stanton is a limestone cave filled with fantastical features. It was mined for gunpowder ingredients during the Civil War, was probably a stop on the Underground Railroad and served as a hideout for the outlaw Jesse James. Guided tours take visitors to some of the most scenic segments of the 5-mile-long cave system.  960 1280

Sindre Ellingsen  

Span the West at The Gateway Arch, St. Louis

Span the West at The Gateway Arch, St. Louis

Since its opening in 1967, the iconic Gateway Arch at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial on the banks of the Mississippi River has commemorated the beginning of the western United States. Visitors can take an internal tram to the top of the 630-foot arch–the World’s largest arch–for sweeping views of St. Louis.  960 1280

  

Meet Mater's Inspiration in Galena, Kansas

Meet Mater's Inspiration in Galena, Kansas

Pixar's Route 66-themed Cars movie found inspiration for Mater the Tow Truck in Galena, Kansas, at the now Cars on the Route. The former Kan-O-Tex gas station is now a gift shop and snack bar at 119 N. Main Street. A picture in front of the orginal tow truck, now sporting eyes, is all but mandatory for families passing through. 960 1280

Marcin Wichary on Flickr  

Whale of a Time in Catoosa, Oklahoma

Whale of a Time in Catoosa, Oklahoma

The Blue Whale of Catoosa in Oklahoma is one of Route 66's most famous landmarks. Built in the early 1970s by Hugh Davis for his wife, Zelta, who collected all things whales, it soon became a Route 66 icon. A picnic area next to the whale makes for a perfect stop. 960 1280

Mark Williamson  

This Land is Your Land in Tulsa, Oklahoma

This Land is Your Land in Tulsa, Oklahoma

The Woody Guthrie Center at 102 E. Brady celebrates the life and times of American folk musician and Oklahoma native son Woody Guthrie, who penned such songs as "This Land is Your Land" and "This Train is Bound for Glory." Opened in 2013, the center has also been chosen to house the archives of Bob Dylan. Interactive displays showcase the times that inspired Guthrie, including the Dust Bowl of the 1930s that forced many Oklahomans west to California along Route 66 and that was popularized by John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. Make sure to also check out the nearby Tulsa Children's Museum. 960 1280

  

Stop for a Pop in Arcadia, Oklahoma

Stop for a Pop in Arcadia, Oklahoma

One of Route 66's more recent roadside attractions, Pops 66 Soda Ranch opened in 2007 and is known for its towering neon pop bottle sign and the hundreds of soda bottles from around the world arranged by color. It's perfect for a quick family treat and photo. 960 1280

Michael Ives  

Saddle Up at the Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo, Texas

Saddle Up at the Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo, Texas

Created in 1974 as an art project, these 10 Cadillacs represent models from 1949 to 1963, and are buried at the same angle as the Great Pyramid of Giza. Visitors are encouraged to spray paint the cars that are on the south side of I-40 and Route 66 about 10 miles west of Amarillo.  960 1280

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Dig Some Dinos in Tucumcari, New Mexico

Dig Some Dinos in Tucumcari, New Mexico

Tucumcari, New Mexico, is a well-preserved Route 66 town, and home to Mesalands Community College. The college has combined its paleontology and fine-arts programs to create a dinosaur museum that features bronze-castings of dinos that roamed New Mexico 65 million years ago. While in Tucumcari, Route 66 lovers should also make sure to drop by Tee Pee Curios 960 1280

  

Discover the City Different at Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Discover the City Different at Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Until 1936, Route 66 jogged from Clines Corners, New Mexico north through Santa Fe before traveling south to Albuquerque. Santa Fe–nicknamed the City Different–has long been an art mecca and a family destination, made more so by the opening of Meow Wolf, an art installation described as a surreal haunted house built inside a 20,000-square-foot former bowling alley not far from the original Route 66. Meow Wolf was funded by Santa Fe resident George R.R. Martin, author of the Game of Thrones books. 960 1280

  

Get Your Kicks in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Get Your Kicks in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque's Central Avenue is one of the best preserved stretches of Route 66 in the country. Its historic Old Town is a grassy plaza surrounded by local restaurants and shops, and the nearby New Mexico Museum of Natural History and ScienceExplora! Children's Museum and Albuquerque BioPark are family favorites. In October, Albuquerque's skies are filled with hundreds of hot air balloons during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the world's largest annual ballooning event. 960 1280

a4gpa, flickr  

Discover Native America at Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico

Discover Native America at Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico

Route 66 opened the rest of the country to the West and Native America, passing through the land of several of New Mexico's 19 Pueblo tribes. Acoma Pueblo is one of the nation's longest continually inhabited communities. Its Sky City village, about an hour west of Albuquerque, is perched atop a towering mesa that visitors may see during a guided tour. 960 1280

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Go Out on a Limb at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Go Out on a Limb at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

The 109,000-acre Petrified Forest National Park protects the colorful geology of the Painted Desert, Native American sites and one of the largest concentrations of petrified wood in the world. It was one of the first attractions along Route 66. 960 1280

Danita Delimont  

Sleep in Style at the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona

Sleep in Style at the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona

Built in 1950, these 15 concrete tee pee motel rooms were an instant roadside attraction, and still make a great Route 66 stop for the night, or at least a fun family photo opportunity. 960 1280

Alan Copson  

Explore Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Explore Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Route 66 is the gateway to Grand Canyon National Park, an hour and a half from Flagstaff. The canyon is a mile deep and sees 5 million visitors annually from around the globe. It is credited with associating Route 66 with family road trips out West. 960 1280

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Get Starstruck at Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, Arizona

Get Starstruck at Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, Arizona

Lowell Observatory overlooking Flagstaff is an active research observatory that is open day and night to visitors for astronomy programs, tours and astronomy viewings. It was here in 1930 that Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto. 960 1280

STEVE LARESE  

All Aboard in Williams, Arizona

All Aboard in Williams, Arizona

The Grand Canyon Railway travels between Williams, Arizona and the South Village of Grand Canyon National Park. Cowboy singers entertain during the hour-long trip, and "outlaws" attempt to hold up the train during the hour-long ride that stops at the depot near El Tovar historic hotel at the South Village. 960 1280

Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel  

An Impacting Attraction at Meteor Crater, Arizona

An Impacting Attraction at Meteor Crater, Arizona

Meteor Crater near Winslow is the best preserved meteor impact site on Earth. Some 50,000 years ago, a meteor slammed into the Arizona desert at 26,000 m.p.h., leaving an impression a mile across and 550-feet deep with the force of 20 million tons of TNT. View the crater from three overlooks and learn more about the event in the Discovery Center. 960 1280

Chris Saulit  

California or Bust at Mojave Trails National Monument

California or Bust at Mojave Trails National Monument

California’s stretch of Route 66 passes through Mojave Trails National Monument, created in 2016, and just north of Joshua Tree National Park. Conservation-focused Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in nearby Palm Desert has exhibits featuring both indigenous and exotic animals, as well as desert hiking trails that are perfect for families. 960 1280

  

End of the Trail at Santa Monica, California

End of the Trail at Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica Pier marks the western end of Route 66 (officially two blocks away where Highway 1 begins). Here, Pacific Park amusment park has a Ferris wheel, roller coaster and other attractions, and the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium features the marine life found in the area. Santa Monica State Beach is always a favorite familly destination. 960 1280

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