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Updated:2017-06-05 08:11Route 66, the iconic US road threading through eight states from Chicago to Santa Monica, offers a glimpse of a bygone era of history.[Photo/Agencies]For decades, Route 66 captured the imagination of travelers the world over, offering a glimpse of a bygone era of US history, when people hit the road in search of adventure and a better life.The two-lane highway established in 1926 and coined the “Mother Road” by John Steinbeck seemed to encompass the essence of the United States, threading through eight states from Chicago to Santa Monica.But after it was decommissioned in the 1980s in favor of larger and faster thoroughfares, Route 66 appeared headed for the dustbin of history as the mom-and-pop stores, kitschy motels, diners and gas stations that lined the road gradually shut down.”Entire towns folded up, and what had been a 2,400-mile (4,000-kilometer) carnival became-to a large extent-a 2,400-mile ghost town,” explains David Knudson, founder and executive director of the nonprofit National Historic Route 66 Federation.In recent years, however, the iconic road that has been immortalized in countless books, movies, music (Get Your Kicks on Route 66) and a TV series has been experiencing a nostalgia-driven revival that is attracting tourists from around the globe.Previous1 2 3 NextPrevious1 2 3 NextRelated StoriesTravel: Zhejiang town attracts tourists from ShanghaiTravel: Hangzhous annual photo festival underwayItalian travel agents visit ShanxiCtrip launches updated platform for customized travelNew card reduces travel headaches for interregional commutersPhotoMacaques spotted having fun in ChongqingFlamingos enjoy cool summertime in QingdaoTourists have fun in flowers at parks in E ChinaSolar halo shines in Central ChinaChina Zhouzhuang Intl Tourism Festival kicks offMorning sun seen in Southwest ChinaTop ViewsMost PopularChinese faces shine at the Met GalaLooking into China’s regional culture through logosWelcoming back, Zixia FairyFemale celebrities featured in Chinese-style fashion photosChinese-style origins give vitality to domestic animationShinkai-style delights Chinese movie goersPhotoMacaques spotted having fun in ChongqingFlamingos enjoy cool summertime in QingdaoTourists have fun in flowers at parks in E ChinaVideo72 hours in 72 seconds: Explore KunmingHangzhou G20 100-day countdownEasy Talk: Traveling dos and dontsSpecialSpecial report: Rise and rise of Chinas outbound tourism2015 Amazing ChinaBACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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