DAGGETT, CA - JUNE 16: A symbol based on the original Route 66 road signs is seen painted on the highway on June 16, 2007 in Daggett, California. Route 66 opened in 1926 to become an icon of American motoring freedom. It stretched from Chicago to Los Angeles and became a western migration route for people looking for work during the great depression of the 1930s or to escape the Dust Bowl disaster. Later it offered vacation getaways and driving adventures until 1985 when it was decommissioned as a federal highway. Today the motels, gas stations, and roadside attractions along the "Mother Road" are disappearing at an alarming rate. Route 66 aficionados try to preserve some reminders of the by-gone era ? restoring some buildings, collecting memorabilia, and erecting thousands of new signs that read "Route 66" - but most of the old landmarks are already in a state of decay or destroyed by vandals and neglect. Freeways, modern hotel chains, developer's projects, and even tourist attractions are blotting out the original reminders of the highway that inspired countless movies, books, and songs about life on the Western highway. Last week the National Trust for Historic Preservation included the old motels of Route 66 on its list of the 11 most endangered historic places. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
The Summer of 2020 is the Summer of COVID-19, so a lot of vacationers have traded in big summer trips for local road trips.
Road-trippers in the Four Hills area in New Mexico get a little bonus when they’re putting in the miles: the road sings to them! Slowing a vehicle down to 45 mph turns a certain stretch of Route 66 into a virtual phonograph. Take a look and a listen below to find out what the road sings to you!