The latest Google Doodle celebrates America’s iconic Route 66. Route 66 is one of the most famous driving road in the world.

Today (30 April 2022) marks 96 years since the name "U.S. 66" was first proposed for the cross-country route.

Built in 1926, at the dawn of widespread car ownership in the US, Highway 66 made cross-country travel affordable for the first time.

The route connects Chicago, Illinois and Santa Monica, California. spanning a total distance of 2,448 miles.

Technically, Route 66 no longer exists today. After being completely replaced by five new interstate highways.

In 1985 it was officially withdrawn from the United States Highway System

Parts of Route 66 in Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, and Arizona have been classified as a National Scenic Byway