Route 66 Tour by Actress Jeanne Tripplehorn

“I grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Route 66 was always a part of my life. But it wasn’t until I became an adult that I started to appreciate its history. When I moved to Los Angeles as a young actor, I used to drive back to Oklahoma on I–40 because I felt like I had to get there fast. In the last ten years or so, though, I’ve found myself wanting to slow down and enjoy the experience. I had never driven the entire length (it’s around 2,400 miles), but since I’m a spokesperson for the World Monuments Fund, and Route 66 is one of the sites the WMF wants to protect and repair, I flew to Chicago with my son and we took the trip of a lifetime together.”

“On a two-week drive, you really begin to understand America’s vastness: from the lushness of Illinois to the plains of Texas, the mesas of New Mexico to the cacti of California. The most beautiful driving is around Sitgreaves Pass, in Arizona. It’s like going back in time, through winding roads and rock formations.”

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