When I embarked on the famous Route 66 last month I had a few preconceptions as to which stop offs and locations would be my favourite but nothing prepares you for the quirky randoms along the way!
So the first stop on my top two has to be the famous Texan Cadillac Ranch, nestled in a towering corn field just west of Amarillo . Just a few 100 metres off the road there are 10 unsuspecting upright Cadillacs. Which on their own, vertically balancing on the desert path would be quite a sight but with the addition of some fun and colourful graffiti there is something about this patch of art that just steals your heart on first sight.
The graffiti you see on these cars is a combined effort from tourists and passers by, it’s actually encouraged to add your own flare to these classics! Asides from the remarkable and unique view of the towering vintage cars being able to put your own mark on the bonnet is a really exciting experience. There’s something about making your mark on something right? We knew that we would be visiting the location prior to arrival so we bought some spray paint on the way from a hardware store (which is conveniently located just a few miles West of the ranch in case you need it!) but there was a number of cans left over from other tourists when we were there so don’t worry if you don’t have a can of your own.
Top Tip: If you are looking for that perfect picture head to the ranch in the early hours of the morning or late afternoon., when the sun is high in the sky the shadows would make it really difficult to catch a clean lit photo.
My other favourite stop was this awesome antiques store in Oklahoma. There’s something about Route 66 that makes you fall head over heels in love with rustic road signs and ‘old skool’ coca-cola bottles. Along the historic route, there’s a number of cute little antique shops and each and every one does it’s best to lull you in 😉
This was by far my favourite though, randomly located just off the beaten track in Erik Oklahoma. Just 10 minutes of circling this store and I considered switching up the interiors of my whole house the match the quirky flare of the shop front! If my case weight had allowed it, those 66 signs would have been mine 😉
Top Tip: This is not an easy store to locate so make sure you persevere on the historic route (follow the brown signs) once you have reached Oklahoma City. It’s past Elk City and just before Shamrock so my advice if you don’t spot it straight away, use one of these pictures and ask a local to guide you, we found that everyone was so friendly and ‘Route 66 proud’ in this area 😉