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17 Incredible Things On Route 66 You Have To See To Believe

Route 66 is one of America's first highways. Take a drive through history and check out some of these one-of-a-kind attractions you have to see to believe. With every mile along the road, BP is there to fuel your journey.

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Many may be familiar with the infamous American highway Route 66.

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Historically, it was a road that carried many people West during the 1930s Dust Bowl. Stretching from Chicago, Illinois, to Santa Monica, California, it was one of the first highways in America and a beacon of opportunity for many.

Many of these attractions still stand today and are reminiscent of old America. Here are just a few of the amazing and quirky things you need to see:

1. Gemini Giant — Wilmington, Illinois

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Kick off your journey through history with this massive muffler man named Gemini Giant. This big green man holds a rocket ship that serves as a metaphor for the journey ahead of you.

2. Tall Paul — Atlanta, Illinois

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At the beginning of your journey down Route 66, you'll be greeted by a massive statue of Paul Bunyan. Who knew he loved hot dogs?! Well, in this Illinois artist's rendition, Paul towers above us all wielding a delicious-looking hot dog. Hey, giants gotta eat too!

3. The World's Largest Catsup Bottle — Collinsville, Illinois

Right before you get into Missouri, you'll see a 170-foot-tall catsup bottle covering a water tower. The one-of-a-kind water tower was built in 1949 for G.S. Suppiger catsup bottling plant and still stands to this day.

4. Meramec Caverns — Stanton, Missouri

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Get off the road and into the earth at the Meramec Caverns. It's the largest commercial cave in Missouri and home to a fascinating "wine room" containing one of the world's largest stalagmites.

5. World's Largest Rocking Chair — Cuba, Missouri

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If you're 42 feet tall, you shouldn't have a problem plopping your fanny in the world's largest rocking chair. The massive structure sits outside of the Fanning 66 Outpost in Cuba, Missouri, and is definitely a sight to see.

6. Stubby Stonehenge — Rolla, Missouri

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Across the pond, there's a mysterious structure you may have heard of called Stonehenge. Well, resting in Rolla, Missouri, is a similar sister structure called Stubby Stonehenge that can give you a feel for the real thing.

7. 66 Drive-in Theatre — Carthage, Missouri

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Before you leave Missouri to continue your road trip, take a quick pit stop at the 66 Drive-in Theatre. This historic theatre is still going strong in Carthage and is playing some of today's box-office hits.

8. The World's Largest Totem Pole — Foyil, Oklahoma

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When you journey into Oklahoma, you have to see The Ed Galloway Totem Pole Park to believe it. This area is home to some beautiful totems, including the world's largest concrete totem, which is supported by a massive turtle.

9. Blue Whale — Catoosa, Oklahoma

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Originally built by a zoologist for his family, this Blue Whale has now become one of the most iconic structures on Route 66. Pull over and take a quick plunge down the Blue Whale's slide into the water.

10. Pops — Arcadia, Oklahoma

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Thirsty? Drop into Pops and choosing from the roughly 600 sodas in their selection. Good luck picking just one (or two, or three) though with such flavors as Peanut Butter & Jelly and Buffalo Wing.

11. U-Drop Inn — Shamrock, Texas

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Once you leave Oklahoma, kick off your journey in Texas with a visit to the U-Drop Inn. Aside from its clever name, it boasts some retro neon nostalgia that will take you right back to the '50s. This building originated as a hotel, but now it serves as the Chamber of Commerce.

12. Cadillac Ranch — Amarillo, Texas

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Many have heard of the iconic Cadillac Ranch in Texas, but this is one of those spectacles you have to see to believe. It's not every day you get to see a road lined with Cadillacs buried nose first, painted in technicolor from bumper to bumper.

13. Petrified Forest — Holbrook, Arizona

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As you pass through New Mexico and begin your trek through Arizona, make a stop at the Petrified Forest. Seize the opportunity to walk among massive pieces of petrified wood in this Arizona park.

14. Wigwam Motel — Holbrook, Arizona

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Ever wanted to stay in a wigwam? Well, after a busy day of sightseeing in Holbrook, rest your legs in one of these massive wigwam teepees. Don't worry, though — these abodes are equipped with A/C for a solid night's rest.

15. Meteor Crater — Flagstaff, Arizona

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The world's largest preserved meteor crater can be found on Route 66. Stop off in Flagstaff to see this massive crater that measures 2.4 miles across and 550 feet deep!

16. Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch — Oro Grande, California

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Before completing your trip down Route 66, get lost in a sea of trees — well, bottle trees, that is. Massive structures line this ranch, with each branch offering a dazzling blend of bottles in all kinds of colors, shapes, and sizes.

17. End of the Trail — Santa Monica, California

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Once you reach Santa Monica, you've made it to the end of the road. Celebrate your voyage on the Santa Monica Pier and reminisce on a historic road that took people West and offered them a new place to call home.

A trip down Route 66 is like a drive down memory lane, and BP is there to fuel you along every mile of the journey.

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