California and The Southwest
US 66 was a highway in California. Its western end was at the Pacific Coast Highway (then US 101 Alternate, today's California State Route 1) in Santa Monica, California. US 66 intersected US 101, I-5, I-15, I-40, and US 95 in California. US 66 covered 316 miles (509 km) in the state. In Arizona, the highway ran parallel to I-40 on most of its journey. It ran near the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and passed the highest elevation in the US while covering 375 miles (604 km) in the state. US 66 passed through many Indian reservations in the western half of New Mexico. U.S. Route 66 covered 380 miles (610 km) in the state.
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“We have advanced by leaps to the Pacific, and left many a lesser Oregon and California unexplored behind us.”
—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)