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Drive Your EV on Route 66

August 16th, 2020 | E-Mobility

Road trips are embedded in American Culture. Road trips with electric vehicles (EVs) add another dimension to this exciting journey. You can explore different places and world-famous American wonders during your EV road trip across the US. But there is one glitch: which route should you follow to travel across the United States to make it a successful EV Journey?

Before setting out for a road trip in your EV, you should make sure that you will find EV charging stations during this trip to properly charge your vehicle. 

Here’s our itinerary for the historic Route 66!

Starting Point - Chicago

Chicago: The most populous city in Illinois and the third most populous city in the United States. Chicago is an international hub for finance, culture, commerce, industry, education, technology, telecommunications, and transportation. There are many fascinating and engaging sites to see with your family. Here are some of our favorites: Art Insitute of Chicago, Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Skydeck Chicago, Willis Tower, Adler Planetarium.

Enhancing your sight-seeing, you can easily charge your EV in Chicago at charging stations throughout the city.

Next Cities

Springfield, Missouri

Springfield, located in Missouri, is known as the “Queen City of the Ozarks.” It is also referred to as the “Birthplace of Route 66.” Springfield is famous for three world-class universities: Missouri State University, Drury University, and Evangel University. The city also boasts a number of electric charging stations, so you won’t have to worry about charging your EV at the start of Route 66.

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa is a city on the Arkansas River, near the heart of Oklahoma. The city is known for its art deco architecture, mostly in the aptly-named central Deco District. Landmarks such as the Philcade and Philtower buildings reflect a 20th-century construction boom fueled by a prosperous local oil industry. The Philbrook Museum of Art is housed in an Italianate villa that was once the home of a local oil magnate.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City is the capital of Oklahoma. It’s known for its cowboy culture and capitol complex, surrounded by working oil wells. The reflecting pool and empty glass and bronze chairs of the Oklahoma City National Memorial recall the victims of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The Survivor Tree, an American elm nearly destroyed in the attack, is also part of the memorial.

Amarillo, Texas

Amarillo is a city in the Texas Panhandle. It’s a gateway to the vast, trail-lined Palo Duro Canyon State Park. The Cadillac Ranch is an installation of graffiti-decorated cars, partly buried in a field. With art deco and Spanish Revival buildings, the Sixth Street Historic District is a hub for dining and antiques. The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum is dedicated to the famous horse breed.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe, New Mexico’s capital, sits in the Sangre de Cristo foothills. It’s renowned for its Pueblo-style architecture and as a creative arts hotspot. Founded as a Spanish colony in 1610, it has at its heart the traditional Plaza. The surrounding historic district’s crooked streets wind past adobe landmarks, including the Palace of the Governors, now home to the New Mexico History Museum.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city, sits in the high desert. Its modern Downtown core contrasts with Old Town Albuquerque, dating to the city’s 1706 founding as a Spanish colony. Old Town is filled with historic adobe buildings, such as San Felipe de Neri Church, 5 museums, and shops selling Native American handicrafts. Nearby, The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center traces the area’s tribal history.

Flagstaff, Arizona

Flagstaff sits in Arizona, surrounded by mountains, desert, and ponderosa pine forests. It’s a gateway to the San Francisco Peaks and home to Arizona’s tallest mountain (Humphreys Peak) and the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort. Nearby, Wupatki National Monument has Native American pueblo sites, and Walnut Canyon National Monument is dotted with cliff dwellings.

Last stop: Santa Monica

Santa Monica is a coastal city west of downtown Los Angeles in California. Palisades Park sits on the fringes of Santa Monica Beach, looking out over the Pacific Ocean. Santa Monica Pier is home to the Pacific Park amusement park, historic Looff Hippodrome Carousel, and Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Next to the pier is Muscle Beach, an outdoor gym established in the 1930s. In the city center, Bergamot Station houses several art galleries..

Challenge Complete!

The historic U.S. Route 66 ran east–west across the central part of the state of New Mexico, along the path now taken by Interstate 40. However, until 1937, it took a longer route via Los Lunas, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe, now roughly New Mexico State Road 6, I-25, and US 84.

So, while moving out, you won’t have to worry about your EV charging. EV infrastructure continues to improve, and you will find more than ample EV charging stations and EV chargers along this historic route. Noodoe has also installed a few EV charging stations at multiple cities along this route, did you charge with us already?

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