Ever since I was a kid, my dad has been taking me on road trips. He loves driving; I love maps and scenery; we both love exploring and learning about the world around us.
We decided to take what’s often lauded as “the ultimate road trip” in a rather impromptu way. My dad was in Ohio for business and I had just received a work schedule that cut my hours to less than 20 a week. By switching a couple shifts, I was left with a large swath of days off and I booked a one-way ticket to Chicago. We’d meet there and then drive back to the west coast via the storied highway 66. My sister, Madison, liked the idea too and joined us.
Madi and I landed in Chicago in the morning and spent the day wandering the enormous city blocks, eating deep dish pizza, and visiting the beautifully-designed Museum of Science of Industry.
And so it begins!
Along Route 66, there’s a never-ending supply of eye-catching statues, signage, and art installations: