Unique Motels on Route 66

Driving Route 66 is very much about the journey rather than the destination and part of the fun is staying in a new place every night!  There’s a huge range of accommodation options from campgrounds, to big chain hotels but for this post I’m embracing the unique motels on Route 66!  I’m talking about the individual ‘independent’ motels.  The ones covered in Route 66 memorabilia and the classic neon signs!  I’m guilty for staying in some chains during my trip (you can see a full list in my Route 66 2 week itinerary), so I’ve teamed up with some awesome travel bloggers who have contributed some of their experiences of motels on Route 66!

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Real Life Route 66 ‘Cars’ Movie Locations | The Places That Inspired Radiator Springs

Those that may not have driven Route 66, the 2451 mile road trip from Chicago Illinois to Los Angeles California, possibly don’t realise just how clever and well researched the Disney Pixar ‘Cars’ movies are.  When the idea for the Cars movie first came up, John Lasseter, a filmmaker and animator, drove the Route and spoke to as many people as he could to learn about the history of Route 66 and took inspiration from the real life locations that they passed! Where is Radiator Springs? It’s not just one town. Radiator Springs in real life is a mash up on many different locations along the Route 66!

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Made in Iowa: Betty Jane Homemade Candies

In the midst of ‘Chain America’ exists local businesses that are amazing at what they do.  Today I’m shining a spotlight on Betty Jane Candies born and bred right here in Dubuque, Iowa!  Betty Jane Candies was first established back in 1938.  They have 3 store locations in Iowa, 2 in Dubuque and one in Marion, with the Asbury Road (Dubuque) store doubling up as a mini Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory where all of their yummy treats are made!

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