The Route 66 Historic Byway is located in the extreme southeastern corner of Kansas. It is part of the legendary "Mother Road" of Route 66, running from Chicago to Los Angeles, and passing through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, for a total of about 2400 miles.
In Kansas, the route runs through Galena, Riverton, and Baxter Springs. Highlights of the route include the only remaining Marsh Arch Bridge on Route 66, Nelson's Old Riverton Store, the Baxter Springs Heritage Center, Schemerhorn Park and the Southeast Kansas Nature Center.
Length of route: 13.2 miles
Bicycle friendliness of route: Good. Though US-66 carries a fair amount of traffic (and is a four-lane highway in places), it has a good shoulder for most of its length in Kansas.
For a photo tour of the Route 66 Historic Byway, see Bicycling the Route 66 Historic Byway.
Communities Along the Route 66 Historic Byway
See also: Kansas Byways Bicycle Guide