Often labeled the Mother Road, Route 66 is the ribbon of asphalt that connects a nation and embodies America's love for the open road. It's a legendary road that inspired movies, songs . . . and countless road trips. Route 66 is more than just a highway, it's a literal and metaphoric journey through the heart and soul of America. Route 66 gained one of its nicknames, the Main Street of America,? because it cut through the center of countless small towns along its serpentine, 2,400-mile length.