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Exploring Route 66 with Ron Clements The Ultimate Sports Fan Guide

Updated: Jul 3

For sports fans and travel enthusiasts, Route 66 offers more than a nostalgic road trip through American history. According to Ron Clements, author of "Sports Fan Guide to Route 66," this iconic highway is a treasure trove of sports landmarks and hidden gems. Whether you're a die-hard fan or just someone looking to explore, here’s how you can combine your love for sports with the adventure of Route 66.

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The Nexus of Sports and Route 66

Route 66, known as the "Main Street of America," runs from Chicago to Santa Monica, covering approximately 2,448 miles. This historic route is filled with sports venues, museums, and other points of interest that are sure to make any sports fan's heart race. Here are some key highlights to look out for:

Chicago, Illinois

Your Route 66 adventure starts in Chicago, a city steeped in sports history. Catch a game at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, or visit the United Center to see the Chicago Bulls in action. Don't forget to stop by the Chicago Sports Museum to get a deeper understanding of the city's rich sports culture.

St. Louis, Missouri

Heading southwest, St. Louis is a must-visit for any baseball fan. The Gateway to the West is home to Busch Stadium, where the St. Louis Cardinals play. For a different kind of sports thrill, check out the World Chess Hall of Fame, which showcases the intellectual side of competition.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City offers a unique blend of sports and history. Visit the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, home of the Oklahoma City Dodgers, or catch an NBA game with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame is also worth a visit, highlighting the state's diverse athletic achievements.

Amarillo, Texas

In Amarillo, you can experience the excitement of minor league baseball at Hodgetown, home of the Amarillo Sod Poodles. If you’re a rodeo fan, the Will Rogers Range Riders Rodeo Arena offers a taste of cowboy culture and competitive events.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque is another gem along Route 66. The Albuquerque Isotopes, a minor league baseball team, play at Isotopes Park, which is known for its fun and family-friendly atmosphere. For something unique, visit the National Hispanic Cultural Center, which often hosts sports-related events.

Flagstaff, Arizona

Flagstaff is a haven for outdoor sports enthusiasts. From hiking and mountain biking to skiing in the winter months, this city offers something for everyone. The Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks also provide exciting college sports action.

Santa Monica, California

Your Route 66 journey concludes in Santa Monica, where you can relax by the beach after your long drive. While there, catch a game at the nearby Dodger Stadium or the Staples Center in Los Angeles to see the Lakers or Clippers.

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Watch Ron Clements’ Interview

Route 66 is more than just a road; it's an adventure that connects sports fans with some of the most iconic venues and hidden gems in America. With Ron Clements' "Sports Fan Guide to Route 66" as your companion, you're set for a memorable trip filled with excitement, history, and plenty of sports action. Ready to hit the road? Check out the latest episode of Route 66 Both Lanes featuring Ron Clement.

Grab your copy of the guide, pack your bags, and get ready to explore the ultimate sports fan's paradise.


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