USA: Iconic Roads and Their Famous Nicknames

Sunday, April 4, 2021


There is no greater pleasure than taking a drive just for the fun of it. There are many classic roads in the USA that will definitely add some excitement and glamour to any excursion: the Pacific Coast Highway, Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, Lombard Street in San Francisco, Bourbon Street in New Orleans, or the Overseas Highway through the Florida Keys.

These are just some examples but there are a few other roads that are so iconic that they have special nicknames. 

Are you familiar with The Great White Way? You may know it as Broadway in New York City. The Great White Way was inspired by all the white lights on theatre signs and marquees that illuminated the area. In the early 1900s, when gas lamps were replaced with electric lights, the landscape was completely dark except for the dazzling strip known as Broadway.

Speaking of radiant strips, Las Vegas Boulevard is fondly called The Strip. It’s where all the most glamorous hotels and casinos are located, and it’s a wonderland for brilliant neon signs and inducements. 

If you ever find yourself in Chicago, make sure to take a drive or a stroll down The Magnificent Mile: Michigan Avenue. Steps away from Lake Michigan, this cosmopolitan street is dotted with upscale shops, fine dining, and famous historical landmarks (Chicago Water Tower, the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower, the Wrigley Building skyscraper and the 100-story John Hancock Center). 

I finish with The Mother Road: Route 66. Popular in films, music, and books, Route 66 stretches 2,448 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles. According to, “The legendary highway was known far and wide for its variety of ‘mom and pop’ motels, neon lights, drive-ins, quirky roadside attractions, flat tires, cars with no air conditioning, dangerous curves, steep hills, and narrow lanes.”

Route 66 has been a popular thoroughfare and road trip adventure since its construction in 1926. It is also recognized by the US government as “a symbol of the American people’s heritage of travel and their legacy of seeking a better life.” The Mother Road attracts many people who plan journeys on this famous highway. Even former Beatle, Paul McCartney, was spotted along different points of Route 66 in August 2008. 

Hopefully you’ll be inspired to take a drive through this beautiful country along some of its legendary roads. 

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