Update: Author Jim Hinckley will hold a presentation and book signing at the Route 66 Inland Empire California Association breakfast. This event is set for Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at the Lions Center East, 9191 Base Line Rd., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730. It is open to the public with RSVP to Irene Gonzalez at icg1016@gmail.com.


If you are into discovering places, sometimes even close to home, you should enjoy Jim Hinckley’s new book 100 things to do on Route 66 before you die. Route 66 is one of the most famous highways in the world, crossing the U.S. from Los Angeles to Chicago. There are thousands of interesting things to see as you follow it, and in this book the author highlights his 100 favorites.

Have you, for example, been to the Los Angeles Police Museum in Highland Park? Well, neither have I, but it is now on my list of things to see. And similarly, the book recommends places to see in Santa Monica, Barstow, Pasadena, and more. Outside of California, it also suggests must-sees (including hotels, restaurants, and points of interest) in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Illinois.

Jim Hinckley is an internationally acclaimed author, lecturer, historian, tour guide, and tour development consultant with three primary areas of expertise: Route 66, the American southwest, and the American automobile industry between 1885 and 1980.

100 things to do on Route 66 before you die is available online here.