Route 66 is the star of today’s Google Doodle

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(CNN) – Google knows where to get its kicks …

The search engine’s latest Google Doodle celebrates the historic Cross-Country Highway Route 66.

This artwork is an animated video made from more than 100 paintings and sketches by Google Art Director Matthew Cruikshank while on a road trip.

Route 66 was built in 1926 and “made cross-country travel cheaper for the first time,” says Google. News release. The highway, which connects Chicago with Santa Monica, California, allowed displaced families to move out of the West during the Dust Bowl and served as inspiration for John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath.”
Today, this route is still a popular route for tourists hoping for an experience “The final road trip“And explore American history. Route 66 was canceled in 1985, but some parts were preserved as state or national scenic byways,” says Google.
Google’s vibrantly colored video shows iconic landmarks from the highway, such as the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge in Missouri, Cadillac Ranch Golden driller statues in Texas, and in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“I decided to create an animated sketchbook of my journey, complete with a U-turn and artistic swapping,” Kruikshank said in a Google News release.

Cruickshank said he hopes his doodle shows viewers that “life in a slow alley can be incredibly meaningful from time to time!”

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