US Route 6: A Travel Writer’s Dream
I’m usually asked, “What was the highlight of the highway?” Truth is, there are many. Of course, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland (yes, a Route 6 city) is high on the list, being a rocker (no, not a disco queen!) from way back, and the MillerCoors plant in Golden, CO where you’re treated to four free eight oz. glasses of brewski that has never left the building. Refreshing!
But there are plenty of lesser known spots that made my “Highlights” list; for example, the Kinzua Skywalk – near Mt. Jewitt, PA, that overlooks the former Kinzua Viaduct – the longest (over 2,000 ft.) and highest (301 ft.) railroad bridge when it was built in 1882, it was torn and twisted nearly to extinction by a rogue tornado a few years back. The Skywalk allows you to peer over the precipice at the contorted iron remains. Amazing.
And in Lakewood, CO – right outside of Denver, the public is invited to watch precision-riding members of the youth-group, The Westernaires, practice drills on summer eves as the sun goes down over the Rocky Mountains. Watching these kids handle their steeds at high speeds in the glow of sunset will make your hair stand on end.
For more recommendations about what to see, and where to shop, eat and bed down on 3,652 miles of US Route 6, buy the book: Stay On Route 6.
All images taken by Malerie Yolen-Cohen unless otherwise noted.
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