Jack Kerouac’s spontaneous, cross-country odysseys, fictionalized in his 1957 novel On the Road, may not have taken place on Route 66, but Route 66 likely comes closer than any other American highway to evoking the sense of possibility embedded in the travel experience. Ironically, Kerouac published his most famous work just one year after the passage of the Interstate Highway Act. Recently, the National Park Service, in partnership with the American Express and World Monuments Fund Sustainable Tourism Initiative and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, created the Route 66 Travel Itinerary as part of the World Monuments Fund’s Historic Route 66 Project, which also includes a virtual reality tour and an economic impact study that recommends ways to encourage the revitalization of the…