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Route 66 is the star of today’s Google Doodle

(CNN) — Google knows where to go…

The search engine’s latest Google Doodle celebrates historic Route 66.

The artwork is an animated video made up of more than 100 paintings and sketches by Google’s art director, Matthew Cruickshank, during a road trip.

Route 66 was built in 1926 and “made cross-country travel affordable for the first time,” Google says in a press release. The freeway, which connects Chicago to Santa Monica, Calif., allowed displaced families to move west during the Dust Bowl and served as the inspiration for John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath.”
Today, the route is still a popular path for travelers hoping to experience the “ultimate road trip” and explore American history. Route 66 was decommissioned in 1985, but several parts have been preserved as state or national Scenic Byways, Google says.
Google’s brightly colored video features iconic highway landmarks like the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge in Missouri, the Cadillac Ranch in Texas and the Golden Driller statue in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“I set out to create an animated sketchbook of my journey with artistic twists and turns,” Cruickshank said in Google’s press release.

Cruickshank said he hopes his doodle shows viewers “that life in the slow lane can be incredibly useful once in a while!”

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