Credit: n/aSort of. Though a tone of sadness rings through this day, as it marks the United States Highway System’s 1985 decision to remove the iconic Route 66 from its highway network, we’ll forever have Nat King Cole‘s ivory dance of an homage, swaggering, “(Get your kicks) on Route 66.” And you can still tear up some concrete along 85% of its stretch from Chicago to L.A., whirling by bits and pieces that have since been designated a National Scenic Byway. So the sting isn’t all that bad.

Once a lifeline through the heartland for everyone from farmer to city-slicker, Western dreamer to big transportation, loner to family caravan, fellow iconic songwriter Bobby Troup penned the song for Cole, the swing star immortalizing both the route and one of America’s finest past times, the open road, in one jazzy shot, lacing all the towns the road stretched through, adding the cheeky “timely tip” of a reminder to its namesake chorus. As a result, consider yourself an incomplete American if you don’t get a chance to roll down your window and sing along, roaring along the old route, throughout your lifetime. Fun fact: Kansas is the only state along the drive that Troup didn’t include for some odd reason:

If you ever plan to motor west,
Travel my way, take the highway that is best.
Get your kicks on Route 66

It winds from Chicago to L.A.,
More than two thousand miles all the way
Get your kicks on Route 66