During our trip through Western USA we also drove on the legendary Route 66. We passed Seligman, a little town filled with rusty cars from the 50s, Airstream caravans and old barbershops. I know, they are keeping them there for tourists, but lovely nonetheless.
It has everything to do with how Europeans like me look at the States. The American 50's culture forms part of our image of western culture.
We also passed a typical 50's motel called Roy's café, on one of these hot deserted and endless highways.
And then a left turn towards Joshua Tree National park with beautiful desert landscapes and stacks of assembled rocks coming straight out of a Flintstone movie.