Imagine a roadtrip along Route 66 with Ariel Meredith, rookie Ashley Smith, Sara Sampaio and Hannah Ferguson... It was just as sexy as you'd think. 

As we traveled between Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, we shot four of our favorite SI Swimsuit models in some of the most iconic destinations in America. We had a plan, but also a sense of adventure, and discovered so many places that, as Sara pointed out, "you really can only see if you drive."

Did you know wind could be a model's worst nightmare? And did you ever think a bikini bottom signed by a SI Swimsuit rookie would be hanging in a biker bar in the middle of nowhere? Anything is possible along the "Main Street of America." 

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"We never expected to find a place like The Elbow Inn along Route 66," said Darcie Baum, senior editor at Sports Illustrated. "The bar was full of locals and there were tons of bras hanging from the ceiling. Some of our best shots of Ariel and Ashley playing pool came from that surprise location, and the girls even left a memento behind as a thank you to the owner and everyone who made the shoot so great."
 

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Four Swimsuit models. Seven states. Countless memories. 

See more BTS photos from our SI Swimsuit roadtrip along Route 66!


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