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Acoma Pueblo, Cibola County

Acoma Pueblo, Cibola County

Most likely established in the 12th century, Acoma Pueblo (also known as “sky City”) is regarded as the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States. Situated atop a 367 foot tall sandstone mesa in an ideal defensive position from raiders, the pueblo is now open for tours. There are some breathtaking views to be… Read More

Stafford Air and Space Museum, Oklahoma

Stafford Air and Space Museum, Oklahoma

The Stafford Air and Space Museum was founded in 1981 with a simple display case in the Weatherford airport terminal and has grown to become one of the premier educational attractions in western Oklahoma. The museum is named after Thomas P. Stafford, one of a handful of astronauts who flew to the moon prior to Apollo 11. The… Read More

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Okay – so it’s not actually situated on Route 66 but it’s hard not to admit that the Grand Canyon makes for an awesome side-trip! Since it’s birth Route 66 has guided many families on vacation towards the Grand Canyon. And why not? It’s situated only an hour from both Williams and Kingman making it easily… Read More

Galco’s Old World Grocery, LA, California

Galco’s Old World Grocery, LA, California

Devoted to the art of soda pop and supporting the small businesses behind each bubbly drink, Galco’s Soda Pop Stop features more than 700 flavors of soda at its Los Angeles storefront and nationwide through its online shop at www.sodapopstop.com. As you wander through the store you pass through a rainbow of soda colors, most of which… Read More

VW Slug Bug Ranch, Conway, Texas

VW Slug Bug Ranch, Conway, Texas

Not too far from it’s more famous counterpart lies the VW Slug Bug Ranch, and in the words of Ken Fisher who made this recommendation, it’s “like the Cadillac Ranch only with VW Beetles”! Five Volkswagen Beetles lay nose-down in the ground and, as with the Cadillac Ranch, visitors are encouraged to spray paint the cars… Read More

Smiley face water tower, Atlanta

Smiley face water tower, Atlanta

Atlanta, Illinois, is home to one of the happiest sights you could hope to pass on your Route 66 roadtrip – the smiley face water tower – one of the largest smiley faces you’ll ever see! Back in 2003 the town of Atlanta turned 150 years old, and as part of the 150th birthday celebration… Read More

Grand Canyon Caverns, Arizona

Grand Canyon Caverns, Arizona

Fancy spending the night in what is described as the “oldest, darkest, deepest, quietest, and largest suite room in the world”? Well, as of 2010, now you can at the Grand Canyon Caverns! The only room in the caverns is 22 stories down and over 65 million years old! Tours of the caverns depart every… Read More

History & Ghost Tours of Old Town, Albuquerque

History & Ghost Tours of Old Town, Albuquerque

History & Ghost Tours of Old Town, Albuquerque, are an incredibly popular attraction for anyone spending the night in the area. “What a fun night of history and Ghost hunting in Old Town Albuquerque. This is a story-telling 90 minute walk around the main square of Old Town after dark. There was a lot going… Read More

Uranus Missouri, St Robert, Missouri

Uranus Missouri, St Robert, Missouri

Uranus Missouri, often called simply “Uranus,” is a tourist attraction located in the rural area of Pulaski County, Missouri. It is a shopping mall featuring a sports bar, nightclub, tattoo shop, festival food truck lot, and an outdoor store with a gun range and pro-shop. It’s also home to a Fudge Factory and General Store. A welcome… Read More

Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Cyrus Avery is often credited as the “Father of Route 66” for both his work in creating the route whilst a member of the Federal Highway System, and for his role is establishing the US Highway 66 Association in order to pave and promote the route. The Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza, located on Southwest Boulevard at… Read More

Amboy Crater, Amboy, California

Amboy Crater, Amboy, California

Amboy crater is an extinct volcano only 1.5 miles south of Route 66 near the town of Amboy. The crater is estimated to be 79,000 years old with it’s last eruption approximately 10,000 years ago. It was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1973, and recognized for its visual and geological significance. Although this crater… Read More

The Coleman Theatre, Miami

The Coleman Theatre, Miami

The Coleman Theatre is a beautifully restored theatre that was donated to the City of Miami (pronounced Mi-am-uh) by the Coleman family in 1989. Originally opened in 1929 as a vaudeville theatre and movie palace, the Coleman was designed to bring a touch of glamour to the city. The Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ and gigantic… Read More

Cars on the Route, Galena

Cars on the Route, Galena

At the north end of Main Street in Galena, Kansas, stands the old Kan-O-Tex service station. First opened in 1934, this building has been part of Route 66 history for over 80 years! In 2007 the old building was purchased and restored by four women from Galena with a shared vision of renewing interest in… Read More

Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Formed over 200 million years ago, the result of a forest being buried by volcanic ash and petrified, the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park makes for a particularly interesting detour off Route 66. The glorious multi-colored rock formations are a result of the various iron and manganese compounds in the rock, and on a sunny day… Read More

Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles

Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles

In 2009 the Route 66 Alliance and the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corp got together and declared the end of the Santa Monica Pier to be the western terminus of Route 66. It’s now marked by an upright sign stating “The End of the Trail” and is a popular photo opportunity for travelers at the end… Read More

Tumbleweeds Grill, Texola, Oklahoma

Tumbleweeds Grill, Texola, Oklahoma

The Tumbleweeds Grill is located in Texola, Oklahoma, in the world famous Water Hole #2 building. The owners have completely renovated the original structure into the oldest building on Route 66 operating as a restaurant. Tumbleweeds is open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7am to 7pm. The restaurant is very clean… Read More

Meteor Crater, Meteor City

Meteor Crater, Meteor City

Located just minutes from Interstate 40 in Northern Arizona near Winslow, Meteor Crater is the breath-taking result of a collision between an asteroid traveling 26,000 miles per hour and planet Earth approximately 50,000 years ago. Nearly one mile across, this is the world’s best preserved meteorite impact site on Earth. This huge crater is 1,200m in… Read More

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo

In 1974, an instantly recognisable and iconic landmark of Route 66 was born – Cadillac Ranch. An art group known as the Ant Farm were commissioned to produce a piece of public art and they opted to demonstrate the evolution of the tail fin of the Cadillac. Thus, ten Cadillac’s were half-buried, nose down, in… Read More

The Big Texan Steak Ranch, Amarillo

The Big Texan Steak Ranch, Amarillo

The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, comprises of a Western-inspired motel and steakhouse restaurant, and is a must-stop along Route 66. The motel itself is designed to look like a main street in a Wild West town, complete with shuttered windows and an actual area for the horses! However: you don’t visit The… Read More

Bottle Tree Ranch, Helendale

Bottle Tree Ranch, Helendale

When Elmer Long was a young boy he used to accompany his father on a search of the wastelands and abandoned settlements in the Mojave desert, looking for objects of historical interest and gathering up anything that may be put to further use, including a large collection of colored glass bottles. Many years later, after inheriting… Read More

Route 66 Midpoint, Adrian, Texas

Route 66 Midpoint, Adrian, Texas

Named after an early settler in the area (Adrian Cullen), Adrian marks the “geo-mathematical” midpoint of Route 66. A well-photographed sign proudly states it’s position as being exactly 1,139 miles from both Los Angeles and Chicago. If you are traveling East to West the Midpoint sign will be on your right, directly opposite the Midpoint… Read More

Henry’s Rabbit Ranch, Staunton, Illinois

Henry’s Rabbit Ranch, Staunton, Illinois

Henry’s Rabbit Ranch is a Route 66 tourist centre that is based in a replica old gas station with rusted pumps all around, surrounded by dozens of Volkswagen Rabbits in various states of dilapidation. When you enter the centre you find about a dozen rabbits – of the live kind – living amid the Route 66… Read More

Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Texas

Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Texas

A fantastic scenic attraction – enjoy extraordinary vistas of color and beauty from the comfort of your automobile. Travel the same trails used by Native Americans, early Spanish explorers, buffalo hunters and pioneers. The park occupies over 25,000 acres and offers camping, cabins, riding stables, picnicking, and miles of hiking, mountain bike and horse trails.… Read More

Calico ghost town, Mojave Desert

Calico ghost town, Mojave Desert

Calico is an old West mining town that has been around since 1881 during the largest silver strike in California. With its 500 mines, Calico produced over $20 million in silver ore over a 12-year span. When silver lost its value in the mid-1890’s, Calico lost its population. The miner’s packed up, loaded their mules and moved away… Read More

Hollywood, Los Angeles

Hollywood, Los Angeles

There’s not a lot to say about Hollywood that hasn’t already been said many times before. While you’re here make sure to see the Kodak Theatre, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood sign and the stars on the walk of fame. It’s a very touristy area by day and there are plenty of things to see… Read More

Jack Rabbit Trading Post, Joseph City

Jack Rabbit Trading Post, Joseph City

  Jack Rabbit Trading Post is a familiar image to anyone acquainted with Route 66. The famous “Here It Is” sign let’s you know when you’ve arrived and the large model Jack Rabbit outside welcomes all travelers. Like many other iconic Route 66 images the Jack Rabbit Trading Post was referenced in the Disney/Pixar movie… Read More

Oatman, Arizona

Oatman, Arizona

Oatman is a former mining town in the Black Mountains of Mohave County, Arizona where wild donkeys roam the streets having descended from the pack animals associated with the town’s early mining history. These days there are plenty of gift shops and “museums” to peruse, while the locals are incredibly inviting. While I was there… Read More

Mesalands Dinosaur Museum, Tucumcari

Mesalands Dinosaur Museum, Tucumcari

This 10,000 square foot exhibit hall displays dinosaur skeletons, bronze representations of dinosaurs and fossils, and replicas of prehistoric creatures. There is also plenty of original artwork on display throughout the exhibit hall. The great thing about the bronze exhibits is the fact that you can get right in there and touch the exhibits. Kids… Read More

Teepee Curios, Tucumcari

Teepee Curios, Tucumcari

Built in the early 1940’s this old Gulf gas station eventually succumbed to the widening of Route 66, losing it’s pumps but gaining new business selling curios to Route 66 travelers. The large concrete teepee certainly makes it stand out as you cruise through Tucumcari.   Read More

Route 66 Auto Museum, Santa Rosa

Route 66 Auto Museum, Santa Rosa

For some real retro-road-trip icons you have to stop here. There are over 30 classic/vintage cars on display, all of which are in pristine condition. The cars are incredibly well maintained with colourful bodywork and glistening chrome – they certainly put my hire car in it’s place! They also sell a small selection of their vehicles – imagine driving… Read More

Leaning Water Tower, Groom

Leaning Water Tower, Groom

Originally a functioning water tower and slated for demolition, the leaning water tower was bought by Ralph Britten and moved to serve as a sign for his truck stop and tourist information center. This truck stop can still be seen, set back off the road behind the tower, now boarded up and in disrepair. The… Read More

The Galleries At Sunset Center, Amarillo

The Galleries At Sunset Center, Amarillo

Describing themselves as “unlike anything your dreams can imagine, all under one roof, a visual and ecological paradise, plus outdoor sculpture gardens”, the art galleries located at the Sunset Centre are a collective of over a hundred artists. The Centre conducts First Friday Art Walks on the “First Friday” of each month between 5:00pm and 9:00pm. “Fifty five… Read More

Blue Whale, Catoosa

Blue Whale, Catoosa

Built in the early ‘70’s as an anniversary gift from Hugh Davis to his wife Zelta the Blue Whale of Catoosa served locals and Route 66 travelers in need of a swim. Although no longer in use as a swimming pool the Whale and the picnic area have been restored and still welcome visitors.   Read More

The Round Barn, Arcadia

The Round Barn, Arcadia

At 60’ in diameter and 45’ in height the Round Barn in Arcadia claims to be the only “true” round barn: “most are actually hexagonal or octagonal”. Built in 1898 the roof eventually collapsed in 1988 but has since been restored to it’s former glory. The loft space can now be hired for events and… Read More

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City

This was one of my favourite attractions on Route 66. It boasts more than 28,000 exhibits celebrating Western and American Indian culture. It houses a huge collection of artworks and historical artefacts including the American Cowboy Gallery, the American Rodeo Gallery, the Native American Gallery and the Weitzenhoffer Gallery of Fine American Firearms. It also… Read More

Lucille’s Gas Station, Hydro

Lucille’s Gas Station, Hydro

Lucille Hamon operated this little gas station from 1941 to 2000 and was often referred to as the “Mother of the Mother Road” due to her hospitality to Route 66 travelers. It’s since been restored and a marker now tells the story of Lucille and her family. A great photo opportunity for all driving Route… Read More

Route 66 Museum, Clinton

Route 66 Museum, Clinton

This museum spans over 60 years of Route 66 history and showcases vehicles, artefacts, photographs, videos and an audio tour narrated by Michael Wallis (author of the Route 66 Travellers Guide). This is a fun stop and every effort has been made to make sure the exhibits are both eye-catching and informative. Each themed room… Read More

Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum, Miami

Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum, Miami

This museum is free to enter but it does gratefully receive donations. In lieu of that maybe you’ll purchase a vintage motorcycle tee shirt or Route 66 memorabilia from the well-stocked gift store. It features plenty of old Harley’s, Ducati’s and Indians to satisfy most bike lovers, as well as an original 1917 Harley Davidson and even… Read More

Sandhills Curiosity Shop, Erick

Sandhills Curiosity Shop, Erick

Located in Erick’s oldest building – the City Meat Market – is the Sandhill Curiosity Shop. Containing a crazy Route 66 jumble of memorabilia – and possibly the inspiration for Lizzie’s Curio Shop in the Pixar movie “Cars” – this curiosity shop is just as well known on the route for it’s owners: Harley and Annabelle (the “Mediocre Musicians”).… Read More

The Tower Theatre, Oklahoma City

The Tower Theatre, Oklahoma City

Originally built in 1936, but having sat dilapidated for many years, this classic Route 66 attraction was bought in 2005 by brothers Marty and Mike Dillon. They have since restored the classic neon sign and hope that it will bring attention and investment to the area. The theatre has been lovingly restored to it’s former… Read More

Afton Station and Route 66 Packards, Afton

Afton Station and Route 66 Packards, Afton

Afton Station is a small private Route 66 memorabilia and antique car museum housed in a 30’s era restored filling station. The car museum can hold 14 vintage autos and a collection of Route 66 and Buffalo Ranch memorabilia along with other interesting items. It also serves as an unofficial “rest stop” for weary travellers… Read More

Gateway Arch, St Louis

Gateway Arch, St Louis

An iconic image of St Louis, the Gateway Arch stands 192m tall and 192m wide at it’s base making it the US’s tallest monument. Visitors can reach the observation deck via an elevator sytem comprised of a series of small pod-like trams. On a clear day the view can stretch for 30 miles! www.nps.gov/jeff/index.htm   Read More

Route 66 Museum, Lebanon

Route 66 Museum, Lebanon

This Route 66 Museum is located with the Laclede County library. The exhibits are fun to walk through including an old gas station, a shabby-looking motel room and a mock up of a diner. There is also a good collection of vintage maps and collectibles. Admission is free but there is a donation box  for… Read More

Meramec Caverns, Stanton

Meramec Caverns, Stanton

The Meramec Caverns have been allowing road weary travellers to cool off in their 7.4km cavern system since 1935. The original owner of the attraction, Lester B. Dill, actually invented the bumper sticker as a means of promoting the caverns! In 1960, Meramec Caverns began to rent billboard space in the caverns. The owners claimed… Read More

Route 66 Drive-In Theatre, Carthage

Route 66 Drive-In Theatre, Carthage

This great theatre is one of the last remaining drive-ins on Route 66. It usually opens the first weekend of April and runs through mid-September, depending on the attendance and availability of films. Each showing consists of 2 movies and a nostalgic intermission trailer. You can show your support during the intermission by visiting the… Read More

Chain of Rocks Bridge, St Louis

Chain of Rocks Bridge, St Louis

The bridge was, for a time, the path used by Route 66 to cross over the Mississippi river. It’s most notable feature is the 22-degree bend occurring at the middle. The bridge now only carries walking and biking trails over the river although, in June 2003, Trailnet granted special permission to Hampton Inn’s “Save-A-Landmark” Route 66… Read More

Route 66 State Park, Eureka

Route 66 State Park, Eureka

Situated with easy access to the Meramec River, the Route 66 State Park is a welcome break for travellers who want to enjoy nature and see interesting historical displays showcasing Route 66. Bridgehead Inn, a 1935 roadhouse, serves as Route 66 State Park’s visitor center and houses Route 66 memorabilia. You can also learn the… Read More

Route 66 Mural City, Cuba

Route 66 Mural City, Cuba

In 2002, Cuba was designated the “Route 66 Mural City” by the Missouri legislature. The many murals – a result of the development of the Viva Cuba organisation – have created a lot of interest and beautified the Route 66 corridor through Cuba. The murals continue to attract many tourists, as well as local people. With the… Read More

Gary’s Gay Parita, Ash Grove

Gary’s Gay Parita, Ash Grove

“Here you can meet a real “Route 66 Man”. He can give you some precious information about your trip, he can tell you the story of his life, and you can take some wonderful pics in his old gas station. Don’t miss it!” Kindly recommended by  Eleonora, Italy garysgayparita.com   Read More

Navy Pier, Chicago

Navy Pier, Chicago

Navy Pier is a 1000m-long pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan. It’s attractions include sightseeing tours, dinner cruises, an IMAX theatre, restaurants, shops and fairground rides such as 150-foot-tall Ferris Wheel. The pier has fireworks on Wednesday and Saturday nights during the summer, and Friday and Saturday nights during the fall. www.navypier.com   Read More

360 Chicago, Chicago

360 Chicago, Chicago

360 Chicago (formerly The John Hancock Observatory) is a 100-floor (344m) skyscraper in the commercial district of Chicago. 360 Chicago’s 94th floor observation deck displays exhibits about the city of Chicago while maps explain the view in each direction. A special meshed-in area allows visitors to feel the winds 1,030 feet (314m) above ground level.… Read More

Launching Pad Drive-In & Gemini Giant, Wilmington

Launching Pad Drive-In & Gemini Giant, Wilmington

Situated in the small town of Wilmington, the launching Pad Drive-In has been feeding Route 66 travelers since it first opened it’s doors in 1960. The colourful interior has had a recent makeover courtesy of new owners Tully and Holly and makes the diner an inviting stop between Chicago and Springfield. Recent posts on social… Read More

Odell Station, Odell

Odell Station, Odell

This Standard Oil gas station opened in 1932 and stopped serving gas in the mid 1960’s. Subsequently a body shop it finally closed it’s doors in 1975. It’s since been lovingly restored by the Illinois Route 66 Association and their Preservation Committee, and is now staffed by volunteers happy to welcome Route 66 travellers. It… Read More

Bunyon Giant, Atlanta

Bunyon Giant, Atlanta

The second of the Illinois “brothers”, the Bunyon giant – like the Gemini Giant before him – was also one of the original “muffler men” used to promote auto service. These days the Bunyon Giant has swapped his exhaust for a huge hot-dog as for many years he stood outside “Bunyon’s” restaurant in Cicero, Illinois. In 2003,… Read More

Abraham Lincoln’s Home, Springfield

Abraham Lincoln’s Home, Springfield

The house, purchased by Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln in 1844, was the only home that Lincoln ever owned. Located at the corner of Eighth and Jackson Streets, the house contains twelve rooms spread over two floors. During the time he lived here, Lincoln was elected to the House of Representatives in 1846,… Read More

Lincoln’s Tomb, Springfield

Lincoln’s Tomb, Springfield

Lincoln’s tomb is situated in the Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield. In 1960 the Tomb was designated a National Historic Landmark and automatically featured on the National Register of Historic Places. The interior consists of highly polished marble trimmed with bronze and features statues and excerpts from Lincoln’s most memorable speeches. The 117 foot tomb is… Read More

Illinois State Capitol building, Springfield

Illinois State Capitol building, Springfield

Springfield is a pilgrimage site for anyone wanting to celebrate the life of Abraham Lincoln. Aside from the location of his home and tomb Springfield is also the site of the State Capitol building with no small thanks to Abraham Lincoln. It’s a beautiful  building found in the heart of Springfield; entry to the state… Read More

Lauterbach Giant, Springfield

Lauterbach Giant, Springfield

This gent is the last of the three Illinois “brothers” and sits proudly at the entrance to the Lauterbach’s Tire and Auto Service on the north side of Wabash Street. In 2006 he was sadly decapitated by a twister but thankfully now, due to some macabre bolts in his chest, stands proud once more!   Read More

Country Classic Cars, Staunton

Country Classic Cars, Staunton

Country Classic Cars started as a weekend hobby for a Midwest farmer. When a piece of land along Interstate 55, just off the path of Historic Route 66, became available, Country Classic Cars acquired the land for not only a large display of classic cars and trucks, but also a garage/service area, inside showroom, and… Read More

Becky’s Barn, Auburn

Becky’s Barn, Auburn

Located on the only brick Route 66 alignment in Illinois, Becky’s Barn sells antiques as well as vintage merchandise. They also carry Route 66 Soda, Amish jams & jellies, Rat Fink & Route 66 collectibles, and a small collection of road signs. Their snack shop and information centre offers weary travellers a place to rest… Read More

Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum, Pontiac

Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum, Pontiac

“A few years back I was at a family get together in Pontiac. I was amazed to see at the Route 66 museum there is a huge route 66 painting on the back wall. One of the things where you park your car, family, etc… for a good photo opportunity. The museum has a ton… Read More