Route 66 is a Destination in itself!
Top places to Visit along Route 66: We have compiled our favorite sights and spots along U.S. highway 66.
It is a destination with plenty of attractions that range from the "must-see" to the offbeat and unusual. Covering classic roadtrip sights like 1950s motels, vintage gas stations and diners, antique neon signs and kitsch to magnificent outdoors and National Parks.
Enjoy our state-by-state list of attractions and use it to Get your Kicks on Route 66!
Route 66 Sights and places to see
Route 66 Painted Shields
The Route 66 shields that are painted on the road surface are a top attraction for all of us who road trip along the Mother Road.
We all want to take a picture of them, and even pose beside them too!
Visit our "Shields Painted on Route 66" webpage to learn where they are (we list them and include state by state maps) and how to take a picture on the roadway without getting hurt by the oncoming traffic.
>> More information? Visit: Route 66 painted shields
1. Kitsch and Unusual Roadside Attractions
The Brooks Catsup Bottle Water Tower, Collinsville. Tristan Denyer
The odd and the unusual are very common along Route 66. From Muffler Men to animals, totem poles, teepees, gigantic catsup bottles and bowling pins.
Some of these classic sights are listed below:
Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup (Funks Grove IL)
Muffler Man Holding Hot Dog (Atlanta IL)
World’s Largest Covered Wagon (Lincoln IL)
Pink Elephant Antique Mall (Livingston IL)
Historic Largest Catsup Bottle in the World (Collinsville IL)
Fiberglass Cow store sign (Edwardsville IL)
Blue Whale in Catoosa, Carol Highsmith
Indian Harvest Trading Post Teepees (St. Clair MO)
The World's (second) Largest Rocking Chair (Fanning MO)
Giant Bowling Pin (Buckhorn MO)
Blue Whale (Catoosa OK)
The World's Largest Totem Pole (Foyil OK)
Giant Cross (Groom TX)
Cadillac Ranch (Amarillo TX)
Wigwam Motel Route 66 San Bernardino.
The Muffler Men stand out among America's most amazing advertising stunts.
These fiberglass giants are 19 to 21 feet-tall and were widely used as eyecatchers during the 1960s-70s.
Many of them survive on Route 66, some are original and others are brand new.
Below is the " Gemini Giant" a Route 66 Muffler Man; 30-foot-tall behemoth from 1965 in Wilmington, Illinois
>> More information? Visit: Muffler Men on Route 66
Goffs railway Depot, CA. MDHCA
America, its culture, values and the Mother Road
Route 66 is the essence of Americana:
The Mother Road as America's Main Street, embodies the core small town values of America, with its Mom-and-Pop stores, its vintage service stations, motels and diners.
It also represents America's freedom; a roaming, mobile and automobile-oriented society, where new horizons for personal growth and experiences can always be found.
Mr DZ' diner's neon sign on Route 66 Kingman AZ. A. Whittall
Travelers come from all over the world to experience "America" along Route 66: they long to hear American music, savor its food, visit the open horizon of the Far-West and the charming small towns in the Midwest...
Some examples of Americana:
>> More information? Visit: Americana
3. Historic Places
Soulsby’s Service Station, Mt. Olive Pechristener
Route 66 is dotted with plenty of historic sSites and many places that have been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Buildings, Churches, Diners, Motels, battlefields, POW Camps, bridges and segments of the Mother Road have been listed as Historic Places.
You can find them and learn all about them by checking our Historic Sites page where we list them state-by-state.
Some examples of these historic spots are given below and they include a motel, a gas station, a pier, a café and also a school and a church:
Historic Place: Oldest Church in the US, San Miguel Mission, Santa Fe New Mexico . A. Whittall
Soulsby’s Shell Service Station (Mt. Olive IL)
Blue Swallow Motel (Tucumcari NM)
Rock Café (Stroud OK)
First School in Oklahoma (Edmond)
San Miguel Mission oldest church in the U.S. (Santa Fe NM)
Santa Monica Pier "End of the Road" (Santa Monica CA)
Phillips 66 Station (Chandler OK)
Historic Wigwam Hotel
The Wigwam Village Motel #6 in Holbrook, Arizona, is a real classic, which has been operating on Route 66 since 1950
>> More information? Visit: Historic Places
4. Route 66 Towns
Main Street is US 66 in Seligman Arizona . A. Whittall
The towns, cities and villlage along Route 66 are tourist attractions in their own right.
We have individual webpages for each of the towns located along Route 66, and these pages provide complete information.
For each town you can read about:
- A quick reference list of its attractons
- About: Facts & Trivia; History
- Weather data and current Forecast
- How to get there. Location and distances
- Full details on its Attractions & Sights
- Hotels & lodging in the town and nearby.
- Map of the town and Route 66
- The National and State Parks closeby
We have listed all these towns in one page, state-by-state. Each town is a link, so you can click on any town to access full information on its sights and attractions.
>> Full information, visit: Route 66 Towns
5. Landmarks & Places to See
Our Landmarks page lists all the attractions on Route 66.
You can find them on a state-by-state basis. Within each state we include links to each of the attractions which we have categorized so that you can find what you need easily.
- Route 66 Motels
- Café, Trading Posts and Route 66 classics
- Service Stations
- Neon Signs
Some examples are shown below:
>> More information? Visit: Landmarks
Restored 1950 Tropics Restaurant Neon Sign on Route 66
6. National and State Parks
"The Tepees", Blue Mesa region of the Painted Desert, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, by Austin Whittall
Route 66 offers plenty of things to do for those who enjoy the outdoors
In our individual town webpages we list all the National and State Parks that are close to those towns and US66
So get your hiking shoes ready and check out the volcanos, canyons, forests, multicolored deserts, caverns and mountains that you can trek during your road trip on Route 66!
>> More information, visit: National & State Parks
7. Top Ten Attractions in each state
Munger Moss Motel's classic neon sign, Lebanon MO
Do you want to know which are the Top Ten Attractions in each state?
Visit our State by State page with our "Top Ten" sights in each state so you can get a taste of what there is to see.
Below is our Top Ten list of sghts in Arizona:
- Barringer Crater (Barringer Crater)
- Historic Wigwam Motel (Holbrook)
- Twin Arrows Trading Post (Twin Arrows)
- Town of Oatman
- Petrified Forest National Park (Holbrook)
- Grand Canyon National Park (Williams & Flagstaff)
- Hackberry Store (Hackberry)
- the Jack Rabbit Trading Post (Joseph City)
- Rainbow Rock Shop (Holbrook)
- Standing on a Corner in Winslow Arizona
Wondering if Route 66 is worth driving?
Visit our Is Route 66 worth driving? page for all the Pros and Cons of a Route 66 Road Trip. Of course, we are convinced that it is definitely worth it!
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Banner image: Hackberry General Store, Hackberry, Arizona by Perla Eichenblat.