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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

Historic CONOCO Tower Station, Shamrock Texas

Art Deco style Conoco service station in Shamrock TX
Historic Place: 1930s Art-Deco Conoco gas station & diner, Shamrock, Texas.

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

US66 Shield stencilled on the pavement between Kingman and Oatman in Arizona:

shield painted on winding highway surface in the mountains
Route 66 shield painted on the road surface, Cold Springs, Arizona

1. Kitsch and Unusual Roadside Attractions

The Brooks Catsup Bottle Water Tower in Collinsville Route 66

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)

A 70 foot concrete blue whale in a pond

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)

Teepee shaped rooms at Wigwam Motel

Wigwam Motel Route 66 San Bernardino.
Marcin Wichary

Historic Wigwam Motel (Holbrook AZ)
Twin Arrows Trading Post (Twin Arrows AZ)
Wigwam Motel (San Bernardino CA)
Bottle Tree Ranch (Helendale CA)
Giant Orange (Fontana CA )
Chicken Boy (Los Angeles CA)

Muffler Men

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 "" a Route 66 Muffler Man; 30-foot-tall behemoth from 1965 in Wilmington, Illinois

gigantic muffler man dressed as astronaut with rocket in his hands
"Gemini Giant", a muffler man on Route 66 in Wilmington IL.

>> More information? Visit:   Muffler Men on Route 66

2. Americana

American flag on the wall of a railroad depot

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.

Burger, soda and fries on a diner's neon sign

Mr DZ' diner's neon sign on Route 66 Kingman AZ.

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

vintage Soulsby’s Service Station

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:

San Miguel Mission Oldest Church in the US

Historic Place: Oldest Church in the US, , 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 in Holbrook, Arizona, is a real classic, which has been operating on Route 66 since 1950

Historic Wigwam Motel, Holbrook, AZ

wigwam shaped motel rooms
Historic Wigwam Motel with its teepee shaped rooms in Holbrook, AZ.

>> More information? Visit:    Historic Places

4. Route 66 Towns

Vintage 1950s police patrol parked on Main Street in Seligman

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

tiny cottage style vintage Hole-in-the-Wall Conoco gas Station

Vintage Conoco Station in Commerce Oklahoma . The White Pelican

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:

De Anza Motor Lodge (Albuquerque NM)
Munger Moss Motel (Lebanon MO)
Aztec Hotel (Monrovia CA)
Historic Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket (Willowbrook IL)
Castle Car Wash (Chicago IL)

>> More information? Visit:    Landmarks

Restored 1950 Tropics Restaurant Neon Sign on Route 66

1950s Tropics neon sign
Lincoln Illinois . Martha Raaymakers

6. National and State Parks

colored rock formations at Blue Mesa region of the Painted Desert ’The Tepees’,
 in Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

"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!

Petrified Forest and Grand Canyon are only two of the National Parks set close to U.S. 66. Visit our National & State Parks page for full details on ALL parks.

View of the Grand Canyon from the rim

Red sandstone walls of the Grand Canyon and far below the Colorado River
Grand Canyon and Colorado River, Arizona.

>> More information, visit:    National & State Parks

black lava cone of Volcanic Crater in Amboy by US 66
Amboy volcano, its cinder cone, on Route 66 in Amboy. Daniel Mayer

7. Top Ten Attractions in each state

Munger Moss Motel's classic neon sign on Route 66 in Lebanon MO

Munger Moss Motel's classic neon sign, Lebanon MO
Marcin Wichary

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:

  1. Barringer Crater (Barringer Crater)
  2. Historic Wigwam Motel (Holbrook)
  3. Twin Arrows Trading Post (Twin Arrows)
  4. Town of Oatman
  5. Petrified Forest National Park (Holbrook)
  6. Grand Canyon National Park (Williams & Flagstaff)
  7. Hackberry Store (Hackberry)
  8. the Jack Rabbit Trading Post (Joseph City)
  9. Rainbow Rock Shop (Holbrook)
  10. Standing on a Corner in Winslow Arizona

>>    "Top Ten" sights in each State

The "End of the Trail" sign on Santa Monica Pier, the "last" attraction along Route 66

The end of the trail sign of Route 66 on the pier in Santa Monica
"End of the Trail" sign in Santa Monica, CA.

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.

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