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.
During your Route 66 road trip, the highway will take you take you by plenty of awesome attractions that range from the "must-see" to the offbeat and unusual. Thse landmrks include classic roadtrip sights like 1950s motels, vintage gas stations and diners, antique neon signs, wacky sights, weird, and kitschy spots and also 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 Best Attractions
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1. Wacky, Kitschy & Unusual Roadside Attractions
World's largest Catsup Bottle, Collinsville Il. Credits
The odd and the unusual, the weird and the kitschy are very common along Route 66. From Muffler Men to gigantic fiberglass animals, totem poles, teepees, enormous catsup bottles and bowling pins, Route 66 has them all!
Some of these classic quirky sights are listed below:
Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup (Funks Grove IL)
Muffler Man Holding Hot Dog (Atlanta IL)
World's Tallest Gas Pump (Sapulpa OK)
World’s Largest Covered Wagon (Lincoln IL)
Pink Elephant Antique Mall (Livingston IL)
Historic Largest Catsup Bottle in the World (Collinsville IL)
Fiberglass steer store sign (Edwardsville IL)
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)
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)
Red Rocker in Fanning, Missouri. Credits
Big Blue Whale, Catoosa. Credits
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 eye-catchers 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 on Route 66 in Wilmington, Illinois
Carl the Cheff, Springfield MO. Credits
Gemini Giant, Wilmington IL.
>> More information? Visit: Muffler Men on Route 66
Goffs railway Depot, CA. Credits
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.
These are some examples of Americana along US66:
>> 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)
>> More information? Visit: Historic Places along Route 66
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 along the highway you can read:
- A quick reference list of its main sights
- 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 close to them
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, Diners, and Route 66 classics
- Service Stations
- Neon Signs
Route 66 Neon Signs
Some of these great vintage neon signs are listed below.
De Anza Motor Lodge (Albuquerque NM)
Munger Moss Motel (Lebanon MO)
Sonrise donuts (Springfield IL)
Historic Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket (Willowbrook IL)
Hotel Chicago (Chicago IL)
Rest Haven (Springfield MO)
>> More information? Visit: Landmarks
6. National and State Parks
For those who enjoy the outdoors, Route 66 offers plenty of ways to enjoy nature.
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
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
8. 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
Brick Paved Route 66 in Auburn Illinois. Credits
Brick Paved Route 66
Talking about roadbeds, did you know that there are some sections of Route 66 paved with bricks?
Drive along them in Oklahoma, Texas, Missori and Illinois.
>> More information? Visit: Brick paved sections of Route 66
Banner image: Hackberry General Store, Hackberry, Arizona by Perla Eichenblat