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Maps, History, Facts and a State by State description

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US Highway 66 Facts: Learn about the History, the curious facts and trivia of Route 66. See all the maps: historical, and state maps. Get a detailed state by state description of the highway.



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US 66 Facts

Route 66 Maps

Click Route 66 Maps, for links to maps of Route 66.

For each of the towns on Route 66 and each of the States listed below we include a map with the alignment of US 66 through the town and state.

A State-by-State map of Route 66

Don't miss our Altimetric information to learn about the elevation and highest points along Route 66.

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Route 66 Maps and brochures.

History of Route 66

Route 66 has been an important part of American life since it was created in 1926. It is deeply linked to the fate of many towns, to the travel, lives and experiences of millions of Americans who rode along it seeking jobs, new horizons or enjoying their vacations.

Vintage 1940s photo of Route 66
A Highway 66 Association conference billboard, 1940s.NCPT NPS

Our History page, details the story of U.S. Highway 66.

Trivia and Curious facts

All the Facts about Route 66

Visit our Trivia page to learn all Route 66's fun-facts, trivial data and curious information.

Some trivia...

Did you know that the very First ever McDonald's opened on Route 66 in California? or that Route 66 was not the longest U.S. Highway?

This and more at our Trivia page.

Route 66 FAQ

The end of the trail sign of Route 66 on the pier in Santa Monica

End of Route 66 sign on Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California

  • How long is it?
  • What are the speed limits?
  • Where does it start? and where does it end?
  • How much time will it take me to drive it?

These and other questions are anwered at our FAQ page

Learn which are the top sights in each state along Route 66, like Petrified Forest National Park, near Holbrook in Arizona

Petrified wood at the Petrified Forest National Park near Holbrook, AZ. Route 66
Petrified wood at the Petrified Forest National Park in Holbrook, AZ

States along US 66

Click below to learn all about Route 66's alignment, attractions and landmarks in each of the states crossed by Route 66:

< Head West
California ¦ Arizona ¦ New Mexico ¦ Texas  

Head East >
Oklahoma ¦ Kansas ¦ Missouri ¦ Illinois


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