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State-by-State detail with the Top 10 attractions of Route-66: Our selection of the must-see sights and the best landmarks in each state along U.S. Route 66.
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Our Top Ten Sights in each Route 66 State


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States are listed alphabetically.

Our State by State Top Ten Route 66's best stops, attractions and Sights.

Blue Swallow Motel
Blue Swallow Motel, New Mexico

Arizona - Top Ten Stops

Arizona has its fair share of classic Route 66 motels and trading posts plus its most stunning Natural landmarks such as the Grand Canyon or the Petrified Forest Nat. Park.

Our "Top-Ten Route 66 sights" in Arizona are:

Route 66's Top Ten in Arizona

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with a clickeable icon for each town on the map.

  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

Burros in Oatman, on Route 66.

wild donkeys - burros in Oatman, Route 66, Arizona
Burros roaming free on Main St., Oatman, Arizona, by

Bonus: Historic downtown and Urban Route 66, Williams and Seligman, birthplace of Historic Route 66.

Yes, to be fair, we must admit that the Grand Canyon is not located on Route 66, but it would be a shame to be so close to it and not visit it. It is only 59 miles north of Williams, AZ, barely a one hour drive.

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

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California's Top Ten sights on Route 66

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California is where Route 66 crosses the Mojave Desert, San Andreas Fault and Hollywood, reaching the sandy beaches of sun kissed California on the Pacific Ocean.

Roy's Cafe & Motel, Amboy, California

Roy's Cafe & Motel, Amboy, California, Photographers nature

The Top-Ten of Route 66 in California

  1. El Garces (Needles)
  2. Wigwam Village #7 (San Bernardino)
  3. Santa Monica Pier (Santa Monica)
  4. Bagdad Cafe (Newberry Springs)
  5. Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch (Helendale)
  6. Aztec Hotel (Monrovia)
  7. Cucamonga Richfield Service Station (1915)
  8. Roy's Cafe and Motel (Amboy)
  9. Broadway Theater and Commercial District (Los Angeles)

Illinois Top Ten stops

Route 66 starts in the "Windy City" of Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan and winds its way across "The Land of Lincoln" to the Mississippi River with many interesting sights along the way.

Our choices for the Top 10 Route 66 sights are these:

Mural in Pontiac Ill.

Mural in Pontiac, Illinois, by Ivo Shandor

Illinois Ten Don't Miss Attractions

  1. Route 66 starting & ending point signs (Chicago)
  2. Ambler's Texaco Gas Station (Dwight) Historic Site
  3. Historic Standard Oil Gasoline Station (Odell) Historic Site
  4. Murals in "Mural City" (Pontiac)
  5. Sprague's Super Service (Normal) Historic Site
  6. Ariston Café (Litchfield) Historic Site
  7. Lauterbatch Muffler Man (Springfield)
  8. Soulsby’s Shell Service Station (Mt. Olive) Historic Site
  9. Historical Chain of Rocks Bridge (Madison) Historic Site
  10. Historic Largest Catsup Bottle in the World (Collinsville)

Four extra Bonus attractions in Illinois:

  1. The Guinness World Record World’s Largest Covered Wagon in Lincoln.
  2. The Gemini Giant (Wilmington)
  3. Historic Brick Road (Auburn)
  4. Route 66 Girard to Nilwood (Nilwood)

The Neon Sign of Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket in Willowbrook, Illinois

The Neon Sign of Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket in Willowbrook Route 66
The Neon Sign of the Historic Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket in Willowbrook, Illinois. Marcin Wichary

Kansas Route 66 Top Attractions

Read more about what Kansas has to offer those traveling along US 66.

Historic Service Station

Independent Oil & Gas Service Station, Kevin

Kansas and its Top Ten Route 66 sights

  1. Kan-O-Tex (Galena)
  2. Indpendent Oil & Gas (Baxter Springs) Historic Site
  3. National Cemetery (Baxter Springs)
  4. Williams Store - Eisler Brothers Old Riverton Store (Riverton) Historic Site
    The oldest continuously operating store on Route 66
  5. Historic Rainbow Bridge (Riverton) Historic Site
  6. Fort Baxter site (Baxter Springs) Civil War battleground
  7. Galena Historic District (Galena) Historic Site
  8. The shortest alignment of Route 66 (13 miles in Kansas)
  9. Cafe on Route 66 (Baxter Springs)
  10. Litch Historical and Mining Museum (Galena)
Kan-O-Tex Service Station & Diner, Galena KS
Kan-O-Tex Service Station & Diner, Galena KS, Google
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Missouri - the Ten notable Route 66 sights

From St. Louis to Joplin, the Mother Road goes through many towns with plenty of interesting Route 66 classics. Below is the list of those who made it to the Top Ten attractions.

The Top 10 icons in Missouri

Drive In Theatre, Carthage Missouri

66 Drive-In Theatre, Route 66, Carthage, Missouri, by Highsmith, Carol M.

  1. The World's (second) Largest Rocking Chair (Fanning)
  2. Meramec River US 66 Bridge (Eureka) Historic Site
  3. Big Chief Hotel (Wildwood) Historic Site
  4. Red Cedar Inn (Pacific) Historic Site
  5. Wagon Wheel Motel, Cafe and Gas Station (Cuba) Historic Site
  6. Historic Rock Fountain Tourist Court Motel (Springfield) Historic Site
  7. 66 drive-in theater (Carthage) Historic Site
  8. Circle Inn Malt Shop (Bourbon).
  9. Munger Moss Motel (Lebanon).
  10. Gillioz Theatre (Springfield) Historic Site

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New Mexico & its Route 66 Top-Ten

California ¦ Arizona ¦ New Mexico ¦ Texas ¦ Oklahoma ¦ Kansas ¦ Missouri Illinois

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Our List with the Top Ten Attractions on US 66 in NM

San Miguel Mission Oldest Church in the US

Historic Place: Oldest Church in the US, San Miguel Mission, Santa Fe
by A. Whittall

  1. Saint Joseph Church (Laguna Pueblo) Historic Site
  2. San Miguel Mission oldest church in the U.S. (Santa Fe) Historic Site
  3. Blue Swallow Motel (Tucumcari) Historic Site
  4. De Anza Motor Lodge (Albuquerque) Historic Site
  5. Kimo Theater (Albuquerque) Historic Site
  6. Acoma Curio Shop (San Fidel) Historic Site
  7. Barrio De Analco (Santa Fe) Historic Site
  8. Whiting Brothers Service Station (Moriarty)
  9. Ruins of the Whiting Bros. Gas Station (San Fidel)
  10. Roy T. Herman's Garage and Service Station (Thoreau) Historic Site

Bonus Sights

Don't miss these two Bonus sights: the Red Top Valentine Diner (Edgewood) and the Musical Highway (Carnuel)

Old Bar in Suwanee

Bar in Suwanee
by A. Whittall

Clines Corners Sign

Clines Corners Sign
by Alan Levine

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Oklahoma Route 66 Must-see sights

What to see in Oklahoma? There are many sights along Route 66 in Oklahoma. In fact it was not an easy job to define which are the top ten in our ranking. Perhaps you should check out (more OK landmarks Here).

Our Top Sights for Route 66 in Oklahoma

Rock Cafe, Stroud, Oklahoma

Historic Rock Cafe, Stroud, Oklahoma
by Chuck Coker

  1. Round Barn (Arcadia) Historic Site
  2. Conoco Hole in the Wall - photo below (Commerce)
  3. Route 66 Museum (Clinton)
  4. Ribbon Road - Sidewalk Road - photo below (Miami to Afton)
  5. Coleman Theatre (Miami) Historic Site
  6. Dairy King (Commerce)
  7. Rock Café (Stroud) - photo right Historic Site
  8. Blue Whale (Catoosa)
  9. The World's Largest Totem Pole (Foyil) Historic Site
  10. Brick Paved Broadway Street (Davenport) Historic Site
Hole in the Wall Conoco Station, Commerce, Oklahoma

Hole in the Wall Conoco Station, Commerce, Oklahoma, The White Pelican

Avon Court Mote in ruins, Afton, Oklahoma

The remains of the 1930s Avon Court, Afton, Oklahoma. Larry Myhre

Provine Service Station, Route 66, Hydro Oklahoma

Provine Service Station (Lucille's Place), Hydro OK. Google

1920s Ribbon Road Narcissa, Afton and Miami, Oklahoma

The 9 foot wide 1920s Route 66 "Ribbon Road", Miami, Narcissa, Afton
by Jimmy Emerson, DVM

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Texas: its Top 10 landmarks on Route 66

The alignment of Route 66 in Texas is the second shortest (after Kansas) but it is packed with plenty of classic icons, below are those that made it to our Top Ten list:

Read more about Route 66 in Texas or check these drop-down lists with links to each town along the road:

The Top Ten Route66 sights in Texas

CONOCO Tower Station, Shamrock

Historic Place: Art-Deco Conoco service station and diner, Shamrock, Texas
by Clinton Steeds

  1. Conoco Tower Station - photo above (Shamrock) Historic Site
  2. Cadillac Ranch - photo below (Amarillo)
  3. Midpoint of Route 66 - Cafe (Adrian)
  4. Triangle Motel (Amarillo) Historic Site
  5. Vega Motel (Vega) Historic Site
  6. Amarillo 6th Street District (Amarillo) - photo belowHistoric Site
  7. Glenrio Historic District (Glenrio) Historic Site
  8. Buggy Ranch (Conway)
  9. Historic Route 66 Segment (Conway) Historic Site
  10. Phillips Service Station (McLean) Historic Site
Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas
by Richie Diesterheft

Taylor's Texaco Station, Amarillo

Taylor's Texaco Station, A. Whittall
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