route66U.S. Route 66 was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System. Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926. The highway, which became one of the most famous roads in America, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before ending at Santa Monica, California, covering a total of 2,448 miles.

Route 66 was a popular stretch for those migrating to booming California. The neon lights of motels and gas stations were almost as popular as the highway itself. Many of those historic landmarks are still there today! If you’re looking for a great road trip this summer, consider a cruise along Route 66.


odell_gas_station The Standard Oil Gasoline Station is a historic gas station in Odell, Illinois, that lies along historic U.S. Route 66.


GTO at Wagon Wheel Motel

The Wagon wheel Motel in Cuba, Missouri is the oldest continuously operated motel on Route 66 and what a great motel sign.
Red Oak in Missouri

How cool is this? This is the sign welcoming you to the small down of Red Oak, Missouri.


Eisler Brothers Old Riverton store Kansas This store in Riverton, Kansas has been business since 1925. What a gem!


1930 Phillips 66 Oklahoma Chandler, Oklahoma – 1930 Phillips 66 gas station


Conoco Gas Station and Cafe Shamrock, Texas Classic Conoco Gas Station and Cafe in the city of Shamrock, Texas. Can’t you just envision it surrounded with cars and families?

New Mexico

Blue Swallow motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico The Blue Swallow Motel is a unique experience out of another time. Located in Tucumcari, New Mexico it has been serving travelers along the Mother Road since 1939. Still in operation with that neon sign lighting up the night!
Clines Corner New Mexico Clines corners is on your way to Everywhere when you are traveling in New Mexico and is still in operation today.


The Snow Cap in Arizona Seligman, Arizona is with out a doubt the best “fun spot” on Route 66. Have a bite to eat and then spend some time exploring the museum/gift shop next door.
Wigwam motel in Holbrook, AZ Yes, you can still sleep in a wigwam! It’s a small motel and very popular with travelers today! So cool!


ROYS california Roy’s Cafe, Motel and Gas Station in Amboy is one of the largest and best preserved Route 66 businesses in California.