Route 66 Road Trip


Route 66

The open road is calling this fall! So why not take a road trip along America’s most iconic highway, Route 66. From flashy neon to authentic roadside America, we’ve got lots of inspiration to get you started. So pack a cooler with snacks, download your favorite playlist and get your kicks on Route 66!

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Maid-Rite Sandwich Shop boasts the first drive-through window in the U.S.

Springfield, Illinois

Springfield embodies the small-town character of Route 66 communities in the middle of the last century.

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Meramec Caverns is 60 degrees year round and offers guided tours by trained rangers.

St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis is the largest city on Route 66 between Los Angeles and Chicago and boasts a big variety of the best Route 66 attractions.

  • Meramec Caverns Located about an hour out of St. Louis, this natural wonder offers guided tours and has been a Route 66 attraction since 1933.
  • Ted Drewes Frozen Custard Built on Route 66 in 1941 and serving St. Louis’ favorite frozen custard. Be sure to try a Concrete!  
  • Museum of Transportation “One of the largest and best collections of transportation vehicles in the world” according to the Smithsonian Institution.  
  • Off the Beaten Path: Take a walking tour of Bellefontaine Cemetery with elaborate mausoleums from prominent local families.
  • Check out more things to do in St. Louis.

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See the authentic Batmobile and other classics at the Route 66 Car Museum.

Springfield, Missouri

Springfield is officially recognized as the birthplace of what became known as the "Mother Road."

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Since 1929, Wilder’s has been a gambling hall, burger joint, and now a fine-dining steakhouse.

Joplin, Missouri

The original Route 66 runs right through the heart of Joplin’s downtown.

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View the famous Lighthouse Rock at Palo Duro Canyon State Park.

Amarillo, Texas

The U.S. Route 66–Sixth Street Historic District is the perfect mix of old and new with its art deco and Spanish Revival buildings.

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Located in the heart of historic downtown, Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe occupies the former St. Vincent Hospital.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe’s downtown, made up of authentic adobe buildings, is one of the most charming along Route 66.

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See more than 30 species of rattlesnakes at the American International Rattlesnake Museum.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

The only place where the original Route 66 meets the new stretch at Fourth and Central in Downtown Albuquerque.

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Charming, restored buildings in downtown Flagstaff are home to restaurants, breweries, and unique shops.

Flagstaff, Arizona

In Flagstaff, cruise Route 66 through downtown and capture the feeling of an earlier time.

  • Museum Club Onetime Route 66 roadhouse and taxidermy shop is now a country western nightclub.
  • Walk This Talk – Route 66 Tour the historic Southside with a pedestrian audio tour that features local structures, events and people.
  • Off the Beaten PathMeteor Crater Take a guided rim tour of a one mile-wide crater that’s the spectacular result of a meteor hitting the earth.
  • Check out more things to do in Flagstaff, AZ.

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Published November 9, 2020