THE YEAR OF THE ROAD TRIP - ROUTE 66

Route 66 runs from Chicago, Illinois to Las Angeles, California, covering over 2400 miles.

Route 66

Route 66, also known as the Will Rogers Highway.
One of the original U.S. Highways, 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 Los Angeles, California, covering a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km).

Seligman, Arizona

Seligman, the birthplace of Historic Route 66, is a small, unincorporated town situated in the beautiful Upland Mountains of Northern Arizona. In 1987, the State of Arizona dedicated old U.S. Route 66 from Seligman to Kingman as Historic Route 66, due to the efforts of the Seligman Chamber of Commerce. The dedication will assure the preservation of the longest remaining stretch of old Route 66 left in the United States.

Cadillac Ranch

Cadillac Ranch is a public art installation and sculpture in Amarillo, Texas, and it consists of what were either older running used or junk Cadillac automobiles, representing a number of evolutions of the car line from 1949 to 1963, half-buried nose-first in the ground, at an angle corresponding to that of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.

Peggy Sue's Diner

Peggy Sue's is an original roadside Diner, built in 1954 with 9 counter stools and 3 booths. It sets in on the shadow of the Calico Mountains in Yermo, CA and was built from railroad ties and mortar from the nearby Union Pacific Rail yard.

Chicago, Illinois


Chicago, is a world city With a population of nearly 3 million people, the city is the anchor of the Chicago metropolitan area, commonly called Chicagoland, which has a population of over 9.7 million people in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana, making it the third largest metropolitan area in the U.S.

Before Route 66, the Pontiac Trail, was a paved road linking Chicago and St. Louis. With the designation of numbered Federal highways in 1926, Route 4 was simply assigned as part of the great diagonal road called Route 66. Much of Chicago Route 66 exist virtually unchanged from 80 years ago. Most important, it is the physical and sentimental beginning of the road. Route 66 begins in Chicago.

Adrian, Texas

Adrian, Texas is the midway point for Route 66.In it's hey-day of the Mother Road with a population of 250. In 1946 it had a gas station and cafe, but no other tourist facilities. There's plenty to see in Adrian today though. On old Route 66, buildings line the main street and speak of a time when a nation passed by on the way to somewhere else. There are some interesting old buildings too. The Bent Door Trading Post, now closed and falling to neglect can be found in Adrian. Once this was a bustling tourist stop on the old highway, its weathered sign still gives out the mileage to distant ports of call on old Route 66.

Route 66, New Mexico

Route 66 New Mexico offers a generous glimpse into the state's unique and interesting way of life and along the roadside are old trading posts, historic Route 66 era hotels and motels and restored old gas stations true to the time when Route 66 was established. Not only does Route 66 New Mexico offers a glance into history but there are beautiful mountains and backdrops like postcards along the road as well. All along the road there are Route 66 attractions, acres and acres of ranch land, Indian Reservations, and historic Pueblo communities that are rich in history and tell a story.




Route 66 in California

California, US 66 followed the old National Old Trails Highway. The old highway veers significantly away from I-15 between Victorville and Barstow passing through Oro Grande, Helendale, and Lenwood. Through Barstow, it is Main Street. East of Barstow, the National Old Trails Highway passes through a Marine Corps base, limiting public access and forcing traffic onto I-40. From Daggett, Historic 66 leaves I-40, crossing it three times before winding away through Bagdad, Amboy, and Essex.

This area is desert; towns such as Amboy originated as Atlantic and Pacific Railroad stops, were sustained by Route 66 traffic during the Mother Road's heyday, then became ghost towns when I-40 bypassed them using a more northerly path. From Essex, the original alignment followed Goffs Road through Goffs, joining I-40 at the U.S. Route 95 exit. A later alignment is now I-40 from Goffs. The original highway winds around I-40 in the Needles area, before crossing the Colorado River into Arizona.