Route 66

U.S. Highway 66 -- popularly known as Route 66 or the Mother Road -- holds an elevated place in American consciousness and tells diverse stories of a mobile nation on the road. Discover this shared heritage through historic places you can still experience today, which are reminders of our past and the influence the automobile has had on our lives and nation today.   

There are more than 250 buildings, bridges, road alignments and other sites along Route 66 that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This travel itinerary highlights over 100 of those sites, and is part of the National Park Service's Share Our Heritage Travel Itineray series. Enjoy your trip and visiting these special places along historic Route 66!

Historic cafe with rounded roof. CC0 (Pixabay)

The Places of Route 66

Discover the historic hotels, filling stations, restaurants, and more that line this iconic roadway.

Map of western US with a line indicating Route 66. NPS map.

Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program

This National Park Service program provides preservation information including technical and financial resources about Route 66.

Historic Route 66 sign. CC0 (Pixabay)

Essays on Route 66

Read essays about the history of Route 66.

Last updated: June 27, 2022