Route 66

U.S. Highway 66 -- popularly known as Route 66 or the Mother Road -- holds a special place in American consciousness and evokes images of simpler times, mom and pop businesses, and the icons of a mobile nation on the road. Discover this shared heritage through the historic places that recall those images and experiences that are reminders of our past and evidence of the influence of the automobile.   

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: May 4, 2020