You have probably heard of the popular Route 66. You may even be overwhelmed with what you should do as you travel along Route 66. Some would call this road the Mother Road of the USA as it was one of the most original highways in this country. Here are some must stop Route 66 attractions.
30 Must Stop at Route 66 Attractions
Leaning Water Tower (Groom, TX)
Musical Road (Tijeras, NM) Follow the direction on the signs and hear what the road has to sing to you!
Blue Hole (Santa Rosa, NM)
Meteor Crater (Winslow, AZ) Apparently there are several in Arizona! Be safe!!
Brush Creek Bridge (Cherokee County, Kansas)
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Old St. Patrick’s Church (Chicago’s West Loop)
Mickey Mantle’s Boyhood Home (Commerce, Oklahoma)
Chinatown (Los Angeles, CA)
Totem Pole Park (Foyil, Oklahoma)
Glenrio Ghost Town (Glenrio, Texas) This town definitely has the creep factor!
Petrified Forest National Park (Holbrook, Arizona) Make sure your kiddos pick up their Junior Ranger Badges.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park (Amarillo, Texas)
Shea’s Gas Station Museum (Springfield, Illinois)
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The Route 66 Shoe Tree (Amboy, California)
Roy’s Motel and Café (Las Vegas, California)
Cucamonga Service Station (California)
Santa Monica Pier (California)
Lauterbach Muffler Man (Springfield, IL)
Historic Brick Road (Auburn, IL) This is part of the original part of Route 66. For more on this location make sure to download the Roadside America App.
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The World's (second) Largest Rocking Chair (Fanning, Missouri)
Munger Moss Motel (Lebanon, Missouri)
Cadillac Ranch (Amarillo, Texas)
Slug Bug Ranch (Conway, Texas) Like Cadillac Ranch but with VW Beatles! Bring your spray paint!
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Blue Whale ( Catoosa, Oklahoma)
Route 66 Museum (Clinton, Oklahoma)
Ruins of the Whiting Bros. Gas Station (San Fidel, New Mexico)
Wigwam Motel (Holbrook, Arizona) This one is one of those iconic hotels and if you don't spend the night at least stop and grab a picture!
Kimo Theater (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
Kix on 66 (Missouri) I wasn't the only one singing ‘Get your Kix on Route 66' right?!
National Cemetery (Baxter Springs, Kansas) Stopover in Joplin and head just a bit north for this one and Fort Scott.
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Heading on Route 66 is a dream of many travelers. If you’re going to go down this road, there are some things you should keep in mind. Here are some Route 66 tips every traveler should know.
- Know all about Route 66. Doing a little research never hurt anyone, especially when you’re about to travel on one of the USA’s oldest highways.
- Keep in mind how long you can travel. This road goes on for a very long time, over 2,000 miles.
- Don’t overdo the drive. When you’re driving on a road like Route 66, it can be easy to overdo it a bit.
- Plan your trip before you go. There’s a lot to see on Route 66, it’s best if you plan your trip a bit before you head out. While I suggest taking in the hotels along the way you can also consider staying at Airbnb's.
Now that you know some of the must stop at Route 66 attractions and some great tips to help you out, you can start planning your trip. Where will you stop first on Route 66? Tell me all about it in the comments below.