Route 66 Must See Stops

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Route 66 is an iconic road that spans2,400 miles from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California. Though the official road was decommissioned in 1985, road trip loves from around the world still flock to the Mother Road for a sense of nostalgia and the thrill of the open road. At every turn of the journey that takes you through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California you’ll find plenty of Route 66 must see stops to add to your travel itinerary. There are weird roadside attractions, muffler men, national parks and monuments, classic diners, historic motels, museums, souvenir shops, and more.

Ready to get your kicks on Route 66? Check out these must-see stops on Route 66 in every state on the Mother Road and get ready to add them all to your travel itinerary or road trip bucket list.

Table Of Contents
  1. Illinois Route 66 Must See Stops
  2. Missouri Route 66 Must See Stops
  3. Kansas Route 66 Must See Stops
  4. Oklahoma Route 66 Must See Stops
  5. Texas Route 66 Must See Stops
  6. New Mexico Route 66 Must See Stops
  7. Arizona Route 66 Must See Stops
  8. California Route 66 Must See Stops

Illinois Route 66 Must See Stops

Historic Route 66 Begin Sign in Chicago, Illinois

Route 66 Begins Sign

78-98 E Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603

Ready to get your kicks on Route 66? Every great road trip along the Mother Road starts here: the Historic Route 66 Begin Sign in Chicago, Illinois.

Pancakes with butter and maple syrup and a side of bacon at Lou Mitchell's Restaurant on Route 66 in Chicago, Illinois

Lou Mitchell’s

565 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60661

Lou Mitchell’s opened in 1923 and its location at the start of Route 66 made it a quintessential stop before traveling the Mother Road. Pancakes, waffles, and skillets are offered alongside the “world’s best” coffee, homemade bread, pastries, and fresh-squeezed orange juice.

Sign for Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket a Route 66 restaurant in Illinois.

Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket

645 Joliet Rd, Willowbrook, IL 60527

Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket is an iconic Route 66 restaurant in Illinois. In Willowbrook, just off the famous route, and present day Interstate 55 (I-55) , this chicken joint has been serving up chicken since the 1930s.

Gemini Giant muffler man at the Launching Pad in Wilmington, Illinois Route 66 roadside attraction

The Gemini Giant Muffler Man

810 E Baltimore St, Wilmington, IL

The Gemini Giant is a 28-foot tall muffler man who stands outside the Launching Pad restaurant in Wilmington, Illinois. He weighs in at a whopping 438 pounds: not counting his base of the giant 8-foot rocket he holds in his hands!

Statues of Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, and Betty Boop at the Route 66 Polk-a-Dot Drive In in Braidwood, Illinois

Polk-a-Dot Drive In

222 N Front St, Braidwood, IL 60408

The Polk-a-Dot Drive In has been feeding hungry travelers since 1956. With a full menu of hamburgers, chicken, hot dogs, ice cream, milkshakes, and their famous chili cheese fries, there is something to order for everyone. Outside you can take your photo with a slew of your favorite celebrities. Life-sized statues of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, James Dean, the Blues Brothers and Betty Boop line up for selfies.

Ambler's Texaco Gas Station in Dwight, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Ambler’s Texaco Gas Station

W Waupansie St, Dwight, IL 60420

Ambler’s Texaco Gas Station (AKA the Ambler-Becker Station, Vernon’s Texaco Station, and Becker’s Marathon Gas Station) was built by Jack Shore in 1933 along historic Route 66 in the Village of Dwight. For, appropriately, 66 years it lived on and eventually became the longest operating service station on The Mother Road.

​​Route 66 Shield Mural in Pontiac, Illinois

Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum

110 W Howard St, Pontiac, IL 61764

The Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum in Pontiac, Illinois tells the story of the Mother Road from inception to present day with thousands of artifacts, memorabilia, articles, and more. Stop in to learn about all of the famed stops, places, and people who have been inducted into the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame. Be sure to look for the giant Route 66 shield mural outside!

Billboard at Route 66 Memory Lane in Lexington, Illinois

Route 66 Memory Lane

Parade Rd, Lexington, IL 61753

Take a trip down memory lane in Lexington, Illinois. Route 66 Memory Lane, that is. An original 1-mile stretch of Route 66 has been restored and turned into an interpretive trail complete with original pavement and vintage billboards and signs for Burma Shave, Nehi, and more.

Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup

Funks Grove Township, IL 61754

The Funk family has been producing Maple sirup in Illinois since 1824. In season, guided tours of the sirup-making process are offered and maple sirup, maple cream, cookbooks, and Route 66 memorabilia are offered for sale

Paul Bunyon Muffler Man Holding a Hot Dog in Atlanta, Illinois - Route 66 Roadside attraction

Paul Bunyon Muffler Man with a Hot Dog

103 SW Arch St, Atlanta, IL 61723

In 1966 a muffler man was erected in Cicero, Illinois at a hot dog and burger restaurant named Bunyon’s hot dog stand. Due to that this giant hot dog muffler man is known locally as “The Bunyon Giant.” In 2002 the Cicero restaurant closed but the legacy of the hot-dog wielding giant muffler man lives on when he was relocated to Route 66 park in Atlanta.

Giant Abraham Lincoln statue on the World's Largest Covered Wagon in Lincoln, Illinois Route 66 roadside attraction

Giant Abraham Lincoln Statue on the World’s Largest Covered Wagon

1750 5th St, Lincoln, IL 62656

The Railsplitter Covered Wagon and giant Lincoln statue is 40-feet long, 12-feet wide and 25-feet tall. The big wagon is made of oak and steel and weighs five tons. It is officially recognized as being the world’s largest by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Abraham Lincoln's Lucky Nose in Springfield, Illinois

Abraham Lincoln’s Tomb

1500 Monument Ave, Springfield, IL 62702

In Springfield, Illinois you can visit the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site which serves as the final resting place of Abraham Lincoln, his wife Mary, and three of their four sons (Edward, William, and Thomas). Outside there is a big bust of Lincoln – be sure to rub his nose for good luck!

Lauterbach Tire Muffler Man in Springfield, Illinois - Lauterbach Giant roadside attraction on Route 66

Lauterbach Giant

1569 Wabash Ave, Springfield, IL 62704

This fiberglass giant has stood in the parking lot outside Lauterbach Tire & Auto Service in Springfield, Illinois since 1978. While the Lauterbach Giant now looks perfectly fine, he had earlier undergone some tragedy: he lost his head when a tornado flew through town in 2006.

Corn dog and fries at Cozy Dog Drive In in Springfield, Illinois on Route 66

Cozy Dog Drive In

2935 S 6th St, Springfield, IL 62703

Get a taste of history at this Route 66 institution: Cozy Dog Drive In in Springfield, Illinois. Cozy Dog doesn’t sell corn dogs, they sell Cozy Dogs. Yes, their signature item is a battered and fried hot dog on a stick, but they make it clear that Cozy Dogs preceded the modern corn dog and are superior in quality and taste to your normal cornmeal dipped fair dog.

Soulsby Service Station in Mount Olive, Illinois Route 66

Soulsby Service Station

710 W 1st S St, Mt Olive, IL 62069

Soulsby Service Station in Mount Olive, Illinois is a historic gas station that served Route 66 travelers for decades. In fact this site is one of the oldest and longest running service stations on all of Route 66 and the oldest usable service station on the highway in Illinois.

Henry's Rabbit Ranch in Staunton, Illinois Route 66 roadside attraction

Henry’s Rabbit Ranch

1107 Historic Old Rte 66, Staunton, IL 62088

Henry’s Rabbit Ranch is a Route 66 visitor center and souvenir shop with a particular pedigree. The theme here, if you couldn’t guess, is rabbits. There are often dozens of real rabbits hopping around, a line up of VW Rabbits, and there’s even a big fiberglass jackrabbit beckoning visitors to hop on for that perfect Route 66 Instagram moment. 

Giant pink elephant at the Pink Elephant Antique Mall in Livingston, Illinois - Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Pink Elephant Antique Mall

908 Veterans Memorial Dr, Livingston, IL 62058

We’ve all heard of pink elephants on parade. But this location not only features a giant pink elephant but also a parade of one more giant thing after the next. At the Pink Elephant Antique Mall in Livingston, Illinois you can find their famous big pink elephant and also so many more Illinois Route 66 attractions.

World's Largest Catsup Bottle in Collinsville, Illinois

World’s Largest Catsup Bottle

800 S Morrison Ave, Collinsville, IL 62234

Unfortunately there is no ketchup in this 170-foot tall catsup bottle, instead the structure serves as a water tower for Collinsville, Illinois — original home of the W.E. Caldwell Company for the G.S. Suppiger who bottled Brooks catsup. The Collinsville catsup bottle water tower was completed in 1949.

Missouri Route 66 Must See Stops

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge in St. Louis, Missouri - a Route 66 roadside attraction

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

10820 Riverview Dr, St. Louis, MO 63137

This Missouri Route 66 attraction was once an essential part of the cross-country journey, taking travelers from Illinois, across the Mississippi river, and into Missouri (or vice versa). While you can no longer drive the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, it’s still worth a trip to walk (or bike) across and admire.

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Gateway Arch

St. Louis, MO 63102

At 630 feet tall, the Gateway Arch is the nation’s tallest monument. It was built to reflect St. Louis’ role in the Westward Expansion of the United States during the nineteenth century. 

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard

6726 Chippewa St, St. Louis, MO 63109

Ted Drewes is a family-owned frozen custard company that has been serving sweet treats since 1929. Stop for a frozen concrete!

Meramec Caverns in Sullivan, Missouri Route 66 tourist attraction

Meramec Caverns

1135 Hwy W, Sullivan, MO 63080

Meramec Caverns in Sullivan, Missouri is a staple site on Route 66. You will see billboards for miles and miles beckoning you to explore these sandstone caves. Follow the signs and take a tour, you won’t regret visiting this Route 66 must see road trip stop.

Route 66 Rocker in Cuba, Missouri World's Largest Rocking Chair on Route 66 roadside attraction

Route 66 Rocker

5957 State Hwy ZZ, Cuba, MO 65453

In 2008, the “World’s Largest Rocking Chair” was erected on historic Route 66 outside the Fanning Outpost General Store in Cuba, Missouri. Though the official title has since been relinquished, and it is now known as the Route 66 Rocker — this big chair still rocks!

Larry Baggett’s Trail of Tears Memorial

State Hwy D, Jerome, MO 65529

Larry Baggett’s folk-art rock creations were set up as a monument to the Cherokee Trail of Tears, which crossed his land. After he died in 2003 the property closed but is now open with limited hours. You can still pull over to see his self-portrait rock sculpture in front of the gate.

Uranus, Missouri and the Uranus Fudge Factory and General Store - Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Uranus Fudge Factory

14400 State Hwy Z, St Robert, MO 65584

If you’re looking for a unique Route 66 attraction, you’ve got to pick Uranus. Uranus, Missouri that is. Visit the town, stop for fudge at Uranus Fudge Factory and General Store, and check out all of the weird roadside attractions while you’re there!

Munger Moss Motel in Lebanon, Missouri Route 66

Munger Moss Motel

1336 U.S. Rte 66, Lebanon, MO 65536

The Munger Moss Motel in Lebanon, Missouri was built in 1946 and you can still stay at this classic Route 66 motel on your Route 66 road trip. The site originally operated as a filling station and restaurant (Munger-Moss Sandwich Shop) and the motel was added on after the business relocated, though it is the only part of the business that has survived today.

Route 66 Food Truck Park & Chef Muffler Man roadside attraction in Springfield, Missouri

Route 66 Food Truck Park Muffler Man

1530 E St Louis St, Springfield, MO 65802

The Route 66 Food Truck Park opened in February, 2020 and features food trucks with a variety of different cuisines, a full-service bar, and a giant muffler man out front.

Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven hotel in Springfield, Missouri

Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven

203 S Glenstone Ave, Springfield, MO 65802

After a day behind the wheel, stopping at all of the Mother Road’s iconic roadside attractions, museums, restaurants, and more, a good shower and a comfy bed is always a welcome sight. Take that and add modern amenities, vintage charm, and a touch of Elvis, and you have the Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven motel in Springfield, Missouri. Try to stay in the Elvis Suite!

Red's Giant Hamburg in Springfield, Missouri Route 66 restaurant

Red’s Giant Hamburg

2301 W Sunshine St, Springfield, MO 65807

Red’s Giant Hamburg first opened its doors on Route 66 in Springfield, Missouri in 1947. The tiny restaurant was allegedly the world’s first drive-through restaurant, While the original closed in 1984 and was demolished in 1997, a brand new Red’s opened in 2019.

Gary’s Gay Parita

21118 Old Route 66, Ash Grove, MO 65604

Bonjour and welcome to Gary’s Gay Parita. This Missouri tourist attraction is a replica of a 1930s Sinclair service station complete with original pumps and Route 66 memorabilia.

SuperTAM on 66 - Superman Museum & Ice Cream Parlor in Carterville, Missouri on Route 66

SuperTAM on 66

221 W Main St, Carterville, MO 64835

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a…SuperTam? It’s you’re taking a Route 66 road trip and looking for a sweet treat with a heavy dose of Superman nostalgia, SuperTam on 66 in Carterville, Missouri (an ice cream parlor and Superman Museum) is the place for you.

Route 66 Mural Park in Joplin, Missouri

Route 66 Mural Park

629-621 S Main St, Joplin, MO 64801

You won’t find any swings, slides, or greenery in this roadside park. But you will find an artful tribute to the past. Route 66 Mural Park in Joplin, Missouri celebrates the town’s history with the Mother Road with two murals and the perfect selfie photo op.

Kansas Route 66 Must See Stops

Frecs the Miner in Galena, Kansas - Route 66 Muffler Man

Frecs the Miner

205 Front St, Galena, Kansas, 66739

Located just over the border on the original alignment of Kansas Route 66 you’ll find this modern version of a classic muffler man: Frecs the Miner in Galena, Kansas.

Cars on the Route in Galena, Kansas on Route 66

Cars on the Route

119 N Main St, Galena, KS 66739

Welcome to Radiator Springs. I mean, Kansas. Galena, Kansas. A town on Route 66 that partially inspired the Pixar movie Cars and where you can meet the inspiration behind the character of Tow Mater himself at Cars on the Route (the former Kan-O-Tex Service Station).

Galena Mining and Historical Museum

319 W 7th St, Galena, KS 66739

The Galena Mining and Historical Museum is housed in the old Missouri-Kansas-Texas train depot and showcases tools, equipment, specimens, photographs, and other artifacts and items from the town’s history in lead and zinc mining.

Greetings from Galena mural in Galena, Kansas on Route 66

Greetings from Galena Mural

Route 66, Galena, KS 66739

The Greetings from Galena mural depicts some of the most popular Kansas Route 66 Attractions in the area. is made from over 400 15-inch ceramic tiles depicts a powder blue 1957 Chevrolet pulling onto Main Street alongside some of the famous stops in town.

Nelson's Old Riverton Store in Riverton, Kansas on Route 66

Nelson’s Old Riverton Store

7109 KS-66, Riverton, KS 66770

Nelson’s Old Riverton Store in Riverton, Kansas (AKA The Eisler Brothers Old Riverton Store) is a Route 66 institution that predates the Mother Road itself. The property, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, hasn’t changed much since it opened in 1925. You can find the red-brick facade and a pressed-tin ceiling billed tightly with wares.

Route 66 Rainbow Bridge in Baxter Springs, Kansas

Rainbow Bridge

SE Beasley Rd, Baxter Springs, KS 66713

The Rainbow Bridge is an old bridge that spans over Brush Creek just outside of Baxter Springs, Kansas on Route 66. Technically called a “single-span concrete Marsh arch bridge” it is more commonly referred to as the “rainbow bridge.”. The bridge is the only one of its style left on Route 66. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 10, 1983.

Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum

740 East Ave, Baxter Springs, KS 66713

The Baxter Springs Heritage Center & Museum is “dedicated to preserving and interpreting the rich regional history of Baxter Springs, Kansas.” Explore exhibits dedicated to various stages in the town’s history, including the days of the Osage Indians, the Civil War, and the zinc mining era.

Baxter Springs Independent Oil and Gas Service Station in Baxter Springs, Kansas Route 66 Visitor Center

Baxter Springs Independent Oil and Gas Service Station

940 Military Ave, Baxter Springs, KS 66713

The Baxter Springs Independent Oil and Gas Service Station in Baxter Springs, Kansas has been a Route 66 attraction since 1930. It not serves as a Kansas Route 66 visitor Center where you can learn about the past, plan your future travels, and maybe even meet a local celebrity.

Oklahoma Route 66 Must See Stops

Gateway to Route 66 Arch in Miami, Oklahoma

Gateway to Route 66 Arch

218 S Main St, Miami, OK 74354

Miami is known as the Gateway to Route 66 across Oklahoma, being the first major stop after crossing the border from the short Kansas stretch. The town welcomes travelers with the the longest Main Street on all of Route 66 and a large arch stretching over it.

Coleman Theater

103 N Main St, Miami, OK 74354

The Coleman Theatre has been entertaining audiences since it opened in 1929. The beautiful landmark was constructed in Spanish Mission Revival style with a lavish Louis XV interior, complete with gold leaf trim, silk damask panels, stained glass panels, and a 2,000-pound chandelier. The theater presents performances and events and is available for tours.

Waylan’s Ku-Ku Burger in Miami, Oklahoma on Route 66

Waylan’s Ku-Ku Burger

915 N Main St, Miami, OK 74354

This restaurant was once part of a chain of Ku-Ku Burgers that opened in 1965 and spanned across the country. Today, the Miami location is the only one left. Stop in for a burger and journey back in time.

Allen's Conoco Fillin' Station in Commerce, Oklahoma on Route 66

Allen’s Conoco Fillin’ Station

101 S Main St, Commerce, OK 74339

Appropriately known as the “Hole in the Wall Conoco Station,” Allen’s Conoco Fillin’ Station is an old cottage-style service station that was built into a brick wall of an existing building in 1929 or 1930. F.D. Mitchell created the structure as a Conoco fuel gas station for Route 66 travelers to stop at. Though, was converted to a Phillips 66 Gas Station in 1938. It is even rumored that Bonnie and Clyde once stopped here for gas.

Dairy King in Commerce, Oklahoma Route 66 attraction

Dairy King

100 N Main St, Commerce, OK 74339

Built into an old cottage style gas station, the Dairy King location started its life as a Marathon station in 1927. While they will no longer fill up your tank at the Dairy King, they will fill up your belly. Stop in for a burger, a milkshake, a banana split, and a famous Route 66 cookie shaped like the highway marker shield and are printed with US 66.

Ribbon Road

E 140 Rd, Miami, OK 74354

Ribbon Road is the only remaining 9-foot wide segment of the Mother Road. Take a narrow drive on the original piece of road.

Ed Galloway's Totem Pole Park in Foyil, Oklahoma

Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park

21300 OK-28 A, Chelsea, OK 74016

Ed Galloway (1880-1962) began work on his totem pole in 1937 and completed it in 1948. Now dubbed the “World’s Largest Concrete Totem Pole” the colorful sculpture stands at 60-feet tall with a circumference of 30 feet and a variety of vibrant images carved into it. It’s a popular Oklahoma tourist attraction and the centerpiece of Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park where it is surrounded by 11 other objects and buildings to explore.

Blue Whale of Catoosa on Route 66 in Oklahoma - Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Blue Whale of Catoosa

2600 U.S. Rte 66, Catoosa, OK 74015

The Blue Whale of Catoosa has been a Route 66 must see icon since 1972. Hugh Davis originally built the giant 80-foot-long blue sperm whale adjacent to their alligator farm as an anniversary present for his wife Zelta and their kids. It soon became the centerpiece of their Route 66 attraction, Nature’s Acres, and a much beloved roadside attractions for travelers on the Mother Road and beyond. After the park closed in 1988, the giant whale fell into disrepair, but today it is maintained by a local group, preserving this piece of nostalgia for modern road trippers.

The Golden Driller in Tulsa, Oklahoma roadside attraction on Route 66

Golden Driller Statue

Tulsa Expo Center, 4145 E 21st St, Tulsa, OK 74114

The Golden Driller was first brought to Tulsa (then known as the “oil capital of the world”) from a Texas oilfield supplier for a trade show at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds. The Golden Driller stands at 75-feet tall, weighs 43,500 pounds, and is made from a steel frame covered in concrete and plaster.

Meadow Gold Sign in Tulsa, Oklahoma Route 66 roadside attraction

Meadow Gold Sign

1324 E 11th St, Tulsa, OK 74120

This giant Meadow Gold sign was erected in 1934 when Meadow Gold Dairy installed it at 11th & Lewis. For decades this sign served as a landmark in Tulsa, even though the business was long gone. In 2009 the sign was restored and moved to a dedicated pavilion.

Buck Atom Space Cowboy Muffler Man on Route 66 in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Buck Atom Space Cowboy Muffler Man

Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios on 66, 1347 E 11th St, Tulsa, OK 74120

Past meets present at Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios on 66. In 2019 they unveiled their very own larger-than-life fiberglass mascot: Buck Atom. This Space Cowboy Muffler Man was a brand-new muffler man crafted from a mold and modeled after the retro roadside attractions. Wearing a space suit, kerchief, a cowboy hat with a space visor, and carrying a bright silver rocket ship, Buck is part muffler man, part cowboy, part spaceman, and all fun.

World's Tallest Gas Pump in Sapulpa, Oklahoma - Route 66 Roadside Attraction

World’s Tallest Gas Pump

13 Sahoma Lake Rd, Sapulpa, OK 74066

Outside of the Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum in Sapulpa is the World’s Tallest Gas Pump. Completed in 2018, this Oklahoma roadside attraction was modeled after vintage pumps common on the route when it opened in 1926. The non-functioning pump was meant to stand at 66 feet tall, but ended up being even taller.

Rock Cafe in Stroud, Oklahoma Route 66 restaurant

Rock Cafe

114 W Main St, Stroud, OK 74079

Rock Cafe was built in 1936 and opened on Route 66 in 1939. Roy Rives built the restaurant using local materials, such as a distinct sandstone, in its construction. It is after that material that the business was named. Stop in for lunch or dinner on your Route 66 road trip and choose from a menu featuring spätzle, Jägerschnitzel, buffalo burgers, sandwiches, salads, and chicken fried steak.

Car coming out of a building at OK County 66 - John's Place in Arcadia, Oklahoma - reproductions of famous Route 66 roadside attractions

OK County 66 – John’s Place

13441 E Old Hwy 66, Arcadia, OK 73007

Want to see the best of Route 66 in one place? At OK County 66 you can visit small-scale recreations of all the major iconic Route 66 roadside attractions. John Hargrove built this museum and all the replicas within it. You can see the giant Twin Arrows, the Gemini Giant, Wigwam Motel, the Blue Whale, and a buried Volkswagen Beetle that represents Cadillac Ranch.

Arcadia Round Barn on Oklahoma Route 66

Arcadia Round Barn

107 OK-66, Arcadia, OK 73007

Arcadia Round Barn is the only wooden round barn in Oklahoma. Farmer William Harrison Odor built the oddly shaped barn in 1898. At 43 feet high and 60 feet in diameter, the building’s unique construction was maintained by soaking native bur oak boards and then curving them using a special form. The round barn’s ground floor once housed livestock, hay, and grain but you can find informational displays about the barn’s history and gift shop. The second floor was used for community dances and is still available for private events.

Pops 66 Soda Ranch & World's Largest Soda Bottle in Arcadia, Oklahoma Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Pops 66 Soda Ranch: World’s Largest Soda Bottle

660 U.S. Rte 66, Arcadia, OK 73007

A relatively new Route 66 must see roadside attraction, the giant pop bottle in Arcadia quickly became a must-see when it was installed in 2007. The 66-foot-tall soda bottle, appropriately called “Bubbles,” is made of stacked steel hoops and thousands LED lights that can be illuminated with different colors. Next door you can stop into Pops 66 for a hamburger steak or peruse the 700 plus sodas on display for purchase.

Milk Bottle Grocery in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - giant milk bottle roadside attraction

Milk Bottle Grocery

2426 N Classen Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73106

The 350-square foot red brick building, located on historic Route 66, was constructed in 1930. The building was originally referred to as Triangle Grocery due to its wedge shape made to fit a corner lot. When the now iconic giant milk bottle was added to the roof in 1948, it became known as Milk Bottle Grocery, a moniker that stays today.

El Reno Mother Road Monument on Oklahoma Route 66 - Giant Route 66 shield photo opportunity

El Reno Mother Road Monument

300 S Choctaw Ave, El Reno, OK 73036

The El Reno Mother Road Monument was erected in 2018. Designed by Oklahoma City business PremierCraft, it was created to provide a fun photo opportunity for Route 66 travelers. The idea for the giant Route 66 shield came from Mayor Matt White, who was inspired by other popular photo spots he saw on the Arizona stretch of the road. The monument features a 10-foot tall black and white Route 66 shield with hollowed out double sixes. Visitors are encouraged to climb inside the 6 and the 6.

Muffler Men Mural on Route 66 in Oklahoma

Muffler Men Mural

10000 E1020 Rd Calumet, OK 73014

California-based artist John Cerney is well known for his over the top cutout murals and giant highway art. For the Route 66 muffler man mural he create dthese three 18-foot tall giant cutouts that line the side of the road. One, a traditional Bunyan muffler man holding an ax, modeled after one found in Flagstaff, Arizona. One a Uniroyal Gal, the muffler man’s female equivalent, modeled after Nitro Girl in New Jersey. And one a green-wearing gas station attendant who breaks out of the traditional static pose to dance the twist.

Lucille's Historic Highway Gas Station in Hydro, Oklahoma on Route 66

Lucille’s Historic Highway Gas Station

U.S. Rte 66, Hydro, OK 73048

Officially known as the Provine Service Station, this vintage service station in Hydro, Oklahoma on Route 66 is more commonly known as Lucille’s Historic Highway Gas Station or, simply, Lucille’s Place. The gas station was owned by Lucille Hamons, known as the “Mother of the Mother Road,” who owned and operated this gas station with her husband from 1941 until her death in 2000.

Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton, Oklahoma

Oklahoma Route 66 Museum

2229 W Gary Blvd, Clinton, OK 73601

The Oklahoma Route 66 Museum takes travelers for a journey across the Mother Road and through history. Each room of the museum is built on a different theme and has accompanying music that immerses you in the experience. Informative displays teach visitors about the different eras of road travel; themes like diners and drive-ins, roadside motels, and roadside attractions; and important historical events that shaped Route 66’s impact on the country.

Giant Route 66 Sign at the National Route 66 Museum in Elk City, Oklahoma

National Route 66 Museum

2717 W 3rd St, Elk City, OK 73644

The National Route 66 Museum in Elk City, Oklahoma celebrates the Mother Road in both Oklahoma and beyond. Focused on the people who lived and work on the Mother Road along with the automobiles and places that defined it, the museum campus offers an interactive tour through history. Reserve a couple of hours of your road trip time to explore all of the buildings and exhibits.

One Room Jail in Texola, Oklahoma Route 66 attraction

One Room Jail

Main Ave., Texola, OK 73668

Texola is a small, near-deserted ghost town on the border of Oklahaoma and Texas. It’s the last stop in the state when driving west on Historic Route 66. The One Room Jail in Texola is tiny cinderblock jail that was built a the end of the 1800s. As its name states, this Route 66 roadside attraction is pretty small, with just one room accessible by an iron-barred door. Marked out front is a slab dedicated to the Texola High School Class of 1938.

Texas Route 66 Must See Stops

The Conoco Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café in Shamrock, Texas

Conoco Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café

1242 N Main St, Shamrock, TX 79079

The Cocono Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café was built in 1936. Located along historic Route 66 in Shamrock, Texas, the art deco gas station and restaurant is sometimes referred to as “the Taj Mahal of Texas.” And it is easy to see why. It was even memorialized as “Ramone’s Body Shop” in the 2006 Pixar movie, Cars.

Phillips 66 Gas Station

212 First St, McLean, TX 79057

The vintage 1929 Phillips 66 Gas Station in McLean was one of the first of its kind in Texas. It’s built in a Tudor-Revival style and resembles a cottage in its design. While the business closed in 1977 it was remodeled in 1991, complete with vintage gas pumps, an oil pump, and an historic Phillips 66 sign.

Devil's Rope Museum: Barbed Wire Museum in McLean, Texas on Route 66

Devil’s Rope Museum

100 Kingsley St, McLean, TX 79057

The Devil’s Rope Museum celebrates all things barbed wire. Check out the giant balls of barbed wire that flank the name plaques outside, then come inside to explore a huge expanse dedicated to the fencing. Learn about the history of barbed wire and its impact on the development of the Old West while browsing displays of different types of the fence wire, artifacts and examples, salesman samples, fencing tools used to make and maintain fences, branding irons, historical documents, photographs, and wire art.

VW Slug Bug Ranch in Conway, Texas Route 66 Roadside Attraction

VW Slug Bug Ranch

I-40 Frontage Rd, Panhandle, TX 79068

VW Slug Bug Ranch might not be as famous as its Cadillac counterpart over at Cadillac Ranch down the road, but it is just as fun to visit. The Texas roadside attraction consists of five Volkswagen Beetles buried front first into the ground.

The Leaning Tower of Texas in Groom Texas - Leaning Britten USA water tower on Route 66

Leaning Tower of Texas

Groom, TX 79039

The Leaning Tower of Texas, also known as the Leaning Tower of Britten, is a leaning water tower located in Groom, Texas. This Texas Route 66 attraction was once a normal, functioning water tower. It was slated for demolition and Ralph Britten bought it at an auction and moved it 34 miles away to its current location to serve as an oversized sign for his truck stop and information center.

Groom Cross

I-40, Exit 112, Groom, TX 79039

The Groom Cross (officially The Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ) is a giant cross off of Interstate 40 and Route 66. You can’t miss this 190-foot-tall, 1,250-ton icon: it can be seen from 20 miles away!

The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas

Big Texan Steak Ranch

7701 I-40 East, Amarillo, TX 79118

Looking for a roadside attraction, Route 66 icon, motel, and restaurant all rolled into one? Look no further than Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo. Outside you’ll find a bright yellow building anchored by “Big Moo” (a giant steer), “Big Tex Rex” (a dinosaur in a cowboy hat), and a 15-foot-tall cowboy boot. Inside, you can grab a typical 16-ounce Texas steak dinner, but the big draw here is the Steak Challenge that’s been offered since the 1960s: eat a 72-ounce steak along with a shrimp cocktail, baked potato, salad, and buttered roll in one hour and the $72 meal is free.

Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas Route 66 roadside attraction

Cadillac Ranch

13651 I-40 Frontage Rd, Amarillo, TX 79124

Cadillac Ranch might just be the most recognizable pit stop on Route 66. Installed by a group of San Francisco hippies dubbed “The Ant Farm” in 1974, this Texas roadside attraction has been attracting crowds ever since. In a field you’ll find ten Cadillac cars (1949-1963 models) buried nose-first in the ground and covered in colorful graffiti. Visitors are encouraged to leave their mark with a can of spray paint so no two views will ever be the same.

Magnolia Gas Station in Vega, Texas Route 66

Magnolia Gas Station

105 S Main St, Vega, TX 79092

The Magnolia Gas Station in Vega, Texas was built in 1924 by Col J. T. Owen. For decades the stop fueled travelers on Route 66 and the Ozark Trail alongside locals. The two-story building allowed for the business to operate downstairs while the operator could live in an apartment upstairs.

Route 66 Midpoint sign in Adrian, Texas

Route 66 Midpoint

305 W Historic Rte 66, Adrian, TX 79001

It’s “more than two thousand miles all the way” to travel Route 66 from Chicago to California. 2,278 miles to be exact. So, it’s only fitting that at mile 1,139, there would be a place to celebrate. Visit Adrian, Texas, a town 1,139 from the starting point in Chicago and 1,139 miles from the end point in California. Be sure to check out the Route 66 Midpoint Sign and stop at the Midpoint Cafe for some ugly crust pie.

New Mexico Route 66 Must See Stops

Blue Swallow Motel

815 E Rte 66 Blvd, Tucumcari, NM 88401

With one of the most recognizable neon signs on Route 66, the Blue Swallow Motel has been operating since 1939.

Tee Pee Curios

924 E Rte 66 Blvd, Tucumcari, NM 88401

A concrete building with a teepee fused into the front serves as a Route 66 souvenir shop .

Route 66 Auto Museum

2436 U.S. Rte 66, Santa Rosa, NM 88435

This fun museum features over 30 classic cars and Route 66 memorabilia. It is the privately owned collection of Bozo Cordova, who owns the garage next door and does restorations.

Blue Hole

Blue Hole, Santa Rosa, NM 88435

The Blue Hole of Santa Rosa is a small lake/natural pool located in Santa Rosa, New Mexico. The attraction is open for swimming and is one of the most popular scuba diving destinations in the country.

66 Diner

1405 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106

This retro-themed diner serves comfort food and diner fare (including hamburgers, New Mexican favorites, and milkshakes) with a 1950s slant. The decor features a vintage jukebox, soda fountain, and even a Pez collection.

Route 66 Neon Drive-Thru Sign

600 W Santa Fe Ave, Grants, NM 87020

Lit up at night you can drive through this giant neon Route 66 shield sign, making for a unique road trip photo op experience.

Historic El Rancho Hotel

1000 E Hwy 66, Gallup, NM 87301

TheEl Rancho Hotel in Gallup, New Mexico was once known as the “Home of the Movie Stars.” Many Hollywood celebrities, such as John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, and Lucille Ball once stayed here while filming Westerns. Sleep in the same rooms they did and check out the restaurant where you can sample a Ronald Reagan Burger with a side of Jelly Beans.

Arizona Route 66 Must See Stops

Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 86028

The Petrified Forest National Park features a colorful assembly of the petrified wood, archeological sites, and historic structures. It’s the perfect stop on a long road trip to stretch your legs and experience the natural beauty of Arizona.

Wigwam Motel

811 W Hopi Dr, Holbrook, AZ 86025

Seven Wigwam Motels were built in the 1930s and 1940s. Today, only three remain, including two Wigwam Motels on Route 66. Each motel room is in an individual building shaped like a teepee. Spend the night in this motel, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was the inspiration for Sally’s Cozy Cone Motel in the Pixar movie Cars.

Rainbow Rock Shop

101 Navajo Blvd, Holbrook, AZ 86025

Rainbow Rock Shop is the place to go on Route 66 to buy and see petrified wood, rocks, fossils, geodes, and souvenirs. But the real draw here is the giant dinosaurs out front, that owner Charles Stewart built out of chicken wire and concrete.

Jack Rabbit Trading Post

3386 U.S. Rte 66, Joseph City, AZ 86032

Jack Rabbit Trading Post is convenience store and souvenir shop located off of Route 66/Interstate 40. Opened in the 1940s, this location is still open to visitors today, thanks, in part to the HERE IT IS billboard that drives visitors off the road and the giant rabbit photo op.

Standin’ on the Corner

108 Old Hwy 66, Winslow, AZ 86047

“Well, I’m a-standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona and such a fine sight to see. It’s a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford slowin’ down to take a look at me.” This line from the Eagles’ song “Take It Easy” is commemorated in a small public park in Winslow, Arizona. Look for a statue of a man with a guitar, standing on the corner, in front of a two-story Trompe L’oeil mural that depicts the scene.

Twin Arrows Trading Post

Flagstaff, AZ 86004

A pair of giant arrows in all that remains at this abandoned trading post. Opened as Canyon Padre Trading Post in the 1940s, the property, which had had a gas station, gift shop, and diner, closed for good in 1995.

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon, Arizona 86052

Though not technically located on Route 66, Grand Canyon National Park is worth the short detour. The immense formation features a geological wonder complete with hiking opportunities, observation stations, and breathtaking viewpoints.

301 AZ-66, Seligman, AZ 86337

Delgadillo’s Snow Cap

Delgadillo’s Snow Cap has been serving passersby for decades. The kitschy drive-in features a menu of burgers, hot dogs, malts, and milkshakes amid an eclectic decor or memorabilia and left behind treasures. Don’t forget to order your cheeseburger with cheese.

Grand Canyon Caverns

AZ-66, Peach Springs, AZ 86434

The Grand Canyon Caverns are the largest dry caverns in the United States. They are located 200-300 feet below the surface and accessible via an elevator. Both paved accessible tours and adventurous Explorers tours are available. Stay for lunch at the underground Grill or Grotto and you can even spend the night in their hotel.

Hackberry General Store

11255 AZ-66, Hackberry, AZ 86411

Hackberry General Store is located in the former mining town of Hackberry, Arizona. The store is nicknamed the “Mother Lode of Mother Road Memorabilia,” because it is packed with historic signs, artifacts, vintage gas pumps, and even a red ‘57 Corvette.

Giganticus Headicus

9855 AZ-66, Kingman, AZ 86401

Giganticus Headicus is the name of this giant green head who stands outside a Route 66 gift shop. The 14-foot-tall tiki was created by Gregg Arnold in 2004 and is one of many pieces of art around the property that was once known as the Kozy Corner Trailer Court.

Mr D’z Route 66 Diner

105 E Andy Devine Ave, Kingman, AZ 86401

Mr D’z Route 66 Diner has a classic menu of burgers, pizza, and root beer floats with a vintage vibe. Loaded with Route 66 memorabilia, it’s a must see stop for lunch or dinner on the road.

Oatman Burros

Oatman, AZ 86433

Visit Oatman to learn about the town’s gold mining history, watch a shootout show, and see all the free-roaming wild burros, who outnumber people in town

California Route 66 Must See Stops

Route 66 Mother Road Museum

681 N 1st Ave, Barstow, CA 92311

This California Route 66 museum displays artifacts, memorabilia, and historic photographs related to the Mother Road and the Mojave Desert Communities.

Amboy Crater

Amboy, CA

Amboy Crater is an approximately 6,000 year old, 250-foot high volcanic cinder cone. Take a 2-3 hour hike on the footpath to the top of the cone for impressive views.

Roy’s Motel & Cafe

87520 National Trails Hwy, Amboy, CA 92304

Roy’s Motel and Café is a motel, café, gas station and auto repair shop on Route 66. The property laid in disrepair for many years but is now being restored back to its former glory. The iconic neon sign out front and large Route 66 shield on the road make this a popular photo spot and Route 66 must see attraction.

Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch

24266 National Trails Hwy, Oro Grande, CA 92368

Visit a garden filled with tree-shaped sculptures made from glass bottles, pipe, and other vintage items.Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch is the work of the late Elmer Long, who opened this Route 66 must see attraction is 2000.

First Original McDonald’s Museum

1398 N E St, San Bernardino, CA 92405

Before it was an international franchise, the very first McDonald’s opened here in 1948 by brothers Richard (Dick) and Maurice (Mac) McDonald. Today the site serves as a McDonald’s museum full of history and memorabilia.

Wigwam Motel

2728 Foothill Blvd, San Bernardino, CA 92410

The Wigwam Motel franchises were constructed in the 1930s and 40s. Wigwam Village Motel No. 7, the last one ever built, started as a Route 66 destination and still beckons Mother Road travelers today. While the tee-pee-shaped motel went through a transitional period where it was outfitted with waterbeds, rented by the hour, and advertised “Do it in a Wigwam,” these days, it’s been restored to its former glory and is a family friendly Route 66 attraction.

Cucamonga Service Station

9670 Foothill Blvd, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

The Cucamonga Service Station is a historic gas and automobile service station located in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The station was built in 1915, later abandoned, and then restored and reopened as a Route 66 museum in 2015.

Chicken Boy

5558 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Chicken Boy was originally installed on the roof of L.A.’s Chicken Boy restaurant in 1969. The customized International Fiberglass muffler man was all man below the neck and all chicken from the neck up. When the restaurant closed in the 1980s and the building was set for demolition, artist Amy Inouye, a great admirer of the fiberglass bird boy, rescued it from demise. She kept this iconic California roadside attraction safe in storage until 2007 when she found “The Statue of Liberty of Los Angeles” a new home, on top of a building she owns right on Route 66.

Route 66 End of the Trail Sign at Santa Monica Pier

200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401

After driving 2,400 miles across Route 66, celebrate with a photo at this iconic attraction: theEnd of the Trail Sign at Santa Monica Pier.

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Route 66 is an iconic road that spans 2,400 miles from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California. At every turn of the journey that takes you through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California you'll find plenty of Route 66 must see stops to add to your travel itinerary. There are weird roadside attractions, muffler men, national parks and monuments, classic diners, historic motels, museums, souvenir shops, and more. #Route66 #Route66RoadTrip
Route 66 is an iconic road that spans 2,400 miles from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California. At every turn of the journey that takes you through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California you’ll find plenty of Route 66 must see stops to add to your travel itinerary. There are weird roadside attractions, muffler men, national parks and monuments, classic diners, historic motels, museums, souvenir shops, and more. #Route66 #Route66RoadTrip
Route 66 is an iconic road that spans 2,400 miles from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California. At every turn of the journey that takes you through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California you'll find plenty of Route 66 must see stops to add to your travel itinerary. There are weird roadside attractions, muffler men, national parks and monuments, classic diners, historic motels, museums, souvenir shops, and more. #Route66 #Route66RoadTrip
Route 66 is an iconic road that spans 2,400 miles from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California. At every turn of the journey that takes you through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California you’ll find plenty of Route 66 must see stops to add to your travel itinerary. There are weird roadside attractions, muffler men, national parks and monuments, classic diners, historic motels, museums, souvenir shops, and more. #Route66 #Route66RoadTrip

VAL BROMANN

Founder & Head Road Tripper

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited hundreds roadside attractions across the United States and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!