Things to Do on Route 66

What are your favorite things to do on a road trip? Do you love finding the quirkiest roadside attractions? Staying at the funkiest motels? Learning history at museums? Dining on local delicacies? Shopping for the perfect souvenir? Taking unique tours and excursions? Hiking in the great outdoors? Whatever you love to do on a road trip you’ll find plenty of those fun and unique things to do on Route 66.

The Mother Road is home to some of the best road trip stops in America. There are iconic roadside attractions, restored vintage motels (complete with highly recognizable neon signs), premiere souvenir shops, amazing local eateries, and breathtaking scenic adventures to explore. The list of things to do on Route 66 is endless, so much so that you can pack your travel itinerary full of the things you’re most passionate about seeing.

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Loyola's Family Restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico Route 66 restaurant and Breaking Bad filming location

Loyola’s Family Restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Need a stop for breakfast or lunch on Route 66? Loyola's Family Restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico has been a favorite for locals, road trippers, and location scouts for over thirty years. Loyola Baca opened Loyola's Family Restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1990, and quickly earned a faithful following for her delicious food and…


El Reno Mother Road Monument in El Reno, Oklahoma Route 66 roadside attraction

El Reno Mother Road Monument in El Reno, Oklahoma

With a resurgence of Route 66 has come a resurgence in new Route 66 attractions. Many towns on the route are welcoming visitors with new roadside attractions and monuments erected to get you to pull over to take some selfies in town. El Reno Mother Road Monument in El Reno, Oklahoma was built for just…


Route 66 Gateway Sign in Miami, Oklahoma Route 66 Landmark

Route 66 Gateway Sign in Miami, Oklahoma

Miami, Oklahoma 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 topped with the Route 66 Gateway Sign, a large arch stretching over the historic…


Neon Motel Sign at El Vado Motel in Albuquerque, New Mexico Route 66 Motel in Arizona

El Vado Motel in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Traveling Route 66 in New Mexico? Stay in style. The historic El Vado Motel in Albuquerque, New Mexico has been expertly renovated to retain all the vintage charm you’d crave in a Route 66 motel with the modern amenities you need to make a perfect road trip stop. Book a room here and you won't…


Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma

The Gathering Place opened in Tulsa, Oklahoma on September 8, 2018, as a place for as a “vibrant and inclusive space, where diverse communities could come together to explore, learn and play.” The award-winning 66.5-acre park is located along the Arkansas River. It was created by the George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF) and designed by…


Shamrock Mural in Shamrock, Texas Route 66 Attraction

Shamrock Mural in Shamrock, Texas

Shamrock, Texas is known for its Irish roots and its location on Route 66. The Shamrock Mural in town celebrates all the best the town has to offer. The large Shamrock mural was created by artist Joey Martinez and supported by the Shamrock Chamber of Commerce in 2019. The artwork features a large script font…


Greetings from Litchfield Mural in Litchfield, Illinois Route 66 Mural

Greetings from Litchfield Mural in Litchfield, Illinois

Greetings from Litchfield, Illinois! Visit the postcard-style Greetings From Litchfield Mural on your Route 66 road trip. Greetings Tour is a national art project that seeks to add postcard-style murals across the country. Made up of muralist Victor Ving and photographer Lisa Beggs, Greetings Tour travels around the US in an RV to create the…


Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch in Oro Grande, California

You won't be able to bottle up your excitement over this unique Route 66 roadside attraction: Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch in Oro Grande, California. As a young child, Elmer Long (10/8/1946 – 6/22/2019) accompanied his father on missions to patrol the desert collecting a range of what others might constitute as junk. At the heart…


Continental Divide Marker in Continental Divide, New Mexico

Continental Divide Marker in Continental Divide, New Mexico

As you’re traveling Route 66 through New Mexico, look for this unusual roadside historical marker celebrating an even more unusual phenomenon: the Continental Divide Marker in New Mexico. New Mexico, a state renowned for its diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage, is home to one of nature’s more fascinating wonders—the Continental Divide. The Continental Divide…


Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico is a world-class museum and cultural center that is dedicated to preserving and displaying Pueblo history and culture. The non-profit institution opened in August 1976 with the mission “to preserve and perpetuate Pueblo culture and to advance understanding by presenting with dignity and respect, the accomplishments…


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