Route 66 Outdoor Activities

Being cooped up in a car on a road trip can make even the best travelers a little antsy. So it’s always a good idea to plan some time out of the car and in the great outdoors. Luckily there are plenty of Route 66 outdoor activities to add to your road trip itinerary.

Route 66 is filled with beautiful natural wonders: there are National Parks, National monuments, state parks, roadside parks, animal farms, and more. Whether you want to stretch your legs at a scenic outlook, feed an alpaca, ride a zip line, or take a multi-day hike, there are plenty of options to fit your wants and needs. You can even take a short detour to The Grand Canyon in Arizona.

Looking for the best Route 66 outdoor activities to add to your road trip itinerary? Use the filters below to search our outdoor directory by location, type, or keyword to fill your travel plan. Whether you’re visiting just one of the eight states on The Mother Road (Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, or California) or driving the entire journey from Chicago to Los Angeles (or vice versa), there are plenty of opportunities to park your car and explore the brilliant nature of Route 66.

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Things to Do in Oatman, Arizona - feed the wild burros

Wild Burros in Oatman, Arizona

The gold mining ghost town of Oatman, Arizona is famous for its resident wild burros, who are said to outnumber the people in town. While the animals live in the hills, on any given day you might find dozens of the furry creatures coming into town, wandering the roads in search of a snack. The…


Henry’s Rabbit Ranch in Staunton, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Henry’s Rabbit Ranch in Staunton, Illinois

Hare it is! Henry’s Rabbit Ranch in Staunton, Illinois is a Route 66 visitor center and souvenir shop with a particular pedigree. The theme at this Route 66 roadside attraction is rabbits. There are often dozens of real rabbits hopping around, a line up of VW Rabbits buried nose first in the ground a la…


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