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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Painted Desert Overlooks at Petrified Forest National Park on Arizona Route 66

Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona

Petrified Forest National Park, located in northeastern Arizona, is a wonderland of petrified wood, vibrant badlands, and ancient history. The park's namesake, petrified wood, is the result of millions of years of fossilization, transforming once-majestic trees into stunning mineral landscapes. But beyond the petrified wood, the park boasts a rich tapestry of history, dating back…

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