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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Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano in Grants, New Mexico Route 66 Attraction

Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano in Grants, New Mexico

The Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano in Grants, New Mexico is dubbed “The Land of Fire and Ice” for a reason. The attraction features two geographic phenomena that are stark opposites: a hot-lava spewing volcano and a bitter cold ice cave. (But since the volcano is dormant, you won’t run into any actual fire.) Start…


Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona Route 66 Attraction

Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona

Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona, also known as Barringer Crater, is the world’s best-preserved meteorite impact site. Around 50,000 years ago an asteroid traveling 26,000 miles per hour jolted into the planet Earth with the energy of more than 20 million tons of TNT. This impact left behind a crater that today is nearly one…


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