Route 66 Roadside Attractions

Some of the best roadside attractions in America are Route 66 roadside attractions. Across all eight states of The Mother Road you’ll find a variety of fun, weird, quirky, and thoughtful attractions that are designed to get you to pull off the road to stay awhile.

Some of those attractions pre-date Route 66 itself, some were erected during its heyday, and some are brand spanking new. You’ll find world’s largest things, world’s smallest things, sculptures and statues, vintage service stations, famous billboards and signs, neon lights, eclectic murals, muffler men, and so much more. At every turn of the road there is something new to see and explore. And here’s the secret: all of them are worth pulling over for.

Looking for the best Route 66 roadside attractions to add to your road trip itinerary? Use the filters below to search our attractions directory by location 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 fun things to see awaiting you.

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Drive-Thru Route 66 Sign in Kingman, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Drive-Thru Route 66 Sign in Kingman, Arizona

Take a road trip selfie with you and your car at this Route 66 roadside attraction: the Route 66 Drive-Thru Shield in Kingman, Arizona. For many years a temporary drive-through shield was erected in Kingman for the town's annual Route 66 Fun Run. It was a popular stop for participants to get a commemorative photo…


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

VW Slug Bug Ranch in Panhandle, Texas (In Transition)

Slug bug! VW Slug Bug Ranch in Panhandle, Texas is a Route 66 roadside attraction that features several of Volkswagen Beetles buried nose deep in a row. VW Slug Bug Ranch (also referred to as Bug Ranch, VW Ranch, Buggy Farm, or Bug Farm) might not be as famous as its Cadillac counterpart over at…


​​Route 66 Shield Mural in Pontiac, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction

​​Route 66 Shield Mural in Pontiac, Illinois

The first, the biggest, and the most well-known Route 66 mural in Pontiac, Illinois, and perhaps on the entire Route, is the Route 66 Shield Mural in Pontiac, Illinois. Painted by Diaz Sign Art in 2006 on the exterior wall of the Route 66 Hall of Fame Museum (next to the vintage Wishing Well Motel…


Historic El Rancho Hotel in Gallup, New Mexico Route 66 Motel

Historic El Rancho Hotel in Gallup, New Mexico

“Charm of Yesterday, Convenience of Tomorrow.” Experience both when you book a room in a classic Route 66 motel that has been attracting travelers, and celebrities, since the 1930s: El Rancho Hotel in Gallup, New Mexico. The now historic El Rancho Hotel opened in Gallup, New Mexico in 1936. The hotel was conceived by R.E.…


Conoco Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café in Shamrock, Texas Route 66 Roadside Attraction

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

The Conoco Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café in Shamrock, Texas was built in 1936. Located along Route 66, the art deco gas station and restaurant is sometimes referred to as “the Taj Mahal of Texas.” And it is easy to see why. The historic structure is made from concrete, stucco, glazed brick, and terra-cotta…


“Dude Man” Cowboy Muffler man in Gallup, New Mexico Route 66 Roadside Attraction

“Dude Man” Cowboy Muffler Man in Gallup, New Mexico

Muffler men roadside attractions are fiberglass giants who stand anywhere from 14 to 25 feet tall. Each has a similar design and was built between 1963 and 1972 by International Fiberglass in Venice, California. With signature stances, these big fiberglass men stood outside of muffler shops and other businesses to call attention from the road.…


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…


Paul Bunyon Hot Dog Muffler Man in Atlanta, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Paul Bunyon Hot Dog Muffler Man in Atlanta, Illinois

The Paul Bunyon Hot Dog Muffler Man in Atlanta, Illinois is one of the most recognizable roadside attractions on Route 66, though he wasn't always located there. A muffler man roadside attraction is a giant fiberglass man often found on Route 66. The fiberglass giant stands tall at 18 to 25 feet with his arms…


Stewart's Petrified Wood in Holbrook, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Stewart’s Petrified Wood in Holbrook, Arizona

Stewart’s Petrified Wood in Holbrook, Arizona is one of the kitschiest rock shops on Route 66. Look for man-eating dinosaurs, ostriches (both real and fake), sabertooth tigers, mannequins, and more at this Route 66 roadside attraction and souvenir shop. Petrified wood shops are prolific in eastern Arizona. It only makes sense as it’s a commodity…


College Street Great Mosaic Wall in Springfield, Missouri Route 66 Roadside Attraction

College Street Great Mosaic Wall in Springfield, Missouri

Across the street from the Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park is another Springfield, Missouri Route 66 attraction: the College Street Great Mosaic Wall. These Route 66 mosaics were created by Springfield artist Christine Schilling with the help of local children. The project was dedicated in September 2001 with dozens of mosaic images reflecting on…


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