Maps of Route 66 Road Trip

Road Trips on Route 66
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Arguably the most iconic of all American road trips, Route 66 was established in 1926 and is one of the original US highways. The route known as the Mother Road runs between Chicago and Los Angeles, covering 2,451 miles and passing through eight states: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. 

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Planning a Route 66 Road Trip

Map of Route 66
National Park Service

Thinking about a Route 66 road trip? Depending on how much ground you cover in a day, the entire trip could be done in as little as a week or much longer if you take time to stop and explore along the way. 

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Chicago - Springfield, IL - St. Louis - Springfield, MO

Map of Route 66 - Chicago to Springfield, MO
National Park Service

This map from the National Park Service shows Route 66 between Chicago and Springfield, Missouri, including Route 66 historic sites, many of them vintage gas stations, cafes and other roadside treasures. (See the interactive version of the map.)

Highlights along this stretch:

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Galena - Tulsa - Oklahoma City - Amarillo

Map of Route 66 - Oklahoma and Texas
National Park Service

This portion of Route 66 includes Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. (See the interactive version of the map.)

Highlights along this stretch:

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Santa Fe - Albuquerque - Flagstaff - Los Angeles

Map of Route 66 - New Mexico, Arizona and California
National Park Service

The last portion of Route 66 crosses New Mexico, Arizona, and Southern California. (See the interactive version of this map.)

Highlights along this stretch:

Other popular stops include:

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