9 Places on Route 66 That Tell the Full American Story
Route 66 has gained international fame and recognition as the ultimate American road trip. While Route 66 may be best known for its quirky roadside architecture, vintage motels, trading posts, and gas stations, its 2400+ miles include a microcosm of American diversity, as exemplified by the sites below. As Route 66 prepares for its Centennial celebration in 2026, the National Trust for Historic Preservation will be working to shine a spotlight on places like these that help to tell the Mother Road's full story.
Amy Webb is a senior field director and Jim Lindberg is senior policy director in the Preservation Services & Outreach Department of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.