Preserve Route 66

Preserve Route 66

Join the National Trust on our road trip across the Mother Road.

The most enduring highway in our public consciousness, Route 66 represents a unique moment in history that continues to define the nation’s identity: the rise of the automobile and its implications of freedom, mobility, and a quintessential American story. To celebrate the legacy of the Mother Road, the National Trust and our talented road team are taking to the streets—literally.

From July 2 to August 3, 2018, we are traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles, uncovering new stories and meeting the diverse people who live along the historic route. By the trip’s end, we hope to capture the spirit of Route 66 and share it with travelers old and new, real and virtual—anyone who dreams of the open road.

Support Our Work: Donate to Get Cool Route 66 Swag

Donate to our campaign and pick up exclusive Preserve Route 66 rewards designed by Two Lanes, a USA-made brand from Mike Wolfe, creator and star of History’s “American Pickers.”

Our Team: Get to Know Our Road Trippers

Five Roadies, three National Trust staff members, and one photographer—meet the team of storytellers that will be trekking across Route 66 from July 2 to August 3.

Pics from Our Trip: Experience Route 66 in Photos

Thanks to Polaroid, we’re capturing an icon through the lens of an icon. Check out our road crew’s snaps as they explore some of Route 66’s most iconic roadside attractions.