Preserve Route 66

Preserve Route 66

Explore the National Trust's 2018 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 took to the streets—literally.

From July 2 to August 3, 2018, we traveled 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 had shared the spirit of Route 66 with tens of thousands of travelers old and new, real and virtual—anyone who dreams of the open road.

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Pics from Our Trip: Experience Route 66 in Photos

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