• Route 66 Road Trip: Arizona Schedule

    July 19, 2018

    Want to join us as we travel Route 66 in Arizona? You can attend one of our meetups, which are free and open to the public, to meet like-minded preservationists and travel enthusiasts.

    The nature of a road trip means all sort of unexpected challenges (and unplanned stops!). The times below are estimates for when the team will be at these locations and are subject to change. Check out the full schedule, including meetups and photo ops:

    Meetups (All Times Local)

    July 26, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.: Painted Desert Inn (1 Park Road, Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 86028). Known for its large deposits of petrified wood and spectacular landscapes, Petrified Forest National Park is also home to Painted Desert Inn.

    July 26, 4–6 p.m.: Wigwam Village Motel #6 (811 West Hopi Drive, Holbrook, AZ 86025). Staying at the iconic Wigwam Village Motel #6 in Holbrook is a must for diehard Roadies. Finished in 1950, 15 concrete steel freestanding tipis are arranged in a semi-circle around the main office.

    July 27, Time TBD: La Posada Historic District (200 East Second St., Winslow, AZ). A design of the famed Mary Colter, this 11-acre historic district includes a hotel, train station, and even a professionally designed (fake) archaeological site. After 40 years of uncertainty, a restored La Posada is thriving today.

    July 28, 10 a.m.1 p.m.: El Pueblo Motel (3120 Historic Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86004). The place where Navajo and Hopi code-talkers were originally recruited during World War II, El Pueblo Motel faces an uncertain future today.

    July 28, 36 p.m.: Sonic Drive-In (2626 North Fourth Street, Flagstaff, AZ 86004). The largest chain of drive-in fast food restaurants in the U.S., Sonic is best known for its unique carhop service style. Founded in 1953 by Troy Smith, today the restaurant chain is emblematic of Route 66's quirky diner culture.

    July 29, 35 p.m.: Powerhouse Visitor Center/Arizona Route 66 Museum (120 West Andy Devine Ave. #2, Kingman, AZ 86401). This museum, opened in May 2001, depicts the historic evolution of travel along what eventually became Route 66. It's housed in a historic building that once lit the way for early travelers along the route.

    Photo Ops

    • Jack Rabbit Trading Post
    • Standin' on the Corner Park
    • Meteor City Trading Post
    • Meteor Crater National Landmark
    • Two Guns Ghost Town
    • Twin Arrows Trading Post Ruins
    • Walnut Canyon Bridge
    • Jitters Lunchbox
    • Flagstaff Visitor Center
    • Downtown Williams
    • Delgadillo's Route 66 Gift Shop
    • John Osterman Gas Station
    • Hackberry General Store
    • Giganticus Headicus at Antares Visitor Center
    • Original Sections of Route 66
    • Cool Springs Station
    • Oatman Ghost Town
    • Old Trails Bridge
    • Arizona/California Border Sign

    Note: Our schedule and stops may be adjusted. Not in Arizona? Check out the rest of the schedule.

  • Route 66 Road Trip: New Mexico Schedule (Updated)

    July 16, 2018

    Want to join us as we travel Route 66 in New Mexico? You can attend one of our meetups, which are free and open to the public, to meet like-minded preservationists and travel enthusiasts.

    The nature of a road trip means all sort of unexpected challenges (and unplanned stops!). The times below are estimates for when the team will be at these locations and are subject to change. Check out the full schedule, including meetups and photo ops:

    Meetups (All Times Local)

    July 19, 4–7 p.m.: Blue Swallow Motel (815 East Route 66 Blvd., Tucumcari, NM 88401). Relax under the glow of neon lights in the historic courtyard of the Blue Swallow Motel, whose sign and hospitality have been legendary since it opened in 1939.

    July 20, 6-10 p.m.: El Vado Hotel (2500 Central SW, Albuquerque, NM 87104). Join us for the grand reopening of the El Vado Hotel along historic Route 66.

    July 21, Time TBD: Sonic Drive-In (11715 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87123). The largest chain of drive-in fast food restaurants in the U.S., Sonic is best known for its unique carhop service style. Founded in 1953 by Troy Smith, today the restaurant chain is emblematic of Route 66's quirky diner culture.

    July 21, 3–10 p.m.: ABQ Summerfest (Nob Hill Neighborhood, Albuquerque, NM). This free event features fun for the whole family, including the Old Route 66 Car Show, Mother Road Art Market, and Kids Zone & Youth Central, plus food trucks and live entertainment throughout Nob Hill.

    July 22, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.: Palace of the Governors (105 West Palace Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87501). The iconic Palace of the Governors (a National Treasure of the National Trust) dates from 1610 and is the oldest continually used public building in America. It also led to the Pueblo Revival style in Santa Fe.

    July 22, Time TBD: Pecos National Historical Park (1 NM-63, Pecos, NM 87552). Pecos Pueblo may have been the largest of all pueblos just prior to the arrival of the Spaniards. It stood at the threshold to the Plains and was a major trade center for the Native American tribes of those regions.

    July 24, 4–6 p.m.: Luna Mansion (110 Main St. SW, Los Lunas, NM 87031). Built as a gift from the Santa Fe Railway, this historic mansion-turned-restaurant is known for both its unique style of architecture and its connection to the Torres family, dating back to the earliest known Spanish settlement in the Rio Abajo Valley.

    July 25, 4–8 p.m.: McKinley Courthouse Square Plaza (106 West Hgwy. 66, Gallup, NM 87301). During this meetup, learn more about the traditional dances of a variety of area tribes that incorporate drum, rattle, and flute instruments.

    Photo Ops

    • Glenrio Ghost Town
    • Route 66 Sculptures in Tucumcari
    • Route 66 Auto Museum
    • Clines Corners
    • Whiting Brothers Filling Station
    • Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
    • Pueblo of Santo Domingo
    • Santo Domingo Trading Post
    • St. Augustine Catholic Church, Isleta Pueblo
    • Luna Mansion Restaurant
    • Acoma Pueblo and Sky City Cultural Center
    • Route 66 Vintage Museum/Double 66 Gallery
    • Gallup Sites
    • New Mexico/Arizona Border

    Note: Our schedule and stops may be adjusted. Not in New Mexico? Check out the rest of the schedule.

  • Route 66 Road Trip: Texas Schedule (Updated)

    July 16, 2018

    Want to join us as we travel Route 66 in Texas? You can attend one of our meetups, which are free and open to the public, to meet like-minded preservationists and travel enthusiasts. The nature of a road trip means all sort of unexpected challenges (and unplanned stops!). The times below are estimates for when the team will be at these locations and are subject to change. Check out the full schedule, including meetups and photo ops, below:

    Meetups (all times local)

    July 17, 3–6 p.m.: U-Drop Inn (1242 North Main Street, Shamrock, TX). This former Conoco station is a landmark of Americana, and one of the most beautifully restored Art Deco buildings on all of Route 66. Today, it's the Shamrock Visitor Center.

    July 18, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.: Sixth Street Historic District (Cornerstone Church Parking Lot, 6th Ave. and Tennessee St., Amarillo, TX). The U.S. Route 66-Sixth Street Historic District comprises 13 blocks of restaurants, antique stores, and specialty shops housed in rehabilitated storefronts, all of which celebrate Amarillo's history along Route 66.

    July 18, 4–7 p.m.: Sonic Drive-In (4151 Hillside Road, Amarillo, TX 79110). The largest chain of drive-in fast food restaurants in the U.S., Sonic is best known for its unique carhop service style. Founded in 1953 by Troy Smith, today the restaurant chain is emblematic of Route 66's quirky diner culture.

    July 19, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.: Midpoint Cafe (305 West Historic Route 66, Adrian, TX). "When you're here, you're halfway there." That's the slogan of this restaurant and souvenir shop that has billed itself as the geographic midway point between Los Angeles and Chicago since it opened in 1928.

    Photo Ops

    • Downtown McLean
    • 66 Super Service Station
    • The Leaning Water Tower
    • Cadillac Ranch
    • Dots Mini Museum
    • Texas/New Mexico Border Sign

    Note: Our schedule and stops may be adjusted. Not in Texas? Check out the rest of the schedule.

  • Route 66 Road Trip: Oklahoma Schedule

    July 10, 2018

    Want to join us as we travel Route 66 in Oklahoma? You can attend one of our meetups, which are free and open to the public, to meet like-minded preservationists and travel enthusiasts. Check out the full schedule, including meetups and photo ops, below:

    Meetups

    July 11 Afternoon: Blue Whale of Catoosa (2600 Route 66, Catoosa, OK 74015). Built as a surprise anniversary gift by Hugh Davis to his wife Zelta, the Blue Whale has become one of the most recognizable attractions on Route 66. No visit is complete without a climb up the ladder into the whale's head.

    July 12 Morning: Meadow Gold Sign (1324 East 11th St., Tulsa, OK 74120). This Route 66 success story is an iconic neon sign that once advertised dairy products as part of the Beatrice Foods Company, beginning in the 1940s.

    July 12 Afternoon: Kendall Whittier After Five (2216 East Admiral Blvd., Tulsa, OK 74110). At this event, we’ll be handing out #Preserve66 swag and photographing beautiful buildings like the Circle Cinema, Tulsa’s oldest-standing movie theater and a gem from the Route 66 era.

    July 13 Evening: POPS (606 OK-66, Arcadia, OK 73007). Admire the 4-ton, 66-foot-tall neon soda bottle, then stop in and take a sip of over 700 flavors of soda pop at this renowned Oklahoma restaurant.

    July 14 Morning: Sonic Drive-In (729 West Main Street, Yukon, OK, 73099). The largest chain of drive-in fast-food restaurants, Sonic is best known for its unique carhop service style. The restaurant chain was founded in 1953 by Troy Smith, and today, it is emblematic of Route 66's quirky diner culture.

    July 15 Evening: Oklahoma Route 66 Museum (2229 West Gary Blvd., Clinton, OK 73601). This bright museum offers visitors a small slice of Route 66's rich flavor. Take a journey through the history of the nation's most beloved highway, and encounter the famous ideas, images, and myths of The Mother Road.

    July 17 Afternoon: Old Town Museum Complex (2717 West 3rd St., Elk City, OK 73644). The Old Town Museum Complex not only includes a glimpse into historic Route 66, it also explores early pioneer life in Oklahoma, and shows audiences the tools of the trade for early farmers, ranchers, and even blacksmiths living out west.

    Photo Ops

    • Stand on Three States
    • Coleman Theatre
    • Ribbon Road
    • Afton Station
    • Center Theatre
    • Ollie's Station Restaurant
    • Circle Cinema
    • 11th Street Arkansas River Bridge
    • Greenwood Cultural Center
    • Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum
    • Rock Cafe
    • Route 66 Interpretive Center
    • Threatt Filling Station
    • Arcadia Round Barn
    • Milk Bottle Grocery
    • Historic Fort Reno
    • William H. Murray Bridge (Also Known As Pony Bridge)
    • Lucille's Roadhouse Diner
    • Mohawk Lodge Indian Store
    • Beckham County Courthouse
    • Tumbleweed Grill
    • Oklahoma/Texas Border Sign

    Note: Our schedule and stops may be adjusted. Not in Oklahoma? Check out the rest of the schedule.

  • Route 66 Road Trip: Kansas Schedule

    July 5, 2018

    Want to join us as we travel Route 66 in Kansas? You can attend one of our meetups, which are free and open to the public, to meet like-minded preservationists and travel enthusiasts. Check out the full schedule, including meetups and photo ops, below:

    Meetups

    July 10 Evening: Galena Historic District (100-118 KS-66, Galena, KS 66739). Cute as a button, this downtown retains its 19th-century charm and has some great neon signs to gawk at.

    July 10 Evening: Galena Mining and Historical Museum Museum (319 West 7th Street, Galena, KS 66739). A stop at this history and mining museum will be more than worth it for a look at its renowned dioramas.

    July 11 Morning: Independent Oil & Gas (940 Military Ave., Baxter Springs, KS 66713). This visitor's center to Historic Route 66 was once a gasoline station owned by the Independent Oil and Gas Company in Baxter Springs.

    Photo Ops

    • Cars on the Route: Kan-O-Tex Service Station
    • Cars on the Route: Tow Tater
    • Old Riverton Store (Previously Williams Store)
    • Rainbow Bridge
    • Baxter Springs City Cemetery Soldiers' Lot
    • Fort Blair (Previously Fort Baxter)
    • Cafe on the Route
    • Kansas/Oklahoma Border Sign

    Note: Our schedule and stops may be adjusted. Not in Kansas? Check out the rest of the schedule.

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