• Travel Route 66 Virtually

    August 31, 2018

    Route 66 in Oatman, Arizona.

    photo by: David Kafer

    Experience Route 66 up close and personal from the comfort of your home with this virtual tour! Together with our partners at Google Arts and Culture and Google Voyager, we are offering an up-close-and-personal look at 10 historic sites along The Mother Road.

    To access your Google Voyager Tour, you must open this link through the Google Chrome browser and be signed into your Google account. If you are using a different browser, you may instead download the Google Voyager application to your smartphone or tablet. (Non-Google Earth option: Check out similar stops in our Route 66 Google Arts and Culture exhibit.)

    Enjoy your travels!

    Join the National Trust in supporting a National Historic Trail designation for Route 66. Together, we can help revitalize it as an iconic and evolving piece of Americana for generations to come.

  • You're Invited: Special Route 66 Event at Clifton's Republic

    July 27, 2018

    Our epic road trip across Historic Route 66 is almost over, but there are still a few more events left to attend. On Thursday, August 2, from 4–9 p.m., we'll be meeting at Clifton's Republic (648 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014) for a special event with live music, complimentary light bites, a Route 66-inspired cocktail, and prizes for Route 66 supporters.

    Former owner Clifford Clinton opened this branch of his public cafeteria chain in 1935 with a mountain lodge theme, complete with rocky waterfalls, a forest chapel, wildlife dioramas, and a full-size redwood tree. What's more, Clifton’s restaurants were a welcoming place for everyone, even those who couldn’t afford to pay for their meals, and they were promoted in the Negro Motorist Green Book as a haven for travelers of all backgrounds. Today, Clifton's iconic features have been restored by the establishment's new owner.

    Our Clifton's meetup is being generously sponsored by the Los Angeles Breakfast Club, which has been gathering to enjoy mornings among friends for over 90 years.

    If you can't make it to Clifton's, you can also join us at Mel's Drive-In (1670 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404) on Friday August 3, from 5–9 p.m., for our finale event.

    We hope to see you there!

  • Route 66 Road Trip: California Schedule

    July 23, 2018

    Check out the full schedule for California, including meetups and photo ops, below:

    Meetups (All Times Local)

    Tuesday, July 31, 5–7 p.m.: Barstow Station (1611 East Main Street, Barstow, CA 92311). Join us at the renowned highway traveler hub that is Barstow Station. You might even catch a train going by behind the station!

    Wednesday, August 1, 5–7 p.m.: Wigwam Village #7 (2728 East Foothill Blvd., San Bernardino, CA). Wigwam Village #7 is one of only three remaining Wigwam Village sites in the U.S. (there were originally seven such tipi-shaped cabin villages scattered throughout the southwest). Experience the 30-foot tall, National Register-listed tipis, which have been lovingly restored by the current owners, at this event.

    Thursday, August 2, 49 p.m.: Clifton's Republic (648 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014). Former owner Clifford Clinton opened this branch of his public cafeteria chain in 1935 with a mountain lodge theme, complete with rocky waterfalls, a forest chapel, wildlife dioramas, and a full-size redwood tree. What's more, all of Clifton’s restaurants were a welcoming place for everyone, even those who couldn’t afford to pay for their meals, and they were promoted in the Negro Motorist Green Book as a haven for travelers of all backgrounds. Today, Clifton's iconic features have been restored by the establishment's new owner. Live music, complimentary light bites, a Route 66-inspired cocktail, and prizes for Route 66 supporters will be included during this special event, which is being generously sponsored by the Los Angeles Breakfast Club.

    Friday, August 3, 5–9 p.m.: Mel's Drive-In (1670 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404). After spending the last 25 years entombed beneath a dull drop ceiling and the beigest of beige drywall, Santa Monica's vintage 1959 Penguin coffee shop has been restored to its Googie architecture glory. Located a stone's throw from the endpoint of Route 66, Mel's Drive-In is the perfect place to celebrate the end of our epic trip. You’ll have the chance to explore our road crew’s 27-foot Airstream—our travel caravan that over the course of the trip has become a mobile museum of Route 66 souvenirs, postcards, photos, and memorabilia. You can also meet the National Geographic writer and photographer who joined us for the entire journey as they reflect on their experiences. And of course, there will be plenty of Route 66 swag to spare!

    Photo Ops

    • El Garces
    • Roy's Motel and Cafe
    • Harvey House Railroad Depot
    • Bottle Tree Ranch
    • Route 66 Museum
    • Le Roy's
    • Aztec Hotel
    • Southwest Museum
    • Green Book Sites

    Check out the rest of the schedule.

  • Route 66 Road Trip: Arizona Schedule

    July 19, 2018

    Check out the full schedule for Arizona, 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, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.: 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, 11 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

    Check out the rest of the schedule.

    Sonic Drive-In is a sponsor of the National Trust's Route 66 National Treasure campaign.

  • Route 66 Road Trip: Texas Schedule (Updated)

    July 16, 2018

    Check out the full schedule for Texas, 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

    Check out the rest of the schedule.

    Sonic Drive-In is a sponsor of the National Trust's Route 66 National Treasure campaign.

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