Taking a road trip down the most celebrated stretch of asphalt in the USA is bucket list worthy. Route 66, the “Mother Road” winds through endless farmland, deserted towns, and of course, the beautiful desert in the west. The scenery is next to none, but the stops and sights along the route make it even better. In total this route travels through eight different states: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. From Chicago to Los Angeles, traveling this 2,400-mile route in your RV will make memories that will never be forgotten!
Must See Attractions Along U.S. Route 66
Some must see attractions along Route 66 include Grant Park (Chicago, IL), Cadillac Ranch (Amarillo, TX) and Milk Bottle Grocery (Oklahoma City, OK). Grant Park features historic signage and the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain. This location also marks the eastern terminus of Route 66. Route 66 is full of gimmicky attractions and stops, and the large milk bottle sitting on top of a grocery store in Oklahoma City is a crowd favorite. The physical building has been around since 1930, but the milk bottle was placed in 1948. This store was also placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. Cadillac Ranch is a popular art installation that has plenty of quirks. The sculpture is composed of ten old Cadillacs, partially buried nose down in the countryside. Graffiti of the vehicles is encouraged and these cars are consistently going through changes of design because of travelers passing by.
Overnight Stays Along U.S. Route 66
Camping along Route 66 is a dream of several RVers, but knowing where to stay can be a challenge. St. Louis West/Historic Route 66 KOA in Eureka, MO is located just 30 minutes from downtown St. Louis offering RV sites with full hookups, tent sites and even cabin rentals. This RV park is full of amenities such as a pool, a dog park, bike rentals and more. Further west, in the town of Williams, AZ, the gateway into Grand Canyon National Park, you will find the Grand Canyon Railway RV Park. This park offers over 100 pull-through sites with full hookups. Guests also have access to laundry facilities, hot showers and a dog park. And let’s not forget, Route 66 RV Resort in Albuquerque, NM which features great amenities, like pickle ball, and spacious sites. This resort is also just steps away from the Route 66 Casino Hotel which features Route 66 memorabilia and casino games.
Best Food Spots Along U.S. Route 66
If you are traveling with a foodie there are some places that you must stop at on your travels. Local landmark, Lou Mitchell’s, has been in operation since 1923 and serves fantastic omelets and fluffy pancakes. Big Vern’s Steakhouse, in Shamrock, TX, is famous for their ribeye, New York strip and filet mignon dinners. Diners also love their
homemade beer bread and fruit cobblers. If you are craving comfort food from a cozy, informal restaurant then Miz Zip’s is the stop for you. Norma and Bob Leonard opened
this restaurant in 1952 and continue to serve classic American diner food, including delicious pie a la mode.
If you have been thinking about embarking on this road trip then the time is now. Consider stopping at one of these fun attractions, staying at one of these RV campsites or eating at one of these fantastic restaurants. It’s time to hit the road and discover what Route 66 has to offer!