Route 66 Centennial in 2026

U.S. Route 66 ... Celebrating 100 Years, the Centennial, in 2026

Route 66 was one of the United State's first continuous stretches of paved highway, and served as a major path for those who migrated west.

"The Mother Road" was commissioned on November 11, 1926, and ultimately stretched 2,448 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles.

In 2026, the nation will be celebrating the Route 66 Centennial ... 100 years of the Mother Road serving the traveling public! Many states and organizations are planning special events and tours to highlight the Centennial.

Major events such as the AAA Route 66 Road Fest are already in the planning stages.

In addition, the Route 66 Centennial Commission Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President on December 23, 2020. The Act creates a commission that will recommend activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of U.S. Route 66 in 2026. It will consist of representatives from each of the eight Route 66 states. Members will recommend the production of various written materials, films and documentaries to commemorate the history of Route 66.

We are highlighting on this page resources and news related to the Route 66 Centennial.

News of Interest Related to the Route 66 Centennial

Missouri Historical Society preps for Route 66’s Centennial
KOAM News - 09/21/2022
Route 66 100th anniversary will be a tremendous opportunity to welcome and entertain guests
Sangamon Sun - 08/01/2022
Joliet makes plans for Route 66 centennial in 2026
Shaw Local - 07/31/2022
Route 66 Centennial Planning Begins in Oklahoma
Fox23 Tulsa - 05/10/2022
Upcoming Route 66 centennial to celebrate best of the Mother Road
Oklahoma.gov - 03/24/2022
Route 66 to be showcased during Illinois State Museum’s 2026 exhibit on highway’s 100th anniversary
Chicago Tribune - 12/31/2021
Albuquerque city council planning Route 66 centennial celebration
KRQE Albuquerque - 05/20/2021

 

Section of Old Route 66 9-foot wide "Ribbon Road" still visible near Miami, Oklahoma

Route 66 Historical & Preservation Resources

National Historic Route 66 Federation

 

Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway

 

National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program

 

Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership

Route 66 Associations in the USA

Route 66 Association of Illinois

 

Route 66 Association of Missouri

The "Get Your Kicks on Route 66" mural in Tucumcari, New Mexico

 

Kansas Historic Route 66 Association

 

Oklahoma Route 66 Association

 

Old Route 66 Association of Texas

 

New Mexico Route 66 Association

 

Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona

 

California Historic Route 66 Association

Route 66 State Travel & Tourism Offices

Illinois: Route 66

Standin on a Corner, in Winslow, Arizona

 

Missouri: Route 66

 

Kansas: Route 66

 

Travel Oklahoma: Route 66

 

Travel Texas: Route 66

 

New Mexico: Route 66

 

Visit Arizona: Route 66

 

Visit California: Route 66

Road Trip Travel Guides for States Along Route 66

Planning a road trip on Route 66? Here are the travel guides and reviews by state ...

Route 66 Road Trips in Illinois Route 66 in Missouri Route 66 in Kansas Route 66 Road Trips Across Oklahoma
Route 66 in Texas Route 66 Across New Mexico Route 66 Across Arizona Route 66 Across California