Route 66 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.
Route 66 Historical & Preservation Resources
Route 66 Associations in the USA
Route 66 State Travel & Tourism Offices
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 ...