Route 66 Centennial: 1926-2026
In 2026, the nation will be celebrating the Route 66 Centennial ... the 100th anniversary of the Mother Road serving the traveling public!
Route 66 was one of the United States' 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 (3,940 km) from Chicago to Los Angeles.
Many states and organizations are planning special events and tours to highlight the Centennial.
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.
Members of the Commission were announced by The White House on December 28, 2022.
We are highlighting on this page resources and news related to the Route 66 Centennial and the 100th Anniversary of the Mother Road.
Our Relationship with Route 66
We love America, and travel to the many exciting places and destinations that the country offers. We also enjoy being out on the open roads of America, like cross-country trips on Route 66, The Mother Road.
We have driven Route 66 in all eight states which the historic road traversed, and have accumulated a significant archive of photos and travel experiences.
There have seen fun days in Catoosa, Cuba, Glenrio, Gallup, Oatman, Pontiac, Barstow, Tucumcari and Seligman. We remember those road trips to Holbrook, Winslow, Amboy, Joplin, Shamrock, Elk City, Galena and Springfield ... and so many more!
As we look forward to the Centennial in 2026, we are grabbing a cup of coffee and heading back out for another Historic Route 66 road trip in 2024!
Road Trip Travel Guides for States on Route 66
Planning a road trip on Route 66? Here are the travel guides and reviews by state ...