Route 66

If you’re looking for great displays of neon signs, mom-and-pop motels in the middle of nowhere, or kitschy Americana, do as the song says and “get your kicks on Route 66.”


The Golden State

From the demanding Mojave Desert, over mountains and through lush inland valleys, to the beautiful beaches of Santa Monica, Route 66 passes through every type of Southern California landscape.

The old road, which survives intact almost all the way across the state, is marked for most of its 315 miles by signs declaring it Historic Route 66. Across the Mojave Desert the route is also marked as the National Old Trails Highway, its title before the national numbering system was put into effect in the late 1920s.

Map of Route 66 through California.

Map of Route 66 through California.