Route 66 in Needles, CA. Photo © Visions of America LLC/123rf.

Route 66 Through Needles, California

Learn the history of Needles, California, gateway to Route 66, along with notable sights, tips on following the old road through town, and where to grab a classic Route 66 ’70s meal.

Rio Grande Gorge in New Mexico. Photo © Candacy Taylor.

Route 66 Road Trip: 14-Day Itinerary

This two-week itinerary hits the key highlights on the Mother Road and honors the places that have stood the test of time. Start in Chicago or Los Angeles, and if you run short on time, consider prioritizing the mom-and-pop, off-the-wall places for a true Route 66 experience.