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.

Driving through Joshua Tree National Park.

Visiting Joshua Tree National Park

Nestled in the Mojave Desert is Joshua Tree National Park, an oasis of beautiful natural sights and a few historical ones too. Here’s an overview of the park, including how to get there, must-see landscapes, and tips on hiking the many nature trails in the desert.

Route 66 through the Mojave Desert.

Route 66 Through California

Before you reach the sun-washed Pacific Coast, following Route 66 through California means first trekking across a parched, wind-swept desert. Read up on route advice, driving tips, where to eat, stay, play, and more on the final stretch of the Mother Road.