UPDATE!  Jan 2015;  the lines have all been reworked and moved to line up on the roads much closer.  Much easier to follow them through cities now.  Many thanks to BrokenLug on the Delorme forums for figuring out how to edit and convert the files.

Color codes for the roads;

Red = oldest alignments. 20's - 30's
Brown = 30's - 40's
Green = 40's - 50's
Blue = Later non Interstate
Black = Not part of 66 but used to connect broken segments.
These dates are approximate because Route 66 was continually being moved, re-routed, improved and changed.

 

This map shows most of the alignments that Route 66 followed. The last alignments were Interstates and are not drawn on the map.  The lines were drawn using DeLorme Topo maps and then converted over to .KML format. So some of the lines may not be exactly on the road due to the differences in the two data sets of the maps. They should be "close enough" to figure out what road was intended. Other software I have found very useful is RidewithGPS, GPSBabel,  GPSVisualizer and the Google Earth API.

By publishing this in Google Earth you get all the powerful features they have without having to write a bunch of code.  I really like the ability to zoom in close or back off to see more.   The satellite view and terrain view are great for understanding how the early alignments followed the terrain they crossed.

 

Credits

It would be wrong to take credit for more that I have actually done. My contribution has been the GPS, map and computer work to bring these maps to this site. The real credit belongs to those who have spent much more time than I have documenting the alignments of U.S. 66. In particular I would like to recognize Stefan Joppich, Jim Ross and Jerry McClanahan. I continually refer to their work to check and verify various alignments.  For the LA area I rely on the work of Scott R. Piotrowski . You guys rock!

Travel Aids

Wanting to travel the Mother Road?   Here are two good tools to help you.   I personally use both of them in addition to my maps on a laptop.  Each has its own benefits;

EZ-66 Guide by Jerry McClanahan.  You can find this on Amazon.  Jerry also keeps an update section on his website so you can have up to date information between each edition.  Handy spiral format, easy to follow and great for staying on Rt 66.  If you are passing through Chandler, OK stop and see Jerry's gallery.   Location is on his website.

Jerry's Website

Road Trip 66 is an iPhone app with a map and points of interest.  You can quickly find food, lodging and attractions.  A click on the push pin takes you to a page with pictures, descriptions and information.  Pro: you get all the information in one place as you need it and it is continually updated because the information is pulled from an online database.  Con: You must have an iPhone and an Internet connection. (is that really a Con???)

Rt 66 iPhone App

Things to see and do on 66


Drivable route on 66

This is a drivable route of combined Rt 66 alignments.   The  red line is primary and the green lines are alternate routes.  Pick your route based on preferences or the sights you want to see the most.  I selected the route based on my drives on 66 with the most things to see.