From New Mexico, our 2000+ mile Route 66 adventure continued on into Texas, the fourth state on our trip, where Route 66 covers just under 200 miles.
We had much better weather here than in New Mexico, with (mostly!) wide open blue skies to accompany us on our journey. Here are some of our favourite photos from our Route 66 journey across the Lone Star State!
I also have many of these photos available for purchase in my online Route 66 photo gallery here if you’re interested in having a memory of your Route 66 trip to hang on your wall.
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Route 66 in Texas
1. Cadillac Ranch
A definite highlight of Route 66 in Texas, if a slightly odd one, is the Cadillac Ranch, not far outside Amarillo.
This is a public art project, installed in 1974, featuring a series of old Cadillac cars buried face down in the mud to create what look a bit like a line of standing stones. Except they’re Cadillacs.
The exhibit is interactive, in that visitors are encouraged to add to the paintwork with their own designs, which plenty of people were doing. Unfortunately, this does mean it’s surrounded by old paint cans.
Still, worth a visit – it’s quite a surreal sight!
2. VW Ranch
If you’re not into Cadillacs, you just follow Route 66 a little further East, and you’ll come to the VW ranch – a similar but somewhat less visited (and somewhat more overgrown!) installation, which is essentially the same thing but with VW Beetle’s instead of Cadillacs. So whatever floats your boat really.
3. The Cross in Groom
Looking for something with a little more religious significance than some painted cars? Well, the town of Groom in Texas has you covered. As well as a famously leaning water tower, this tiny town is also home to a 19 storey high cross, which is one of the largest in the western hemisphere.
The cross is surrounded by life sized statues depicting the stations of the cross, and overall is an interesting place to visit even if just to marvel at the sheer scale of the construction.
4. Route 66 “Cars”
Of course, Texas doesn’t escape the Route 66 “Cars” connection. This old Ford had hundreds of scribbles on it from travellers taking their Route 66 adventure – all you need is something to write on inscribe with, and you too could have your own inscription!
5. Route 66 Midpoint
Route 66 has to have a halfway point, and this was it, with LA being 1139 miles in one direction, and Chicago 1139 miles in the other.
There’s a cafe and a line in the road to mark this point, although naturally its exact location is disputed, what with the many reroutes and versions of Route 66 over the years.
6. Big Texan Steak Ranch
Everything in Texas is bigger. It’s just a fact. As you drive along Route 66, giant signs start to appear the closer you get to Texas, advertising a 72oz steak, which just happens to be free. This is available at the Big Texas Steak House, a Route 66 staple. The sign does point out a couple of terms and conditions – for the steak to be free, you have to eat it all, and you have to do so inside an hour, without any help.
We asked our waitress if many people achieved this, and she said that no, most people did not. But many people certainly tried! We decided that a 20oz steak between the two of would probably suffice, and it did, with spare to take on our trip with us!
It was very good, as Jess’s smile attests!
7. Route 66 Gas Stations
It’s not a Route 66 post without a run down of some old gas stations! Some, like the Phillips 66 station pictured above, have been lovingly restored to their former glory…
…others have been turned into museums…
.and others have been ravaged by time, with the coming of the interstate killing them off entirely.
And on that note, we’ll wrap up this post. Still to come the last four states on our epic Route 66 adventure, including Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Illinois. Lots more photos to share with you guys!
Tips for Planning your own Route 66 Adventure
If you’re planning your own Route 66 adventure, we’ve got a bit of reading for you!
- First, be inspired by photos from all the states we visited, by checking our photos highlights from each Route 66 state: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri & Illinois
- Next, check out Jess’s comprehensive guide to planning a Route 66 trip
- Then, take a look out our incredibly detailed day by day Route 66 itinerary, which covers all the sights you want to see, route tips, lodging options and places to eat. We also have a shorter 1 week Route 66 itinerary
- If you’re looking for lodging, see our guide to all the best motels and hotels on Route 66
- If you’re new to driving in the US, check out my tips for driving in the US to get you started
- Not sure how much it’s all going to cost? We’ve got you covered with our guide to travel costs in the USA
- Finally, take a look at this book – the best way in our opinion to successfully navigate the entire length of Route 66 as faithfully as you can. We followed it the whole way, and even met the author, and couldn’t have done without it!
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Bob Lile says
Sorry you didn’t experience Historic Route 66 in Amarillo….it’s SW 6th Avenue…..what a Damned shame.
Laurence Norah says
Hey Bob – we didn’t on this particular trip, but we have returned and visited that stretch in Amarillo since then 🙂
Michael Edward Kelsey says
Great and interesting pictures….but the one with the truck written on in Adrian is a Ford…not a Dodge.
Laurence Norah says
Thank Michael! It even says “FORD” in big letters, so I’m not sure how I got that wrong. I’ve corrected the text, thanks for letting me know!