Route 66 Sign with Pier Burger behind it

2026 Route 66 Centennial

Get ready to embark on an epic adventure to celebrate the iconic Route 66 Centennial in 2026. Join us in commemorating a century of historic travels, nostalgic pit stops, and endless roadside wonders along America’s most legendary highway, ending at the famed Santa Monica Pier.  Take a look below to start planning the trip of a lifetime and keep an eye out for additional information.


Route 66 in Santa Monica

Route 66 holds a significant place in Santa Monica’s history, marking the terminus of this iconic highway that served as a lifeline for travelers during the mid-20th century. As the “End of the Trail” for Route 66, Santa Monica became emblematic of the American Dream and the promise of the open road. The highway officially concluded at the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Lincoln Boulevard, near the Pacific Ocean, a spot commemorated by the “End of the Trail” sign. This final stretch of Route 66 represented the culmination of countless journeys across the United States, embodying the spirit of adventure and exploration that defined an era.

In the mid-20th century, Santa Monica’s Ocean Avenue was lined with motels and cafes, offering respite and hospitality to weary travelers making their way along Route 66. The famous Santa Monica Pier, with its iconic Ferris wheel and amusement park attractions, stood as a beacon of leisure and entertainment at the western terminus of the highway. Today, the city’s Route 66 End of the Trail sign, located near the Santa Monica Pier, stands as a poignant reminder of the countless journeys undertaken and the enduring legacy of America’s Mother Road.

Whether you’re a seasoned road warrior or a curious explorer, there’s no better way to experience the magic of America’s most iconic highway. Explore classic American history with the additional resources below.

Travel Santa Monica Responsibly

Travel safely and sustainably to help maintain Santa Monica’s beauty while staying healthy with these tips.

EV Travel

Traveling in an electric vehicle? Plan your trip below to see where EV charging stations are located along the route. We have you covered with over 150 EV charging ports just in Santa Monica! Check out more information on how to travel sustainably in Santa Monica.

Arriving in Santa Monica

Whether you’re arriving by plane, train, bike or automobile, navigate the final stretch of Route 66 and Santa Monica seamlessly with the below resources.

Two-Day Itinerary

Short on time but big on adventure? Let our 48-hour itinerary be your guide, but get ready: you might find yourself extending your stay to see it all!

Three-Day Itinerary

With 72 hours to play, there’s no limit to what you can discover! Dive into our 72-hour itinerary for inspiration.

Week-Long Itinerary

Live like a local and explore the city’s hidden gems and iconic landmarks with our comprehensive one-week itinerary.

Explore the Coast

Park, play and discover! Trade the driver’s seat for adventures beyond the steering wheel and uncover the hidden gems of Santa Monica’s coastal paradise.


Discover Santa Monica

Explore itineraries, local tips, hot spots and curated adventures to make sure you get the most out of your Santa Monica experience.

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