Join National Geographic, State Farm, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation as we hit the road on a one-month, 2,400-mile journey across America’s most iconic roadway – Route 66. From Illinois to California, we’ll capture the “Mother Road” like never before, showing you all the reasons why it should be preserved for future generations.

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Help preserve Route 66 for future generations of road trippers

Route 66 is the most celebrated stretch of highway in America. However, with more and more travelers opting for the interstate, it needs your help. Join the National Trust for Historic Preservation to ensure this National Treasure is revitalized for years to come.

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Meet the National Geographic Photographer: David Guttenfelder

David Guttenfelder is a photojournalist focusing on geopolitics and conservation who has covered news in more than 75 countries. He is an industry leader in smartphone photography and social media.

“The history of Route 66 and its cultural relevance is especially poignant for me now. After 20 years of living outside my native USA (rural Iowa) and working as a photojournalist in nearly 100 countries, I’ve returned home as a National Geographic Explorer. This time I am exploring America, taking road trips with my camera to rediscover my home.”

Follow the Road Trip

Looking for the Mother Road

From Los Angeles to Chicago, the legendary Route 66 represents a historic and important part of America’s history. Now preservationists plan to...

Finding American Icons in the Midwest

Route 66 slides past famous prisons, forgotten drive-ins and unique local landmarks on its way through the heartland.

Uncovering the Roots of Route 66

Between Route 66’s stretches of neon signs and road-side attractions exists an intersection of cultures that make up the highway’s vibrant string of diverse....

Cruising to the End of the Road

Among the die-hard Route 66 roadies that have followed the highway to the Pacific Ocean, you'll also find arcades, funnel-cake vendors and California's famous....

State Farm & Route 66: Better Together

State Farm® has been helping life go right on American roads since 1922, and is proud to team up with National Geographic and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to support their efforts to preserve America’s most historic highway. The historical significance and positive impact on so many people and communities around the country makes Route 66 — which runs right past State Farm headquarters in Bloomington, Illinois — a national treasure. Get a quote, find an agent, or learn more about how State Farm is here to help life go right at

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