1) Wigwam Hotel – This chain of faux Indian dwellings-cum-motels once dotted America. There are just a few left, including this one at the end of Route 66 in San Bernardino, California.
2) Hundreds of motels served Route 66 travelers during its heyday. Check out this collection assembled by architecture students at the University of New Mexico.
3) Route 66 travelers had to eat, too, of course, and many stopped at diners made in the “Valentine” style.
4) Bunyan’s Statue – Giant fiberglass advertising statues were a staple of Route 66. This Paul Bunyan holding a hot dog greets visitors to Atlanta, Illinois today.
5) Gas stations grew up with Route 66, and some of the architecture was remarkable. Check out this example in Shamrock, Texas.