More than 250 Route 66 gas stations, motels, cafes, bridges, road alignments and other sites are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Explore the list of Route 66 sites here!


The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources. 

Listing in the National Register of Historic Places provides formal recognition of a property’s historical, architectural, or archeological significance based on national standards used by every state. Results include:

• Becoming part of the National Register Archives, a public, searchable database that provides a wealth of research information.

• Encouraging preservation of historic resources by documenting a property’s historic significance.

• Providing opportunities such as:

> Federal preservation grants for planning and rehabilitation
> Federal investment tax credits
> Preservation easements to nonprofit organizations
> International Building Code fire and life safety code alternatives

• Possible State tax benefit and grant opportunities. Check with your State Historic Preservation Office for historic property incentives available within your state.

• Involvement from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation when a Federal agency project may affect historic property.

• Find out information on the care and maintenance of your historic property through various NPS Preservation Briefs and Tech Notes.

• Network with other historic property owners, tour historic areas, or chat with preservationists through Conferences, Workshops, and Preservation Organizations.

• Celebrate your listing by ordering a bronze plaque that distinguishes your property as listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


Listing and Ownership


•Under Federal Law, the listing of a property in the National Register places no restrictions on what a non-federal owner may do with their property up to and including destruction, unless the property is involved in a project that receives Federal assistance, usually funding or licensing/permitting.

• National Register listing does not lead to public acquisition or require public access.

• A property will not be listed if, for individual properties, the owner objects, or for districts, a majority of property owners object.

• National Register listing does not automatically invoke local historic district zoning or local landmark designation.

• Federal Regulation 36 CFR 60 authorizes the National Register of Historic Places.

• Contact your State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) for any specific state rules or regulations