As you may already know, the Texas Route 66 Festival is gearing up for 100 years of Route 66 in the Lone Star State.

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Amarillo has already started its celebration of Route 66 this year.  Part of the celebration is honoring and remembering Route 66. Something very cool that Route 66 collectors and coin collectors are going to want to get their hands on is the Route 66 Passport

What is the Route 66 Passport?

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The Amarillo Convention and Visitors Bureau created the Texas Route 66 Passport Program.  Visitors can explore all the iconic landmarks, towns, and attractions all along the Texas portion of Route 66.  As they stop at all these participating locations they can collect these really cool commemorative coins.

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The coins are amazing but that's not the coolest part. The coolest part of the Texas Route 66 Passport is that it is designed to look like a classic record complete with a record sleeve. When you pull out a genuine vinyl record, you will see slots cut out and that's where you place all the commemorative coins you have collected.

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Not only that you can find QR codes included that have self-guided tours and even a Spotify playlist, all the festival information, and even the map.

If you're ready to start collecting these awesome coins and visiting some amazing Route 66 landmarks and attractions, it's time to hit the road.  When you stop at the designated locations, just show the staff your passport and they will give you the coin that matches the location.

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Passport Coin Locations: 

  • Amarillo: From 6th Collective, Big Texan, Texas Ivy, and Texas Route 66 Visitors Center
  • Oldham County: Millburn-Price Museum, Mama Jo's Pies, Midpoint Cafe, and Russel's Travel Center
  • Conway County: Slug Bug Ranch and Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ
  • Gray County: McLean / Alanreed Museum, Devil's Rope Museum, Cactus Inn
  • Wheeler County: U-Drop Inn and The Western Motel
  • Jericho

You can purchase your Passport at the following locations on Route 66

  • Amarillo: Route 66 Visitors Center, The Big Texan, Texas Route 66 Visitors Center, and From 6th Collective
  • Oldham County: Millburn-Price Museum
  • Conway County: Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ
  • Gray County: Devil's Rope Museum/ McLean Alanreed Museum
  • Wheeler County: U-Drop Inn

This might be a fun little weekend trip for the entire family, traveling Route 66 and collecting Route 66 coins.

Look: 25 Must See Landmarks On Route 66 From Tulsa To Glenrio

Route 66 is an iconic part of our culture. Here are 25 must see landmarks to check out from Tulsa, to Glrenrio.

Russell's Travel Center

Russell's Travel Center is a hidden gem on I-40 W just past the Texas/New Mexico State Line.

Exit 369

This travel center has a classic car museum inside as well as a quaint little chapel.

Hungry? It also has an awesome diner that you need to try.

Ranchotel: The Forgotten Landmark of Old Route 66 in Amarillo, Texas

The Ranchotel, located at 2501 W. 6th St., is a product of Route 66's heyday.

When Americans first began long-distance automotive travel, they typically stayed in hotels or camped beside the road. In response, clever entrepreneurs began to build what were called tourist courts. The Ranchotel is one of these.

It was built in 1940 and until recently, it was considered one of the best preserved examples of Route 66's tourist facilities. It was placed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1995 and was well maintained until 2020.

Even now, in spite of the building's fading beauty, there is still the nostalgic air held by many a historic landmark.

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