Restoration of Hi-Way Cafe sign among newest Route 66 Corridor cost-share grants

The restoration of the Hi-Way Cafe neon sign near Vinita, Oklahoma, was among the newest cost-share grants announced this week by the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program. Four of the grants involved neon signs. In addition to the Hi-Way, grants went to the Henning Motel sign in Newberry Springs, California; the Road Runner's Retreat sign … Continue reading Restoration of Hi-Way Cafe sign among newest Route 66 Corridor cost-share grants

Route 66 Navigation app now compatible with Apple CarPlay systems

Touch Media, developer of Route 66 Navigation, announced this week its app has been updated to be used with Apple CarPlay systems. CarPlay software, introduced in 2014, allows a user's iPhone to interface with their car's built-in entertainment and information system, minimizing the need to handle the iPhone while driving. More information from the news … Continue reading Route 66 Navigation app now compatible with Apple CarPlay systems

Illinois Scenic Byway unveils revamped website, mobile app, membership program

The Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway on Tuesday -- the 94th anniversary of Route 66 -- announcing several changes it hopes will benefit travelers and boost provide tourism and economic development benefits to attractions and communities along Illinois' portion of Route 66. The new look of the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway website The byway's … Continue reading Illinois Scenic Byway unveils revamped website, mobile app, membership program

Jim Hinckley adds more than 1,000 descriptions of sites to Route 66 Navigation app

Touch Media, which creates the Route 66 Navigation smartphone app, announced Thursday it's collaborated with Route 66 historian and author Jim Hinckley to provide more than 1,000 descriptions for points of interest along the route. The descriptions should go live on the app within the next two weeks. According to a news release from the … Continue reading Jim Hinckley adds more than 1,000 descriptions of sites to Route 66 Navigation app

Route 66 Passport’s developers working on a new edition for 2020-2021

The developers of the Route 66 Navigation app are working on a new edition of their popular Route 66 Passport for the 2020-2021 seasons. According to a news release this week, Route 66 Passport's developers will add 40 locations next year. About 28 participated this past season. The additional locations will be selected with an … Continue reading Route 66 Passport’s developers working on a new edition for 2020-2021

Route 66 Navigation app adjusting routes ‘to deliver the best experience’

The creator of the paid Route 66 Navigation app announced this week the app's routes through Kingman, Arizona, and Cuba, Missouri, have been adjusted so they could "deliver travelers the best experience on historic Route 66." Marian Pavel, CEO of Slovakia-based Touch Media, also said he soon would adjust routes through Albuquerque and St. Louis … Continue reading Route 66 Navigation app adjusting routes ‘to deliver the best experience’

Route 66 Navigation offering prepaid cards, new rates

The Route 66 Navigation app has introduced new subscription rates and prepaid cards that can be purchased at more than 40 businesses along Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica. According to a news release from Route 66 Navigation: Each card with exclusive design has its own unique QR code, which activates navigation for Android … Continue reading Route 66 Navigation offering prepaid cards, new rates

Travel app by Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership may be released by May

The Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership is developing an app that will offer turn-by-turn directions on Route 66 and themed itineraries. The group stated the app should be ready for release by May -- near the start of travel season. From the news release this week: The GPS-based app has several purposes, including: • Helping … Continue reading Travel app by Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership may be released by May

Texas Historical Commission now considers Washburn a Route 66 town

The Texas Historical Commission recently completed a survey of Route 66 in the Lone Star State, including an interactive Google Map that shows even obscure alignments, hundreds of photos of historic sites and an apparent ruling that Washburn once was a town on the Mother Road. Results of the survey of Texas' 178 miles of … Continue reading Texas Historical Commission now considers Washburn a Route 66 town

Book review: “On Route 66 for the First Time”

If you live in Europe and are thinking of traveling Route 66, you might as well download the book "On Route 66 for the First Time." You literally have nothing to lose. That's because Marian Pavel's 221-page book is available for free here. It also comes versions of these languages -- English, French, Latin, German, … Continue reading Book review: “On Route 66 for the First Time”