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U.S. Route 66, also known as The Mother Road, is a real-world location that appears in Cars.

It is the road where Lightning McQueen gets lost while supposed to be traveling to California. He reaches Radiator Springs via this route, catching the attention of the local Sheriff in the process.

Real World information

The U.S. Route 66 or known as the Will Rogers Highway, this famous highway was built in 1926[1]. It stretches from California to Illinois.

Major Cities including Route 66

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Springfield, Missouri
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Amarillo, Texas
  • Glenrio, New Mexico
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Santa Monica, California
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Hollywood, California


  • Route 66 is actually based on the real U.S. Route 66, as it caught the interest of John Lasseter and the production makers of the film.
  • Not mentioned in the film, Route 66 is also known as "The Main Street of America."
  • It also served as the basis for the setting of Sanjay's Super Team.