The Blue Carpet Corridor is a unique section of Route 66 characterized not only by its Mother Road charm, but also its rich mining history and colorful mobster lore. Route 66 is known for its quirky attractions, roadside hospitality, and family fun. And every year on the third weekend of May, a special array of events celebrates our Route 66 heritage as each participating community plans its own activities.
But all year long, the blue carpet is rolled out to welcome you from Auburn to Collinsville along three historic alignments of the Mother Road. Enjoy a meal at a real mom and pop eatery. Discover innovative museums, towering monuments, historic buildings, and winding stretches of original highway. Find a treasure or a souvenir at a unique shop.
Come visit us on the Blue Carpet Corridor. And don't forget to bring your camera, because photo ops are plentiful.
2019 BLUE CARPET CORRIDOR EVENTS
Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19 - Join us for our FIFTH annual Miners, Mobsters and the Mother Road Passport Run! Pick up your free souvenir passport at any of our communities' official passport stops. Then get a unique souvenir stamp at each of our communities to complete your passport! Some communities and/or passport stops will also feature vendors, refreshments, souvenirs, historical tours, and other activities and attractions. NEW THIS YEAR - the official 2019 passport will be revealed this weekend and will be honored all through the 2019 tourist season at participating passport stops! We hope that you will join us on Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19, but just in case you can't, or don't complete your passport that weekend, you have the rest of the summer to visit our communities and their attractions and complete your passport!
Saturday, October 5 - Join us for our FIRST Blue Carpet Corridor Road Rally - NEW THIS YEAR! Teams will sign up to enjoy a great day of rallying up and down the Blue Carpet Corridor to complete their game cards. In the evening after the rally is concluded, enjoy an outdoor party in Gillespie with all the teams! There will be plenty of food plus announcement and awarding of the rally team prizes and the charity donation!
Blue Carpet Corridor events are family-friendly! Stay tuned for event details!
The Most Mother Road Memorable Moments Per Mile!
Learn more about our Three Mother Road Alignments
Click on a name below to learn about that individual community. Each Blue Carpet Corridor community has its own pages which offer information about events, attractions, restaurants, and lodging.