I have this lofty goal of driving 66, seeing the Grand Canyon AND doing Disneyland (probably for 3 days). We are coming from Fort Wayne, IN, and we'd pick up 66 somewhere in Illinois off 74, we wouldn't go up to Chicago.
We would have 16 days. Is this unrealistic?
Also, what month is best for doing this? Right now we are thinking early May. Our other option would be the first two weeks of September.
As someone who's been down Route 66 three times and headed for the fourth...
Your plan is not "unrealistic," exactly, but I wonder how much you'll get out of that. Or more precisely, how much you WON'T.
My advice is jettison the Disneyland portion of your plan and save that for a future trip.
Even if you devote the whole 16 days to Route 66, you'll have to make tough choices about what you want to see/do because it's hard to pack it all into that time. Remember, we're talking about more than 2400 miles (3,861 km) of roadway. Two weeks is more like the "introduction" to Route 66.
The Grand Canyon is feasible but only if you limit your stay to one or two days and don't hike to the bottom. A hike takes too much time and will leave you physically worn out for the next few days, if you're not accustomed to that kind of activity.
Early May is good because you will probably beat the worst of the Summer heat. On the other hand, be prepared for the volatile weather of early Spring: adverse weather can materialize in minutes and seemingly from nowhere, especially at higher altitudes like the Arizona Divide and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Many people find September much too hot to traverse the Mojave Desert of southern California. October would be better.
Good luck and enjoy.
I agree with the two previous replies. Skipping Chicago makes perfect sense for you. I would also leave Disneyland and The Grand Canyon for future trips. Since you refer to "we" the trip could easily be done in your time frame, with some hard Interstate driving on the return from CA-IN. I would be tempted to skip all or part of IL since it's so close to you and could be part of another trip. You might start in Springfield IL or even St Louis. I have a 14-day trip plan you could modify...see the Travel section of http://www.rt66pix.com.
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