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Help needed planning honeymoon May '14
August 20, 2013
12:01 pm
rover86
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Hello all.

I've been an avid follower of the forum for a couple of months. Now is the time to have everybody scrutinise my draft itenerary!

Myself and my wife-to-be decided that we would like to travel across the USA for our honeymoon and what better way to do it than on Route 66!!

Planned trip is starting on Monday 5th May 2014, we have around 2 and a half weeks, give or take a couple of days. I am designated trip planner, I like to be relatively meticulous when I plan a trip but we don't want to be tied down to a strict itenerary. Although having motels/hotels booked would probably suit us fine.

I would appreciate advice, criticism or suggestions on my draft trip plan as I am ready to book flights as soon as I get a good idea of itenerary.

Thanks in advance. Here goes :-

Day 1 5th May - Fly from UK in the morning for mid afternoon arrival in Chicago

Day 2 6th May - full day in Chicago

Day 3 7th May - Chicago to Springfield, IL

Day 4 8th May - Springfield, IL to Cuba, MO

Day 5 9th May - Cuba, MO to Springfield, MO

Day 6 10th May - Springfield, MO to Tulsa, OK

Day 7 11th May - Tulsa, OK to Oklahoma City

Day 8 12th May - Oklahoma City to Shamrock, TX

Day 9 13th May - Shamrock, TX to Tucumcari, NM

Day 10 14th May - Tucumcari , NM to Albuquerque, NM

Day 11 15th May - Albuquerque, NM to Holbrook, AZ

Day 12 16th May - Holbrook, AZ to Grand Canyon

Day 13 17th May - Grand Canyon to Kingman, AZ

Day 14 18th May - Kingman, AZ to Barstow, CA

Day 15 19th May - Barstow, CA to Santa Monica

Well, that's it as it stands. I have seen the invaluable advice forum members offer, so I hope you can help me out. Im very much open to suggestions on how to change it, particularly the last few days. There was a side trip to Vegas originally but as we have been before it didnt seem necessary.

We would love to carry on to San Francisco. But is that too much mileage wise and duration wise? I suppose we ideally need to be back in the UK by the Friday 23rd or 24th.

Suggestions on accomodation for the trip would also be greatly appreciated. I have an idea on where to stay on each stop but I would like to see if my thoughts tie in with others.

Thanks for taking the time to read. And thanks in advance for any help.

August 20, 2013
1:51 pm
frank
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Rover-- Welcome to the group, which is now approaching 1,000 members.  You obviously have been poking around the site, and if you have decided to stop in Cuba MO vs. St. Louis on a weekday, I won't try to talk you out of it. 

For others, we have a section on that called "Gateway Arch, St. Louis."  (Cuba's Wagon Wheel Motel is highly regarded, but it can make for a long day, with outbound traffic from St. Louis.)

You have the delightful problem of extra time.  I can't weigh in on driving from LA up to San Francisco because I have yet to do it.  

But on Route 66 you could easily enjoy a couple of extra nights.  One would be Santa Fe NM before Albuquerque.  If you haven't been there, it's a unique place perfect for strolling, dining, etc.  It would be one of the highlights of your trip. You could spend much of the following day there before the short drive to Albuquerque (which has wonderful neon).  

I would recommend adding a night in Needles CA letting you fully enjoy the Oatman Road section of AZ.  The next night could be Barstow...or San Bernardino if you want to enjoy a wigwam experience. 

As far as motels, the classics would be the Wagon Wheel in Cuba MO, Blue Swallow or Motel Safari in Tucumcari, Monterey Non-Smokers Motel (or perhaps that camper rental) in Albuquerque, Wigwam in Holbrook, and Wigwam in San Bernardino.

August 20, 2013
9:43 pm
Wotacroc
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Hi Robver 86

You have obviously followed Frank's website and used his recommendations for daily travel mileages.  Minus the Grand Canyon, it is basically identical to our itinerary and it worked very well for us.

I know that tour buses do the Grand Canyon from places like Vegas in one day, however I personally think you will miss out on one of the greatest attractions that you will see in the USA.  If you think it is only a matter of turning up, looking over the edge and thinking that you have seen it all, you will be sadly mistaken.  It took us a full day to walk from one end to the other along the South Rim, then catching a bus back to the start.  With every step you take, the scenery will change.  You must also see the canyon at sunset. 

We have driven from Vegas to San Francisco and it took us more than a couple of days, as we stopped off at Sequoia National Park, Yosemite National Park and one or two other parks.  The dive from San Francisco to LA was done on Highway 1 with an overnight stopoff at Cambria.  If anyone is also thinking of doing Highway 1, could I recommend that it be done in a southerly direction, as you will have the ocean on your right hand side, so the view will not be obscured by other traffic.  Also there are not that many places to pull off the highway to sight see.

If I had the ability to stretch my holiday I would forget San Fran, stay at the Grand Canyon an extra day, then also see Monument Valley, which is not that far away from the Canyon.

I forget which member it was, who recently did a trip review that included Monument Valley, but it wasn't that long ago.   

 

wotacroc 

Drove Route 66 in 2012.

August 21, 2013
12:02 pm
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Once again this advice is brilliant. I take on board everything you have both said. I think I will adjust the plan slightly and add in those stops that have been suggested.

With regards to St Louis and Cuba, am i right to choose to stay in Cuba or is St Louis a better option?

Thankyou for your helpful replies. I have also read Wotacroc's recent post on a suggested 2 week itenerary, which appears to be ideal for our trip. Thanks agsin

August 21, 2013
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Rover–  A number of people have weighed in on your first question.  The thread is "Gateway Arch, St. Louis" and it's currently on page six of this forum.  

Really it depends on what you want to do that day.  I would opt for traveling both alignments of 66 from Springfield to Staunton IL, and walking the (Old) Chain of Rocks Bridge, a mile each way.  Then you can drive across the unique McKinley Bridge (perhaps walk it) and replenish your lost calories at Ted Drewes Frozen Custard.  A number of chain motels aren't far ahead on the SW side of St. Louis.  

This day and the following are also roughly the same distance if you stop in St. Louis.

Cuba's attraction is a stay at the classic restored Wagon Wheel Motel.  But it's 85 miles from St. Louis and on a weekday afternoon you will hit outbound traffic. 

I saw your posting on another site as well, and a suggestion that you "compress" a couple of days while traveling through the heart of the road.  I disagree…especially since your original question was about how to use extra time.  

August 22, 2013
10:31 am
katier123
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Hi,

We did the trip for our honeymoon and it was fantastic. I like the look of your itenerary as you get to stop at really interesting places, as ours was through Virgin we didn't stay at a lot of them. 

 

I agree with the post above about Santa Fe. It really was lovely, and very relaxed. We also went to the Grand Canyon from Flagstaff, which was a lovely drive, I don't know how much further it is from Holbrook.

In Springfield Missouri we stayed at the Best Western Rail Haven, which was fun to stay at.

June 1, 2014
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So guys you must be back from your trip and congrats on your marriage. Came across this and we are planning exactly the same thing only May 15 - how did it go?

January 22, 2016
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For famous honeymoon destinations i would suggest Australia and New Zealand as they will be having their colder weather at that time of year, but as suggested if you wanted beach time you could out to Fiji. I would probably look at Central America if your looking for somewhere a bit different and also a bit cheaper. for more packages or ideas you can visit this link https://www.barizaholidays.com.....n-india/63 hope i have offered some help
radhya

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