Route 66 Forum
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April 2, 2018
Hey, everyone. My "Route 66 name" is "Lane Stripe" (Yeah, ha-ha!) and I'm from Bloomington, Indiana, USA --- geographical coordinates 39.1653° N, 86.5264° W. My nearest junction with Route 66 is probably Litchfield or Gillespie, Illinois, depending on which alignment you prefer.
I'm mostly an amateur railway historian and, partly through this hobby, discovered Route 66 in 1999. Another inspiration was Jack Kerouac's novel titled "On the Road." I thought it was a good book, not a great one, and in fact the book has nothing to do with Route 66, but it inspired me to make the trip. I've been down the Old Road three times: 1999, 2008, & 2011. Since then, my independent and self-directed research has made me the developer and perfecter of "The Magnificent Route 66 Road & Rail Tour" and hope to embark again in May 2018.
I'm always in search of sites of historic, artistic, cultural or natural interest and beauty, no matter where I'm headed. The only other forum I actively monitor is Yahoo!'s Route 66 E-group. I'm also on Facebook and monitor several groups there but the information scrolls by so fast it's hard to keep abreast of it all.
I hope to see you on the road this Summer
May 14, 2018
Good evening all,
My husband and I have booked a 4 week route 66 trip starting 1st October. We are from Wales, United Kingdom.
We booked this trip on a whim really, without doing any prior research, and are now having a slight panic that we need to plan to make the most of the trip.
We are travelling west to east which I know isn't the 'traditional' direction but we have a holiday in Las Vegas before the trip... Anyhow I digress.. basically we've come on here for your top tips. What to see, where to go, where not to bother to go.. Also what motels must we absolutely book in advance?
I've also been thinking that we would like to stay with 'locals' on the route maybe lodging with a family for 1 or 2 nights. Has anyone done this before?
Any tips or tricks greatly appreciated.
August 9, 2018
I have just started to plan our Route 66 trip of a life time for next spring.
We are from Essex in the UK. Looking to get as many tips and ideas as we can to build the ultimate trip. We are looking at spending between 8 - 10 weeks in total, starting in Las Vegas, then Anaheim (I'm a Disney fan) before hitting Route 66 traveling east to Chicago. Me and my partner are into the Hot Rod and car scene in the UK so anything extra we can do car related is an added bonus.
Looking forward to getting some tips.
September 13, 2018
My handle is Fixnfly11.
In another life I trained as an aircraft mechanic ( hence the name) then wound up doing Air Conditioning for a living.
Living on Long Island, NY next to New York City.
I've always wanted to ride the length of Route 66 and just happened upon thus site while looking for something else. Well that's the internet for you.
I'm rebuilding my 1977 Yamaha XS750 and hope to do the trip on this trusty old steed.
Looking forward to enjoying this site and your company.
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January 10, 2019
Hi guys my name is Alan. I'm from London and on 1st September my best friend and I are spending 15 days travelling route 66.
Being very lucky both of us after hitting 40 years old our wives have let us go!!!
As we only have 15 days we will be looking for any advice or tips to squeeze as much in as possible.
Also would love to hear about anyone must stops.
flights booked. car booked. can't wait!!
January 27, 2019
January 31, 2019
Hello from the Great White North.
Hello Steve. Thanks for this site. It will be of great help with our trip. My Brother-In-Law and I are planning a 6 week, 14,000 K (8,700 mile) journey this summer from Ottawa Canada with the first leg being a much anticipated Route 66 East to West. Inspiration for this trip started back in the 60's from the "Route 66" TV series. That dates us, doesn't It? We will be switching out the corvette for motorcycles though. Once we hit Santa Monica we will swing North to ride the Pacific Coast Highway to Vancouver on to Whitehorse, Yukon then meandering our way home through British Columbia, Alberta and the northern part of the U.S. states. Cheers to all who have done this before and look forward to joining the Route 66 club.
February 4, 2019
Hello everyone My name is Allan. I made my sign on name 135Boomer not to get confused with the other Allan. I live in Portland Oregon. I retired from the USAF and Postal Service. The name came from when I was in the Air Force and flew on the KC 135 as a Boom Operator. We have been on the Route back in 2009 with 4 PT Cruiser's. Had a great time. But now my wife are planning another trip on the Route this year. We will both be 66 thought it would be a good thing to do. We won't be doing the whole route. Will start at Carthage this time. The reason is well be in Fort Collins for an event in August then taking part of the Lincoln Hwy to Omaha visit friends then to Carthage to pick up the route. When we get to the end in California taking the Pacific Coast Hwy home to Portland Oregon. Should be a great trip and looking forward to going.
Will be starting this Road Trip around the first part of August.
Any suggestions would be very helpful. Thanks have a great day.
February 14, 2019
December 30, 2019
Hello! My husband and I are planning to drive Route 66, possibly in 2021. We are 67 now so we will see if our dream comes. We will be towing a travel trailer an have 2 small furbabies with us. We live in IL so would probably start from Litchfield and our return route would be a northerly route. Is it really necessary to plan it all out or can we just wing it as we desire?
December 31, 2019
My name’s Laura. We are booked up to spend three weeks in summer for our honeymoon travelling Route 66, continuing the road up Highway 1 to San Francisco to fly back (we also have planned detours to certain places along the way too).
Would love to hear people’s stories and recommendations of the Route.
Just a question that’s on my mind. I have heard that the original route has experienced issues in terms of the I-40 opening up. Is it still possible to travel along the original road without crossing into that? Would love to stick to its roots as much as possible.
October 14, 2011
LaCootay said Just a question that’s on my mind. I have heard that the original route has experienced issues in terms of the I-40 opening up. Is it still possible to travel along the original road without crossing into that? Would love to stick to its roots as much as possible.
Hi Laura, you'll find there may be times you hop on the I40 to make time at certain points where the 2 roads run side by side and are visible to one another. If you do, don't beat yourself up about it. For as authentic an experience as possible I'd recommend the EZ66 Guide
Set up the Driving Route 66 website in 2010 following the best road trip experience in 2007.
April 14, 2020
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August 12, 2020
First time poster here. My family and I live on the East Coast of the US and we are planning our Route 66 cross country trip for June 2021. This is my dream vacation. I am married (25 years this October) and have three sons, current ages 19, 16 and 10, all will be a year older when we leave and all are pretty excited for our journey.
So this is our plan for now...we are taking three weeks, however, we are giving ourselves only 8 days to get to California. Honestly, we want to mostly see all the kitschy, funny roadside things, nothing serious, just fun, and don't plan on spending time going through museums, the caverns, etc. Just quick stops to check things out and then on our way again, although we do plan on seeing the Grand Canyon. We are thinking of skipping starting in Chicago as big cities are not our thing, and someone suggested that we might want to start at the Launching Pad and Gemini Giant. But... would you all know if I would miss anything major if I started there?
We plan on spending 5-6 in Southern California and then driving up the coast to San Francisco for a day and then heading home straight across from there.
If anyone has any tips on where to stay (we do plan on some of the iconic hotels along the way) but anywhere in Illinois that is inexpensive would be great. We are bringing inflatable mattresses with us for the hotel rooms for 2 of the kids.
Any other tips would be helpful no matter how small. Thank you!