Good News is im booked to drive Route 66 with my friend in September 2012, been looking for an online resource and looks like ive found one.
Looking forward to i live in the UK and have a 14 day trip booked, Im 38 and my friend is early 40's we both looking for a great experince as well as having some fun and adventure on the way.
Role on September.
Hi Glen - welcome to the site, I hope it proves useful. If there's anything you need to know just ask. If there's anything you feel is missing from the site just tell us.
I'm from Wales and drove Route 66 in 2007 and it remains the best trip I've ever been on - a fantastic experience. Have you been to the States before?
Drove Route 66 in August 2007 - hope to do it again one day in the not too distant future.
I finally got in!
I was a member on the old forum, but could not re-register here for the longest time. Decided to try again today, and was able to make it work.
I've been a Route 66 fan for a lot of years. Grew up in Central Illinois only a mile or so from the Route. My Grandparents on my mothers side owned a restaurant on an old 66 alignment in town.
I now live in Detroit, so I don't get to see much of the road. Have driven a short stretch of it in Illinois during visits home, but that's all so far. We are hoping for a Chicago - LA trip in 2014.
From Hertfordshire in the UK.
The wife and myself are looking at doing Route 66 at some point in 2013.
Started the research and planning already a few months ago, certainly seems to be quite a bit of prep required to ensure this goes right, but nothing ever goes to plan so looking forward to it.
Love the States and a bit of a Vegas 'expert', past and present, so if you have any questions on Sin City please feel free to message me.
David Asher (Sept 2013 Rt66'er)
Hello all, I am Margot and live in tweed heads Australia, I am planning a trip along route 66 and a trip down the Mississippi for possibly next year and want to incorporate both trips. Any suggestions as to where I should fly into from Australia to begin the two trips and in what order I should look at to plan thie two trips?.
Margot: Do you have at least four weeks to do all this? The time of year will also be important. May-June and September are the best times to do 66, in my opinion. July-August can be unpleasant in both the desert along 66, and humid lower half of the Mississippi.
If you flew into Chicago (or perhaps Minneapolis) you could do the Mississippi River first. Headwaters are in Minnesota. Downstream, St. Louis MO (also on Route 66) is worth a day or so. Same with Memphis TN, Vicksburg and Natchez MS, plus the Louisiana plantations. And near the southern tip, New Orleans is a place to linger and enjoy. (I've done the river trip, but in pieces.) It will take more than a week to really experience and enjoy.
Then, from New Orleans, you could head back to Chicago, take 66 to LA, and fly home. The American experience is all westbound--and Rt 66 mirrors that. My site, https://www.rt66pix.com has a 2-week trip outline in the Travel section. Many people also decide on sidetrips to the nearby Grand Canyon and Las Vegas...and want to spend time on the southern California beaches.
There's no reason not to combine the two trips--IF you have enough time.
I am on the sunshine coast and we are planning a trip to do route 66, hopefully next year. I have had this on my bucket list for about 10 years, so I think 2013 will be it. I have been looking at buying a classic car when I get there,(65 or 66 Mustang, maybe} and then shipping it home when I have finished the trip. You can have them shipped from the west coast to Brisbane for around 3 grand. I have been researching the trip for maybe 2 years on and off and believe it is a trip well worth doing. Everything I have read points to a wonderful history and driving the ole route 66 seems to be on many peoples to do list. Hopefully I will be able to get over there in May next year. I get on this forum regularly lately and read all the posts with great interest. All suggestions are warmly accepted
Hi everyone! My name is Jeneen and I am from PA. I am planning a trip along Route 66 for my family. It isn't for another 3 years, we have other vacations planned within that time, but I think it will take me the entire 3 years to plan! Can't wait to dive in and read all the posts and start taking notes! Thanks for having me!
Route 66 2015 here we come!
Hi everyone, my name is Jenny. My husband and I have been wishing to drive Route 66 for a number of years and next year for
4 weeks in Apr/May 2013 it will happen, so I look forward to planning the trip with a lot of help from this web site.
3 years ago I purchased two books "EZ 66 guide 2nd edition" and "Dining & Lodging Guide 14th edition" and I was wondering if they are still current editions.
Jen--The EZ66 Guide 2nd edition has a 2008 Copyright date and is still the current edition. The Dining and Lodging Guide is up to the 15th Edition now but your version will work just fine. Both are published by the National Historic Route 66 Federation and available at https://www.national66.org. (I'm a member.)
My name is Tracey and this is the first time I have ever posted, or even joined, a forum! My boyfriend and I have just booked our flights to drive Chicago to drive Route 66 in May next year. I cannot wait! It is something I have wanted to do for as long as I can remember. I've decided to join the forum because I do not want to miss anything along the way so looking at picking up as many suggestions, tips, do's and don'ts, places to go etc. Let the planning commence
My name is Geoff, and I am from Australia. Forgive my rudeness, but I have already done fifteen posts in the Forum and only realised that this introduction thread is available.
Our flights have been booked and now it is just a matter of counting down till 2 May, 2013. My wife and I will be driving from LAX to Chicago via the Arches National Park, south western Colorado to the Rocky Mountain National Park. Hopefully there will be little or no snow on the roadway, along the Million Dollar Highway. We will then continue on to Chicago.
I have allowed fourteen days to do Route 66 and have at this stage pencilled in close to 140 attractions, buildings and sites that I want to see and photograph.
This site has been an absolute wealth of information and I thank those who have previously given their time to ensure people like me can learn by their experience.
Drove Route 66 in 2012.
Hello, my name is Mary Ann. This will be my 2nd trip to Route 66. My first trip was in 1976, so I hope to learn what's new and what to expect on the road.
My travel companion is my cousin. She has never been on a cross-country trip, and she's thinking we could tent camp every night. I'm more of a motel girl myself, but I will pack my tent and see how it goes.
We're leaving from Rochester, NY, so our 1st stop should be southern Illinois. We only have two weeks or so, and we hope to do most of our touring in New Mexico and Arizona. Been to CA, so we're going to Las Vegas to visit our uncle before we head back.
Greetings to everyone new--
I'm over-represented here already but couldn't resist asking Mary Ann if she has any photographs of the 1976 trip? Route 66 wasn't entirely bypassed by the Interstates until 1984. This could be a fascinating Then-and-Now photo project.
Even the cars and gas stations have nostalgic value because 1976 is as far back in time (37 years) as 1939 was in 1976.
Hi to all Concerned.
My real name is Robert and I'm from Irving, Texas. Incidentally that "TGOJNB" stand for "The Ghost Of John Neely Bryan".(That's mainly because I'm an amateur historian and I'm a member of the Old Red Museum of Dallas Count History and Culture (1892 - https://www.oldred.org); The Dallas Historical Society (1936 - https://www.hallofstate.com )and I suppose White's Chapel UMC could count as historic (1871- https://www.whiteschapelumc.com )
My hobbies are Amateur Radio, Photography, History and Writing. I have had some newspaper articles and a magazine article published. I got hooked on the Route 66 Forum and just recently found this one.
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