New to this site and really enjoying reading about the diverse range of travellers and experiences - we are driving Route 66 next year in June - flights booked so far and gathering lots of tips and recommendations to plan our itinerary. We are a family from " sunny " North East Scotland :0/
Hi, Sue here, we are in the early stages of planning our trip on Route 66 next August. I feel ok with the planning from Chicago until Albuquerque but then I have read different reviews about stopping at Holbrook, Flagstaff or Chinle. Also should we stop between Las Vegas and Los Angeles I.e. Needles or San Bernardino?
I felt the same ahead of my trip. However, once you get behind the wheel, you'll be absolutely fine. Chicago is busy and a bit of a headache but you'll be out of the city within 30 minutes and, before long, you'll be one of the only cars on the road - that's the joy of Route 66.
Trust me, the driving is one of the best parts about the trip. Admittedly the cities can be daunting, but just stay calm - you'll be absolutely fine.
--- Drove Route 66 in August 2012 ---
Hi all- great forum!
Sorry if this has already been asked but have had a gander and could not see it- has anyone done the 'all in one package' (flights, car and specific hotels already booked for you) and would this be recommended or would it be much cheaper/more enjoyable to book each individually?
Hi, me and my partner are doing the package. We got a deal including flights, hotels and car hire. There was some flexibility regarding what hotels and how many nights in certain places for example, we chose 2 nights in Joliet to have a rest after flight which means we borrowed a night off grand canyon. Then we have 2 nights vegas and 2 in LA before flying home. all the rest are 1 nighters. We also upgraded our hire car from a standard family car to a Dodge Charger for an extra £50 (the hire company Alamo had an offer on So I guess its not all set in stone. We go September 1st and return 0n the 15th, first time in America and I can't bloody wait. Trip of a lifetime and gonna enjoy every second.
Can I ask who you booked it with and would you recommend them? I have seen what seems like a very good deal on world choice sports, but they have some less than favourable reviews on travel advisor so am unsure about using them.
Saw your post and thought I would let you know - We booked with The Complete North America for next year - Really excellent, tailored our Itinerary to suit us and we done a lot of juggling around with them - Also no one way sur-charge on the car :o) and what I like is they contacted me to let me know that flights between LA and Vegas would be cheaper than taking the hire car - They have been around for years and some really good reviews.
I just have discovered this site and joined tonight and having a quick look. We are off to drive the great road in early September, and after much searching of travel agents and pricing things ourself decided to book with Complete North America - and so far are really happy with them. They waived the one way car hire fee, and threw in a sat nav. We had done some research about places we wanted to stay, and wanted the traditional more than a list of Best Westerns, and we are happy with the compromise we got with them. I also wanted certain rooms which they were great in reserving for us, including the lodge at the Grand Canyon.
We also wanted to visit San Francisco and Monterey - so once we get to the magic end point at Santa Monica, we turn right and head up the coast for a few days. We are away for 22 nights, and have 17 different hotels during that time including 2 nights in Chicago, two in Las Vegas at Caesar's Palace as we are meeting up with friends there, and then finally three nights in San Fran. To be honest, the last part is costing almost more than driving Route 66 itself!
The tickets and itinerary arrived this week, and I love the personalised spiral bound itinerary book they have made us, with all the driving details and hotel details and things suggested on route.
Looking really forwards to chatting to some of you in here and asking lots of questions!!
Thanks for your reply Andi14- I did get a quote with them and they seemed good- but I went with Holidaysplease.com in the end- really helpful
Cant wait for next year now!
Us too - We can't wait !! When do you go?
28th June 2015 Cant wait!! when do you go? I have upgraded the car to 'ford mustang' or 'similar' I am assuming I have no chance of actually getting the mustang haha
Dee Hewitson said
New here. We leave for our trip next month and get married en route. Tres excited!
Frosty - a fellow coventrian! *waves
We've gone with a mustang convertible and have no real expectation of getting one haha
where about's in Cov are you based? canley- Warwick Uni for me.
That's awesome- you already decided whereabouts you are getting married?
Hello! Carys here in Cardiff, Wales. 'Just been made redundant' teacher, who finds herself with the time and the money to do this trip. How often does that happen in life, right?!
Landing in Chicago on Sept 16th with my 'retired this year' mother and 'just finished school' daughter. We've got 25 days and, like some of you, are turning right at LA and adding on the drive up to San Francisco. I'll be doing all the driving myself, which is quite daunting, but I imagine its not as stressful as driving long journeys down the motorways of the UK?
I'm looking forward to browsing this site for tips on places to visit. We've also booked with Complete North America. I would have 'winged it' a little more if I was with a friend, but this will be a more secure and organised visit for three generations of women.
The two things I'm most unsure about are as follows:
1) Is it better to get up and head out each morning, to spend the day in the next place on the route, or drive later in the day, head for hotel , and spend the morning/afternoon exploring each new stop.
2) Food! Really don't want to eat rubbish. Can you buy fruit and healthy(ish) snacks anywhere along the route, or will I need to shop in each town/city before heading out.
I'm sure the answers to these are on other posts, so will go digging.
Great resource, Steve. Da iawn, n all that!