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I am just starting out planning our Trip. It is partly honeymoon and partly for my husbands 40th, combining cars (his passion) with a trip to the USA as he has never been before.

I have always wanted to drive Route 66, but to be honest I am finding it quite overwhelming, trying to decide what we will see, how long is best to stay in each place so that we really make the most out of our two weeks. I shall be looking on here for some much needed guidance.

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D

December 2, 2014
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Hi D,

Please do ask if you have any questions. Route 66 would be an amazing holiday idea given what you've said about your husband's love of cars. What a great way to experience America for the first time!

I also found it quite daunting/overwhelming when I first started planning my trip a couple of years ago. However, that was part of the fun! I loved researching places to go, places to stay, etc.

After all, if you're spending a lot of money on a holiday, it shouldn't just be aboue the holiday itself... but also all the time and fun you have planning it... plus all the happy memories you have afterwards. Those things are worth something too.

Good luck and do let me know if I can help.

Will

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December 18, 2014
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Hi
I'm hoping to take the drive for my 50th(ish) in a couple of years :-)
Lots of questions to ask lol

December 19, 2014
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Hi all, John from UK here. Did the route with my wife in 2010. Amazing journey.

December 28, 2014
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New to this forum and searching for stories and interesting places to stop along Rte.66. I lived in Tulsa and traveled Rte. 66 and the entire state for 18 years and very familiar with the road in Okla and Texas,but wanting info on Illinois and Missouri,as well as California and Arizona. There is a planned trip,2nd Annual Trip,leaving from Chicago in October 2015. See https://www.route66motortour.com/ . I have done the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour since 2004 and wanting to try a different kind of road trip this year in my classic car. Planning on doing a partial run of the Henry B. Joy Lincoln Highway Tour in June from Detroit to San Francisco. I live in Iowa and travel Hwy 30 a lot as i did Rte 66 when in Oklahoma. These historic roads and the towns surrounding them are going away quickly and I don't want to miss the chances to remember what I should have paid more attention to 20 plus years ago while being distracted by life. Thanks for any responses and have a Merry Christmas.

January 2, 2015
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Hi! I'll be driving a moving truck from Chicago to LA at the end of this month. We're taking interstate 44, but I hope to drive on route 66 as much as possible. I came across this site as I was trying to determine where I could and couldn't drive the truck on 66.

January 8, 2015
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HI from Cleveland Ohio

My husband and I have been talking about this trip for years. We both are retired and have decided to start planning this trip. I have been searching the internet and this website seems to have quite a bit of information. I was wondering about the R66 maps that are advertised on amazon since they are older would they still be a good bet?

January 8, 2015
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Hi all,
I'm almost a Quinquagenerian (look it up) and to celebrate, I'm planning a self-drive 2016 Route 66 tour with a group of friends. I'm also looking to purchase a 1966 Mustang in the US and then bring it back to Australia after the tour.

I'm certainly looking forward to interacting on this site and have found the information great thus far!

An Aussie planning a Quinquagenerian Tour in 2016

January 9, 2015
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You old fart!

Just kidding :) Welcome to the boards! What a great way to celebrate your 50th. If you can buy a '66 Mustang, that would be incredible. Transporting it back to Australia will cost a lot of money but, hey, money ought to be spent on things that bring you happiness, so go ahead and do it!

I look forward to seeing you on the boards - please ask if you have any questions.

Will

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January 12, 2015
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Hi
I'm Lucy from nottingham uk, my husband and myself are planning our Route 66 trip for October 2017, we'll be taking our two teenage daughters, so just looking for tipsand ideas to get the best out of our trip!

January 12, 2015
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Hi Lucy,

Your teenage daughters are very lucky; this will be a trip they'll never forget and what an amazing way to spend time together. Please feel free to ask specific questions and we'll do our best to answer them.

Will

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January 13, 2015
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Thank you :)

January 16, 2015
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loraleli said

HI from Cleveland Ohio

My husband and I have been talking about this trip for years. We both are retired and have decided to start planning this trip. I have been searching the internet and this website seems to have quite a bit of information. I was wondering about the R66 maps that are advertised on amazon since they are older would they still be a good bet?

Hi Lorileli,
We are from Marion, Ohio. My husband and I drove Route 66 March of 2014! What a fabulous whirlwind trip we had. We spent 2 weeks on the road, traveled 5300 miles and saw more than we expected, but missed so much we want to go back. One of the best things I did was write a blog while were one the road. Logging in my pictures as we travel, kept them in the right order and I knew where I took them.
Feel free to check out my blog.... https://wanderings66.weebly.com/
Have fun on the road.

January 25, 2015
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Hi there - we go 28th April 2015 - we are 4 guys from the UK - LA to Chicago - looking for a few places where we could play as we are a band. Any ideas welcome?
Doing it in a red 57 chevy - or hope to assuming it goes all the way.

January 25, 2015
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Hmm, good question! (And great idea to travel Route 66 as a band, playing at random places along the way!)

I recommend e-mailing the tourism board of various state counties. They might be able to suggest venues. I think you'll have more luck in the bigger cities, e.g. Oklahoma City, Albuquerque, etc. Then again, I think it would be fun to perform in smaller venues/towns too, e.g. Tucumcari, Seligman, etc.

Let us know how you get on!

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January 27, 2015
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Good evening.

I'm Peter from London, England and my wife and I plan to drive the Mother Road during the summer of 2016, when I will be celebrating my 66th birthday. I thought maybe we could hire a '66 Mustang to make it a trio of 66's, but we prefer the comforts of a modern SUV at our age. This will be our first time in the US and we're a little apprehensive because our only "experiences" of America have been formed from watching CSI, NCIS, Breaking Bad, etc. etc. Is it really that dangerous over there?

We're still looking forward to it though. (Well, I am more than the missus!)

January 28, 2015
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Hi Peter, great first post!

You and (particularly) your wife will be pleased to hear that, no, it's not much like CSI etc! Most of Route 66 is very quiet/deserted and, instead, you'll meet plenty of friendly people. Just use common sense and avoid any areas that look dodgy, e.g. seedy areas of cities, etc.

What an amazing way to spend your 66th Birthday! It'll be the trip of a lifetime.

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January 28, 2015
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Thanks WillC, that's encouraging news! I've read that July and August are the two months to avoid because of school breaks and heavy traffic, but we're unable to change the time we travel because my 66th is at the end of July. Would it be advisable to maybe change our month of travel and celebrate my birthday in September instead?
I'm happy to consider this, rather than suffer the sort of traffic congestion we have here in London.

January 28, 2015
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My name is John and I am a photographer and retired. I am planing on moving to las Vegas in march and I can't think of a better way of getting there than driving the mother roadI am a New York native currently living in Maryland, so I plan on picking up Rt. 66 in St. Louis. Can't wait!

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Silver Fox said

Thanks WillC, that's encouraging news! I've read that July and August are the two months to avoid because of school breaks and heavy traffic, but we're unable to change the time we travel because my 66th is at the end of July. Would it be advisable to maybe change our month of travel and celebrate my birthday in September instead?
I'm happy to consider this, rather than suffer the sort of traffic congestion we have here in London.

No, I'd stick to your original plan and do the trip in July. I know it's peak season, but it's not like Route 66 ever gets 'busy'. You might need to book iconic motels ahead of the trip to ensure you get a room. The traffic in LA is always crazy (which is why we avoided it at the end of my tip, albeit that's a bit like running a marathon, getting within a 100 metres of the finish line and saying 'sod it, let's go for a beer in the pub instead of finishing the race'). But the traffic elsewhere is mostly fine. For 99% of the drive you'll be the only car on the road.

If you're used to driving in London, you'll have no problems.

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