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February 15, 2014
11:45 am
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Redwards92
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Hello, 66ers!

My name is Rob and me and my fiancee, are looking to travel the famous road. Being our first time we require some knowledge, and what better place than a forum of people who have done it. I was wondering whether you could help us on the following:

How long should we take to do it?(Google says 24 hours for the length....no thankyou! ha)

Should we hire a car or a motorhome?

Does anyone have any MUST DO'S! (We wish to do the Grand Canyon)

We don't mind a little deviation, such as L.A, Vegas etc, but only if there worth it as they are holidays in themselves.

Do we start in IL or CA?

All comments welcome

Rob + Tuesday

Adventure is out there!

February 15, 2014
12:38 pm
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Hi Rob, welcome to the forum.
It's an awesome trip - you'll have a great time. Have you been to the states before?
Let answer some questions:

1. I took 3 weeks to drive it with my wife and if felt like a sufficient length of time. Most of the first two weeks were spent getting from end to end and the last 5 days or so were spent driving up the west coast to San Fran as a little extra.
2. I'd recommend hiring a car but that's just down to personal choice. A car would allow you a better "route 66 experience" in my opinion as you would be able to stay at some of the smaller, iconic motels.
3. For must-do's check out the recommendations in the Accommodation and Sights pages. If I were to do it again I would definitely revisit The Blue Swallow Motel, The Big Texan Steak Ranch, The Munger Moss Motel, Cadillac Ranch, 4 Women on the Route, The Coleman Theatre, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, The Clinton Route 66 Museum, Midpoint Cafe, Route 66 Auto Museum, Acoma Pueblo, Oatman, The Holbrook Wigwam Hotel and Bottle Tree Ranch. All of these are listed on the site. Also, lots of smaller sights are unavoidable as they are on the roadside so won't be missed.
4. My 3 week trip also took in 3 nights at Vegas, 1 night at the Grand Canyon, and 2 nights in LA.
5. The traditional way to drive Route 66 is IL to CA, Chicago to Los Angeles.

If you like I'll type up my trip, day by day. Smile

Set up the Driving Route 66 website in 2010 following the best road trip experience in 2007.

February 15, 2014
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That would be awesome!

How much did you spend roughly, was thinking I could get a wee convertible (not tiny out there I know) and go from there.

I have been to FL and CA before so have a small idea of the states.

Rob

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February 15, 2014
2:28 pm
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Hi Rob

3 weeks is generally the recommended amount of time needed. Any less and it will be rushed. Any more and it will obviously begin to cost more money. That said, I'd love to take 4 or 5 weeks to do the trip. You could stay at more towns and/or spend more time at particular places of interest.

Steve has provided some excellent suggestions above. I would add the Wagon Wheel Motel (great motel in Cuba, Missouri), the U-Drop Inn (beautiful neon-lit building in Shamrock, Texas), the Blue Hole (deep natural pool in Santa Rosa, New Mexico), and the Bricktown area of Oklahoma (excellent night life, restaurants, water taxi, baseball, etc).

Try https://www.carhire3000.com/ and https://www.drive-usa.de/ for the best car rental deals. Beware of the one-way drop-off fees (can range from $250 to $500).

I agree with Steve that driving from Chicago to Los Angeles seems more logical and popular.

Will

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February 15, 2014
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Rob + Tuesday-- I agree with all the above. A big motorhome will limit your exploration of bypassed segments etc. And it will completely fill the lane on some original segments of 66, which are narrower than today's standard US roads. Two weeks is a bare minimum for the trip, if you want to do the Grand Canyon and some other spots, figure on three. And starting from Chicago lets you experience the pattern of US settlement--basically a giant arrow pointing west. I would get the EZ66 Guide (3rd Edtn) at $19. or so from Amazon etc. And see if you can rent the classic movie "The Grapes of Wrath"--largely set on Rt 66 in the 1930s. You will be going over some of the same pavement and seeing some of the same sights.

February 15, 2014
4:59 pm
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I'll post a full itinerary and video of the trip later. I think in total it came to about 5 grand and that included flights, 3 weeks accommodation, car hire and one-way charge, petrol, eating out 3 times a day, all souvenirs and entry to any museums/attractions. It's not cheap but it's an incredible experience worth investing in.

Set up the Driving Route 66 website in 2010 following the best road trip experience in 2007.

February 15, 2014
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Hey Rob,my wife & i are driving Route 66 in June ,we have hired a mustang convertible or similar from dollar and the drop off fee is $999-00 ,but it's not like your going to do this regularly ,I would say it will cost us about £5 k but it's a trip of a lifetime.

February 15, 2014
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THANKYOU ALL!

We will discuss and let you know what we think.

Feel free to post anything else and I will look when we can.

Adventure is out there!

February 16, 2014
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I'd avoid a convertible. I had similar thoughts but the cost made me reconsider. However, when we on the road I realised that if we had gone with a convertible we would have cooked! The heat was crazy at times driving through Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada - air-conditioning was a must :-)

Set up the Driving Route 66 website in 2010 following the best road trip experience in 2007.

February 16, 2014
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Steve Bellamy said

I'd avoid a convertible. I had similar thoughts but the cost made me reconsider. However, when we on the road I realised that if we had gone with a convertible we would have cooked! The heat was crazy at times driving through Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada - air-conditioning was a must :-)

We swapped cars in Vegas and got a Mustang for the last few days. Think we lasted an hour before we had to put the roof on (in late Sep) until later in the afternoon.

The other thing to consider is the packing and repacking you have to do with a new hotel every night. There's a lot to be said for just being able to open the boot and throw your bags into the bags into the back.

February 16, 2014
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Hi!
I did r66 with a friend in September 2012 and we booked a Ford Escape class vehicle but got upgraded to an Explorer when we picked it up because it's what they had in stock. We toyed with the idea of a convertible but decided against it due to cost and once we were going realised it would have been useless anyway because you want the air conditioning and shade believe me! Also having the higher driving position of an SUV or 4x4 type vehicle can be useful when you are spending a lot of time on frontage roads and want to be able to see as much as possible. Consider how many hours you'll be driving too - small cars may be cheaper to hire but not as comfortable as the bigger options. Also think about how much luggage you'll have for 2-3 week trip and that you'll want to get it all out of sight while you are parked at various places along the way. (This may be less of a problem if you don't collect lots of souvenirs on your way - we did!)
We blogged our trip if you are interested: geeksonroute66.blogspot.co.uk

Have a FAB time! I would do it again in a heartbeat. In fact we are considering redoing all or part of it in the next couple of years we loved it that much!
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February 16, 2014
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my wife and i did the trip 4 years ago.Cost gb pounds £600 including all drop off and insurance,£50 per day in motels total and around $220 petrol.can expand if needed.

February 16, 2014
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Hi Fi.
I just had a quick flick through your blog and I will be back to read it in full.
We are doing the reverse in April and this looks great!

February 21, 2014
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Fi your blog looks great is there any chance you can provide a what you would do different? Me and my best friend are heading to do 66 at the end of August

February 21, 2014
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Hi Fi

Great blog, really made me laugh and want to do the whole thing again.

If that's whetted anyone's appetite then here's our blog from last September as well. It has some uncannily similar photos to Fi's. :-)

https://r66odyssey.wordpress.com

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