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Planning help
November 6, 2012
11:34 pm
Melbourne, Australia
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Hello all, Firstly we must say what a great site this is, we have read and learnt alot on here already.  Our family are planning a trip to the US (we are coming from Australia) in March-April next year and due to a young family and time constraints, we can only do a section of Route 66 and would like some advise/help on our plan so far.  We will be doing the trip backwards, it appears everyone does it from east to west, we will be going west to east (Is there a reason we shouldnt do it this way?).

After some family time (Disneyland, etc) we hope to join Route 66 after the Grand Canyon, around Flagstaff and drive to Albuquerque on the first day.  The next day drive to Amarillo and the next day depart Route 66 and head for Dallas to get a flight back to LA. 

We would appeciate any opinions whether this stretch of Route 66 is achievable and will allow us enough time to enjoy the road and tourist stops along the way (Our kids are great car travellers).


Dave & Virginia

November 7, 2012
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Deemac--There's no reason why you can't do the trip "backwards."  The US settlement pattern is basically an arrow pointing west, and Rt 66 mirrored this.  

You can pick up 66 (called Santa Monica Boulevard) near the Santa Monica Pier, not that far from Disneyland.  Rt 66 will take you all the way to Williams or Flagstaff AZ, and the Grand Canyon is then just a side-trip away.  

You don't mention how much time you plan to spend on this. You could do LA to the Grand Canyon in two days, although that would be rushed. Three or four would be much more enjoyable.  The other stops in Albuquerque, Amarillo and Dallas are fine.   

November 7, 2012
10:47 am
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Appreciate your input Frank, we actually have some time to start route 66 at the start, but will detour off for Las Vegas and Grand Canyon for a few days and then start back on at Flagstaff.  It was the stops from there that I was more concerned about, whether we are allowing enough time.  You have answered that, thanks.

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