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Planning Route 66
January 6, 2013
2:00 pm
wstock86
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Afternoon all (or morning to those in the US!), 

 

Just looking for some information on Route 66 planning. 

I'm looking to travel Route 66 in the summer- around July time. I don't really intend on putting an itinerary together, more just want to drive and see what I can discover. 

The main questions I have is:

Is it better to buy a cheap car and dump it/ sell it when you leave, or better to rent one?

Where should I fly into/ out of?

Is it best to book flights myself or go through an agent?

How long should I give to do the tour? I was thinking 4 weeks (possibly 5) but my friend says they can only get 3 weeks off of work.

 

Thanks all!

 

Billy

January 6, 2013
3:29 pm
frank
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Wstock--

Buying then selling is interesting.  Has any non-American actually done this? 

One idea: https://www.carmax.com a 100+ location used-car dealer with stores around Chicago and LA.  They specialize in late-model, low-mileage vehicles--all inspected, serviced etc.  The depreciation "hit" is gone--but these are not cheap vehicles. 

Going in a "cheap" car with sales/paperwork at both ends is a bad idea (and may not even be possible for a non-American). 

The traditional trip is westbound...Chicago-to-LA (Santa Monica).  This mirrors the US pattern of expansion plus the Bobby Troup song, the Dust Bowl experience and so on.  So you would fly into O'Hare in Chicago.  

Others can help you on booking/agents etc.  Three weeks will give you ample time.  The Travel section of my site, https://www.rt66pix.com has a 2-week trip outline with nightly stops.  You could easily expand this to include nearby attractions like Branson MO, the Grand Canyon AZ and Las Vegas NV.  

There are also websites links to car hire outfits.  I suspect you'll end up renting just like everybody else.

January 6, 2013
8:24 pm
Wotacroc
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My wife and I wanted to holiday in the USA for around six months.  We thought we could buy a car or motorhome for our travels, then sell before leaving.  I contacted Transport Departments in several States, but they couldn't help me.  I could have used the address of a relative, who is a US citizen to register the vehicle, but there was also the issue of insurance.  I wanted to do it the right way, but in the end it was just too hard. 

Drove Route 66 in 2012.

January 15, 2013
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My husband and I live in Phoenix and want to drive to the California end of route 66 and then go that way and drive east and work our way to the east as far as we can go over this coming holiday weekend so that in the Spring we can continue the drive and it wont take so long as neither of us have a lot of vacation time. I dont see anything on this website that would assist us in this trip? Any suggestions from anyone?

January 15, 2013
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Gamabama--

If you have only a three-day weekend, this would work.  I-10 to LA, which is 5-6 hours.  Enjoy the Santa Monica Pier and/or tourist stuff near the end of 66 and get a motel nearby that night.

Second day: 66 through LA (basically Santa Monica Blvd, the 110 Freeway, Colorado Blvd, Foothill Blvd) to San Bernardino then Cajon Blvd to Barstow.  (You will also be on the Interstate at times.)  Barstow has plenty of motels despite the relatively small size of the place.  This day is only 155 miles total so it allows for traffic, sightseeing.

Third day: Explore 66 through the desert through Amboy, Goffs etc. to Needles CA. Then I-40 east to AZ Exit 71 beyond Kingman, where you take US 93 to Phoenix.

If you're going to do the whole trip, the EZ66 Guide (2nd Edtn) by Jerry McClanahan, available through Amazon and others for less than $20, is highly worthwhile.  You might as well get it now, because the LA routing is more complicated than what's above.  

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