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January 3, 2017
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Ain626
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Hi all, was wondering if you would mind looking at our potential itinerary... (In the version saved on my laptop I've put in some key attractions we'd like to stop at each day too, but didn't want to make the post too long!)

Route 66 Planning

Day 1: Land in Chicago
Day 2: Chicago
Day 3: Start driving! Drive to Springfield, Illinois – Approx 200 miles (Pick up car today?)
Day 4: Drive to St. Louis – Approx 100 miles
Day 5: Drive to Springfield, Missouri – Approx 220 miles
Day 6: Drive to Oklahoma City – Approx 300 miles
Day 7: Drive to Amarillo – Approx 260 miles (Night – The Big Texan Motel?)
Day 8: Drive to Tucumcari – Approx 120 miles
Side trip in morning to Palo Duro Canyon State Park? – TX – scenic, photo ops https://www.palodurocanyon.com/ (Will add approx. 75 miles to the day... Would it be worth it? Esp. considering we're going to the Grand Canyon later on...)
(Night – Tucumcari - Blue Swallow Motel)
Day 9: Drive to Albuquerque, New Mexico – Approx 175 miles, or go via Santa Fe for 225 miles
(Night – Albuquerque. I initially planned to stop in Albuquerque, but now thinking Santa Fe might be better)
Day 10: Drive to Holbrook, Arizona – Approx 275 miles (Night – Holbrook – Wig Wam Hotel)
Day 11: Drive to the Grand Canyon, Arizona – Approx 150 miles (Night – somewhere near GC – Must book)
Day 12: Vegas, Nevada – Approx 300 miles
Spend some of the morning at the Grand Canyon then straight drive to Vegas in afternoon?
Day 13 and 14: Vegas – 0 miles
Explore Vegas, show in evening?
Day 15: Drive to Barstow, CA – Approx 320 miles
Back track a little to get back on Route 66 and to go through Oatman. Can jump on I40 to cut out some bits if needed.
(Night – Barstow – Route 66 Motel?)
Day 16: Drive to Santa Monica, CA – Approx 175 miles
Santa Monica Pier – End of route 66! (Return car today or keep for exploring LA?)
(Night – Los Angeles)
Day 17 and 18: Los Angeles
Explore LA –
Day 19: Fly to Hawaii (4 or 5 nights in Hawaii)
Day 23 or 24: Fly to Heathrow
Day 24 or 25: Land at Heathrow

Does this sound feasible?

January 3, 2017
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That is incredibly close to the trip I did back in 2007 and I had an amazing time (and it led to this website!)

So yes, it's definitely feasible and a very good plan. Like you, I also did the two sidetrips to the Grand Canyon and Vegas. If anything, you get to spend longer in LA than I did - I was only there for the one day and would have liked more time.

I spent two weeks from Chicago to LA and spent a further week driving up Highway 1 - the coastal road to San Francisco.

I think you have a very good itinerary there.

Drove Route 66 in August 2007 - hope to do it again one day in the not too distant future.

January 4, 2017
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Not trying to change anyone's plans, but there are a LOT of things to do in Illinois. You're breezing through pretty quickly.

While this is not everything there is to see in Illinois, here is a list I have made of some of the interesting things to see/do.

These are in no particular order. I can try to help group them for you if you'd like. Example in Springfield: The stops at Fulgenzi's, the State Fair Main Gate and Lincoln "giant", and the State Police Museum are all very near each other. There are also many Abraham Lincoln sites (home, law offices, Presidential Library, Old State Capital, Tomb), if you wanted to group them by that theme. There are also other popular Route 66 stop in Springfield, like the Cozy Dog Drive-In, that are one a popular path of Route 66 through town (there are a couple), but not immediately near other sites.

Enjoy your trip!

Brooks Catsup Bottle Water Tower
https://www.catsupbottle.com/

Sprague’s Super Service
https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/r…..ormal.html

The Old Station
https://www.panoramio.com/photo/9779196

St. Paul Lutheran Church
https://route66news.com/2011/01…..eon-cross/
https://www.stpaullutheranchurc…..hamel.org/

Sidewalk Highway
https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/route-66-sidewalk-highway
Launching Pad
https://route66news.com/2010/12…..-for-sale/

Streetcar Diner
https://route66news.com/2010/11…..-new-home/

First Dairy Queen designated a landmark
https://route66news.com/2010/11…..-landmark/

Taylor's Mexican Chili Parlor
https://www.urbanspoon.com/r/17…..arlinville

A cell built for two
https://route66news.com/2010/08…..t-for-two/

Turkey Tracks
https://route66news.com/2010/07…..ng-tracks/

White Fence Farm
https://whitefencefarm-il.com/index.php

Route 66 Drive-In
https://www.route66-drivein.com…..elcome.htm

Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation and Museum
https://www.isphf.org/

Fulgenzis across from Fair, with Old gas station from Bill Shea’s
https://www.fulgenzis.com/
https://www.fulgenzis.com/sheas-filling-station-makes-the-move-to-a-new-home/

Illinois State Fairgrounds
https://www.agr.state.il.us/isf/

Dana Thomas House
https://www.dana-thomas.org/

Lincoln’s Tomb
https://lincolntomb.org/

Cozy Dog Drive-In
https://www.cozydogdrivein.com/

Sugar Creek Covered Bridge
https://illinoisroute66.org/What-to-See/Details/ArticleID/4025/Sugar-Creek-Covered-Bridge
https://bridgehunter.com/il/san…..gar-creek/

Mother Jones Monument
https://www.route66news.com/2015/06/24/mother-jones-monument-restored/

Meramec Caverns Barn Advertisement
https://americanroadmagazine.com/forum/index.php?app=gallery&image=1036
https://www.route66university.com/busdir/meramec.php

Luna Café
https://www.illinoisroute66.org/What-to-See/Details/ArticleID/4065/Luna-Cafe

Becky’s Barn
https://www.route66world.com/tag/becky-barn/
https://www.facebook.com/Beckys-Barn-on-Route-66-735366216595236/

Odell Station
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S…..llinois%29
also…
https://www.il66assoc.org/attraction/standard-oil-station

Doc’s Soda Fountain
https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/illinois/docs-soda-fountain-il/
https://www.route66news.com/2012/08/18/a-visit-to-docs-soda-fountain-in-girard/

McLean Depot Train Shop
https://mcleandepot.com/

America's Playable Arcade Museum
https://vintagevideogames.com/

Atlanta, Ill
Good site…quite a few things to see in Atlanta…
https://www.atlantaillinois.org/
https://www.haweselevator.org/h…..s_home.htm
https://route66news.com/2012/09…..rill-cafe/
https://route66news.com/2012/04…..-route-66/
https://route66news.com/2009/05…..surrected/
A rare and old grain elevator
https://route66news.com/2009/10…..-elevator/

Pontiac, Ill
https://www.pontiacoaklandmuseum.org/
https://route66news.com/2011/05…..r-pontiac/
https://www.route66oldlogcabin.com/

Lincoln Theatre
https://route66news.com/2011/05…..e-honored/

Soulsby Station
https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/r…..olive.html

Mining and Route 66 museum
https://route66news.com/2011/03…..to-godley/

Marx Brother Farm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M…..x_Brothers

Manske-Niemann Farm
https://www.thejournal-news.net/news/local_news/litchfield-farm-impresses-local-historians/article_084bcf70-1796-5e0b-8757-2e662f57b89f.html

Red Brick near Auburn, Ill
https://route66news.com/2011/10…..rick-road/

The Mill
https://www.savethemill.org/

Henry’s Rabbit Ranch
https://www.henrysroute66.com/

Country Classic Cars
https://www.countryclassiccars.com/

Sprague’s Super Service
https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/r…..ormal.html

Crossroads Diner
https://route66news.com/2012/05…..-its-menu/

Illinois-only Store
https://route66news.com/2011/07…..rlinville/

Funks Grove
https://www.funkspuremaplesirup.com/

Shadows of the Motherland
Russian Orthodoxy in downstate Illinois
https://www.illinoistimes.com/S…..rland.html

Our Lady of the Highways marks 50th year
https://route66news.com/2009/10…..50th-year/

Elkhart, Ill.
https://elkhartillinois.us/Arou…..llage.html

Dell Rhea Chicken Basket
https://www.chickenbasket.com/

Historic stretch near Springfield
https://route66news.com/2009/05…..ringfield/

Lou Mitchell's
https://www.loumitchellsrestaurant.com/

Brooks Catsup Bottle Water Tower
https://www.catsupbottle.com/

Lincoln Theatre
https://route66news.com/2011/05…..e-honored/

Swing bridge at I&M canal
https://hookedonroute66.com/201…..-im-canal/

January 4, 2017
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Hmmm...something in the way these URLs got truncated has a bunch of them not working. If you have questions, and/or can't find what you want in the web, please ask.

January 5, 2017
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Have to agree with DynoDave, we did 18 days end to end no side trips and even then there were days that felt rushed.
There is (IMHO) much more to see between Chicago and Oklahoma City than there is OKC to Santa Monica. You need half a day in Pontiac alone, you will never fit that in going Chicago to Springfield. Perhaps a bit more investigating what you will be seeing on the way will help plan your stops better.

Re night at Big Texan, we stayed there, it gets mixed reviews but it was fine, it enables you to have a good meal and a few beers from their brewery and not worry about driving.

I know it seems like you are in the area so you should stop in Hawaii, but if you dropped that leg you could probably make the other work, including your side trips. Do your Hawaii trip as your next Holiday

June 15th to July 13th 2016
Did the whole thing, Chicago to Santa Monica

January 5, 2017
8:28 pm
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Ain626
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Thanks for your input everyone.

I'll do some more research into Illinois using the things posted above... Some of them are in my list.

Museums - I've slipped a couple into the planned trip, but hubby isn't a big museum person so I'm not planning on going to too many.

I can possibly afford to add an extra day or two and push things back to still fit in Hawaii at the end.

If making more stops in Illinois are there any towns in particular that you'd recommend staying in?

Oh, also, with Chicago - are there any 'must see' things there that are unique to that city? The attractions I've been reading about - don't get me wrong, they sound great, but having been to New York, and living close to London (as well as visiting other cities around the world) we've done a lot of generic 'city' things... If you get what I mean - not sure I explained that too well. I'm trying to experience as many unique things as possible. 🙂

January 5, 2017
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Okay, Based on a little more research into Illinois - I've added in one extra night, with the idea of staying in Pontiac, which has taken some of the strain off the first day driving. Considering neither of us have driven in the states before, that's probably a good idea!

I've got a long list of places that interest us and that we want to stop at along the whole length of the route. I think we'd need months to see them all! Haha. I think it's just going to have to be a case of picking the things we really want to do and prioritising. Some are pretty much only photo opportunities/short stops, so we can squeeze in a few more of those, but of course there are going to be things that take more time.

January 7, 2017
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Let's try this again...New and (hopefully) Improved!

Brooks Catsup Bottle Water Tower
https://www.catsupbottle.com/

Sprague’s Super Service
https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/route66/spragues_super_service_normal.html

The Old Station
https://www.panoramio.com/photo/9779196

St. Paul Lutheran Church
https://route66news.com/2011/01/01/the-old-neon-cross/
https://www.stpaullutheranchurchhamel.org/

Sidewalk Highway
https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/route-66-sidewalk-highway

Launching Pad
https://route66news.com/2010/12/16/launching-pad-drive-in-put-up-for-sale/

Streetcar Diner
https://route66news.com/2010/11/22/streetcar-diners-new-home/

First Dairy Queen designated a landmark
https://route66news.com/2010/11/16/first-dairy-queen-designated-a-landmark/

Taylor's Mexican Chili Parlor
https://www.urbanspoon.com/r/171/977165/restaurant/Illinois/Taylors-Mexican-Chili-Parlor-Carlinville

A cell built for two
https://route66news.com/2010/08/30/a-cell-built-for-two/

Turkey Tracks
https://route66news.com/2010/07/14/making-tracks/

White Fence Farm
https://whitefencefarm-il.com/index.php

SPRINGFIELD

Fulgenzis across from Fair, with Old gas station from Bill Shea’s
https://www.fulgenzis.com/
https://www.fulgenzis.com/sheas-filling-station-makes-the-move-to-a-new-home/

Route 66 Drive-In
https://www.route66-drivein.com/drive-in_welcome.htm

Cozy Dog Drive-In
https://www.cozydogdrivein.com/

Illinois State Fairgrounds
https://www.agr.state.il.us/isf/

Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation and Museum
https://www.isphf.org/

Dana Thomas House
https://www.dana-thomas.org/

Sugar Creek Covered Bridge
https://illinoisroute66.org/What-to-See/Details/ArticleID/4025/Sugar-Creek-Covered-Bridge
https://bridgehunter.com/il/sangamon/sugar-creek/

Red Brick near Auburn, Ill
https://route66news.com/2011/10/01/follow-the-red-brick-road/

Historic stretch near Springfield
https://route66news.com/2009/05/26/more-about-the-historic-stretch-near-springfield/

LINCOLN SITES IN/NEAR SPRINGFIELD

Lincoln’s Tomb
https://lincolntomb.org/

Lincoln Home
https://www.nps.gov/liho/index.htm

Lincoln Law Offices
https://abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/sites/law.htm

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
https://lincolnlibraryandmuseum.com/lincoln-museum.htm

Old State Capital
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_State_Capitol_State_Historic_Site_%28Illinois%29

Lincoln’s New Salem
https://lincolnsnewsalem.com/

Springfield “Things To Do”
https://www.visitspringfieldillinois.com/ThingsToDo/Attractions.aspx

Our Lady of the Highways marks 50th year
https://route66news.com/2009/10/26/our-lady-of-the-highways-marks-50th-year/

Mother Jones Monument
https://www.route66news.com/2015/06/24/mother-jones-monument-restored/

Meramec Caverns Barn Advertisement
https://americanroadmagazine.com/forum/index.php?app=gallery&image=1036
https://www.route66university.com/busdir/meramec.php

Luna Café
https://www.illinoisroute66.org/What-to-See/Details/ArticleID/4065/Luna-Cafe

Becky’s Barn
https://www.route66world.com/tag/becky-barn/
https://www.facebook.com/Beckys-Barn-on-Route-66-735366216595236/

Odell Station
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_Oil_Gasoline_Station_%28Odell,_Illinois%29
also…
https://www.il66assoc.org/attraction/standard-oil-station

Doc’s Soda Fountain
https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/illinois/docs-soda-fountain-il/
https://www.route66news.com/2012/08/18/a-visit-to-docs-soda-fountain-in-girard/

McLean Depot Train Shop
https://mcleandepot.com/

America's Playable Arcade Museum
https://vintagevideogames.com/

Atlanta, Ill
After you leave Springfield and continue south-west on Route 66, I also recommend stopping in Atlanta to see the local small town sites…they are many, and linked below. Not just a “drive through” town. (FYI…you'll notice many of these links are to news stories from Ron Warnick’s “Route 66 News” blog. I read it daily, and am sure you would enjoy it as well. Older stories are all archived on site, so you can go back for years).

https://www.atlantaillinois.org/
https://www.haweselevator.org/hawes_home.htm
https://route66news.com/2012/04/07/paul-bunyans-journey-on-route-66/
https://route66news.com/2009/05/08/palms-grill-resurrected/
A rare and old grain elevator
https://route66news.com/2009/10/10/a-rare-and-old-grain-elevator/

Pontiac, Ill
https://www.pontiacoaklandmuseum.org/
https://route66news.com/2011/05/09/a-pitch-for-pontiac/
https://www.route66oldlogcabin.com/

Lincoln Theatre
https://route66news.com/2011/05/05/historic-theater-in-lincoln-will-be-honored/

Soulsby Station
https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/route66/soulsby_service_station_mt_olive.html

Mining and Route 66 museum
https://route66news.com/2011/03/14/mining-and-route-66-museum-coming-to-godley/

Marx Brother Farm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marx_Brothers

Manske-Niemann Farm
https://www.thejournal-news.net/news/local_news/litchfield-farm-impresses-local-historians/article_084bcf70-1796-5e0b-8757-2e662f57b89f.html

The Mill
https://www.savethemill.org/

Henry’s Rabbit Ranch
https://www.henrysroute66.com/

Country Classic Cars
https://www.countryclassiccars.com/

Sprague’s Super Service
https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/route66/spragues_super_service_normal.html

Crossroads Diner
https://route66news.com/2012/05/01/mount-olive-restaurant-adds-a-big-challenge-to-its-menu/

Illinois-only Store
https://route66news.com/2011/07/02/illinois-only-store-opens-in-carlinville/

Funks Grove
https://www.funkspuremaplesirup.com/

Shadows of the Motherland
Russian Orthodoxy in downstate Illinois
https://www.illinoistimes.com/Springfield/article-6145-shadows-of-the-motherland.html

Elkhart, Ill.
https://elkhartillinois.us/AroundTheVillage.html

Dell Rhea Chicken Basket
https://www.chickenbasket.com/

Lou Mitchell's
https://www.loumitchellsrestaurant.com/

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