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Route 66 day-by-day plan: any thoughts?
June 9, 2012
4:51 pm
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WillC
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I'm travelling with my girlfriend from the UK to Chicago in August. We've booked our flights but have yet to book any hotels/motels.

I have done quite a lot of research and come up with the following plan. I'd really appreciate feedback/comments, i.e. if you think we've made any mistakes.

We really want to end our trip in Laguna Beach (south of Los Angeles) and also want to see the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas.

Day 1 London to Chicago
Day 2 Chicago (explore)
Day 3 Chicago (explore)
Day 4 Chicago to Springfield IL (200 miles)
Day 5 Springfield IL to St. Louis MO (165 miles)
Day 6 St. Louis to Springfield MO (200 miles)
Day 7 Springfield MO to Tulsa OK (210 miles)
Day 8 Tulsa to Oklahoma City (125 miles)
Day 9 Oklahoma City to Amarillo TX (259 miles)
Day 10 Amarillo to Tucumcari NM (113 miles)
Day 11 Tucumcari to Santa Rosa then Santa Fe NM (175 miles)
Day 12 Santa Fe to Albuquerque NM (60 miles)
Day 13 Albuquerque to Holbrook AZ (230 miles)
Day 14 Holbrook to Grand Canyon National Park (169 miles)
Day 15 Grand Canyon National Park to Seligman AZ (102 miles)
Day 16 Seligman to Needles CA then Las Vegas (273 miles)
Day 17 Las Vegas (explore)
Day 18 Las Vegas to Needles CA then San Bernardino (326 miles)
Day 19 San Bernardino to Santa Monica to Laguna Beach (139 m)
Day 20 Laguna Beach (explore)
Day 21 Laguna Beach to Los Angeles (51 miles)

Total: 2,797 miles.

--- Drove Route 66 in August 2012 ---

June 9, 2012
10:57 pm
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WillC:  It looks very solid and well thought-out.  There are two options worth considering. 

On Day 9: Ending up in Shamrock TX will cut your mileage from 259 to 170 AND allow you to view the U-Drop Inn and adjoining art deco gas station from the original "Cars" movie as the lights come on.  (They're not impressive during the day.) There's also a lovely restored Magnolia gas station downtown 10 blocks south of Rt 66.  The drawback is that Shamrock has only five motels.  Mileage to Tucumcari the following day would still be okay.

And on Day 18:  Barstow is a city of 25,000 with motels, restaurants etc. and this would trim 65 miles from a rather long day.  Mileage the following day would increase to around 205. 

June 10, 2012
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Hi Frank, thank you for the suggestions; they make sense and help reduce the mileage on two of our longer journeys.

 

Can you recommend a motel in Barstow?

 

We were thinking of staying in the Wigwam Motel near San Bernardino but there is a similar motel in Holbrook so we don't really need to stay the night in San Bernardino. Therefore, Barstow is certainly an option.

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June 11, 2012
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There are many "chain" motel options around the four Interstate exits.  Lots of food places too.  Barstow is where I-15 (from Las Vegas) and I-40 (from Flagstaff etc.) come together and flow toward Los Angeles, still a couple hours away even with light traffic. 

Motel 6 in Barstow was cheap, adequate...and not memorable (that's a good thing). 

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