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Route 66 Newbie from London - Family of four - Two teenagers - Car or RV?
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hubbleroute66
Posts: 1
October 9, 2018 - 8:54 am

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Hello all

My wife and I have decided to take a two week vacation in Easter 2019 and drive route 66 with the kids - something I have always wanted to do

But ..... I have a couple of really simple questions for the experienced ones out there if I may

a) Trip is only two weeks so I know I cant do it all - between which start point and end point is best?

b) RV do I go for the biggest most luxurious one I can get?

THANK YOU ALL in advance

Ian & Family - London

frank
usa
Posts: 417
October 9, 2018 - 2:30 pm
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Actually, you CAN do it all in two weeks (16 days counting London-US travel on either side). There's a trip outline on my site: http://www.rt66pix.com/travel that has nightly stops and suggested motels. The longest day is 230 miles (370 km), and the shortest is 60 miles (95 km), because the scenery is not equally distributed.
Flying London-Chicago makes the most sense. Easter is April 21, so you should find everything open.
A large RV will limit your enjoyment and exploration, especially in the Oatman area of Arizona which has true mountain driving. A comfortable sedan such as a Toyota Camry would be one option, or perhaps an SUV (Sport-Utility Vehicle) or Conversion Van, (a Ford Econoline etc.) that has been fitted with comfortable seating.
In the US, the term RV typically refers to a much-larger vehicle, basically a motor home with sleeping on-board. They can be rented, but staying in classic Route 66 motels is part of the experience.
Now would be a good time to purchase the EZ66 Guide for Travelers. You'll find it very useful in planning and getting acquainted with trip logistics. Steve has a link for it on the Driving Route 66 home page.

rehan22x
Posts: 2
December 27, 2018 - 8:10 am

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Actually, you CAN do it in 16 days counting London-US travel. There’s a trip outline on this site: https://route-66.xyz/ In this site you will find everything including Map.

Light Ray
Posts: 3
January 15, 2019 - 1:55 am

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hubbleroute66 said
Hello all

My wife and I have decided to take a two week vacation in Easter 2019 and drive route 66 with the kids - something I have always wanted to do

But ..... I have a couple of really simple questions for the experienced ones out there if I may

a) Trip is only two weeks so I know I cant do it all - between which start point and end point is best?

b) RV do I go for the biggest most luxurious one I can get?

THANK YOU ALL in advance

Ian & Family - London  

Light Ray
Posts: 3
January 15, 2019 - 2:12 am

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Hi Hubble Rt 66
I've done my fair share of traveling around London, but by far, the 3 story bed and breakfast I stayed at there was an experience I will never forget. That being said, A LOT of rt 66 is Boooooooring. Nothing to see or do for miles and miles. My suggestion would be to pick a few cool bed and breakfasts/ historic motels in the BEST cities to visit. Chicago is cool, then......... pretty much nothing til Santa Fe, New Mexico. Then Arizona. I suggest stopping overnight in Williams. There's a really cool train car motel right off the 64 fwy to the Grand Canyon. You can google the name. It's the only one in town with Red Caboose train cars. Then go to California- see Hollywood, Disney Land, Rt 66 ends pretty much at the Santa Monica Pier. Your teenagers will LOVE all the rides and games. Have lunch at that really cool seafood restaurant right at the end of the pier. You can't miss it. Just walk to the end of the pier and it's right there. Hope this helps!
Light Ray

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