Hey guys, we are rookies heading over to do Route66, starting in Las Vegas and heading across to Chicago. We are wondering whether RV or Car hire is best for the trip? Also, what did everyone budget for fuel on this trip? We are thinking of doing it in 9 days as we are restricted on time. Any information and help would be much appreciated!
debbs, I would recommend going by car so you could experience the famous Route 66 motels along the route. We did the trip last year and spent around $200 on gas. Our budget was $200 per day, and we had trouble spending that much except in the bigger cities like Chicago and St Louis. We used the Route 66 app to find places to see and stay.
Here are some comments from the Facebook group that you might find useful:
"2451 miles in 8 days is 307 miles a day, 5 hours driving. You won't have time to stop and see anything. How about doing half this trip and the other half next time. See about connections to Amarillo or OK City as connecting point."
"Car for sure. Then you can stay at vintage Route 66 motels like the Wigwam Motel. I'd also plan to spend more time on the things out west. There's no Grand Canyon in Missouri. lol"
"Oklahoma is your largest stretch, there is a lot to see there, don't forget that The Mercantile, from the pioneer women is there..Also the Route 66 museum is in Clinton, I wish I was able to stop there but it was later at night after it closed when we drove by... as for fuel I have a 02 mini van and just got back last Friday. Our total cost for fuel from the middle of WI to the Grand Canyon with extra stops was 320 bucks. Also budget in the Petrified Forest is $20 to get in and the Grand Canyon is $30 per personal vehicle. There was the meteor crater that also costs $15-20 also sunset crater is $20 to get in. Also some of the stops only allow a 30ft RV into the lots."
"Drove it a few years back. I say car. Some of the roads may not be RV friendly."
"A car for sure hotels so good and reasonable you can pick newspapers up with hotel offers in for area you happen to be in at information areas or rest areas we got some good bargains. We was there 2015 and it's well worth a detour to Branson so so good"
"I found with 32ft Rv you couldn't just turn around easily if u missed something & fuel was costly driving against strong headwinds..but it was great to just stop anywhere & have a cuppa & use your own loo"
Drove Route 66 in August 2007 - hope to do it again one day in the not too distant future.
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