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Spring Break 2014
February 12, 2013
12:47 am
RoadTripOfALifetime
Siloam Springs, AR
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Hey guys, I and a few friends are going to road trip 66 next year for spring break, we're getting started with the planning process early! One of my friends is buying a VW Bus which will be totally cool (but really expensive with gas)! Anyway, obviously our spring break is a very limited amount of time. We plan on driving to Chicago from school as soon as we get out of class the Friday before and starting our trip from Chicago and getting to Santa Monica, then back to Tulsa (it's only another 1.5 hours from Tulsa to school) sometime Sunday. After doing some research I'm realizing we may need to take off a couple extra days if we want to get this done! There is a possibility that we'll come back to Tulsa using the interstate because it's faster, or we could stop at half the things we want to see on the way there and half on the way back. What do you recommend? I've been wanting to do this since pretty much forever so I'm really excited!

February 12, 2013
3:20 pm
frank
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RoadTrip–

If I understand your question correctly, you are essentially planning a round-trip from Chicago to LA, one leg on Route 66, in just over a week.  That is not feasible.

I would suggest starting your Rt 66 trip around Carthage or Joplin MO–not much more than an hour away from you.  Take your time and enjoy the heart of the road, as you head West through KS, OK, TX and part of NM.  You should be able to comfortably reach Santa Fe and Albuquerque and enjoy both.  Then come back on 66, avoiding the Interstates which are boring.  The return trip will let you see 66 in a new way.  Inevitably you will miss things the first time–especially if it was your turn to drive! 

OR–start in Tulsa and head east to Chicago.  (This could also be a trip for another year.)  

If everybody's doing 66 for the first time, the Westward trip from MO to NM is MUCH more interesting.  There's basic Travel planning on my site: https://www.rt66pix.com with various trip outlines and links to attractions along the way. 

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