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What Not To Miss & Advice/Tips
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March 11, 2017
9:02 pm
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Hi! I came across this forum whilst looking for tips and advice about what not to miss when driving Route 66. I, and three of my friends, will be driving Route 66 in July/August this year. We have organised our trip through Virgin, so hotels etc. are taken care of already. However, what we want to know is what people recommend we definitely make sure we do/see on our trip? We will be in the USA for 3 weeks, driving Route 66 for just over 2 of those weeks.

I have also recently read about some places being a little less safe to be, and, as four, 20-something girls, we want to make sure we're not stumbling into any places we shouldn't be, so any advice on subjects like that would also be gratefully received.

Thanks in advance,

March 14, 2017
8:20 pm
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Hi there and welcome

You've found probably one of the world's best Route 66 websites.
It's always difficult to answer that common question of "What should I see?" A good trawl through this website should pop up some pretty good suggestions. Most, if not all, Route 66'ers stop off at Grand Canyon National Park which is a short detour north from The Mother Road. Do not miss stopping in Seligman, do not miss breakfast in Lou Mitchell's - downtown Chicago, do not miss the art deco gas station in Shamrock, Williams - Arizona, the ghost towns along the route, the desolation and vast landscape around Amboy.....

I believe nowhere is considered unsafe on R66. I guess suburban Chicago could have a few hotspots (just like any other large city) but that's speculative. Same goes for Los Angeles. But the rest of small town America should be fine. Wonderful, friendly and helpful people. However, if anyone knows otherwise, I'm sure they will give you some pointers on here.

March 14, 2017
9:17 pm
Steve Bellamy
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Hi there - welcome to the forum Smile

As Paul has already said, it's worth scanning through the section of the site on "things to see" and see what takes your fancy. It's worth noting though that a lot of interesting sights are on the actual road and won't be missed. For example, check out the recent blog post on photo opportunities - most of these are unmissable as they are part of the route.

If you would like a few recommendations of classic Route 66 places to stay then I'd suggest you book rooms with the Blue Swallow, Munger Moss and Big Texan Motel. All of these are featured on this site.

It's also highly recommended that you pick up a copy of the EZ66 Guide from here. It's great at pointing out sights and attractions as you go.

If you have any more questions please ask,

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

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