A Beginners Guide to Route 66 Accommodation

Starting to plan your Route 66 road trip can be a daunting task, particularly knowing that you may very well be spending every night of your trip in an entirely new bed. In this respect a road trip will be unlike any vacation you may have taken before. Having a little information on the types […]

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Highly Recommended Route 66 Motels - Part 2

This is Part 2 to the original post that tried to answer the frequently asked question, "can you recommend some great Route 66 motels?" The motels are listed in the order they appear travelling east to west. If you've not read the first post and would like a reminder of the criteria for making this […]

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Highly Recommended Route 66 Motels - Part 1

One of the most frequently asked questions on this website and it's associated Facebook page is "can you recommend some great Route 66 motels?" Hopefully this post will go some way towards answering that question. I use the phrase "some way" because there are far more fantastic Route 66 motels than the mere 10 listed in […]

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How Long Does it Take to Drive Route 66?

How long does it take to drive Route 66? The flippant answer would be "how long have you got?" but I'm guessing that you're reading this article because you were hoping for a more helpful and pragmatic response! So here goes... Assuming that you don't have months to set aside to meander through every historical […]

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20 Top Route 66 Driving Songs - Part 1

Roadtrips and music go hand in hand. Whether searching the airwaves for local stations of docking your iPod for a pre-arranged playlist, chances are that at some point you're going to be cruising down Route 66 listening to a rich selection of songs. This list is just a small selection of what I consider to […]

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How Much of Route 66 is Still Drivable?

Just how much of Route 66 is still drivable? How close can you get to the original road? It's a common question when people are considering their road trip, and while it's certainly true that you can no longer drive Route 66 from end to end uninterrupted, a significantly large portion (approximately 85%) remains paved and […]

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10 Top Neon Signs on Route 66

Back in it's heyday, if a business wanted to stand out from the crowd on Route 66 it would need to do something pretty special. If that was a tough task during the day, can you imagine how much more challenging it would have been by night? This is where the neon sign comes in handy! […]

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5 Tips to Keep Comfortable When Driving Route 66

Route 66 is a 2448 mile trip without taking in to account small detours or larger side-trips. That's an awful lot of driving! Considering how much time you're going to spend behind the wheel it’s imperative that you try to make the journey as comfortable (and therefore safer) as possible. Here are my 5 tips to […]

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Top Tips for Driving in the United States

If you've not driven in the US before then there are some basic differences that every driver should be aware of. Quite often you'll be driving on quiet roads but occasionally you might want to slip onto the Interstate or drive though one of the cities along the route. This selection of tips for driving […]

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10 Essential Route 66 Photo Opportunities

Route 66 is the selfie-takers dream; jam-packed with weird and wonderful sights, gorgeous scenery, and iconic landmarks. There are some sights in particular that are just so iconic and representative of the Route 66 experience that it's almost impossible to pass them by without bringing out the camera. This list is about those sights - the sights […]

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5 Top Route 66 Side-Trips

Alongside the great road itself there are several very popular detours that you can take whilst travelling Route 66. When deciding which, if any of the most common side-trips that you opt for, the most important question you can ask yourself is “if I don’t do this now, when will I?” Simply put – when […]

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Renting a Car for Your Route 66 Road Trip

Choosing a Rental Company When renting a car in the US you need to be at least 21 years old with a valid drivers license. That's not to say that every rental company is obliged to rent to you - some rental companies have a 25 year minimum age or require an additional payment if you're […]

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    What started as a record of my personal Route 66 experience has grown into an active community of Route 66 veterans and newcomers alike. This website relies entirely on the experiences of its users so please feel free to recommend your own personal favourites.

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