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EastPAcamper
post Sep 15 2013, 09:27 AM
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Thinking about going west, would love to drive the historic Route 66 from Chicago to Vegas area. My question is, has anyone done this??? Are there sections of the "old historic route 66" that are not worth getting off the main highway?? How much time do I need to allow myself for travel?? What stops are a definite MUST SEE?? Please share any stories, good and bad......Trying to figure what kind of time would be needed to make this journey and still see at least some of the sites.
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post Sep 16 2013, 11:51 AM
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Hello!
My wife and I just finished traveling The Mother Road from Chicago to Santa Monica. We stopped at all the Route 66 museums (except Baxter Springs which was closed) and had a great time.
There are plenty of miles of the old road available to travel on.
we stayed two nights in Joliet, IL and drove in from there to begin our adventure at the corner of Michigan & Adams. When we finally got to California, we stayed in Riverside and again, drove the last 100 miles (took us 7 hours!) into Santa Monica Pier.
We spent 29 days traveling, but would often see other, non-Route 66 attractions along the way...Meteor Crater, the South Rim of the Grand Canyon via The Train from Williams, etc.
There are a number of books and maps available to help you with your planning, as well as a down load for the Garmin Nuvi GPS ($10) which lists approximately 850 sights to see. There are also turn-by-turn directions availble for the Garmin Zumo GPS which is used by many motorcyclists.
Must See??? Hmm, that's pretty hard to say. We wanted to see and do as much as possible. Depending on what you are driving, the trip to Oatman is "thrilling."
Missouri's Route 66 is the best marked and Illinois second. Texas & New Mexico signage is pretty bad.
Our suggestion is to see it all!
Good luck!
Bob & Pat
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