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Route-66 trip recommendations

Post by topcatin » Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:47 pm

Hi,

This is for one of my relatives who are in Europe and would like to do the "route-66" trip. I have not done this trip but are there travel agencies who can plan these? If anyone has traveled this trip any advice on places to avoid and which is a "must-see" and if you can recommend a travel agency or company here in the States that will be helpful.

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Post by RudyS » Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:18 pm

Google is your (and their) friend. Search for route 66 road trip . I see a number of leads to agencies, and just to suggestions for individual follow up. Tripadvisor will provide lots of info on specific places. Our last route 66 road trip was on the actual route, in 1963. Picked up 66 in St. Louis, and went as far as California before turning north. Just a small amount of Interstate then.

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Post by bob60014 » Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:39 pm

For some reason the RT 66 road trip is heavily promoted in the UK and Europe. While it's a romantic reminder of days past, very little of the original road remains and what is left is kinda boring. Imho, the time and money would be better spent elsewhere.

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Post by Alexa9 » Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:43 pm

Not a scenic route anymore. The Nat King Cole song is great though.
Any drive in the mountains out west would be preferable.

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Post by Minty » Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:02 pm

My family and I drove from Albuquerque to St. Louis on Route 66 12 years ago; it was fun. As others have said, Route 66 is not what it used to be, but I still think it is worth doing once. The Roadside America website is a good place to start planning.
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Post by baconavocado » Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:06 pm

bob60014 wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:39 pm
For some reason the RT 66 road trip is heavily promoted in the UK and Europe. While it's a romantic reminder of days past, very little of the original road remains and what is left is kinda boring. Imho, the time and money would be better spent elsewhere.
I agree with this. Having driven through Socal, Arizona, and NM a couple times during last few years, I'd recommend not looking for the old Rt. 66. The interstate mostly bypasses Rt. 66 towns and as a result, they've turned into little more than dilapidated tourist attractions that don't get much traffic. We used to stay at the Ramada Inn in Kingman, AZ when we went through the area because it was sort of an iconic place with mural covered walls and an interesting Rt. 66-themed restaurant/bar, but it has gone so far downhill that we don't stay there anymore.

Rather than looking for Rt. 66, I'd recommend visiting the Grand Canyon and all the interesting Native American sites in the southwest, like Mesa Verde, Canyon De Chelly, and Chaco Canyon.

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Post by fortfun » Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:12 pm

Instead, have them buy a Ntl Park Pass ($80) and visit the big five national parks in Utah. There are some beautiful drives between them (i.e. Between Capital Reef, Bryce Canyon, and Zion.) Hit the north rim of the Grand Canyon on the way out.

Make sure that they have an atlas that indicates the scenic routes (usually green dots) and have them follow those roads (i.e. stay off the interstates).
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Alexa9 wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:43 pm
Not a scenic route anymore. The Nat King Cole song is great though.
Any drive in the mountains out west would be preferable.
The Rolling Stones covered the song too which I like a lot, also by many others.

There was a popular documentary about route 66 on British television in 2011 which might've helped fix it in the minds of watchers there (I saw it here on PBS too). https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_C ... s_Route_66

There was a pretty cool TV show in 1960 about it too, a couple of guys in a Corvette having adventures every day, I think loosely based on Kerouac's On The Road (1957). https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053534/?ref_=nv_sr_1

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Post by eye.surgeon » Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:17 pm

A popular notion for foreigners who don't realize that route 66 isn't a scenic drive at all. There are lots of beautiful drives in the US--hwy 1, the sierra passes, death valley, tail of the dragon come to mind. Route 66 is not one of them.
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Post by FrugalInvestor » Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:17 pm

There are many books that will guide you along the entire route. We've used Road Trip USA on many of our cross country driving trips concentrating on different routes each time. It helps us find the local attractions that we would otherwise miss. I highly recommend it or one of the related specialty Route 66 books. You can find them here....

https://roadtripusa.com/route-66/

We like to have the book with us in the car so we can read about what we are seeing as we travel. It makes the trip much more meaningful.
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Post by Pigeye Brewster » Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:39 pm

As noted, Nat King Cole popularized it and the Rolling Stones (and many others) covered it.

But Bobby Troup deserves a mention, as he was the genius who wrote this classic. Here's how he advised you to "travel my way, take the byway, that's the best" -

"You'll go through Saint Louis, Joplin, Missouri,
Oklahoma City looks mighty pretty,
you'll see Amarillo, Gallup, New Mexico
Flagstaff, Arizona, don't forget Winona,
Kingman, Barstow, San Bernadino..."

Here's to getting your kicks on Route 66 :beer

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Post by SevenBridgesRoad » Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:12 pm

Europeans: don't fall for it! There are much better road trips in the US! I grew up in a "Route 66 town" in Oklahoma. Okay, we have a cool, old concrete Blue Whale on the Route. But that's about it. See Chicago and Lake Michigan! See Santa Fe and Taos! See Boston! See Colorado Springs, Denver and Aspen! See Seattle and the San Juan Islands! See Charleston and Savanna! See Oregon wine country, Crater Lake and Lake Tahoe! Forget R66. Seriously.
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Post by quantAndHold » Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:20 am

Seriously. Most of Route 66 is abandoned gas stations and diners, and ugly shops selling Route 66 hats and t-shirts. Nothing scenic. Nothing particularly historic. Nothing to see there. Read Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, and realize that that period was the peak period for that road.

Go buy a national parks pass and have a good time seeing things that are actually worth seeing. Or go to Washington DC and see the museums. Or New England for the abundant history and scenery. Pretty much anyplace else.

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topcatin wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:47 pm
Hi,

This is for one of my relatives who are in Europe and would like to do the "route-66" trip. I have not done this trip but are there travel agencies who can plan these? If anyone has traveled this trip any advice on places to avoid and which is a "must-see" and if you can recommend a travel agency or company here in the States that will be helpful.

Thanks!
Should take a little over 90 minutes with lots of scenery near the second half, heading west. Just avoid rush hour. Access the gorgeous Skyline drive and Shenandoah NP from Exit 13. Lots of cute small towns and vineyards nearby. Oh wait you meant that 66...... The Mother Road....

Yeah most of that has been replaced by I-40 or rerouted or renumbered or erased. What’s left may not be very interesting. Much better drives include monument valley, blue ridge parkway/skyline drive, driving around Zion/Bryce/Grand Escalante N.M./Grand Canyon, U.S. Route 2 in New England during fall/summer, the Maine coast, and through the Colorado Rockies.

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Post by HappyWorkerBee » Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:11 am

If they're excited about Route-66, they could spend a day or two focusing on whatever aspect about it they're particularly interested in and then spend the rest of their time in the US on other things. Making a whole trip about it seems like it would fairly quickly feel like drudgery. The Route-66 sites & guides others have pointed out would be helpful for identifying what about it is appealing (giant roadside attractions?)

My favorite Route-66 attraction is The Donut Man in Glendora, CA. With a car it's an hour or two from LAX. It's open 24 hours a day, so it's a great place to go when you're awake at 3am due to jet lag. It's a classic So Cal walk-up place, so there's no inside and no seating. For what it's worth, this is not the building topped with a giant donut, that's Randy's Donuts which is a lot closer to LAX but has (imho) less good donuts. The down-side of seeing route 66 in LA is there will be traffic (unless you go in the middle of the night), but on the bright side there are lots of nice hotels to stay in and most of the businesses are there for locals, they're not just tourist attractions.

If they're more excited about seeing small town USA, I'd recommend looking on the east coast where there are many small, well preserved towns in close proximity (compared to towns out west) often connected by pleasant, pastoral, sometimes scenic drives.

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Post by FrugalInvestor » Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:47 am

There's no reason that they couldn't combine a Route 66 trip with other sightseeing like national parks. Especially in the western U.S. there are many national and state parks and historical sites within a reasonable distance of the old Route 66. Of course it depends on how long they want the trip to be.

Here's a website with parks on or near Route 66.

https://www.theroute-66.com/parks.html
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Post by DrakeSRT » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:32 am

Winslow Arizona, Santa Rosa New Mexico, Tucumcari New Mexico and Elk City Oklahoma have a lot of the old gas stations plus museums.

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Post by cheese_breath » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:57 am

Well, I'm a standing on a corner
in Winslow, Arizona
and such a fine sight to see
It's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed
Ford slowin' down to take a look at me

Best bet is to buy a picture book showing the old 66 towns and attractions and spend some time with it on the couch. I had one but think it got thrown out on the recent move to TX.

I made the round trip from Detroit to LA twice in the 1950s with my parents when I was a teenager. I remember some of it but wish I remembered more now. The two things that come to mind most are buying fireworks in TX to take back to MI because they weren't allowed there. And the gleaming neon signs at all the motels along the way. I always tried to make my father put in at one with a pool because the motels of those days didn't have all the amenities of the ones today. Wait, as I write this more is coming to mind. Grand Canyon (of course), Petrified forest,Will Rogers memorial, stopped on the side of the road in NM waiting for the sand storm to subside, Vegas even though I was too young to go into the casinos, Hoover Dam, and the inspection booths where you had to stop when entering CA and declare your wen't bringing in any fruits or vegetables.
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Post by Mursili » Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:20 am

I have driven the Albuquerque to California portion of “Route 66” many times, but mostly called it I-40. Whether this is a “scenic drive” depends on your perspective. If the goal is to drive to Disneyland in a day, the it sure does not seem very scenic. If, on the other hand, you have time to look around it is an exquisitely scenic part of the country. Just remember to plan the trip so that you have a place to sleep unless you are bringing camping equipment.

In New Mexico driving west from Albuquerque you can go off of I-40 about 1.5 hours and see Chaco Canyon. That is quite a sight. I very highly recommend it. Much closer to the interstate is the Pueblo of Acoma (there are others as well, but the Sky City has the reputation of the oldest continuously-inhabited locale in North America). If you are like me, taking a look at Fort Wingate is interesting – especially if you care to remember the Cold War.

In Arizona if you are willing to go off of the interstate you, of course, have the Grand Canyon. Closer to the road you have the Painted Desert/Petrified Forest. I love that national park. It actually straddles the interstate. If you wish to get the old-fashioned Route 66 feel, you can stay in the “teepees” in Holbrook. There is Meteor Crater as well. That is pretty unique if you are in to that thing.

I have not taken much time to think about exploring the Albuquerque to Amarillo portion of the road (I have not been east of Amarillo on the road), but I am sure I can find things that will teach me about the history of this part of the United States.
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DrakeSRT wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:32 am
Winslow Arizona, Santa Rosa New Mexico, Tucumcari New Mexico and Elk City Oklahoma have a lot of the old gas stations plus museums.
But the old art-deco Conoco station in Shamrock TX might be the best

https://roadtrippers.com/stories/u-drop-inn

On several occasions I have driven from the northeast to the southwest. I have done this along I40 which parallels the old 66. I have usually found interesting things to see for short breaks or stops for the night. The drive entirely along the old 66 (where it exists) would be slow and perhaps not a great deal more interesting.

I think visitors might have a better time seeing part of 66 in the southwest and at the same time visiting the numerous parks and other attractions that are nearby. In my opinion things only start to get interesting in the western part of Oklahoma.

Some of the old motels and eateries along the way have been renovated and marketed to the route 66 nostalgia market.

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Post by Nicolas » Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:39 am

The Northeast is very pretty. As others have said it might be preferable to a route 66 trip. I recently completed a driving trip through New England. We drove the Mohawk Trail in Massachusetts (so beautiful), Vermont, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I could easily do it all again.

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Post by adam1712 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:47 am

Make sure they realize the distances involved in a US road trips and give themselves time.

I've been to St. Louis, Oklahoma City, Albuquerque/Santa Fe, Flagstaff, and LA/Santa Monica and I think they're all really interesting places. Especially for how classically American they are and distinctly different from Europe for somebody visiting. I'd pick a couple to fly to, maybe a road trip between two of them and then also consider National Parks or Rocky Mountains as others have suggested.

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Make sure they realize the distances involved in a US road trips and give themselves time.

I've been to St. Louis, Oklahoma City, Albuquerque/Santa Fe, Flagstaff, and LA/Santa Monica and I think they're all really interesting places. Especially for how classically American they are and distinctly different from Europe for somebody visiting. I'd pick a couple to fly to, maybe a road trip between two of them and then also consider National Parks or Rocky Mountains as others have suggested.
Parts of the Northeast can be very nice to tour by car. Central and western NY state are very nice.

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Post by bdaniel58 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:10 am

Route 66 can be fun depending on what you are looking for. I did a cross country motorcycle trip in 2017 and visited a lot of Route 66 stuff. See my blogs here: https://www.bobbystuff.com/blog/443/tra ... b-category

I did it again in 2018. See those blogs here: https://www.bobbystuff.com/blog/443/tra ... b-category

My wife and I traveled that area in the fall of 2017. See those blogs here: https://www.bobbystuff.com/blog/443/tra ... b-category


Here is a map with all the locations I have visited. You can click each icon to view my blog about that location: https://www.bobbystuff.com/blog/506/route-66

https://www.bobbystuff.com/blog/393/rou ... ed-by-tags


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Post by adam1712 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:24 am

dm200 wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:07 am
adam1712 wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:47 am
Make sure they realize the distances involved in a US road trips and give themselves time.

I've been to St. Louis, Oklahoma City, Albuquerque/Santa Fe, Flagstaff, and LA/Santa Monica and I think they're all really interesting places. Especially for how classically American they are and distinctly different from Europe for somebody visiting. I'd pick a couple to fly to, maybe a road trip between two of them and then also consider National Parks or Rocky Mountains as others have suggested.
Parts of the Northeast can be very nice to tour by car. Central and western NY state are very nice.
I live in western NY and certainly enjoy the drives around here. But the forests, lakes, and hills/mountains are not as different from most of Europe as the US southwest. Additionally the cities were clearly founded by European immigrants before trains and cars were prevalent. It all depends on why the visitors picked out Route 66 for the trip.

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topcatin wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:47 pm
This is for one of my relatives who are in Europe and would like to do the "route-66" trip. I have not done this trip but are there travel agencies who can plan these?
Are they looking for some kind of package deal like an escorted bus tour? I've always thought of this sort of thing in terms of a do-it-yourself road trip.

As others have noted, there are plenty of books and web sites with information about things to see. I've driven the I-40 / US 66 corridor between Oklahoma City and Flagstaff a few times as part of longer road trips. I've never done a full-on route 66 themed trip, but I like to get off the Interstate, go through small towns, and stop at places that catch my fancy.

Lodging is no problem if one is willing to be flexible. There are chain and mom-n-pop motels at most every Interstate exit that's near a town of any size. When I'm on a road trip, I usually spend a few minutes in the evening picking a place to stay the next night and making a reservation online. Sometimes I just pull off in a likely town before dinner and look for a place that has a room available.
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If they're excited about Route-66, they could spend a day or two focusing on whatever aspect about it they're particularly interested in and then spend the rest of their time in the US on other things. Making a whole trip about it seems like it would fairly quickly feel like drudgery.
I personally wouldn't do a whole trip based just on route 66 nostalgia, either. However, de gustibus...

That corridor does tie together a lot of places of more general touristic and historical interest. Chicago. Springfield, Illinois and its Abraham Lincoln sites. St. Louis. For some contemporary American pop culture, make a detour to Branson, Missouri. The Oklahoma City Memorial. The Amarillo stockyards. Albuquerque (with a detour to Santa Fe). Petrified Forest. The Grand Canyon (another detour). L.A. Intersperse them with the route 66 specific stuff, and you've easily got material for a couple of weeks.
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Post by topcatin » Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:18 pm

Hi All...thanks so much for the wealth of information. I will be passing on this info. Yes I went on tripadvisor and did google but couldn't really find any organized bus tour. Most have done their own trips like going to the mid-point and then explore.

22twain - Yes they are looking for a travel-agency of some sort that can organize a trip or even a bus trip.

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bdaniel58 wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:10 am
Route 66 can be fun depending on what you are looking for. I did a cross country motorcycle trip in 2017 and visited a lot of Route 66 stuff. See my blogs here: https://www.bobbystuff.com/blog/443/tra ... b-category

I did it again in 2018. See those blogs here: https://www.bobbystuff.com/blog/443/tra ... b-category

My wife and I traveled that area in the fall of 2017. See those blogs here: https://www.bobbystuff.com/blog/443/tra ... b-category


Here is a map with all the locations I have visited. You can click each icon to view my blog about that location: https://www.bobbystuff.com/blog/506/route-66

https://www.bobbystuff.com/blog/393/rou ... ed-by-tags


Bobby
Thank you Bobby! I will definitely look into your blogs. Thanks for sharing!

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22twain - Yes they are looking for a travel-agency of some sort that can organize a trip or even a bus trip.
I would really recommend against a bus trip. The whole point of route 66 is to drive it and stop for stuff that interests you.

> The Northeast is very pretty.

I've lived in the northeast. It's very nice but IT'S ALL THE SAME. More or less.

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Been there done that. 1965, before the song and the interstate. LA to Chicago in non air conditioned Buick Roadmaster with parents and three siblings and family dog, pulling pop up trailer which we slept in at night. I was teenager just got license so did lots of driving. My memories, lots of gas stations and motels and small towns and lots and lots of open space, mostly desert. And of course the flat tire somewhere in Arizona in middle of summer 20 miles from nearest town, remember standing on roadside and feeling breeze, only time I have felt hotter with wind blowing. If ever drive from LA to Chicago again, which is doubtful, would take interstate. But it was memorable. Good luck.

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We just finished driving across the US, not specifically following Route 66, but covering the same basic ground. It took us six weeks, and we still felt rushed. Depending on how much time they have, they might want to cover a smaller portion of the country. And the best way to see America is by car. They’ll want to be able to pick and choose their stops.

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I Googled "Route 66 Tours" and this was the first one that came up......

https://www.trafalgar.com/en-us/tours/t ... pcode=drst

There appear to be many others.
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jdb wrote:
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Been there done that. 1965, before the song and the interstate. LA to Chicago in non air conditioned Buick Roadmaster with parents and three siblings and family dog, pulling pop up trailer which we slept in at night. I was teenager just got license so did lots of driving. My memories, lots of gas stations and motels and small towns and lots and lots of open space, mostly desert. And of course the flat tire somewhere in Arizona in middle of summer 20 miles from nearest town, remember standing on roadside and feeling breeze, only time I have felt hotter with wind blowing. If ever drive from LA to Chicago again, which is doubtful, would take interstate. But it was memorable. Good luck.
My trips were in 1956 and '57.

Which song are you referring to? Route 66 (Get your kicks on Route 66) written by Bobby Troup was first recorded by Nat King Cole in 1946. If your're referring to the TV series theme song, that show ran from 1960-64.

The Turner Turnpike (now part of I-44) was opened between Tulsa and Oak City in 1953.

Our car, naturally didn't have AC in the 50s either. I think the desert vendors made a fortune selling these contraptions you hung on your side window that was supposed to keep you cool. It was basically a long metal cylinder that you filled with water and had a round felt pad inside. When you pulled on a cord the pad was pulled through the water. This was supposed to cool the air flowing into the cylinder as you drove and direct it through a vent into the car. But all that really happened was you got a face full of water when you pulled the cord. But in that heat a face full of water was OK. I don't know what that contraption was called, but just about every car you saw crossing the desert had one.

edit: Here's one of them
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I Googled "Route 66 Tours" and this was the first one that came up......

https://www.trafalgar.com/en-us/tours/t ... pcode=drst
Ha ha, their itinerary looks like it contains all the stops I suggested. My guess of two weeks from Chicago to LA was only one day off! 8-)

Another site I remembered just now, which actually has a European connection: Fort Reno, Oklahoma, just off I-40 and the former route 66 just west of OKC. It started out as a frontier fort in the late 1800s. It's now an agricultural research center IIRC, but it has a nice museum about its days as a fort. During WWII it trained mules for the US Army (yes, the Army still used mules!) and served as an internment camp for German POWs, who worked on nearby farms. Some of them are still there, in the fort's small cemetery, resting a few feet away from US cavalrymen who fought against Native Americans in the 1870s and 1880s.
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Seriously. Most of Route 66 is abandoned gas stations and diners, and ugly shops selling Route 66 hats and t-shirts. Nothing scenic. Nothing particularly historic. Nothing to see there. Read Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, and realize that that period was the peak period for that road.

Go buy a national parks pass and have a good time seeing things that are actually worth seeing. Or go to Washington DC and see the museums. Or New England for the abundant history and scenery. Pretty much anyplace else.
100% agree. Route 66 was a cool ride in the 1950s. Today sadly it is a mostly boring tour of a bunch of dead or dying small towns with dried up homes, closed diners, boarded store fronts, and closed tacky motels, along with a few still open desperate tourist traps.
There are amazing scenic drives out West along with many beautiful state and national parks. I'd suggest they spend their time and money doing that in the US.

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Re: Route-66 trip recommendations

Post by Escape Velocity » Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:28 am

I can recommend one section of Historic Rt 66, based on personal experience, between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. It's also known as the Turquoise Highway.

The highlight of the (already scenic) drive was the little artsy town known as Madrid (emphasis on the first syllable, not like the capital of Spain).

Here's a blog post I made of this part of our RV trip. We really enjoyed that drive and visit:

https://thistledewtoo.blogspot.com/2017 ... te-66.html

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Re: Route-66 trip recommendations

Post by David Jay » Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:00 pm

fortfun wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:12 pm
Instead, have them buy a Ntl Park Pass ($80) and visit the big five national parks in Utah. There are some beautiful drives between them (i.e. Between Capital Reef, Bryce Canyon, and Zion.) Hit the north rim of the Grand Canyon on the way out.
Closely related to this is the “Grand Circle” tour. We did it as a family a while back, flew into Salt Lake:
Arches
Canyonlands
Natural Bridges
Monument Valley
Mesa Verde
Meteor Crater
Petrified forest/Painted Desert
Grand Canyon
Hoover Dam
Cedar Breaks
Capital Reef
Zion
Bryce Canyon

(But that is nearly 2 weeks of driving. Pick any subset - you won’t be disappointed)
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Re: Route-66 trip recommendations

Post by SevenBridgesRoad » Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:09 pm

Escape Velocity wrote:
Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:28 am
I can recommend one section of Historic Rt 66, based on personal experience, between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. It's also known as the Turquoise Highway.

The highlight of the (already scenic) drive was the little artsy town known as Madrid (emphasis on the first syllable, not like the capital of Spain).

Here's a blog post I made of this part of our RV trip. We really enjoyed that drive and visit:

https://thistledewtoo.blogspot.com/2017 ... te-66.html

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