We are planning our version of a Route 66 journey starting in Chicago and finishing .... Not sure yet! Because we have already been to the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas we won't be going there but my husband is keen to go to St Louis. So from St Louis would it make sense to stop at Amarillo and Tulsa or can we make do with one of these? We don't mind driving and often cover 400 miles in a day - we would rather do this than stop after only an hour to spend a night somewhere we aren't particularly keen on seeing!! We had thought we would spend a few nights in Phoenix (although we have been there)! Albuquerque sounds interesting, so we may stop there. So you are asking what is my question? We've done LA and Santa Monica, so what would be a great place to end our trip? Santa Barbara or Carmel/Monterey ( 2 or 3 nights in a luxury hotel before flying home!! ) secondly should we go in July or September (that would have to be mid September into October. Any advice on itinerary and/or suggestions on hotels and when to go much appreciated!