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Affectionately dubbed the "Mother Road," this 2,400-mile route was the first all-weather, continuously paved highway linking Chicago and Los Angeles. The storied path is legendary for spawning America's signature roadside architecture and attractions, vestiges of which remain today.
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  • TrailTrekker15
    Tallahassee, Florida3,858 contributions
    Beautiful Stretch of Road
    I rode or crossed portions of Route 66 around Flagstaff east to Petrified Forest. While the city stretch in Flagstaff isn’t the most beautiful stretch, the section east of Flagstaff is spectacular! I used it to jump between National Monuments. It’s well worth the drive and gives you a taste of what this historic route was like back in the mid-20th Century. Definitely a must-do in Northern Arizona!
    Traveled solo
    Written December 29, 2020
  • flosventure
    Arizona155 contributions
    Amazing trip
    Driving the entire 66 off the freeway is definitely a great experience. It takes some planning to get to see all the countless little things along the Route but that planning is worth it. While it might be hard to guess how much time you need from day to day, I'd say 14 days if you're on the faster end with lots of driving as well. My favorite parts where the beginning to Missouri and the Kansas to Tucumacari part. There are so many small and neat things along the route which makes it a truly unique experience. It's not gonna be a cheap experience and may consider doing another big trip instead of "just driving a road" but it time and means are here, definitely worth doing it. Great trip with so many things to see!
    Written January 12, 2022
  • DnD B
    50 contributions
    Rebirth from the "Mother Road"....Route 66
    In a new life book First chapter we found ourselves on Route 66 in Oklahoma. We followed it to Tuscon Az. Had we actually planned it out and not had a short time frame it could have been more interesting. (We need to "coin" a new route that goes from Portland Maine to Tuscon thru Knoxville.) So many of the things were tourist TRAPS. A warning....Any place that charges for parking is going to charge you 4x the parking fee to get a "glimpse" of the attraction. Mostly they want your $$$ in the gift shops. May was a beautiful time to be on the road. Everything was lush Green and the desert was blooming.
    Traveled with family
    Written May 27, 2021
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wallyum
Fort Thomas, KY176 contributions
May 2020
I've yet to do the entire Route, but at different times I have completed it from St. Louis to Santa Monica. I plan to try doing Chicago to St. Louis this fall depending on the Covid situation. Buy the guidebooks, get in touch with the individual states, download an app. the Route isn't always easy to find, and at times it has ceased to exist at all. There is a ton to see if you have an interest in the American roadside. At times if comes at you too quickly to process, but that generally only happens in the bigger cities. Most of the time you're doing a bit of driving between stops. I have a dedicated GPS unit that I've filled with sites and stops, which helps a lot. It does get depressing when you realize you took for granted that LA traffic couldn't last for three hours, then watch a lot of the sites you wanted to visit pass by as ghosts on the GPS as you drive the last two hours in the dark. Always keep an eye on the gas. Don't always assume that everyone you meet will have your best interests at heart. Do your homework and know what to avoid and what classic motels are worth staying in. Not all of them are, but the Munger Moss Motel in Lebanon, MO, the Blue Swallow and Safari in Tucumcari, NM and the Supai in Selignam, AZ are a few I've found to be adequate, if not great.
Written April 16, 2021
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J. Podo
Chicago, IL1 contribution
Sep 2022 • Couples
We just completed our trip, as we live in Northwest Indiana we are only about 30 minutes from the RT66 starting point in Chicago. The trip took us 10.5 days, we felt like we needed at least 4 more days to be able to see everything at a relaxing pace. It was well worth it and what seemed like it would take a line time to complete, came and went so fast. Highly recommended as an essential bucket list item.
Written September 11, 2022
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Solihull, UK68 contributions
May 2019
Route 66 is an amazing experience. Most of the road itself is still there and depending on when you go some of the road could be closed due to weather. We went mid May and I must say it was damp and chilly in the Chicago area but as you ride west the weather and temperature was getting better and better apart from Oklahoma where we were running a head of 22 Tornados as we were on a motorcycle in an attempt to get inside the Hotel The Courtyard Marriott. There is loads of things to see on route Grand Canyon, Santa Fe, St louis plus all the quirky oddities which I found interesting. I would like to do this again and take longer over the trip.
Written January 22, 2020
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Emma Burwell
Manchester, UK11 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
Literally did a Thelma & Louise with my best friend! We flew to NYC then flew to San Fran picked up our car and drove all the way down the Californian Coast, Malibu was lush, down to San Diego, Arizona, Vegas, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia Beach, Washington DC then over the Brooklyn Bridge and back to NYC! It was THE BEST thing I’ve ever done in my whole life! We saw the Grand Canyon from all sides, drove to the top of Yosemite National, did a hot air balloon ride at Sunrise over the Sanoran Dessert! So many amazing memories! Word of advice always ALWAYS check the reviews on the places you stay, even if your only staying over for a few hours to sleep. Because two brit female backpackers can look quite vulnerable, we only nearly died twice which I thought was quite good going to say we had never even done or planned a road trip before! Tip: great app called Roadtrippers - takes you to places off the beaten track......wow what memories....then Covid hit the year after! So lucky, but yeah if you ever get the chance to do anything like that Just Do It, forget the what ifs and what not, just do it, you will never ever regret it 😊 ❤️

P.s I didn't go June 2021 that was as far back as it would let me go we were there June 2018 to September 2018
Written May 4, 2022
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west73
Atlanta167 contributions
Mar 2022
The section we walked near Amarillo was a disappointment. I had always wanted to see Route 66 and had a vision of cute shops and restaurants. I’m certain other areas of Route 66 must be much more interesting. However, we only saw one open shop, which actually was a cute bookstore next door to Golden Light Cafe. Unfortunately, it was the only place we could find to eat and the service was really slow. We did walk along the route for awhile, but the section looked run down and mostly deserted.
Written May 9, 2022
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Jim T
Kenai, AK878 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
The portion of Rt. 66 that goes from Kingman to Oatman Arizona covers a couple types of ground.

Starting in Kingman you can take the old Rt 66 that travels on the south side and parallel to I-40 until it crosses over to the north side of the freeway. Or that I-40 west from Kingman for just a few miles and exit at the Rt. 66 exit. It’s all flat ground for several miles with really only one highlight to see, a rest stop (see photos). Eventually it starts climbing uphill and becomes a totally different type of road to drive on. Pay attention to the warning signs, you’ll be glad you did.

Those last few winding miles into Oatman makes it hard to believe that at one time this was a major East/West Highway followed by the truckers calling goods into and out of California. And it reminds me of this a little poem written about another winding Highway.

“ winding in and winding out it leaves my mind in serious doubt as to whether the man who designed this route was going to hell or coming out”

Get your kicks on Route 66
Written November 15, 2021
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eurydice2017
London, UK334 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
Driving on Route 66 is like a dream come true, one of the things one has to do if in the States, right? I’ve done some amazing stretches from Gallup (Arizona) to Las Vegas (Nevada) Sadly, not much of the original road still exists and long stretches of it have been repaved and are now the I40, so the magic is gone there... But.
I have a separate post on the Jack Rabbit Trading Post, one of the obligatory points even if it’s just 5-6 miles of the historic Route 66. This stretch of Route 66 is incredible. Going from Flagstaff to Vegas make sure you don’t miss Williams (loop off the I40), Seligman and Kingman which are amazing and so is the long desert drive. Google these three places and remember: get your kicks on Route 66!
Written January 17, 2020
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BigJohnC
Orlando, FL61 contributions
Oct 2021 • Solo
Where to begin? Do your research. Know the history. Allow two weeks minimum, maybe three. Don’t overplan and take it day to day … spring or fall is best. Do all 2,246 miles. Without any doubt: Buy and follow the EZ66 Guide for every detail, every inch of the road. It’s your Bible. The blue 66 phone app is also recommended. Historic Route 66 and Route 66 Trip Planning Facebook groups also recommended. It’s a trip of a lifetime.
Written April 25, 2022
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Tammie C
Sequim, WA223 contributions
Apr 2021
I was only on parts of this famous highway through Arizona, but I would love to travel more of it. There are long stretches of nothing so be sure you have plenty of gas in your tank. Just so much history and so much to see along the way. And when you do stop in a town, the people are so friendly!
Written February 13, 2022
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Randy2353
North Palm Beach, FL1,769 contributions
May 2019
A great ride to see all the different sites. Varied sites with many hisorical, interesting sites. Many are bland and old by many standards but they all are interesting and one of a kind. You will not see these buildings anywhere else in America. It is cool to ride on the same road so many others traveled upon and stopped along the way. Worth checking out if you can.
Written February 8, 2020
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