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Route 66 Places to stay, see and eat

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Route 66 Places to stay, see and eat

Hi Everyone,

4 of us are travelling route 66 at the end of august for 2 weeks, can anyone recommend any places to stay (that aren't chain motels) places to eat and things to see and do. Or any other advise will be appreciated.

thanks all

julie

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1. Re: Route 66 Places to stay, see and eat

Are you travelling the whole 2,000 mile route from Chicago to Santa Monica? Here is an excellent website which will help you. Keep in mind that much of Route 66 has vanished under new freeways, and the longest original portion is in Arizona.

http://www.historic66.com/

You will have some *very* hot weather in the deserts.

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2. Re: Route 66 Places to stay, see and eat

Hi

Thanks for you reply.

How hot do you think it will get?,

We are aim to go via Las Vegas aswell, we leave chicago on 26th Aug and should be in Vegas on 6th Spet, 12 days later, spend a few nights there and then head onto Santa Monica.

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On your way in Arizona, visiting Grand Canyon NP is a must but you'll need a reservation for a rim stay www.grandcanyonlodges.com There are many other places worth a visit along this route. Many old stretches of R66 have vanished and others are hard to reach without a 4wd and a very good map. But the longest remaining stretch is Seligman-Kingman-Oatman-Needles and the ABC route through California locally called National Trails hw. Hot is hot in the desert. 100-120 F.

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4. Re: Route 66 Places to stay, see and eat

The list is long. I assume you have a good guidebook. Here's a few things that come to mind.

In Texas:

www.bigtexan.com/

Cadillac Ranch www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2220

Groom Cross www.theroadwanderer.net/66Texas/groom.htm

In New Mexico:

Santa Fe is less than an hour off I40. It is America's oldest and most unique city; well worth a detour. Acoma Pueblo east of Albuquerque. Gallup for Indian pawn shops, rugs and the El Rancho Hotel. www.elranchohotel.com/

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5. Re: Route 66 Places to stay, see and eat

If it fits your schedule, plan a stay and the Munger Moss Motel in Lebanon Missouri. It's a Rte 66 original.

There are also good Rte. 66 museums in St. James Missouri and Lebanon.

When you pass through St. Louis, see the Chain of Rocks bridge - the Rte. 66 bridge over the Mississippi - it's not a pedestrian/bike path. Also stop at Ted Drewes on Watson Road (part of Rte. 66) for a frozen custard.

Here's a DVD you can buy - Amazon has several good books, too.

amazon.com/Route-66-75th-Anniversary-Collect…

Have fun!!!

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6. Re: Route 66 Places to stay, see and eat

Hi mejuli123-

As mentioned here already, this "route" is no more - however, there are lots of websites and guidebooks that can help you try to trace the route's original path.

Definitely try to go to Seligman and Williams, Arizona. They've both done a great job of holding on to a lot of memorabilia and many of the old gas stations, restaurants, signage, etc. from Rt. 66's glory days. This link gives some info: planning-fun-road-trips.com/plan-a-road-trip…

For a two week road trip, riding the whole route may be exhausting (it's a long journey), so you might want to select a section/area and focus your time there. One of the posted replies here had some good stuff about Texas.

Hope this helps-

Tara

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Hi my fiance and i have just come back from driving route 66 and what a drive it was !!!!! We had such a fantastic time,the Americans are just the best,so helpful wherever we went NOTHING was to much trouble!would recomend you getting "here it is" route 66 map series{from amazon}also from a garage when you get there each state we bought a state map $4 or $5,great for when you get lost 'cus you will.Bought quite a few other books too.(route 66 travelers guide by Tom Snyder) Chicago is fab so much to do and see,took us quite q while to get out of but once on the right road we were fine.

Could go on for hours,but here's a few great stops.

ILLINOIS - Ariston cafe,Chain of rocks

MISSOURI- St Louis,Munger Moss motel,Drive in 66 theater(still shows films weekends

KANSAS-nice drive threw

OKLAHOMA-Eastern part 66 can be driven almost

without interruption,round barn,ghost town

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TEXAS-Palo Duro canyon,Cadillc ranch.Midway cafe meet Fran,A MUST DO.

NEW MEXICO-Blue Swallow motel,great 66 road to Santa Rosa,Santa Fe A MUST,Alberquerque old town !,El Rancho hotel.

ARIZONA-Painted desertand the Petrified desert,Wigwam Motel in Holbrook,Winslow,moter museum;Meteor Crater,Oak creek canyon,SEDONA,Jerome,Prescott,Hackberry general store.

If driving to Vagas you drive over Hoover Dam.

CALIFORNIA-CELEBRATE with a few beers on Santa Monica Pier !if you have time there's great places to explore in California.

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9. Re: Route 66 Places to stay, see and eat

Hi thank you for your message, how long did you take drive it?

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Oklahoma City-- stop at the National Memorial there for the federal building bombing. It is an awesome place. Also, the western heritage museum there in OKC is HUGE and really cool.