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“Awesome trip on America's Mother Road” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Owner description: 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.
Millom, United Kingdom
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“Awesome trip on America's Mother Road”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2011

We did it on two Harley's last year and are going back in 2013 to do it again in our 1955 Series 1 Landrover. Although you are no longer able to complete the whole route we stuck to it as faithfully as we could and enjoed every single mile. It never rained once!
Highlights were Oatman and Seligman.
June is definitely a good month to choose to make the trip

Visited June 2010
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Sydney, Australia
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“Route 66 - What A Great Trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2010

Me and three (age 59) buddies drove Route-66 in 8 days from LA to Chicago in August 2010 in a Chevy Suburban. Great trip but we rushed it to fit in with other things. All of us are vowing to do it again - we had so much fun.
TIP: Allow 12-14 days. You will get lost a hundred times regardless of your maps and GPS but it is fun all the way. (Especially if you are used to driving on the left like we were).
TIP: Stop at every likely (or unlikely) looking tourist trap. They are all fantastic. And don't buy all your Tshirts at once!
We didn't pre-book hotels along the way, (preferring to pick up the discount coupons in the tourist brochures in the gas stations and ring them each day) and had no problem. (Next time though I will book The Blue Swallow in Tucumcari because its an icon and its often booked out). We did pre-book LA and Chicago though.
WARNING: Most of the R66 museums (and the Redneck joint in Erik) are closed on Sundays, which was a bummer.
Standout Attractions: Santa Monica Pier has a great little R66 shop right on the end of the pier. The NHRA Drag Racing Museum at Pomona is a worthwhile diversion. Make sure you stop at the Amboy Crater and Roys cafe. The scenery through Arizona & New Mexico is mind-blowing. Look out for rattlesnakes if you go climbing in the rocks! Loved the town of Oatman. Meteor Crater is worth seeing - its huge! And the onsite museum is also good Where else can you touch stuff from outer space? Did you know there is a bit of The Blarney Stone in Shamrock? The Cadillac Farm is a must-see. There are plenty of 1/2 empty scpraycans to use if you don't bring your own! (Pity there's no garbage cans though). Make sure you have a steak at the Big Texan Steakhouse. (Actually all the food in the 'proper' restaurants was excellent the whole trip.) The R66 Museum in Clinton has a fantastic 10 minute video to watch and a beautiful white '54 Thunderbird in the foyer. We wished we had time to go up the St Louis Arch. Pontiac has a very good Armed Forces Museum run by a veteran, and a small R66 museum. Got horribly lost going into Chicago thanks to roadworks diversions we wish we had researched.
Most disappointing to us was being unable to find the "Start Route-66" sign in Chicago. (And no locals could help us find it either).
After R66 we went to the Drag Racing Nationals in Indy before doing the obligatory Las Vegas stopover before flying home to Australia.
All in all, we are unaminous is saying this is the absolute best "bucket-list" trip we could have chosen!

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“Cool Springs is a restored Route 66 Treasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2009

In April 2009, my wife and I visited Laughlin Nevada and took a day to do some Route 66 exploring in the area. I had heard from friends that the stretch of Route 66 from Kingman to Oatman was unique and incredible for beauty and its potential danger for careless drivers. Both friends' statements proved to be absolutely correct.

However the real treasure for us was the discovery of "Cool Springs", a recently recovered and restored business with a rich history on Route 66. The history can be found by visiting their website @ http://www.coolspringsroute66.com/

It has a little museum with lots of artifacts, some light refreshments including Route 66 Root Beer and some nice souveniers. Its free to enter and well worth the stop as you head over to Oatman. The setting is stunning, with a mountain in the background, which I believe is Thimble Mountain. The peace you feel there is amazing.

We returned to Laughlin once again in September /09 and couldn't wait to visit Cool Springs once again. There had been some minor changes and it's clear that the restoration is ongoing. It is clearly a labor of love and of history. Route 66 explores will love this spot. Those just wishing to find one of the most spectacular places on earth won't be disappointed either.

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Lucerne, Switzerland
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“Hit the Road...don't miss it...don't let the Legend die!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2007

The Mother Road, the Legend...the Route 66. I've been there. I was riding it! And it was nothing I ever done before!

Go there, it's soooo different than any other road. The view, the food, the towns and villages. Go by car (like me) or by bike, but go!

We took time to ride the 66...don't rush. Plan enough time to stop, to take pictures, to have some drink and food, to meet people....to see the USA! The small towns need you...they need to live, need to survive!

You will see loads of unique places. It's so great you don't wanna stop driving when it ends!

But don't mistake the Route 66 with the Interstates (like I-40). Sometimes you have to take the Interstates, but many times you still can ride on the Old Route 66. It might be slower but rewarding!

It's too much to describe and write about. If you wanna know some places to eat and sleep, just click on my name above and you will find some places (I always try to post new reviews).

If that's not enough, visit my website. It's not finished yet, but you already can get some infos there:


I see you on the Road!

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