The plan is to fly to Chicago (July 2005), hire a car and do a road trip of route 66, with my dad.
So far we have a loose itinery of Illinios, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California. I would love to hear any tips or ideas from locals or previous travelers. We really like the experience to include things like; small out of the way towns, local fairs, cultural events, live music (any festivals?), good food, car shows (for dad), national parks. If anyone knows an alternate route, or can recommend any worthwhile diversions, also would be great. Basically we want to make it "a trip of a lifetime" so any suggestions would much appreciated.
You can go to the Route 66 museums. There is one near a cool animal park in Oklahoma called Woolaroc. I forget what town that is though. But there are a couple of neat museums like that.
In that same town there was a one-of-a kind candle factory, just ask the locals about it.
Here is a link to Woolaroc
Thanks, Volume! Those are great suggestions. Exactly the kind of thing I had in mind.
If you have the time on your trip, As you get towards Arizona, take a detour north and see some of the spectacular sights in southern Utah - Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon, Zion. Then see Las Vegas before cutting back into Arizona via the Hoover Dam to see the Grand Canyon.
Head to Monument Valley/Four Corners area while you're in Arizona. There's nothing else like it! The area you're going can't be beat for scenery.
I've been all over the country roadtripping, check out my site for some ideas. http://roadtripfever.com
Oh yeah, other places.
Texas--Schliterbahn in New Braunfels (hour south of Austin) the largest water park you'll ever go to. Very cool. You can bring a cooler in and everything. Highly recommend.
If you decide to go to the corner of Alabama/Ten./Ga go to Rock City, Incline Railroad and Ruby Falls in Chattanooga TN. You can read some about a road trip we took there at.. Www.roadtripdivas.com
In Louisiana: there is a published calendar called Huli's Fairs and Festivals. It may have a website. There are fairs and fests nearly every weekend of the year all over the state celebrating things from the famous to the arcane: jazz, zydeco music, Cajun culture, swamps, plantations, oysters, shrimp, Tennessee Williams, Louis Armstrong, petroleum, strawberries, tomatos, gumbo, jambalaya, sausage, alligator, catfish, crawfish, battle reenactments, you name it. They vary widely from event to event, but typically have fair-to-excellent food, live music and crafts.
You might also try LouisianaTravel.com, the website of the state tourism office. Have fun!
Hi . . .noone appears to have advised on your end destination!! I would make time to visit north California, and in particular Lake Tahoe, Napa Valley and perhaps head up coast towards Seattle . . .itis very different from the southern part of the state . . . .
As far as national parks go, Yosemite in Northern California is supposed to be very beautiful, as well as the drive up or down the west coast. You've got to do that!