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1. Posted by kyebrown (Budding Member 62 posts) 10y

Hi Everyone,

As part of my RTW trip I want to drive route 66 starting in Chicago, has anyone done it? any good places to stop on the way and also does anyone know roughly how long it would take me?

Cheers

Kye

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4810 posts) 10y

I've only done the 5-6 hour bit between Chicago and St. Louis. Prepare for cornfields. Lots of cornfields. And not much else.

I don't know... historically interesting and all though it might be, I personally wouldn't be driving it. But good luck to you if it does appeal to you. I think it's about 45-55 hours pure driving time, so how long it takes depends on how long you can stand sitting in the car for each day.

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

I've driven parts of it in Illinois and Missouri.

Most of Route 66 no longer exists. Once the interstates were put in place, the 66 designation was retired. Therefore, you can't find it on a map. But some of the original road exists.

CHeck out the website Historic 66 for turn by turn descriptions of how to drive the route (as closely as possible). Some of the side trips are out of date (like Busch stadium, which is already replaced by the new one, and I note, spelt incorrectly), but it gives you a good overview.

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Quoting GregW

...Some of the side trips are out of date (like Busch stadium, which is already replaced by the new one, and I note, spelt incorrectly), but it gives you a good overview.

No, Greg, you spelled it correctly... Something tells me that you are familiar with their products... (Cryin' shame too.)

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Beerman's cousin and some friends just made the trip from Illinois to the end. (I'm not even sure they are back yet...) But, if you can wait until the beginning of October, I'll contact them to see what route they really had to take. (Tomorrow we leave for Ireland.)

Sander is correct about the "lots and lots" of corn fields. Greg is also correct in the fact that parts of the old Rte. 66 don't exist any more. I would actually like making the trip even with the cornfields. There are lots of little things to see along the way beside the corn.

Look here: Roadside America

5. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

The best preserved section of the old Route 66 is in Arizona. From Bullhead City, Oatman, through Kingman to Peach Springs to Seligman. Still two lanes and has some of the old motels and gas stations. The new movie, 'Cars' uses this section of 66 for their adventures. This is where you want to go to experience the 'real' 66.

6. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

Quoting Isadora

Quoting GregW

...Some of the side trips are out of date (like Busch stadium, which is already replaced by the new one, and I note, spelt incorrectly), but it gives you a good overview.

No, Greg, you spelled it correctly... Something tells me that you are familiar with their products...

I was refering to the website, which spelt it incorrectly, not I. I am familar with their products - I spent 5 months living in St. Louis! Did the whole brewery tour and everything!