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1. Posted by weecarol (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

My frend and I are travelling in April and intend to hire a car and drive as much of Route 66 as we can. Does anyone have any advice? We would be looking for cheap hotels along the way and also want to find good maps showing just how to follow the "mother road". Can anyone help?

2. Posted by MFnice (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

The best route to take in the States is I-10. It takes you from Florida to California. You can stop in so many cool places. There is New Orleans, LA; Las Vegas, NV; which can take you to the Hoover Dam, the Grand Canyon, and there are several other places before you hit California which there is plenty to see there. In my opinion, it would be a much more exciting trip traveling through the southern states rather than Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas...Just my opinion. If you have never been to the States, there is plenty to see which ever route you take. If you are going to start in Illinois, see as much of Chicago as possible, I love that place, only in the summer though, go to Wrigley field and see the Cubs play. Also, make sure you go to northern California, there are some beautiful cities and mountains up there. Good luck with your trip. Let me know if I can help in any other way.

3. Posted by MFnice (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Just found this forum. Check it out, it has all sorts of advise on a trip across the country traveling I-10.

4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2009 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

How can you guys even suggest I-10 when the OP wants info on 66??? I-10 might be efficient in getting you across country, but that's it!


Although there is very little left of 66, it does have charm and will not bore the traveler the way the Interstate System will. The problem is that we have become such a country dependent on the Interstate system that it would be impossible to cross the nation without it. One might as well fly - ALL ONE SEES OF AMERICA ON THE INTERSTATES IS AMERICAN CONCRETE.

If you travel by car across the USA, be prepared for a real letdown - I've done it 4 or 5 times, and it is hell on earth. Just try getting a decent meal while on the highway.

5. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3573 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I took some TP members from the UK on a section of 66 last year. I have photos of this trip in my gallery. Click on USA on the left panel for 'countries', then they are on page 10-11.

I think the best preserved section of historic 66 is between Topock and Ash Fork. Parts of this section will remind you of the movie 'Cars'. This link should be helpful in deciding what part of 66 you want to drive. Click the 'turn by turn description' and see what part of 66 appeals to you. There is another section in Oklahoma that is separated from the newer roads. Look at the section between Vinita and Quapaw. This is one of the problems with following 66 from Chicago to LA. Most of it has been incorporated into newer hiways and freeways. This link might be of some help as well.

Send me a PM if you have any questions.

6. Posted by weecarol (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for all your replies.
I have driven in the States before and am familiar with the interstate idea of driving from A to B with no hestitation or deviation!! Not what I am after this time around!!! I found it much more interesting driving on the lesser known roads and intend to do so this time around too. Was just hoping that someone might be able to help out with a bit more information such as what parts of Route 66 I can actually still drive down and if anyone had any favourite stops along the way.
We would like to get down to New Orleans and will probably hire car from there and then head to Texas to try and catch up with Route 66 in that state rather than start from the beginning in Chicago.
Hopefully someone out there can help us.

7. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3573 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I guess you did not read my post very carefully. The first link would have let you see what is left of historic 66 in the states from Illinois to California. Use the 'turn by turn' option.

I said I thought the best preserved section of 66 is between Ash Fork and Topock in Arizona. I have photos of some of this section in my gallery. The other section you may want to look at is in Oklahoma, between Vinta and Quapaw. How more specific can one get?

8. Posted by julie39 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!


My friends and I are also planning to do Route 66 this year aswell (sept time). Hopefully we will be in America for a month in total.

Does anyone have any tips on renting cars, who is the cheapest etc.... or any places to stay, visit etc..

All advise and ideas will be appreciated.


9. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3573 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

You will have to crunch the numbers. Try National, Alamo, Budget, Thrify, Dollar auto rentals, plug in your dates and see what you are quoted. Cities to visit? Why LAS VEGAS of course!

10. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Personally I'd definitely take the way that goes through Santa Fe, as in 1937 there were some changes and Santa Fe can be bypassed.