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1. Posted by deadmanmoz (Full Member 92 posts) 6y

Hi all,

Advice please:

My 30th is this year and i want to do something fun, different and memorable.
One thought was driving down some of, or all of, route 66.

Any thoughts, idea's, advice for such a trip?

I wanted to do the obvious motorbike option but do i need a motorbike licence to hire one in the States or is a standard drivers licence okay?

Any advice on start and finish points if i only do some of it?
Accomodation options?
Any sites to see?

Additional/better ideas for celebrating my 30th?

I guess i would make it a long weekend (5 day) or even a week trip depending.
Also will want to do everything on as much of a budget as possible because i'm flying from the UK, so expensive flight anyway, and i've just moved into a new flat so money is tighter than usual.

Anything else? Hmmm, it would be me and my girlfriend, in late October or early November.
Um, think thats it.

ANY advice HUGELY appreciated.

Thanks dudes.

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 6y

Nevada requires a motorcycle license to rent or buy a MC. AZ, CA, UT, TX OK all had the same requirement as NV. You will need at least 4 days to take the written test, the require skills test and get your MC license from the DMV. Most people pay for a skills class before going to DMV and trying to pass the riding test. They do not make it easy to get a MC license.

I think a better option would be to rent a convertible car, say a Mustang. You can rent with your countries license or an IDL. Arrive, rent a car and on your way the same day. This is not going to happen with a motorcycle. Route 66 is a historic road and you should have fun exploring it. The section in AZ is probably the best preserved of the entire route. I have some photos of the Kingman to Williams AZ section in my photo gallery. USA, page 19. Good luck with your planning.

3. Posted by Ham Radio (Respected Member 284 posts) 6y

Point of order: California also requires a separate motorcycle license (class M1) to operate a two wheeled vehicle in the Golden State. (This does not apply to trikes, or 3-wheeled vehicles. A regular driver license will suffice.)

Seriously consider the convertible automobile option, you'll enjoy the trip more than using a bike.

You also did not mention what month you will take the trip. Late in the year (November, December) you may see some serious snow and ice conditions at Flagstaff, Arizona or even Albuquerque, New Mexico due to higher elevations.

Have a great trip and let us know if we can assist further.

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 6y

Quoting vegasmike6

The section in AZ is probably the best preserved of the entire route. I have some photos of the Kingman to Williams AZ section in my photo gallery. USA, page 19. Good luck with your planning.

That is a great trip indeed. Don't forget to stop by in Hackberry where there is a fantastic kinda Route66 museum which is operated by a great guy. There is an old corvette convertible outside and they have great souvenirs! Seligman has some great places to stay and Williams downtown is fantastic as well. Just as Vegasmike, I'll invite you to check the photos in my gallery;).

5. Posted by deadmanmoz (Full Member 92 posts) 6y

Thanks for the replies guys, i'll keep researching.

Had thought about a convertible mustang as i had one last year when i travelled the states and it was so sweet, damn!

I read yesterday that it's a 14 day trip along route 66, i wont have this long for a number of reasons, so im thinking maybe a 7-9 day trip, with a few days at least on the West Coast at the end to relax, maybe a San Fran visit or even i heard about a canoe tour through some caves near Malibu Beach (I think) sounded awesome.

If i were to drive, lets say 5-6 days on route 66 where do people suggest i fly into/start?

Ham: It would be a November trip i think. My birthday is the 1st so anytime around then i guess, depends on flight costs but my guess is end of October into beginning of November.

6. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 6y

Quoting deadmanmoz

If i were to drive, lets say 5-6 days on route 66 where do people suggest i fly into/start?

The best parts of historic route 66 are probably in NM, AZ & CA. I would look at flying into Amarillo TX and car rental options there. That would be a realistic drive in 5-7 days. Good luck.

7. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1992 posts) 6y

You also need to be aware that the original historic route US 66 not only goes through Albuquerque in New Mexico, but also through Santa Fe-and this is definitely a ride worth taking.

In many places, though (like along most of Interstate 40), the highway either doesn't exist--or it exactly parallels the new interstate. It is not necessary to drive the actual US 66 in those places (since the old route goes up and down on little mounds so much it would make you sick), but you can just drive the main interstate instead and still see the same scenery.

The exception is when you get to the middle of Arizona. The west part of Arizona you should just ride the interstate, but in the sections between Flagstaff and Kingman, there are lots of interesting thing to see on the old highway.


P.S. I suggest you drive the road from east to west--mostly because that way the time zone changes work in your favor (giving you more time to drive each day). Also, if you wanted to see the entire road, you'd have to start in Chicago and go down through St. Louis and into Tulsa and Oklahoma City on Interstate 44, then connect to Interstate 40 in Oklahoma City. However, as vegasmike6 points out, the much more scenic portion starts at Amarillo, Texas and then heads west from there.