Monday, January 23, 2012

Route 66 -- Q & A


The thing I want to do most in life is travel Route 66 but I have some basic questions to ask. I would Google it but I trust this more. My questions are as follows:

1) How long would it take to travel Route 66 and have a good length of time to see each place.

2) How do people go about it. Do they simply hire a car when they get there?

3) Is there a site or company that help you sort your route and plan transport?

A reply would be much appreciated, thank you




Hi Molly --

Thank you for writing in to Road Trip USA, and sorry it took me until now to reply.

Route 66 means different things to different people, and there are many ways to travel this great old road. Traditionalists start in Chicago and head west, but there are no right or wrong ways to go. Getting a rental car at one end and dropping it off at the other makes sense, but it is also nice to start in the middle and do sort of a figure 8 -- that way you can come back and revisit places that look interesting but for which you don't have the time (or the appetite) to enjoy the first time through.

Depending upon how long you stay, and how far you stray from the main route (to see the Grand Canyon, or Las Vegas, for example), driving the 2,000 miles of Route 66 can take you anywhere from a week to a month or more -- 10 days being a good length of time to really get the most out of the road. Plus whatever time you spend in Chicago or LA.

I don't know firsthand of any companies that do Route 66 tours -- road trips tend to be self-guided and independent. But there are lots of websites and other resources out there, so I think you should be able to find all the info you want.

And if you have an Android smartphone, my Road Trip USA tour has been translated into a Google Maps app -- nothing fancy, but it will help you find your way to all sorts of great Route 66 experiences.

Check it out:

Hope this helps -- Happy Trails,

Jamie Jensen
Road Trip USA


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