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Old 05-25-2019, 12:46 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I haven't begun my research yet but am just wondering if anyone has any knowledge and or experience traveling Route 66 from Flagstaff area east to Chicago? Any tips, must places to see etc.

Thanks much.

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Old 05-25-2019, 03:07 PM   #2
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Hi all,

I haven't begun my research yet but am just wondering if anyone has any knowledge and or experience traveling Route 66 from Flagstaff area east to Chicago? Any tips, must places to see etc.

Thanks much.

G Man
Visit the "Singing Road" segment of Route 66. It plays America the Beautiful through your tires.


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Route 66, Tijeras, NM (Just East of Albuquerque)
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West of town. I-40 exit 170, then drive east about 3.5 miles on Hwy 333/Route 66. Look for the Musical Road signs between mileposts 4 and 5, shortly after Route 66 crosses to the south side of I-40. The road is only musical driving eastbound.


Not well marked so look for the faded blue music sign, drive as close to 45mph as you can, and keep your windows rolled up. It's a little worn down from age so harder to hear clearly than in the video, but well worth it.
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There's always Winslow, AZ mentioned in the Eagles hit song "Take it Easy". Besides the famous "Standing on the corner", there are still relics of Route 66 motor hotels. Most closed, but a few are open.

Holbrook is just down the road from Winslow and has an interesting Wigwam motor inn.

And while it's not Route 66 specifically, drive through the Petrified Forrest just East of Winslow. The drive ends at a nice overlook of the Painted Desert.
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Route 66/I40 takes you by the Cadillac Ranch just as you're about to enter the West side of Amarillo. It was surprising a fair distance off the road (makes it seem very small) and a dust storm was blowing in, so we didn't walk to them.

Since we live on the Texas gulf coast, we headed South from there to get home and out-run the dust storm.

But one more place to see that's not too far off Route 66 is Branson, MO.

Others can fill you in the rest of the way, as we've yet to travel the heartland.

Safe travels.
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The Route 66 Motel in Tucumcari, NM is clean, inexpensive and a trip to the past.
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There are lots of books and websites devoted to the bits of Rt 66 that still survive. Google will keep you busy reading for days.
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Winslow has a great Restaurant and Bar in the restored Hotel La Posada. James Beard nominated chef and it is on the Amtrak, LA to Chicago line. (Think train destination is right)
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I drove 66 from Kingman to Seligman AZ about 10 years ago.

It's worth using it instead of I-40 where they parallel west of Flagstaff. But there aren't enough things to see to go out of your way if you're not already on I-40. Both things are probably true of many segments.

Trip Advisor has over 1000 reviews on Route 66 with 90% being 4-5 stars. Those who saw the TV show growing up will appreciate it a lot more than those who didn't.
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I traveled Route 66 last fall, 2018, from Chicago to Burbank. Wonderful trip but can get old. Lots of old gas stations, museums, antique cars, etc. and souvenir shops. I followed the book: Route 66: EZ66 GUIDE For Travelers - 4TH EDITION. It was excellent. Also could not have done it without The Route 66 Map Series
by Jim Ross and Jerry McClanahan, Jim Ross. I am glad that I did it. I followed 66 without a complete plan so that it gave me so much freedom to take side trips... You will be close to the Painted Desert, Petrified Forest and the Grand Canyon Lake Powell. Great side trip to Tall Grasses Prairie. I had a blast the entire trip and then on my way home (south Florida) I paralleled route 10 visiting Tombstone, the Alamo and New Orleans. All in all a wonderful trip for me by taking my time and taking many side trips.
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