Route 66
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Famously connecting Chicago to L.A., this 2,400-mile highway spawns America's signature roadside architecture and attractions. Though the 100-year-old Route 66 was ultimately bypassed by the modern interstate highways, you can still drive through it and visit the major cities and quaint towns along the way—including a few ghost towns. On the roads' westernmost section, you’ll also be quite close to must-sees like the Grand Canyon. Set aside at least two weeks for your road trip through the vast American heartland. Guidebooks and apps will also make your journey a lot more informative and fun. – Tripadvisor
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Clod13
Frankfurt, Germany86 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We rode Route 66 from Chicago to Kingman on a rental Harley. Chicago, Illinois, St. Louis, Missouri, until about short after Rolla was good and interesting. After that it’s simply boring, for lack of a better word. The landscape is boring, rather sad until about after the New Mexico border. The only thing that is a steady given js the wind that accompanies you every second of your journey. On a motorcycle that’s horrible. The highlights: Chicago, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis (don’t miss out on the museum there), Santa Fe/NM, Petrified Forest (don’t skip it), Flagstaff with the amazingly beautiful Grand Canyon and the route between Seligman and Kingman. Route 66 definitely has a very interesting history and is an historic byway that might be very interesting for US citizens. For Europeans and especially for those traveling by motorbike, there are so many more interesting places and routes. Skip Route 66 and rather do the canyons in Utah. Or do route 101 from Olympic peninsula through Oregon to San Francisco. Astonishing.
Written 27 May 2024
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sanju_222323
New Jersey15,958 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
You’ll find the 'Begin Route 66 sign' on E. Adams Street just west of where it intersects with Michigan Avenue, directly in front of the Art Institute of Chicago. it’s been the launching point of countless road trips as most people choose to drive Route 66 from east to west.

Route 66 in Chicago feels like the start of an awfully big adventure. 2,500 miles of the Mother Road sprawling out in front of you,

now as part of my bucket list- I need to go to Santa Monica Pier, take a picture with the " Route 66 ends here sign" and merge both. hahaha...
Written 2 April 2024
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pglover4
Solihull, UK150 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Just returned from our Route 66 trip with Titan. A great adventure helped massively by the professionalism and efficiency of our tour guide Steve Pritchard. Lots of additions to the trip were included and made the early starts and long days more amenable. We began the tour in Chicago on Sunday 3rd Sept and ended 2500 miles later in Santa Monica on Monday 18th Sept. Very tired and coached out after many early days and long road journeys. Although most of the trip was enjoyable, my criticism of it was that many of the hotels we stayed in were located out of town, which meant expensive meals at the hotel or fast food joints for evening meals. Some of these hotels need to be reviewed by Titan as their indicated star system was very generous. Example the “4” star Tropicana in Las Vegas. No fridge, no tea/coffee facilities, dirty carpets and bed sheets that were at best ok.
Also the route planning meant only 4 meals were included which were breakfasts at 4 hotels. I would have preferred Titan to arrange breakfasts for ALL the hotels we stayed in which would have set us up better for the days long coach drives. Although the tour guide did his best to get us to feeding places, the nature of the trip meant sometimes this was just not possible, so a service type station became our only source of food. I definitely don't need to see a Subway, McDonalds or Starbucks for a long time. These road trips rely heavily on the ability of the tour guide to make it interesting by taking the party to parts of the tour that maybe are not advertised in the brochure, we were lucky that Steve was able to do this and some of those places evoked memories of days past and put you right back to the early days of the road. The characters and owners of those places were great people to talk to and share stories with.
The other factor you need on these coach tours of course are friendly passengers. Which we had. Everyone got on well, and some more than others. Those people will remain friends for a long time.
Overall a great adventure. Highly recommended. Some tweeks by Titan to look at hotel locations and meal arrangements would improve it immensely.

Some tips for potential adventures -
Take a travel kettle - some hotels don't supply tea/coffee making equipment
Take your favourite english tea bags.(lots of them)
Take English snacks with you - crisps, biscuits, breakfast bars
We took packet porridge for early morning starts rather than trying to find breakfast meal locations

Written 21 September 2023
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Hans
Kwadendamme, The Netherlands4,168 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Historic Route 66 evokes nostalgia from everybody it seems. We drove a part from Kingman to Seligman in Arizona and, I am sorry for the die hards, but I didn’t find it that great. The road itself is just a another hwy but of course there are some nice features along the way, Hackberry General Store and Seligman Sundries are very nice to visit. The stores which of course want to make some money with souvenirs, mostly sell the same items. For me personal, Route 66 was on my to do list and now I have seen it.
Written 12 June 2023
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Ed O’Donnell
Camarillo, CA52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
THANK YOU, BOBBY TROUP. I played his song from the end of the road on Santa Monica Pier all the way through Los Angeles, and ended up the first night in Barstow. Decided, I would do it in segments. Glad I did. Started early, and took my time. Pictures of the "Will Rodgers Highway sign" on the Pier and then followed the route, now surface streets all the way to downtown Los Angeles. Then jumped on the Arroyo Seco Highway, which was route 66 and ended up in Pasadena. What a great time. Had the Automobile Club Map or all the stops to make and places to see. Yes, it was an all day trip, but worth every minute. I have now done 3 segments and will be starting the continuation at Gallup, New Mexico. Fly into Albuerque (sp), rent a car and then continue the journey. There is a lot to see in New Mexico, so we are going to drive the old old route that goes thru Santa Fe, and the newer Route 66. Either way, it will be 5 days on the Mother Road and when we are done, we will be at the border of Texas. I strongly recommend, YOU TAKE YOU TIME AND STOP TO TAKE PHOTOS ALONG THE ROUTE. What an experience.
Written 2 June 2023
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montanapescado
Albuquerque, NM1,364 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Lots of worthwhile stops along the way, but they are scattered across 2,400 miles. Some sections have concentrated options and others are seemingly endless miles of nothing. That said, one of the most empty stretches is one of the most interesting; some of the NM/AZ section has long empties between stops, but you can totally see the inspiration for Pixar's "Cars."
Written 14 May 2023
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Brad
Hong Kong, China1,73,427 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Just across E Adams Street from the Chicago Art Institute, you will see this sign which marks the beginning of the historic US Route 66, established in 1926 and providing the first major highway between Chicago and Los Angeles and link between the Midwast and Pacific Coast of the United States.

It is an interesting landmark sign with a pole plastered with stickers placed by road travel enthusiasts from around the country. There is a separate US Route 66 'end' sign nearby as well for those interested in viewing both landmark highway signs.
Written 10 May 2023
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Jill O
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Lots of fun and interesting things to see on Rt 66. Met many nice people along the way, even some from back home. The Midpoint Cafe and Gift Shop in Adrian, Texas was one of the highlights. Two very friendly ladies own this cute '50's diner, and were very welcoming. Their homemade pies are delicious! In some states Rt 66 is not well- marked and it was often difficult to find where it picks up when one section of it ends. But all in all it is worth the effort if you want to see some almost forgotten bits of Americana.
Written 5 May 2023
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MNice
Bloomington, MN5,064 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
You have read in other reviews the significance of Route 66. Like other reviewers, I agree that the iconic history of this road cannot be understated. Chicago does a very poor job of describing it or memorializing it, much less promoting it. I mean, at least a plaque like many of the buildings have on them. You will find the beginning and ending signs at the ends of Jackson and Adams Streets across from the Art Institute plastered with stickers all over them. We have been exploring Route 66 for the last couple years and it is quite an undertaking to attempt to see what’s left of the Mother Road. This trip we saw the signs again as well as ate breakfast at Lou Mitchell’s Restaurant on Jackson across from the Union Station. 2023 is Lou Mitchell’s 100th anniversary and has lasted longer than the Mother Road itself. Illinois has quite a collection of artifacts as you drive from here to the Chain of Rocks bridge across the Mississippi in St Louis. We have broken our wanderlust for the road into lots of bits and pieces and hope to complete it in a year or two. Lou Mitchell’s and the Joliet Prison are definitely the highlights around Chicago although we have not gone Del Rhea’s Chicken yet.
Written 17 April 2023
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amolsen73
Spirit Lake, IA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
In town with family. Had good food with excellent service from Andy! Recommended and would definitely visit again.
Written 8 March 2023
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