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Thoughts on a non route 66 road trip (ok, maybe it is...)

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Thoughts on a non route 66 road trip (ok, maybe it is...)

Good Morning/Afternoon all,

Myself and four of my friends, all guys, in our mid 20's - are hitting the USA later this year - I have come up with a very rough schedule - and would appreciate any input, positive/negative on this, and any other advice or reccomendations will certainly be taken on board....! Its is mainly based around route 66, but with a detour down to PHX, and back up to Las Vegas.

Wed 23rd October - Will be leaving Chicago and look to reach Springfield and stay the night

24th - St Louis

25th - St Louis again or straight to OKC?

26th - OKC City - hope to catch OKC Sooners V Texas Tech college football

27th - Amarillo/Tucamari

28th - Alberquerque

29th - Sante Fe

30th - Gallup

31st - Flagstaff or Sedona

Nov 1st -

2nd - Canyon / Mon Valley

3rd -

4th -

5th - Phoenix - will be watching the coyotes NHL game

6th - Kingman/Oatman

7th - 3 days in Vegas

We have already booked the hotels either side of Chicago and Vegas - so those dates cant be changed, and as you can see, the dates are slightly booked around catching some sport games out there - these were the only ones reastically we could catch...

The blank days in early November are mainly to give us a few days to take in the Grand Canyon and surrounding areas, but also in case we find we are having a great time in one place and want to stay there another day..

Finally we are all young (!!!) and obviously will occasionally be persuaded on route by areas that may have a bit of a nightlife/some bars - however that is NOT the main reason for the trip and we are all more than interested in experiencing the quiet side of things/different sights etc

Many Thanks for those who have taken time to read, and reply!

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1. Re: Thoughts on a non route 66 road trip (ok, maybe it is...)

Overall your trip looks pretty good. You've picked a good time of year for doing this. Chicago will be chilly at night, but the rest of the weather should be great.

"OKC Sooners" are the Oklahoma Sooners, and they actually play in Norman, which is about 40 minutes south of OKC. If you need a hotel there though, then you may as well stay in OKC though, because they'll probably all be full.

For filling in the dates:

> 25th - St Louis again or straight to OKC?

It's a pretty long drive from St. Louis to OKC, and you will probably want to check out the tailgating at the stadium before the game in order to get the real college football experience, so I would try to do something like the Arch in the morning and then drive after that, so you can reach OKC or Norman by the evening. Both cities have decent nightlife but, like I said, I think you have a better chance at a hotel in OKC. Try to stay close to Bricktown and watch out for the traffic getting into Norman the next day. You may want to try and find a shuttle or a rideshare down there.

> 27th - Amarillo/Tucamari

Tucumcari would be better, I think.

> 31st - Flagstaff or Sedona

Flagstaff. The hotels are cheaper and the nightlife is tremendously better. Make a side trip to Sedona though.

> Nov 1st

Stay the night at the Grand Canyon, in the park. Book it now: http://grandcanyonlodges.com/

> 3rd & 4th

Go to Phoenix. Check out the Heard Museum, Mill Avenue in Tempe, maybe hit some local breweries (let me know if you need suggestions). Lots to do in the area. You could also drive down to Tucson! Much more to do there (not that I'm biased or anything).

> 6th - Kingman/Oatman

0 hotels in Oatman, so that won't work. However, if you're coming in on a weekday, hotels in Laughlin are remarkably cheap, like $20 per night for a nice room. It's a casino town, but VERY different from Vegas, so may be worth checking out. There's nothing to do in Kingman, and the hotels there tend to be overpriced.

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2. Re: Thoughts on a non route 66 road trip (ok, maybe it is...)

Tucumcari-- if you want a taste of rt 66 stay at the Blue Swallow. It's a kick! :)


Agree to head to OKC instead of 2 nights at St Louis. Game should be great fun. Sooner fans are as rabid as the Buckeye fans are here :) You'll enjoy it.

Cadillac Ranch is just off 40 at Amarillo. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadillac_Ranch (for something "odd)

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3. Re: Thoughts on a non route 66 road trip (ok, maybe it is...)

Guys can't explain how much those bits of advice you've passed helps! Exactly the kind of answers I've been looking for - thanks.

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Just thought I would bump this thread for anyone else who may have any other suggestions or tips they feel may help...!

Thanks in advance

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5. Re: Thoughts on a non route 66 road trip (ok, maybe it is...)

After Gallup NM I would head to Monument Valley. See the John Wayne Museum, take an afternoon or late evening tour with Gouldings and spend the night either at Gouldings or at the View Lodge. You do not want to take your car on the dirt road in MV.

You can then head toward Flagstaff/ Williams or toward the Grand Canyon. Yes make lodging reservations in the GCNP ASAP.

After our visit to the GCNP we stayed in Kingman. Nice town on old Route 66 with some neat old diners.

From Kingman you can easily head to the Hoover dam and on to Las Vegas.

Good luck with your trip planning.

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6. Re: Thoughts on a non route 66 road trip (ok, maybe it is...)

>>There's nothing to do in Kingman <<

Kingman has a pretty good Route 66 museum... tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g31259-Activitie…

You might like to pop into Mr D's Diner, an authentic 1950's American diner.

Definitely plan to drive Route 66 over Sitgreaves Pass and to Oatman.

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7. Re: Thoughts on a non route 66 road trip (ok, maybe it is...)

Ive done part of the RT 66 section. Kingman to Williams and to me it was just more of the drive and that I was on the old Rt 66. Nothing crazy exciting to see really. Few museums and maybe a cool place to eat or two, but still fun and worth it. However I did not do the stretch to Oatman. don't get me wrong Im glad I did it!

Never done Flagstaff, but Sedona is great, especially if you like hiking, views and all that.

GC is certainly worth a look :)

Maybe check out Petrified Forest National Park on I 40 between Gallup and Flagstaff/Sedona.

Check out the Hoover Dam on your way into LV...

When in STL, if you like BBQ, you need to go to Pappys Smokehouse. One of the best BBQ you can find...or at least Ive found. Trust me. It is right downtown near STL University

Since it looks like your schedule allows it for time, try and take some back roads when possible between your city stops. Those are often the most fun. If you are into Rt 66, which clearly you are, drives that are fun can be had with views in a lot of places out that way....

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8. Re: Thoughts on a non route 66 road trip (ok, maybe it is...)

There's too many Rt 66 things to see between St. Louis and OKC to do it in a day. Going straight through on the interstate is 8 hours not counting breaks. Pick a place around halfway such as Joplin to spend the night of the 25th. About the football game, those teams have quite a rivalry so it could be a sellout. Don't count on getting walkup tickets at the stadium.

Depending upon how into Rt. 66 you are, you'll need most of the day getting to Amarillo from OKC. Personally I think that section isn't quite as interesting as going East from OKC, but there's a lot of the old road left to drive as it meanders westward and good things to see.

I would reverse Albuquerque and Santa Fe so you won't be backtracking. From Santa Fe you'll have time to take the scenic high road up to Taos, then the faster way back through SF to Albuquerque.

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9. Re: Thoughts on a non route 66 road trip (ok, maybe it is...)

Thanks guys appreciate all the above and taking it on board!

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