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“Good in parts...”
Review of Route 66

Route 66
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Owner description: Affectionately dubbed the "Mother Road," this 2,400-mile route was the first all-weather, continuously paved highway linking Chicago and Los Angeles. The storied path is legendary for spawning America's signature roadside architecture and attractions, vestiges of which remain today.
London, United Kingdom
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“Good in parts...”
Reviewed 25 August 2013

We drove from Laughlin to Santa Fe, some on Route 66 and some on the parallel I40 motorway. We came to the conclusion that a lot of people want R66 to be something special, but it isn't really working. The main problem is that in between the 'interesting' stuff there's an awful lot of road. So if you don't mind driving for an hour to get a picture of yourself outside a quirky building, then another hour for a coffee at a kitsch cafe, then another hour... you get the idea.
That's not to say that it's all bad. There are some very cool things to see and do - feeding the donkeys in Oatman, drinking a Coke outside Hackberry General Store, chatting with Navajo in Gallup, standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona.
The towns that R66 passes through range from cute (Oatman) and friendly (Holbrook) through unattractive (Winslow) to depressing (Grants). And if you stick rigidly to R66, you're going to miss the photogenic magic of Sedona and the beguiling laid-back charm of Camp Verde.
So here are our top 6 tips-
1) Don't hesitate to deviate from the route. Some of the best places aren't actually on R66.
2) Don't book a motel near the railway line if noise bothers you. These aren't whispering electric commuter trains, these are half-mile-long monsters with gut-rumbling horns and clanging level-crossing alarms. Especially relevant if you're thinking of staying in Holbrook - beware the Wigwam Motel. If you visit Grants you'll see a number of closed-down and boarded-up motels, and they're all a few yards from the tracks. It's not a coincidence.
3) Think carefully about where you eat. For hamburgers and Mexican food you will be spoilt for choice; if you want anything at all different or niche (vegetarian, nut-free, kosher, halal, etc) you should do some research before you go.
4) Don't feel the need to see everything. Some of the distances are huge, and you could find yourself spending most of your holiday in the car.
5) Be prepared for long miles of nothing very much.
6) Think twice before bringing kids along. There are some very child-friendly experiences on R66 but they are such a long way apart that you will be subjecting kids to hour after hour of back-seat boredom. And a lot of the attractions hold little appeal for kids - the Petrified Forest, for instance. We lost count of the number of harassed parents and bored kids we saw.

Visited August 2013
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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“Route 66, Arizona”
Reviewed 22 August 2013

The Route 66 has thousands of miles. If you do not have much time to traverse the whole route and wants to meet a typical place, I suggest the stretch between the towns of Kingman and Seligman, Arizona.
Be sure to stop at Hackberry General Store, along the route between these towns.

Visited April 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“an experience”
Reviewed 20 August 2013

We stopped in Seligman on our way to Vegas. It is the town that inspired the movie cars, so if you have kids would be awesome to stop here as they have lots of cars that are made to look like the movie characters. It a town that looks like it stopped developing 40 years ago, which is kind of cool. There are so many souvenir shops and every kind of souvenir and collectable you can think of. Nice way to see history and keep small towns alive.

Visited July 2013
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“One day we'll have to drive the whole thing!”
Reviewed 19 August 2013

We enjoyed driving part of Route 66 in California and almost all of Arizona. Very fun way to travel. It is nice to get off the Interstate and go at the slower pace to see some awesome historic places in our country. We really enjoyed our trip and are convinced that we need to travel the whole length of the road someday! If you love history, drive this road.

Visited July 2013
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Overland Park, Kansas
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“Quite a treasure hunt!”
Reviewed 5 August 2013 via mobile

Joplin, KS, was hosting the festival this year so we decided to head down that way from KC. I downloaded a Route 66 app and would have been lost w/o it. We had to ask when we got off Highway 71 how to hook up with 66 -- not well marked. But we were just 1 block away from it! Once you get on it, you go through neighborhoods, and come across marked highway signs and cool old places. Many were closed on Thursday afternoon (the Superman Museum and Soda Fountain, for example), but we took pics of the drive-in and lots of retro stuff. Biscuits and gravy for lunch, of course, in Webb City. We could only drive for a few hours before we had to head back. I'd like 66 near Chicago or St. Louis better, I think, but we enjoyed what we experienced.

Visited August 2013
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