When we think of iconic road trips, the one that jumps out straight to the top of the list is Route 66. Covering over 3,900 km of ground and eight states over three time zones, we’re talking about the road trip to end all road trips.
Planning your Route 66 journey, you’ll want to do as much research as possible, including seeking out some expert advice and mapping out an itinerary with the route’s most special features. Here are a few tips to get you started as you prepare for the journey of your life.
About Route 66
Before we delve into the tips, let’s spend some time looking at Route 66 itself. Most people who have an interest in taking a journey down Route 66 have a number of questions. You may share a curiosity about some of the more common ones, such as the length of the journey, how long it takes if you want to see the best parts, and which areas it covers.
Before starting your journey, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to get these questions answered, as it would be great research for your itinerary. You’ll be able to work out your daily schedule and travel times and ensure that you have enough time to see everything you want to. Without a map at hand, you won’t be able to get a real sense of the scale of the journey.
The route takes you from Chicago to Los Angeles, offering you stunning views and amazing landscapes as you pass through one enigmatic city to the next. It provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see American’s cultural and geographical diversity up close. From Chicago’s busy city streets to the Lone Star State’s ranches and L.A.’s sun-kissed beaches, this trip has everything to offer.
A road trip along Route 66 is not something you can treat like a typical holiday. While the journey might sound exhilarating, it may be daunting to plan it all out. There’s a lot of ground on the trip and you may not have time to explore every location that appears along the route. To make the most of your trip, here are the tips we mentioned above.
Plan out your itinerary
By looking at a planner or map in advance, you can decide what you want to see, where you want to stay, and how far you’re prepared to drive each day. While some may look forward to Oklahoma and Texas’ rural views, others may be excited about the prospect of city slicking in Los Angeles or Chicago.
It’s a good idea to ensure that you manage to see the major cities on the route and map out an itinerary that takes into account where you want to go and where your interests lie. There are numerous maps and planning tools available to help you work out how far apart the popular stops are from each other and to establish a plan that allows you to see as much of what you want as possible without living in your car 24/7.