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Getting Started

With nearly 2,500 miles of pavement to potentially drive- where to start can be the first big hurdle in planning a Route 66 Trip. Here’s some questions to ask to help you determine how much of Route 66 you want to drive.

  1. How much time do I have?

    Depending on how many attractions you want to see, you can expect to cover 200-300 miles a day. Big cities may slow you down, while wide expanses between towns will allow you to drive further. Keeping your daily drive time to a manageable level, such as no more than 6-8 hours a day, will also give you a chance to explore many of the sites along Route 66- such as museums and diners.

  2. Where am I located?

    If you happen to live in Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, or Southern California - or close to one of these places, where to start may be as easy to solve as finding directions to Route 66 from your home. If you are traveling from another state, or abroad, a good place to start is looking into flights into different cities on the trip. The traditional way to travel Route 66 is from east to west, which may play into where you start as well.

  3. What do I want to see?

    Go through our state guide and take note of any must see attractions. Do you have family in Tulsa? Always wanted to walk the Santa Monica Pier? If you don’t have time to drive the whole road, picking a start and end point that encompasses your must see attractions is a great place to start.

  4. How much do I want to spend?

    Airline and car rental sites can help you determine how much a vehicle and flight will cost you. Other expenses like fuel, dining and accommodations can range depending on how much you want to spend This trip cost calculator from GasBuddy.com can help you determine fuel costs for different rental car options. You can save a lot of money on food by staying at hotels that provide complimentary breakfast, like many Best Western locations do. 

 
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