It is easy to travel around Chicago by public transportation or taxi. Here are accommodation options we recommend checking out near the starting point for Route These lodging options are for those wanting a shorter drive on their first day. We offer our Route 66 lodging suggestions for Springfield which is our recommended first overnight stop on the Route 66 itinerary. The big city highlight today is St. Louis which includes plenty to see and do, but there are also loads of small town highlights today. Highlights include old-time soda fountains, a giant pink elephant, rabbits, the crossing of the Mississippi River, frozen custard, and the iconic Gateway Arch.
Those really wanting to explore St. Louis, may want to overnight there instead of Sullivan today. You can also make a small detour to visit Six Flags amusement park, which may particularly appeal to those traveling as a family. Today there are two splits in the road where you can choose to drive alternative historic Route 66 alignments. The first occurs as you leave Springfield where you can choose to drive the alignment or the post alignment of historic Route Both have their appeal and you can check the Attractions section to help you decide.
Louis beginning at the junction of U. Those starting the day in Pontiac will need to add 91 miles km onto the above figures. Those wanting to avoid big cities, may want to bypass St. After your cross the Mississippi River, you can jump onto the I to bypass St. Louis and then rejoin at either Des Peres pre Route 66 or Watson post route.
If you need a break from fast food and diners, you can find fine dining options in St. Those wanting to explore St. Louis in more depth might want to overnight there instead of Sullivan tonight. There are also opportunities to go hiking, canoeing, or bowling, do some wine tasting, visit museums, explore laid-back small towns, eat at some classic Route 66 eateries, and stay at some Route 66 era vintage motels. You might want to end the day seeing a film at the local drive-in movie theater.
Those with an interest in country music or seeing more of the Ozarks might want to make a detour to Branson today.
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No big cities along the route today. There are several eateries along this stretch that date back to the Route 66 era. Kansas has only 13 miles of Route 66 but it is worth taking the section at a leisurely pace to get the most out of your time in this friendly corner of this former mining region. Then you begin your exploration of Oklahoma, a state that straddles the Midwest and South. Will Rogers fans will really enjoy today as there are a number of Rogers related sites along the route. Those wanting to avoid big cities may want to bypass downtown Tulsa by jumping on Interstate Today you spend a full day exploring Oklahoma with some nicely preserved sections of Route 66 that lead through small towns and rural areas.
Today you leave behind Oklahoma to enter the big state of Texas. Despite the massive size of Texas, Route 66 only runs along the northern section of the Texan panhandle, making for under miles of driving. While the scenery can be a bit dull at times, there is still much to see and do along this stretch.
No big cities today, although some might want to bypass downtown Amarillo, which is the largest city population close to , Route 66 passes through in Texas. Already one week into our Route 66 itinerary! Today you say goodbye to Texas and cross into New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment which has about miles of Route The route today passes through many ghost towns that did not survive the demise of Route 66 and ends in a town that screams Route 66 like no other town on the route, Tucumcari, NM.
The driving time is fairly short today giving you plenty of time to do any extra exploring in Amarillo, make small detours, travel at a leisurely pace, and explore Tucumcari. Time Zone: 1 hour time zone change today! Keep the time change in mind if you have any appointments or tours scheduled today. Note that there are limited options for dining spots between Amarillo and Tucumcari, especially ones that are open in the evening. So just keep that in mind today. This was a very popular Route 66 overnight stop and is still a great place to stop and sleep. There are no longer 2, motel rooms but there are still over 1, in the town.
Several of the Route 66 era motels are still operational, so there is no reason to have to stay in a chain hotel here. Today you really get to see the heart of New Mexico, with a chance to explore one or both of its main cities, Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The route diverges today after Santa Rosa and you can decide to take the older and slower route through Santa Fe or the main Route 66 route used after which bypasses Santa Fe and cuts across downtown Albuquerque.
Albuquerque has the longest stretch of Route 66 of any city and has retained a number of Route 66 era buildings, signs, and restaurants. Whichever route you choose, both of these main cities are filled with worthwhile attractions. Today is also a good day to sample New Mexican dishes, basically any dish smothered in chile sauce, as you have loads of great options along the route today!
The route splits into two alignments today west of Santa Rosa. An older loop goes to Santa Fe and the post route goes through downtown Albuquerque. Note: The Albuquerque and Santa Fe route are similar in terms of miles if you overnight in Santa Fe versus but the drive takes longer as the road requires slower driving.
Also note that the Santa Fe route will obviously add additional miles and time to your trip as you still have to loop back to return to Route Those who want to avoid big cities will likely want to avoid downtown Albuquerque population over , You can take the alternative route to Santa Fe or jump on I after Tijeras to pass through both cities.
Santa Fe is not a large city but the one-way narrow streets, crowds, and limited downtown parking can make it a bit trying for those trying to navigate by car. You are better off parking and walking around in the central downtown area rather than trying to drive. Santa Rosa, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque have tons of popular and well-reviewed eateries.
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A number of them, especially in Santa Rosa and Albuquerque, have been operating since the Route 66 era. Be sure to try the green and red chile — they love to smother it on just about anything in New Mexico! Having lived in Albuquerque, I have dozens of lodging recommendations feel free to ask if you want something specific and you can find more Route 66 Albuquerque motels and hotels in my prior post. But here are several options:. Today you have another full day to explore New Mexico. The route goes through small towns, Native American reservation lands, and crosses the Continental Divide.
There are a lot of ghost towns along the route that were once popular Route 66 stops. Acoma Pueblo is a short detour worth taking if you have not visited a Pueblo before. Gallup offers lots of historical buildings, a couple of museums, hiking opportunities, and even a bit of nightlife. Today the two towns with the most options for dining are Grants and Gallup with a few located in smaller towns along the route.
Ask for a quiet room and bring ear plugs just in case. Today, you pass through cities, towns, abandoned tourist attractions, and scenic landscapes as you head towards Williams. Stops along the way include a petrified forest, a giant meteor crater, trading posts, and state parks.
So be sure to check the local time once in Arizona, and note that it will actually change as you drive in and out of Navajo land! Flagstaff is the largest city today with a population around 75, which you can take the Interstate through if you wish to skip exploring it. Big city avoiders may want to overnight in Winona instead. Today you explore more of Arizona. You also begin driving the longest intact section of Route Today is purposely a short drive to allow time to detour to the Grand Canyon for those who wish to do so.
If you are not visiting the Grand Canyon, this is a great day to relax and take it slow! The highway goes through a number of old mining and Route 66 era tourist towns. Although most of these communities became ghost towns, many have again become Route 66 tourist towns and this is one of the more popular stretches of Route Take the time to enjoy your drive, the towns, and your final taste of Arizona.
Drive slowly as you navigate some switchbacks and watch out for wild burros! Be sure to check your watches and clocks. This is your final time zone change along Route Needles offers a mix of riverside resorts and chain motels. Campers have a lot of options here. Today you begin your exploration of California and your drive takes you through the hottest and most desolate landscape along Route 66 through the Mojave Desert.
Be sure to stock up on water and snacks, and fill up on fuel before leaving Needles. Some travelers and migrants would drive through the desert overnight to avoid the heat. Savor today as after San Bernardino, the historic Route 66 feel starts to disappear as you enter the Greater Los Angeles area and a long stretch of concrete jungle. No big cities along the route today, although San Bernardino has a population of over , people.
Basically once you get to San Bernardino you just outside the suburban and urban sprawl of Los Angeles and there are no more small towns. Today you might want to think ahead about when you want to stop for meals particularly breakfast and lunch and bring along some snacks as there are few places along certain stretches of the highway today between Needles and Barstow.
But there are several dining options in Barstow, Victorville, and San Bernardino. Today we recommend overnighting in San Bernardino but those wanting a shorter driving day, or those planning to make some detours, may want to overnight in Barstow. The real end is very unexciting, so most people drive on to the Santa Monica pier for a much more fitting end to this epic road trip adventure.
Along the way to the pier you pass through iconic places like Hollywood and Beverly Hills. At the end, say hello to the Pacific Ocean and after 2 weeks of dusty roads you may be feeling like a swim! If you have the full day, a relaxing day at the beach is an excellent way to spend your final day and a pleasant reprieve after driving over 2, miles across 8 states!
There is plenty to keep you busy in the Los Angeles area for several days if you have more time or you can start a new journey and explore further afield in California. There is nothing quite like the asphalt jungle of Los Angeles and its suburbs, and if you are wanting to avoid the traffic and city, you might want to end your Route 66 journey in San Bernardino or Pasadena.
Or head in for the finish line and then retreat back to Pasadena or San Bernardino if you are looking to stay outside of LA. If staying in San Bernardino, you may want to stay in the same place for 2 nights see lodging recommendation above in Day 13 of itinerary. Today there is no shortage of places to eat and there are more options than on any other day along Route 66 as Los Angeles and the surrounding area has a plethora of options.
There is everything from historical Route 66 eateries and ones that predate Route 66 to modern fine dining spots to restaurants representing about every type of cuisine in the world from Vietnamese to Nigerian. Below is only a short list of options! So that is the end of our Route 66 itinerary! We hope that you have found this helpful in planning your own Route 66 road trip. Are you interested in driving Route 66? Which spots on the Route 66 itinerary are most interesting to you?
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Just leave any questions or comments in the Comments section below! Dear Independent Travel Cats, last year when i started planning this trip I actually had signed up to run the half marathon in Chicago , when we decided to make a road trip out of it! We will be forever grateful. Your Route 66 in 2 Weeks Guide is hands down one of the best I have found. My husband printed it out and it became our bible for our road trip. If you would like, we can send you the picture for your blog.
NIcki and Klaus from Berlin Germany. So happy to hear that you had a wonderful Route 66 road trip and that our Route 66 itinerary was so helpful in planning and guiding your road trip. Did you have any favorite towns or attractions along the way? You can find our emails here. This was brilliant. We are going to drive some of Route66 after leaving New York…. I have purchased the EZ66 but this blog it just fantastic….. Will not be leaving OZ without this. Think it has jus5 become my new route planner Thank you xxxxxx Karen. Hi Karen, Sounds like a great trip and so glad that you are finding our Route 66 itinerary helpful for that part of your road trip!
Wishing you a great visit to the USA. Best, Jessica. Hi guys…I have a question. Whilst travelling on Route 66 …. I assume hotels and diners will take credit card however gas stations?? Hi Karen, Most places in the USA take credit cards, including along Route 66, however, I would always recommend having American cash on you when traveling along Route 66 or anywhere really.
Some of the smaller diners, restaurants, and attractions are cash-only or only accept credit cards when paying for something over a certain amount e. So I would recommend making sure you get gas during the day rather than waiting until late in the evening so that you can pay inside by credit card, debit card, or cash as many pumps may not accept your international card.
So best to fuel up during business hours. As a regular Route 66 traveller, my heart generally sinks at this sort of blog entry. Do I agree with it all? Of course not! Would I add or substract stuff?
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Of course, but that really is just personal preference. Nice work! Hi Blue, Glad you liked our Route 66 article and found it helpful! We like to do a lot of research on things and places before writing about them, and agree that many online articles on Route 66 are not very accurate or helpful.
Love you blog post, now to get my husband to agree to do it. What time of year is best considering we will be travelling from the UK and probably take 4 to 6 weeks in total. It gives more about best time of year, car hire, and other more logistical things in planning a trip. If do it before the U.
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You need about 2 weeks for the Route 66 part of the trip, but you can of course take longer and I think 3 weeks would be ideal. Great artical and very informative. So I would definitely look into state laws for each of the 8 states as each state has different rules. There is a longer stretch of route in the California desert section without much options for gas or anything really but I think that is the only section and it is noted in our Route 66 itinerary. Jessica and Laurence… Great accurate guide! As a child, I fell in love with the route 66 television show to Fortunately 10 or more years ago, a group of 30 or so of us travelled the whole route in period-correct to Corvettes which were featured driven by the actors of old TV show.
Absolutely the best trip of my life and a dream come true. I first drove Route 66 in ! Designed by Dewey Dufresne and Louis Mueller, the interior of the Michelin star-rated restaurant includes a fireplace, copper lighting, bright orange and teal walls, and a bathroom mosaic by Tim Snell. Known for his creative presentation, chef Dufresne's menu includes such dishes as a poached egg resting gently in its shell, foie gras atop a nest of passionfruit and shaved Chinese celery, and cold fried chicken with buttermilk-ricotta and caviar.
Tony, candlelit, and elevated one story above traffic, this refined SoHo lounge feels like the sort of place where two lovers conducting an illicit affair might rendezvous. Locally-renowned owner, Keith McNally, has recreated a s French bistro, complete with accessories bought at European flea markets like light globes, brass railings, mismatched tables and chairs. The summer patio is the perfect place for people-watching on the corner of 9th Avenue. Some signature dishes are the steak frites with bearnaise sauce and the croque-madame , a ham and grilled cheese sandwich topped with a fried or poached egg.
It's unclear what is the greater attraction at Schiller's Liquor Bar in the lower East Side: the food, the innovative cocktails, or the people-watching.
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Locally acclaimed owner Keith McNally gives the brasserie a Parisian flair with a Continental menu and a decor of brass railings, smoky mirrors, white subway tiles, and a pewter bar. The steak frites satisfies the stomach while entertainment is provided by passing celebrities, hipsters, and fashion divas. Start the meal with a strong Delancey cocktail, named after the nearby street, or a minty Pimm's Cup.
The perennial hotelier to the hip—and in this case, hip and budget-conscious—has opened his fourth Standard hotel, on a Meatpacking District site surrounded by low-lying warehouses. The result: practically every room has stunning skyline or Hudson River vistas. Vast swaths of glass work to that end. This historic village hang-out received a Keith McNally makeover in , and has been a sell-out ever since. The space also features walls decorated with culinary quotes and floor-to-ceiling shelves lined with copper cookware donated by renowned chefs.
The menu offers inventive Lyonnaise cuisine and a selection of 14 house-made sausages, including the Anglaise, a pork, sage, and white pepper sausage served with Yorkshire pudding and English peas. Creative cocktails and 22 beers on tap complete the offerings. Located in the Bowery neighborhood, the Cooper Square Hotel is a story, glass-and-steel building designed by award-winning architect Carlos Zapata. Opened in , the hotel houses guestrooms designed with chrome accents, Italian glass tiles bathrooms, and expansive windows overlooking Cooper Square and the Manhattan skyline.
Each room offers three different bathrobes and a mini-bar stocked with Tina Thor jewelry, Loraine makeup kits, and snacks. The hotel also features an English-style garden, a library with a working fireplace, and the Trillby restaurant, which served European comfort food. While the Jane, designed by Sean MacPherson the Bowery Hotel, the Maritime Hotel , is romantic in theory—an old riverfront building with tiny rooms modeled after European train sleeper cars—keep in mind that a New York hotel with starting rates in the double digits comes with drawbacks.
Developed by AvroKO Hospitality Group and formerly called Double Crown, this NoHo restaurant features a main dining room decorated with a circular chandelier and black-and-white photos of Saxon and Parole hanging above a small fireplace. Another dining area has brown booths against a rustic plank wall and shelves containing rows of Parole Whiskey bottles. Housed on the main floor of a trendy Meatpacking District boutique hotel also called the Standard and under the High Line elevated public park, the Standard Grill offers New American cuisine by chef Dan Silverman, with signature dishes like charred octopus and marinated cobia.
The space features arched ceilings and windows, with chandeliers and sconces that cast soft light on the walls and beams overhead, and outdoor bistro seating between the exterior brick wall and a row of greenery along the sidewalk is available when the weather cooperates. Combining effortlessly unencumbered minimalism with the subtle beauty of a polished concrete floor and curving acrylic walls, the Derek Lam boutique in downtown New York City is a signature sanaa design.
Crew the casual clothing store branching out into brandy and fine old Scotch. The former package store still contains the original wood bar from its tavern days, only now hat stands sit atop the bar and ties hang from the rails. Adding to the store's schtick, liquor bottles and trays are scattered among the shirts, pants, belts, toiletries, and vintage curios.
The charcoal-grey storefront features the John Varvatos name in lowercase white letters above the door, and the interior walls, flooring, ceiling, and clothing fixtures continue the dark theme, with ocassional splashes of color provided by Oriental rugs and posters remaining from the CBGB days.
Known for his leather and denim, rock-n-roIl inspired designs, Varvatos counts Iggy Pop, the Roots, and members of the Entourage cast among his fans. Founded by Andy Spade and Anthony Perduti, the company consists of a studio that produces books, films, apparel, and marketing for corporate clients, and a store containing art and objects from various creative folks.
Live entertainment is the main order of business at Bowery Electric, just a short walk from the Bowery Hotel. DJs play nightly and the bartenders serve up cocktails, wine, Scotch, bourbon, tequila, and tap and bottled beer at this muilti-level venue. On the main floor is a bar made from imported African wood as well as original hardwood floors, Oriental rugs, dark couches, and leather booths, softly lit by recessed lights and sconces. Downstairs, a music stage and stone walls, a raised bar, and a sunken dance floor provide a cool backdrop for live music, theater, and dance performances.
Colored ceiling lights give everything a surreal look. Two menus are offered: Solids, such as chicken satay and grilled brie sandwich, and Liquids, such as Mr. Black and Zombie Hunter. Named for the goddess of the agave plant, Mayahuel in the East Village offers a mix of traditional and modern Mexican cuisine and fine mescals and tequilas from Mexico as well as cocktails. Behind the tiled bar are dark shelves holding row upon row of bottles, and overhead are rustic wooden beams. Among the dark colors of the restaurant are patterned Mexican tiles, lending pockets of brightness.
As to the fare, executive chef Luis Gonzales and his team produce aesthetically arranged dishes like paella del mar and cochinita braised pork belly with papaya mango mustard. Dim, quiet, and awash in browns and goldenrod yellow, the room contains upholstered leather couches and chairs, old-fashioned dark oval frames, heavy draperies, and floor lamps and sconces.
Itinerary was successfully added! Love a good libation? Add splash of water or homemade bitters and compare the difference in flavors. As an added bonus, take a tour and learn how everything is made on-site. Enjoy your afternoon nip on the porch overlooking the historic gristmill and Shawangunkill creek and mosey around the country store. Bring extra cash to take a few of these sweet bottles with you for gifts if you can resist keeping them yourself! Photo of the author with her two sisters enjoying a glass of Awosting White while overlooking the Whitecliffs.
Just minutes from the distillery, sample red and white wines from two family-owned and operated vineyards situated in idyllic country settings with mountain and farm views. The grapes are grown, harvested and fermented on-site so you get the true taste of the Hudson Valley. Start your day at a historic gristmill founded in the late 's and situated on the Shawagunk Kill creek.
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