The following is what became my Route 66 trip: the places I loved, the places I missed, and some of the detours along the way. I hope each element of this guide is useful to anyone planning a Route 66 trip of their own.
Below is various elements of the trip I thought might be useful including:
A Day by Day Breakdown
Make it Your Own — An editable and downloadable Google Document
A State by State Breakdown
Tips & Things to Consider
Please note: I traveled from Santa Monica, CA on September 2nd, 2015 and arrived in Chicago, IL the night of September 12th, 2015 and then spent three days in Chicago for a total of 14 days (with detours). When planning your trip, take into account season/weather changes, gas price fluctuation, and various other changes that might have taken place since I took this trip.
A breakdown of my Route 66 road trip by day denoted by color on the map below — each marker is linked to the post I described that day in, and each color marker represents a different day.
Use this link to access the Google document.
To add it to your own document and edit it, simply follow these steps:
1. Open the file through the link above
2. Once in Google Doc, go to "File"
3. Select "Make a copy..."
4. Rename the file as you'd like and save it — it will now be located in your own Google Drive to edit
Below are all the places by state I either stopped at or had planned to stop and explore with links that direct you to the post it's described in. (Pictures of postcards I bought by artist Bob Waldmire — a definitive artist of the Route 66 trip.)
Wild West Town
Hackberry General Store
Grand Canyon Caverns
Bearizona Wildlife Park
Flintstones Bedrock City
Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon Mule Ride
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Gilbert Arizona LDS Temple
Twin Arrows Trading Post
Standing on a Corner Statue
Jack Rabbit Trading Post
Navajo County Museum
Indian Kachina Statue
Ice Cave & Bandera Volcano
El Mapais National Monument
Sandia Peak Tramway
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Yellow Hot Rod/Auto Museum
Tee Pee Curios
River Market Antiques
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
The Corner Restaurant
Shaw Nature Reserve
Chain of Rocks Bridge
World's Largest Catsup Bottle
Abe Lincoln's Tomb
Cozy Dog Drive In
Route 66 Museum
Route 66 "Begin" Sign
360 Chicago Observation Deck
Chicago Cultural Center
Art Institute of Chicago
Wendella Boat Tour
On the road from Santa Monica to Chicago, IL with some detours, the total cost of the trip was: $1,217.29*
Broken down, that price includes:
All in all, the trip cost was about $250 more than I initially projected in the trip planner (originally projected to be $982)
*the final amount does not include the accommodations and gas and some experiences that were divided with the friends I was driving with. It also does not include the cost of souvenirs.
Browse through all the posts referring to the Route 66 trip.