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Help plan a Route 66 road trip... in winter?

Old Jan 22, 16, 8:48 pm
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Help plan a Route 66 road trip... in winter?

So this is a little crazy, but my partner and I have an opportunity to do a one way road trip from Kentucky to San Diego, CA the first weeks of February. We are picking up a car and need to bring it home.

I discovered that we can follow a good portion of Route 66 along the way.

I've been doing lots of research, but would love any ideas that you all might be able to give us about things to do or places to stay.

I am currently working on getting a Southwest Companion Pass (have my first Chase card and working on the min spend, then will get the second one), so anywhere that will help with those miles would be great!

Thanks!
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Old Jan 23, 16, 12:51 am
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I find that Route 66 is mostly sad. First, there are all the corpses of has-been towns whose days of glory are decades past. Second, much of what fills those towns today are chintzy tourist-trap shops peddling gaudy junk to nostalgia seekers. I suggest including a bit Route 66 on your trip to see what it's about while planning the majority of your trip around things you're interested in that are still relevant today.
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Old Jan 24, 16, 8:31 pm
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The town of Oatman, AZ, just east of Laughlin and Bullhead City is definitely worth a stop for an hour or two - a good lunch break.

http://www.oatmangoldroad.org/
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Old Jan 25, 16, 10:25 am
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It looks like this website was designed back when Route 66 was still popular - complete with Mapquest link.
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Old Jan 26, 16, 1:13 pm
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What is now designated AZ State Route 66 extending from the CA state line to Ash Fork AZ is probably the best preserved section of old US 66. Much of the rest of US 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica has been replaced by Interstate highways.
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Old Jan 30, 16, 9:14 pm
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I did a little bit of the tour a few year ago in January. May I suggest a night at the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, AZ? It was a real gas when I did it:

http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/route66..._holbrook.html
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Old Jan 30, 16, 10:18 pm
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Originally Posted by Tanic View Post
What is now designated AZ State Route 66 extending from the CA state line to Ash Fork AZ is probably the best preserved section of old US 66.
I quite agree. But do be sure to do the old routing that goes through Oatman. Spectacular.

There are some spots in Missouri that are mildly interesting where the old 66 parallels I-44 a few hundred yards to the south.

I'd also consider a drive through Albuquerque on old 66 along Central Ave, especially if stopping at the Frontier Restaurant (not to be missed imo)
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Old Feb 4, 16, 7:09 am
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Originally Posted by JerryFF View Post
The town of Oatman, AZ, just east of Laughlin and Bullhead City is definitely worth a stop for an hour or two - a good lunch break.

http://www.oatmangoldroad.org/
Does 66 go through Oatman?

I'm looking at Google maps, and I see Oatman-Topock Hwy (AZ 10), but no 66?


I have been to Kingman a few times, both on the way to Vegas and have actually stayed there when I was in town for work. They do a decent job with 66, and it has easy access to the I-40.

If you're on the I-40, a stop in Winslow, AZ is worthwhile too. At least long enough to hear Take it Easy once or twice
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Old Feb 4, 16, 7:23 am
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Originally Posted by aztimm View Post
Does 66 go through Oatman?
The old/original routing does:

http://roadtripusa.com/route-66/ariz...ute-66-oatman/

Westbound drivers have it the easiestósimply follow the well-signed Historic Route 66 west from Kingman, exit 44 off I-40. From the west heading east, take exit 1 on the Arizona side of the river, then head north. Whichever way you go, you canít avoid the steep hills that lead to Oatman (elev. 2,700 feet), an odd mix of ghost town and tourist draw thatís one of the top stops along Route 66.
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Old Feb 4, 16, 9:39 am
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Originally Posted by cblaisd View Post
Would that area be prone to snow? I've seen snow in Kingman.

Since the OP is doing the trip in, "winter," there could be weather issues. Heck, it isn't uncommon to hear on the news, "The I-40 is closed between Kingman and Flagstaff."
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I don't know, but I doubt it... Oatman is at 2900 feet elevation and Flagstaff at 6900 feet.
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