Route 66 help?

April 23rd, 2011 by David Knudson

Do you have Route 66 questions?

If you have never traveled Route 66 or its been many years, chances are you have questions. We’ve been around for over 17 years and we’ve spent many days on the Route. Feel free to ask away. No charge and no sales pitch.

56 Responses to “Route 66 help?”

  1. Glen Wallis says:

    My wife and i are coming over to do the drive from the 2nd of July to the 11th of July. We are driving from Las vegas to Chicago, we do not know where we will be staying along the trip ,because we dont know how far we will be driving each day .
    Do you think we will have trouble with Accomodation along the way
    Any thoughts you might be able to give us will be appreciated

    Glen & Carolyn Wallis

    Corowa, AUSTRALIA

  2. David Knudson says:

    Glen- If you don’t already have it, get the Route 66 Dining & Lodging Guide here. The starred items are popular, so if you want to stay at one, reservations are recommended. You probably won’t need reservations at the others, though.

  3. Caroline says:

    Me, my husband and our children will travel on route 66 this summer. We´re from Sweden and would like some tips on how to find the motherroad. Can we bye a gps with a map of route 66, if so, were can we bye it? We already bought Route 66 dining & lodging guide and EZ guide.

    Caroline Törnquist

    Vetlanda, Sweden

  4. David Knudson says:

    Caroline- Well, we cannot recommend a gps program. There are several out there but we have not been able to get answers from people who have used them successfully. As far as simply finding and following the Route, your EZ66 GUIDE For Travelers will serve you well.

  5. Donna says:

    Am looking at doing a shorter trip from Indianapolis for about 7 days, any recommendations?

  6. David Knudson says:


    Please explain more what you have in mind.

  7. Ann says:

    We are traveling from Ohio to CA and will be joining route 66 in St Louis. We only have a week to get west, so we will be doing Freeway part of the time with side-trips onto route 66. What are some not to miss places. Also, do any of the books give information on where the Interstate crosses route 66?


    • David Knudson says:


      There are numerous not-to-miss places. Too many to list here. Do yourself a favor and get the EZ66 GUIDE For Travelers and the Route 66 Adventure Handbook. Both are available at our website

  8. Dominic Paul says:

    I am living in India.I recently downloaded India map using route 66 sync.After all the process finished, I opened the navigation from my mobile(Samsung Wave 2 S8530).But nothing had changed.When I checked the memory card the map had gone.It is automatically deleted.But when I downloaded Hong Kong map there has no problem. What should I do now?Please help me.

  9. Steph says:

    I am going from CA to MI and am pulling a trailer behind my car, is route 66 good for this? I want to avoid mountains as much as possible so I don’t put to much of a strain on my car.

  10. Tony says:

    To drive the entire length and have time to sightsee, how much time should I allot for the trip?

    • David Knudson says:


      Of course it depends on what you want to see or do. For example, do you want to go up to the Grand Canyon or spend a couple of days in Albuquerque or…??? We usually recommend at least 10 days one way for a comfortable trip. I’m not pitching products, but you might consider getting the Personal66 Tour Kit at our website In addition to giving you the tools to enjoy your trip, the “Personal66 Tour gives you a nice day-by-day agenda.

  11. Gene says:

    Man! every time I see anything about ole 66,I remember the times I road that ole road when I was a lad ( I’m 76 now)It was a two lane road then.I also remember reading about some dengerous(misspelt?) streches.I remember one articule in some paper-don’t remember which-that some highway cop was telling about some of the wreck’s he place he called..”Deadly Alley”? or was it “Blood Alley”? Yeah,that was it “Blood Alley” because of all the bad wreck’s he covered.I remember I was riding a Grayhound-don’t remember where the hell I was going other than I was going west- and we were in some big town when I first saw this house all decked out in blue christmass light’s, that was the first time had seen xmass lights of one color…I liked it I remember.Also the tee-pee motel.If I see pictures of other places memories come back to me. Dang!!! Yall done brought me back in time a bunch…wish I could go back…Right?? God Bless

  12. Kit says:


    I am planning to do an Eastbound Trip from LA on Route 66 this September. As I do not have enough holiday, I can only afford a 4-5 days on the Route. How far do you think I can go? Somewhere in New Mexico?

    Also, I am going to NYC by plane after the road trip. Where do you think it’s easier for me to do that? I figure it will not be difficult because there must be airplane to NYC from every city, right?

    I already ordered EZ66 Guide on Amazon. Can’t wait for it to arrive!! :)

    • David Knudson says:

      Hi Kit-

      Yes, you’ll get about as far as Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is a major city you will be able to fly out of.

  13. Rick Martin says:

    For those of you asking about finding the mother road here is an interactive map using Google Maps;

    Great for planning but it cannot replace EZ-66 when on the road with its turn by turn directions.

    CU in Victorville!

  14. Nicky Johnson says:

    Hi we live in Australia and mh husband turns 40 next year and has always wanted to travel route 66……him and my dad are flying over ….can you send me your website so I can buy him the explorers book you talked about? Also how long does it take to do route 66?

    Thanks in advance Nicky Johnson

  15. Our first trip is planned in May 2013. My concern is running out of gas along the way. My 67 Mustang is not an economy car. Are there a lot of gas stations open all along the way? Also what about repair shops?

    • David Knudson says:


      There are plenty of gas stations along Route 66 but it will behoove you to have an EZ66 GUIDE for Travelers so you will know where the towns are.

  16. Anton Spies says:

    Good day, myself and my wife are from South Africa and like to do route 66.
    Please give us guidelines and tips.We are very impressed by the States and love America!
    Thank you for your kind willingness.
    Anton and Suzanne
    Ps.we are retired and 57 and 48 years old.

    • David Knudson says:

      Hi Anton and Suzanne-

      Thank you for contacting the National Historic Route 66 Federation.

      How nice to be retired at such young ages.

      Your trip will be very enjoyable if you do a little preplanning. Route 66 is not on ordinary maps and there are very few road signs.

      We recommend you go to our website and order one of the Route 66 Kits.

      The kit will allow you to plan your trip in advance by giving you the materials necessary to find and enjoy the legendary road. Plus you will save money and get free trip consultation 7 days a week.

  17. john salg says:


  18. Michael Caldwell says:

    What is the distance and recommended time from Flagstaff to LA?
    My wife and I will be going to the Grand Canyon in June and want to drive Route 66 to LA to visit our son. Thanks

  19. michael petraits says:

    I am planning to ride my motorcycle this summer on a portion of rte.66. I live in Indianapolis, Probably head up to Joliet and ride to Saint Louis. Would this be a fun ride?

    • David Knudson says:


      Certainly, that would be a very nice ride. But you’ll want to go to our website store and get an EZ66 GUIDE For Travelers so you can find the original Route 66.

  20. Adriane Mcclintock says:

    In June of 2014 I’m getting married for our honeymoon we want to spend some of it traveling route 66. We will be leaving from Iowa (I know route 66 doesn’t go through there but we gotta come from somewhere lol) and want to end up in New Mexico. Do you have any suggestions on good places to stop for a young married couple? We are very excited to make this trip and see all the beauty it has to offer.

  21. steve larrison says:

    I traveled as child with my parents from Aurora, IL. to Phoenix AZ. and back several times. Now that I am retired my wife and I would like to take the same trip. Are there any up to date maps that I can get? We plan on taking about a week traveling. Any advice would be appreciated.

  22. Scott says:

    I will be travelling from Palm Springs to Chicago starting New Year’s day. I would like to enjoy much of Route 66 but am not a purest and am happy to get on and off at times. Any suggestions on how to figure out when/how to do that? Stated another way – what are the ‘must see/travel’ parts. I have bought a bunch of books and they contain almost too much info and all contemplate travel East to West and all on the Route 66 only. Thanks,

  23. VJ says:

    Hello All,
    Route 66 has been in my dreams also. Having said that, is it really worth travelling the whole distance from Santa Monica to Chicago on 66(other than getting the bragging rights) ?

    I intend to do this trip on a motorcycle this summer-fall from San Francisco to Chicago, and on the way back intend to check out the other roads.

    Can I solicit some opinions from those of you who have traveled the whole way from end to end?

    Thanks in advance for answering.

    PS: I will be ordering the EZ guide from here soon.

    • David Knudson says:

      Hi VJ-

      Approx 80% of the original route is easily drivable in a regular car. There is a lot to see in every Route 66 state. The one word answer—definitely.

  24. VJ says:

    Thanks David… One more question (may be of the many)…
    In your opinion, is there an advantage to doing the trip one way or the other? I mean Santa Monica to Chicago or the other way?

    • David Knudson says:

      Historically, the Route was traveled east to west mostly, and it’s the favorite way to travel it still. Some books are designed to read that way, although the EZ66 GUIDE For Travelers is designed to work both directions.

  25. Susie Beasley says:

    Good morning, my husband and I are thinking about taking a scooter ride up that way, from Wickenburg, AZ, up the 93 and then to Hackberry. Does anyone know if it is possible to go from Hackberry, AZ to Ashfork without having to get on I-40? I hate the though of taking my scooter, which tops out at 62mph on I-40. If I could make it as far as Ashfork, I can take the 89 back southward.
    Thankful for any info!

  26. Judith says:

    We’re riding sidecar rigs from Barstow as far east as we can get on Route 66. Which months are the best to avoid tornado season?

    • David Knudson says:

      Hi Judith- Well, tornadoes are pretty unpredictable but try late fall. It’s also more comfortable in the deserts.

  27. Vamsi Garlapati says:

    Hi David:

    Thanks for spearheading this foundation. I’m moving from Chicago to LA area. I’m thinking of doing it early June like some time between 1st and 15th of the month. Is weather going to reasonable throughout the route? any rough spots to know about? I will have a 2 and 6 years old with me. Thanks much. I’m getting the kit by the way.


    • David Knudson says:

      Hi Vamsi- It may be a bit warm in the deserts but other than that, if your vehicle has air conditioning, you should be fine.

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