Winter Wanderings – Route 66 Roadtrip!

Road Trip
Photo credit: Emlyn Stokes

It is no secret that Mr. Misadventures and I love road trips. Whether it is two weeks on the Brittany coast or ten days in the Southwest, road trips are one of our favorite ways to travel. We are hoping to do the Oregon Coast in the fall, but also want to go somewhere now. But where to?

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I am thinking classic. Retro. It must be Route 66.

Route 66I would like to do this trip while there are still vintage things to see. As I continue to research this road trip, more and more of this “main street of America” is disappearing.

It’s not likely I could do the whole route (although I would love that!) but I am thinking of Los Angeles to either Tinkertown New Mexico (outside of Albuquerque) or Cadillac Ranch in Texas. I won’t make it all the way to Chicago (too cold for the upper route in the winter), but I could get halfway there!

To start, we would fly into LAX and rent a car. I can’t wait to check out retro hotels and diners; cooky sites and movie sets. There are museums and car parks and plenty of abandoned buildings which make photo opportunities. I think one of the things I will look most forward to is people watching – vintage cars, motorcycles and visitors from other countries, does Route 66 tell the story of Americana that tourists seek?

Route 66 Diner
Photo credit: Chris in Rainbows

Some of my must-sees/do:
– Motel Safari and the Blue Swallow in Tucumcari, New Mexico both fantastical neon-laced motels.
– Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona or San Bernardino, California, sleep in a teepee!
– Get a cheeseburger at the famous Snow Cap Drive-In in Seligman, Arizona.
– U-Drop Inn in Shamrock, Texas the most iconic architectural structure on the route

Blue Swallow Inn
Photo credit: Larry Lamsa

Route 66 Resources:
National 66 Organization
Road Trip USA
Historic 66

How about you? Have you done any part of the famous Route 66? Do you want to?

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17 Comments

  1. Allan
    January 13, 2014

    I’ve been on that road!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      January 14, 2014

      @Allan, which part, was it fun?

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  2. Shannon
    January 14, 2014

    I have never been but I want to. It looks so fun.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      January 14, 2014

      @Shannon, I know, I think it would be a blast!

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  3. A Route 66 Road trip is on my list of “must do” trips!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      January 14, 2014

      @Mardi, blogger roadtrip? Even better, foodie blogger roadtrip!

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  4. Veronica Lee
    January 14, 2014

    A Route 66 Road trip sounds awesome! It is such an iconic symbol of the great American road trip. Gotta do this before I kick the bucket!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      January 14, 2014

      @Veronica, right? It is sort of unAmerican if you don’t go!

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  5. Christina B.
    January 14, 2014

    This sounds like an Awesome trip. I’ve been thinking of this since I saw the special on it a while ago. Also the movie cars gets me every time.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      January 16, 2014

      @Christina, I hope you get to do it one day!

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  6. krystel
    January 14, 2014

    sounds like a great trip

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  7. Laura Young
    January 21, 2014

    beautiful scenery of trip! ! what camera u use? the picture look great.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      January 22, 2014

      @Laura, hi most of those photos are other people’s, I have a Canon.

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  8. ashley busse
    January 22, 2014

    I live right on 66 in Missouri. We get so many people from all over the place just cruising through. It’s insane!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      January 22, 2014

      @Ashley, insane good or insane bad? Until I started doing research I didn’t even realize how far east Route 66 went, I always pictured it in Texas and Oklahoma, but that was it.

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  9. Alex
    June 15, 2016

    Route 66! I used to live along it in Illinois. Its pretty fun to drive along and see some of the famous sites.
    A tip on taking rental cars: you can utilize certain credit cards to get rental car insurance, which is much cheaper than purchasing the agencies waiver.

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  10. Kristine Nicole Alessandra
    May 10, 2020

    I haven’t been there but I would love to! Route 66 is such an iconic road, I would definitely want to do a road trip there. Hopefully soon!

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