Route 66 is about more than just getting from A to B. A trip along the Mother Road means stepping back in history and experiencing the mixture of cultures and characters that make America what it is.
To fully appreciate just how much this old road has to offer, how much time do you need to give to exploring it? Below we detail three different options, and what they'll mean for your tour along Route 66.
From start to finish
While it's possible to travel from Chicago to LA in four days, you'll find driving along the I40 a much less rich and rewarding experience than Route 66.
The historical road, overtaken and almost lost due to the introduction of the interstate, passes through a variety of towns and environments. The meandering path it takes gives you a taste of each state it passes through. From a wide and quirky range of museums, attractions, and diners to incredible natural phenomena and scenery, there's a lot on offer.
Part of what makes Route 66 such an incredible journey are all the stops and detours available along the road. Taking the fastest option available means speeding past the opportunities that make the journey so worthwhile.
The quick trip
Unfortunately, it's not always possible to get as much time off to travel as you'd like. This doesn't mean that all your Route 66 dreams have to be dashed.
Route 66 has a lot to offer, even if you're strapped for time. Two weeks spent on the Mother Road will introduce you to its unique character while allowing you to cross off your list some of its most famous sites.
To make the most of your quick trip, make two lists. On one, write down the essentials that you must see, on the other the other options you'd love to include. Calculate how long it will take you to see your bucket list options. Then, if you still have time to spare, look at your second list.
Choose options from this one that best fit into the road trip you've already planned. By doing this, you'll hopefully achieve more than by taking up time to go out of your way to see one thing.
Making the most of your Route 66 road trip
Your ultimate American road trip along Route 66 shouldn't be a rushed affair. Ultimately, to enjoy each day and get the most out of your holiday, you want time to relax into the atmosphere of the road. Putting aside approximately three weeks gives you the chance to stop and explore when the fancy takes you, as well as crossing off all items on both lists.
Having the extra week to play with also means that you can take more detours to see some of the other things that line Route 66, or linger longer in a place that you just can't get enough of. From enjoying your time cruising along Route 66, to getting to experience the tiny details you might otherwise have missed, three weeks is the ideal length of time for your road trip along the mother road.
At Route 66 Tours, we know how important it is to ensure that a journey isn't rushed. If you'd like to know more about creating the ultimate road trip along the mother road, reach out to us today.