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66, part IX:
Planning your Route 66 trip
Route 66 travelling hints
Bus or auto travellers can travel in either
direction. Train passengers may too, but Dr. Voyageur enjoys the
trip east best, as more of his favourite places are passed in
daylight, especially in the winter.
Must stops for auto, coach, and train travellers
are Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. Also, try to allow time to
explore the area around Santa Fe, New Mexico. Auto and coach travellers
will enjoy an overnight stop in Tucumcari, New Mexico, whose main
street retains much of the "Route 66" flavour of its
Because its midday colours can be muted and disappointing if we
dart in just for a day, be sure book an overnight stay at the
Grand Canyon well ahead of time. Gold star DrVoyageur.com students
will visit the canyon rim at both sunrise and sunset.
Besides the information here, several great
guides to use for trip planning and for picking the best places
to stay and to eat are
Let's Go USA Canada by the Harvard Student Agencies. Outstanding, comprehensive
coverage. It's completely updated every year to give the most up-to-date
information available on truly budget accommodation, restaurants,
clubs, etc. Fun to read.
You may get great hotel and motel prices along this route
by using a service that does not tell you your hotel name until you pay.
bidding) and Priceline.com Hotels (bidding) are the two best. You pick the quality range, neighbourhood
(in larger cities like Las Vegas),
do not learn
name until you pay. This really saves.
National Geographic Scenic Highways
Also, check out Dr. Voyageur's Trip
Planning section for numerous links to tourist offices, auto
clubs, motel chains, etc.
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Go to >> Route 66, part I: Introduction
Go to >> Part II: Santa Monica
to Las Vegas
Go to >> Part III: Las Vegas to
Go to >> Part IV: Albuquerque to the
Go to >> Part V: Mississippi River
Go to >> Part VI: Understanding the
War Between the States
Go to >> Part VII: Virginia to Washington,
Go to >> Part VIII: Washington, D.C.
to New York City
Go to >> Part IX: Planning your Route