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How to Plan
your
Route 66 Vacations
PART I
Getting ready for the Road Trip of your life
www.theroute-66.comChuck Coker
Your Road Trip
So you want to drive along Route 66?
Adding a week to your Las Vegas convention?
Visiting the U.S. to drive...
1. How much time do you have?
One month or one week? Time is very important!
More time will allow you explore deeper or go...
2. Write a Rough Outline of your Trip
Draft your vacation’s wish list :
The landmarks and attractions you want to see,
Tha...
3. Do some research
Read about those attractions, sights and places:
www.theroute-66.com is a reliable online resource.
Ch...
4. Define your driving time
What’s the pace for your Road Trip?
An easy 4 hours a day? A tough 8 hours? Relax or Rush?
Ris...
5. Calculate the distance covered
The Distance covered: depends on your speed
In the southwest with less towns and open hi...
6. Total Road Trip length
Outcome: Now you have a very good outline for your trip, next step: refine it
TIP. Is it too lon...
7. Refine your trip
Outcome: Your basic Road Trip is now ready. See Part II for some helpful tips.
Go back to the beginnin...
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How to plan your Route 66 Vacations (Part I)

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Getting ready for the road trip of your life. Plan your Vacations on US Route 66: tips, advice, how to plan them, starting and ending points, waypoints, attractions, accommodation, getting to route 66. Distances and driving time. All you need to know to plan your trip along U.S. Highway 66

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How to plan your Route 66 Vacations (Part I)

  1. 1. How to Plan your Route 66 Vacations PART I Getting ready for the Road Trip of your life www.theroute-66.comChuck Coker
  2. 2. Your Road Trip So you want to drive along Route 66? Adding a week to your Las Vegas convention? Visiting the U.S. to drive Route 66 during your vacations? In both cases you have to know what there is to see and do on Route 66. Outcome: Have a rough idea of what is the scope of your trip. TIP. Will you drive the empty southwest, where towns are further apart? Or will it be the more densely populated east? In either case you should try to pinpoint your journey’s starting and ending points Public Domain
  3. 3. 1. How much time do you have? One month or one week? Time is very important! More time will allow you explore deeper or go further. A tight schedule will mean either: a short and focused trip or a longer but more superficial one. You can have a short but fun packed vacation too. TIP. Factor in the time it will take you to reach Route 66 and then get back home after your trip. Live in the U.S. or Canada? Driving your own car? Or Flying in and renting a car? Live overseas? Definitely flying and renting a car. Outcome: Now you know how much time you have Designed by Freepik
  4. 4. 2. Write a Rough Outline of your Trip Draft your vacation’s wish list : The landmarks and attractions you want to see, That vintage motel you want to sleep in or that Café you want to eat at. That sight you’ve dreamed of. Whatever! Outcome: Now you know what you would like to do during your vacations TIP. Be bold and think fun: This is YOUR ROAD TRIP, make the most of it. Throw in some side trips too; and add some outdoors & nature fun. You can refine your ideas later. A. Whittall
  5. 5. 3. Do some research Read about those attractions, sights and places: www.theroute-66.com is a reliable online resource. Check out the towns and their highlights. Look at the maps and learn about your destination. Try this tool to outline your trip. Outcome: Now you have a more clear picture and some new options to explore. TIP. Planning your Vacations is part of the fun, enjoy the process. What’s the weather like? How can you reach US 66 from you hometown? What’s the accommodation like? A. Whittall
  6. 6. 4. Define your driving time What’s the pace for your Road Trip? An easy 4 hours a day? A tough 8 hours? Relax or Rush? Rise early and go to bed late? Let the road take you? Think about this carefully , as the driving time will influence how many miles you will be driving daily… and where you will stop to spend the night. TIP. Give yourself time to stop at the attractions along the Road. Walk, take photographs, buy souvenirs, have a coffee and enjoy… Time to take in the feeling of exploring Route 66 Outcome: Now you know how much time you will be driving each day A. Whittall
  7. 7. 5. Calculate the distance covered The Distance covered: depends on your speed In the southwest with less towns and open highways speeds are higher than the more urban east. Outcome: Now you know how far you will drive each day and where you will sleep. Distance (miles) = Avg. Speed (mph) x Driving Time (hours) TIP. Will you drive along the Freeway or stick to Route 66? Estimate your average speed Err on the safe side: you will drive slower and stop more often than you think. The distance will help you define your nightly stopover towns and check what accommodations are available there.
  8. 8. 6. Total Road Trip length Outcome: Now you have a very good outline for your trip, next step: refine it TIP. Is it too long? Shorten it by spending more time at the waypoints, add things to see, pop in a side trip. Is it too short? Then skip some less interesting sights and opt for the Interstate to move faster. How far will you go? Knowing your daily ride and your vacation’s length… you can work out how far you’ll go. How does that fit into your original plan? Should you change start and end points? Public Domain
  9. 9. 7. Refine your trip Outcome: Your basic Road Trip is now ready. See Part II for some helpful tips. Go back to the beginning and review your trip with a critical eye. Now that you know more about your vacations see if you have given yourself enough time to enjoy the roadside attractions. Review start and end points, the stopovers… TIP. Leave some room for the unexpected. You may want to spend an extra night somewhere. Add some more sights to the trip? Take a detour and visit Las Vegas? A. Whittall

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