Route 66 Road Trip

We leave for our Route 66 Road Trip in less than 2 week’s time. You can read about my plan to write a book here. I’ve been struggling to think about it much or get excited as I’ve been so focussed on the new flat but with our departure date coming up so fast, I guess I need to start thinking about it!

I went shopping yesterday afternoon and got the kids some activity books, reading books and a whole tonne of stickers. Figured they can be a reward for good behaviour. I also bought myself a nice new notebook. I figure I can use that to keep notes of what we do so that I can then blog it later on once the kids are asleep or while we’re on the road. I’m going to try to blog as much of it as possible.

Here is our Itinerary:

FLIGHTS TO CHICAGO
Saturday 21-Mar-15 – Fly to Chicago
Depart: 12:35
Arrive: 16:05

CHICAGO
Hours driving:       0
Arrival Date:          21-Mar-15 Saturday
Departure Date:   23-Mar-15 Monday
No Days Staying:  2
Hotel: Swissotel Chicago
 
Saturday 21st March
Sunday 22nd March
  • Lego Discovery Centre
  • Lake Michigan
  • SkyDeck
  • Navy Pier
Monday 23rd March
  • Pick car up

CHICAGO – SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS
Hours driving:     3:10
Arrival Date:        23-Mar-15 Monday
Dept Date:            25-Mar-15 Wednesday
No Days Staying: 2
Hotel: Route 66 Hotel and Conference Center
Monday 23rd March
  • ROADSIDE: Gemini Giant – Wilmington, Illinois
  • ROADSIDE: 23/3 – Worlds Largest Covered Wagon: Lincoln IllinoisX
  • DINNER: 23/3 – at  Cozy Dog Drive In
Tuesday 24th March
  • Abraham Lincoln’s Springfield Home & Abraham Lincoln’s Tomb
  • Springfield, IL – Lauterbach Tire Muffler Man

SPRINGFIELD – ST LOUIS
Hours driving:  1:30
Arrival Date:     25-Mar-15 Wednesday
Dept Date:        27-Mar-15 Friday
No Days Staying: 2
Hotel: OMNI MAJESTIC
Wednesday 25th March
  • Chain of Rocks Bridge
  • World’s Largest Catsup Bottle: Collinsville
Thursday 26th March
  • Magic House

ST LOUIS – TULSA
Hours driving:   1:30
Arrival Date:      27-Mar-15 Friday
Dept Date:         28-Mar-15 Saturday
No Days Staying:1
Hotel: Holiday Inn Tulsa City center
 
Friday 27th March
  • Cars on the Route – Galena, Kansas
 
Things to see while there:
  • LUNCH: Missouri Hick BBQ
  • Worlds Largest Rocking Chair: Cuba Mo
  • Devils Elbow Bridge
  • Rainbow Bridge (Kansas)
  • Waynesville, MO – Giant Bowling Pin
  • Catoosa Blue Whale
  • Arrive Tulsa

TULSA – OKLAHOMA CITY
Hours driving:   3:48
Arrival Date:      28-Mar-15 Saturday
Dept Date:          29-Mar-15 Sunday
No Days Staying: 1
Hotel: Best Western Plus
 
Saturday 28th March
  • Round Barn, Arcadia
 
Things to see while there: 
  • Lunch @  Rock Cafe, Stroud OL
  • Winchester Drive In Cinema ?
  • Dinner at Red Rock Canyon Grill

OKLAHOMA CITY – AMARILLO
Hours driving:   3:48
Arrival Date:      29-Mar-15 Sunday
Dept Date:          31-Mar-15 Tuesday
No Days Staying:2
Hotel: Big Texan Motel
 
Things to see while there: 
  • Cadillac Ranch (near Amarillo)
  • U-Drop Inn, Shamrock, Texas
  • Muffler Man
  • Worlds Largest Pop Bottle
  • Dinner @ Big Texan Steak Ranch

AMARILLO – ALBUQUERQUE
Hours driving:   4:08
Arrival Date:     31-Mar-15 Tuesday
Dept Date:         01-Apr-15 Wednesday
No Days Staying: 1
Hotel:  Marriott Residence Inn
Things to see while there: 
  • Muffler Man – Bunyan Mutant
  • Worlds Longest Tramway

ALBUQUERQUE – HOLBROOK
Hours driving:   3:49
Arrival Date:      01-Apr-15 Wednesday
Dept Date:         02-Apr-15 Thursday
No Days Staying: 1
Hotel: Wigwam Village Motel Holbrook
 
Things to see while there: 
  • 1/4 – GET UP EARLY!!!!
  • 1/4 – ONROUTE TO HOLBROOK: Petrified Forest National Park and Painted Desert
  • Stewart’s Petrified Wood, Holbrook, Arizona
  • 1/4 – ARRIVE AT WIGWAM HOTEL
  • http://www.petrifiedwood.com/ Stewarts Petrified Wood

HOLBROOK – WINSLOW
Hours driving:   3:49
Arrival Date:      02-Apr-15 Thursday
Dept Date:         03-Apr-15 Friday
No Days Staying: 1
Hotel: La Posada
Things to see while there: 
  • 2/4 – Jack Rabbit Trading Post
  • 2/4 – Eagles Statue: Winslow

WINSLOW – GRAND CANYON
Hours driving:   2:16
Arrival Date:      03-Apr-15 Friday
Dept Date:         04-Apr-15 Saturday
No Days Staying: 1
Hotel: Maswik Lodge 
Things to see while there: 
  • Grand Canyon
  • WL DreamCatcher: Meteor City
  • WL Map of Route 66: Meteor City

GRAND CANYON – LAS VEGAS
Hours driving:   4:08
Arrival Date:      04-Apr-15 Saturday
Dept Date:         07-Apr-15 Tuesday
No Days Staying: 3
Hotel: Grand Desert
 
Things to see while there: 
  • Grand Canyon Caverns
  • Boulder/Hoover Dam
  • Las Vegas Natural History Museum
  • Las Vegas Sites (Sun 5th)
  • Vows (Mon 6th)

 
LAS VEGAS – DEATH VALLEY
Hours driving:   4:08
Arrival Date:      07-Apr-15 Tuesday
Dept Date:         08-Apr-15 Wednesday
No Days Staying: 1
Hotel: Furnace Creek Resort 
Things to see while there: 
  • Death Valley 🙂

DEATH VALLEY – LOS ANGELES
Hours driving:   6:48
Arrival Date:      08-Apr-15 Wednesday
Dept Date:          11-Apr-15 Saturday
No Days Staying: 3
Hotel:   Hotel Carmel
       
Wednesday 8th April
  • Drop off car
Thursday 9th April
  • Whale Watching – Thursday 9th April
Friday 10th April
Saturday 11th April
  • fly home
 
Things to see while there:
  • First McDonalds: San Bernadino
  • Hollywood Sign
  • Venice Beach
  • Echo Park
  • Chinese Theatre/Walk of Fame
  • http://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/music/amoeba-music
  • Universal Studios

FLIGHTS TO UK
Saturday 11th April – Fly back to UK
Sunday 12th April – Arrive UK
Depart 15:35
Arrive 10:05 (Sunday 12th April)

6 Thoughts on “Route 66 Road Trip

  1. Anonymous on March 8, 2015 at 15:20 said:

    What car are you going in Abi?

  2. Anonymous on March 12, 2015 at 21:48 said:

    We visited the Grand Canyon last year and loved it so much we are going back next year to ride the mules down to Phantom Ranch. We also visited Death Valley and stayed at the Furnace Creek Resort. You will love it – have a great holiday.

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