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    Route 66

    I've always wanted to get my kicks and, as you are probably aware, football aside, I am a massive fan of the US and have been a repeated visitor to many parts of the country - but not the west coast.

    Has anyone done this? I'm considering doing it next Autumn and bringing my dad on a boys outing (along with my wife of course ) as he is now in his 70s and has wanted to do this all his life.

    Any tips? I love small town USA, so we would be particularly interested in stopping every now and then and my dad and I having a few beers.

    We will probably fly into Chicago from Manchester.

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    I drove the parts of it you can from LA to Santa Fe and return. Was great but in reality not as much of route 66 as I would have liked. You will be mostly on I24 west, but there are great stretches of 66. Sounds like a great trip, especially with your dad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    I drove the parts of it you can from LA to Santa Fe and return. Was great but in reality not as much of route 66 as I would have liked. You will be mostly on I24 west, but there are great stretches of 66. Sounds like a great trip, especially with your dad.
    What stop offs would you recommend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    Route 66
    No, thanks. Some of the most dreadful states America has to offer. Chicago is great if you are a foodie, so that will be fun, but Illinois and Oklahoma are shitholes. If it was me, I would fly to Chicago kick around there for a few days, then get on a plane and fly to Albuquerque and start my journey from there.

    Give Oklahoma, North Texass and Illinois a miss. You may miss some good American BBQ spots, but that's about it.

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    Of course Santa Fe, then go stand on the corner in Winslow Arizona and onwards to Vegas, finishing up on the pier in Santa Monica where 66 ends.



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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    No, thanks. Some of the most dreadful states America has to offer. Chicago is great if you are a foodie, so that will be fun, but Illinois and Oklahoma are shitholes. If it was me, I would fly to Chicago kick around there for a few days, then get on a plane and fly to Albuquerque and start my journey from there.

    Give Oklahoma, North Texass and Illinois a miss. You may miss some good American BBQ spots, but that's about it.
    We've been to Chicago and are obviously familiar with Texas.

    The attraction is the places you mentioned. We want the real America, warts and all.

    And then a pint with you in Seattle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Of course Santa Fe, then go stand on the corner in Winslow Arizona and onwards to Vegas, finishing up on the pier in Santa Monica where 66 ends.


    Great picture, AO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    The attraction is the places you mentioned. We want the real America, warts and all.
    Well, you will get it on that route. So in that case Saint Louis is a must. I used to travel there on business ages ago, it really does personify a rust belt city as it was a rail hub during America's manufacturing era. The scale of industrialization in those days was massive.

    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    And then a pint with you in Seattle.
    That would be great.

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    I'm from the Kingdom of Rust, snubby, mate.



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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    I'm from the Kingdom of Rust, snubby, mate.
    I should have known better.

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    Not much else to do but stand on the corner in Winslow. Some nice cheap motels, pull in about 4 have some beers and head to the corner, a nice meal and all is good. Four and a half hours the next day and you are in Vegas.



    I have to say the Mexican food in Santa Fe was the best I have ever had. Chicken enchiladas "Christmas" style red and green sauces.



    The corn is actually the color of the chips


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    I recommend the California old 101 coastal highway, which is sometimes blocked by landslides so check locally around Big Sur / Esalen

    Done the LA to SF part several times, by bike car and Winnebago .

    As USA drives on the right the best sea views for the driver are mostly North to South.
    The old 1930s coast rd from Monterey to Santa Barbara has very few trucks or truck stops

    If you have time the whole Journey from Port Angeles/Sequim is a lovely trip, probably allow 2 weeks to SF and anothr 10-14 days to the Mexican border/Phoenix /Las Vegas exit
    If snubless in Seattle catch a fish


    Mt Olympus /Puget Sound meet some Mateots in Bremerton?
    A beer in Seattle with Snubby?
    Portland the Willamette valley
    N California Astoria S to the Russian River visit Farolles Gardens
    Guidelines — Russian River Gardens

    Napa Vineyards
    I wouldn't drive a large vehicle in S Francisco too busy and ltd downtown parking. There are rentals from Airports at Birminghame and Oakland easily accessible via BART subways
    San Jose get some strawberries
    Then lovely and pricey Carmel
    Andrew Morela where i walked and camped near the Ocean
    Andrew Molera State Park: CAMPING
    The Conrta Costa slopes have nice trails
    Big Sur
    Moro Bay
    San Simeon Randolph hearst;s fantasy Castle see Citizen Kane
    Cambria
    Inland detours s of Soledad prison San Luis Obispo one of the nicest little towns in USA
    Solvang near Jacksons ranch a complete Danish Village looks like rural Helgeland.
    Then Santa Barbara probably the cleanest and nicest city in continental USA

    Its a while since I did it pm for any Qs and our old California hands will have other suggestions. Plenty of chain motels , though big gaps Big Sur to Cambria see a map

    LA to SF can be done in day 400m via inland dull freeway if you need to return a rental but as such a busy route can probably just pay the drop and continue from either Airport

    If I had only a week
    Rent at SFO

    Day 1 to Seaside/Monterey/Carmel
    Day 2 Big Sur camp or return to Carmel digs as very ltd lodging
    Day 3 Cambria or Moro Bay or San Luis Obispo
    Day 4 Santa Barbara
    Day 5 Santa Monica
    Day 5 Ensenada
    Day 6-7 San Diego drop off car day trip Tijuana if you really must.

    Having lived in LA I have no desire to return
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    For you AO, maybe not so much, but for me and my dad a big deal.

    Plus he's fucking loaded and living the life of Riley, so he can pay.

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    When you make it to Arizona, the kids might enjoy River Rafting. Pity you’re planning your visit in Autumn. Spring/early summer would be a better time to visit.

    Hopefully the drought will end before your visit.



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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    I recommend the California old 101 coastal highway, which is sometimes blocked by landslides so check locally around Big Sure/Esalen
    That is highway 1, 101 goes down Central California from San Jose and meets up with 1 in Santa Barbara. "Big Sur".

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    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post
    When you make it to Arizona, the kids might enjoy River Rafting. Pity you’re planning your visit in Autumn. Spring/early summer would be a better time to visit.

    Hopefully the drought will end before your visit.
    We have no kids. It will be for me and my dad and my wife.

    Money isn't an issue, but I just want to have a trip with my dad and a few beers along the way in small town America. Route 66 has always been a dream of his and he is approaching 72 now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    If you have time teh whole Journey from Port Angeles/Sequim is a lovely trip

    Mt Olympus
    A beer in Seattle with Snubby?
    Portland the Willamette
    N California Astoria S to teh Russian River visit Fralles Gardens
    You have been up in my neck of the woods, and you did not message me? Shame on you.

    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    Port Angeles/Sequim
    Starting there and driving south is epic! Going around the rainforest along the coast is incredible. Along the Washington coast to the cranberry bogs and oyster farms on the coast is magical. Then you land in Astoria which is where the movie "Goonies" was filmed, on the way there stopping at Cape Disappointment lighthouse. Driving on from there to Cannon beach and on to the Sea lion caves. The hits just keep on coming on that drive.

    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    Route 66 has always been a dream of his and he is approaching 72 now.
    Better do it now, then. I lost my stepfather in 2020, and he was 74. It came fast and he was gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    That is highway 1, 101 goes down Central California from San Jose and meets up with 1 in Santa Barbara. "Big Sur".
    He's correct

    My route is the old coast one

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    You have been up in my neck of the woods, and you did not message me? Shame on you.
    I think you were in grade school twas the brown and orange 70s and teh Fax on my Harley prevented me contacting young shavers!!

    Next time for sure or see you here a Bell will ring like a phone freaks convention.

    If H has ltd time he should rent a jeep out of Spokane Vancouver Seattle or Portland and do a loop

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    We have no kids.
    I apologize. Saw boys outing in the opening post.

    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    I just want to have a trip with my dad and a few beers along the way in small town America. Route 66 has always been a dream of his and he is approaching 72 now.
    Whitewater river rafting wouldn’t be a good idea for a 72-year-old, even with a helmet and life vest on.

    But he might enjoy a visit to the Grand Canyon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    I think you were in grade school twas the brown and orange 70s and teh Fax on my Harley prevented me contacting young shavers!!
    Ya, so I would have been in elementary school.



    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    If H has ltd time he should rent a jeep out of Spokane Vancouver Seattle or Portland and do a loop
    Great advice no doubt.

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    Haha, you've been photobombed by those lovers in the top window.


    I like small town, or real, or middle America- although I reckon Route 66 owes a lot it's iconic status to that song. I don't even think it proceeds uninterrupted these days- you've got to hop onto a few interstate (i) routes along the way, then back on to Route 66 to get your kicks. But hey, why not. I had the fortune to do the same thing ('Real America') some years ago, and loved it- although the main driving I did was through the Colorado Rockies, and southern Minnesota. Love them Roadhouses! They do the best burgers, but also with local quirks- like the Roadhouse just outside Austin MN (Spamtown USA) which did the finest fish n chips- because the owner was a keen angler, and catches his own walleye. Huge, too. Or the place (not really a Roadhouse) outside Breckenridge CO of all places, that did the best Cajun food I have ever had.

    Allusions to three classic songs in the paragraph above-

    (Get your Kicks) On Route 66
    Roadhouse Blues
    Rocky Mountain High

    Enjoy

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Haha, you've been photobombed by those lovers in the top window.
    Pretty sure its models having a good time.

    Well, I'm a-standing on a corner
    In Winslow, Arizona
    Such a fine sight to see
    It's a girl, my Lord
    In a flat-bed Ford
    Slowin' down to take a look at me

    Come on, baby
    Don't say "Maybe"
    I gotta know
    If your sweet love
    Is gonna save me


    The whole scene shot well. Not mine.





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    ^ Sure, although seeing as it's your picture, it's your credit. The Eagles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    I've always wanted to get my kicks and, as you are probably aware, football aside, I am a massive fan of the US and have been a repeated visitor to many parts of the country - but not the west coast.

    Has anyone done this? I'm considering doing it next Autumn and bringing my dad on a boys outing (along with my wife of course ) as he is now in his 70s and has wanted to do this all his life.

    Any tips? I love small town USA, so we would be particularly interested in stopping every now and then and my dad and I having a few beers.

    We will probably fly into Chicago from Manchester.
    Do it. The states is probably THE most hospitable place to travel.ive ever been..americans will treat ya right if your not an asshole. I was about 28 years old when i visited 58 now so it was a while ago..i bought a secondhand winnebago for $5000 big ole dodge V8 chewed gas but gas was a buck a litre. Who gives a fuck. That thing saved me a fortune in accomadation i could cook in there sleep in there. The RV culture is very strong in the states. I drove around for 6 months before selling it and fucking of down to central america. I had given myself a year of. I didnt give a fuck .just looking for beers and poontang i would go back there in a heartbeat. Still got some reletives in LA and the wifes got some of the Lao diaspora in Texas

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