Route 66

Route 66We have begun a month-long trip on historic Route 66! Our slightly abbreviated path will take us from the Gateway Arch in St. Louis to off-route Las Vegas, Nevada.

At one point in the trip, there will be seven family members on The Cup. We will retrace our steps to Albuquerque, NM where we will spend a day at the Balloon Fiesta before starting home. The entire trip is approximately 4,600 miles.

We have a high energy, non-stop trip planned as you can see below. Please check back later for photos and more.

The Itinerary

Day 1 & 2: Dawsonville, GA to Nashville, TN (“Pre-66”)

  • In town for another event
  • Opryland

Day 3: Nashville to St. Louis, MO

  • Stuckey’s
  • Sightseeing in St. Louis, dinner at the casino
  • Photos

Day 4: St. Louis to Sullivan, MO

  • Gateway Arch (going to the top!)
  • Meramec Caverns
  • Photos

Day 5: Sullivan to Miami, OK

  • Murals of Cuba (MO)
  • Fanning Outpost and Route 66 Rocker
  • Totem Pole Trading Post
  • Uranus & a Muffler Man, Fudge Factory & General Store
  • Route 66 Museum, Lebanon
  • Route 66 Car Museum, Springfield
  • Two Gas Pumps in a Field
  • Gary’s Gay Parita, Paris Springs
  • Hogs and Hot Rods State Line Saloon
  • Cars on the Route
  • Quapaw Casino

Day 6: Miami to Bridgeport, OK

  • Clanton’s Cafe, Vinita OK
  • Blue Whale of Catoosa
  • Seaba Station Motorcycle Museum
  • POPS Soda Ranch
  • Arcadia Round Barn

Day 7: Bridgeport to Amarillo, TX

  • Lucille’s Gas Station, Hydra OK
  • Stafford Air and Space Museum, Weatherford OK
  • Oklahoma Route 66 Museum
  • National Route 66 Museum, Elk City OK
  • Sandhills Curiosity Shop, Erick OK
  • Tower Station & U-Drop Inn Cafe, Shamrock TX
  • Pioneer West Museum, Shamrock
  • Leaning Tower of Texas
  • VW Slug Bug Ranch

Day 8 & 9: In Amarillo

  • Palo Duro Canyon State Park
  • The Big Texan Hotel
  • The Big Texan Steak Ranch
  • Cadillac Ranch
  • Bill’s Backyard Classics
  • RV Museum

Day 10: Amarillo to Albuquerque, NM

  • MidPoint Cafe, Adrian TX
  • Del’s Restaurant, Tucumcari NM
  • Blue Swallow Motel, Tucumcari
  • Route 66 Auto Museum, Santa Rosa NM
  • Rio Puerco Bridge

Day 11: Santa Fe, NM

  • Oldest House in the U.S.
  • Oldest Church in the U.S.
  • Loretto Chapel
  • The Cathedral Basilica
  • Palace of the Governors
  • The Santa Fe Plaza
  • Antiques shops in Madrid NM
  • Expo New Mexico Flea Market
  • American International Rattlesnake Museum
  • Telephone Pioneer Museum
  • Balloon Museum

Day 12: Albuquerque to Holbrook, AZ

  • Route 66 Arch, Grants NM
  • El Rancho Hotel
  • Painted Desert Visitor Center, Petrified Forest
  • Bucket of Blood Street and Saloon

Day 13: Holbrook to Williams, AZ

  • Geronimo Trading Post
  • Jack Rabbit Trading Post
  • “Take It Easy” Corner, Winslow AZ
  • Old Trails Museum
  • Meteor Crater
  • Apache Death Cave in Two Guns AZ
  • Downtown Flagstaff

Day 14: Grand Canyon

  • Fred Harvey Restaurant
  • Grand Canyon Railway
  • Grand Canyon South Rim

Day 15: Sedona, AZ

  • State Route 89A
  • Oak Creek Canyon Vista
  • Chapel of the Holy Cross
  • Cathedral Rock
  • Montezuma Castle National Monument
  • Red Rock State Park
  • The Museum Club, Flagstaff

Day 16: Williams to Kingman, AZ

  • Ash Fork Route 66 Museum
  • Delgadillo’s Route 66 Gift Shop, Seligman AZ
  • The Rusty Bolt
  • Grand Canyon Caverns
  • Caverns Grotto
  • Hackberry General Store
  • Mr. D’s Route 66 Diner, Kingman AZ

Day 17: Oatman & Lake Havasu City

  • Cool Springs Station
  • Burros in Oatman
  • London Bridge, Lake Havasu City AZ

Day 18: Kingman to Las Vegas, NV

  • Breakfast in Chloride, Yesterday’s Restaurant
  • Hoover Dam

Day 19 & 20: In Las Vegas

  • Kids flying in to join us
  • Donny Osmond at Harrah’s Showroom

Day 21: Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon

  • The whole crew back to the South Rim

Day 22: Grand Canyon to Grants, NM

  • “Take It Easy” Corner (again)
  • Route 66 Arch (again)

Day 23: Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque

  • If time, a half-day trip to Santa Fe

Day 24 – ?: Return to Dawsonville 

  • Return route and itinerary yet to be determined

The trip will cover approximately 4,600 miles. At 6-1/2 mpg and $3.39 per gallon, fuel costs will be approximately $2,400. If there is enough interest, we will publish a detailed accounting of expenses. Let us know.