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Old 06-02-2012, 05:56 PM   #1
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Route 66 Must See Sites?

About to start a trip to Indiana following (approximately) Route 66 from Flagstaff AZ to St. Louis MO. Anyone have favorite must see places along the way? Taking 6 or 7 days so have some time to see the sites. As I'm an OF (old fart) did much of Route 66 back in the early '60's, fairly sure things have changed a bit since then! How many remember the radiator water bags sold at the desert curio shops?
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Old 06-02-2012, 06:05 PM   #2
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Yep, I remember those. Do you remember the "air coolers" mounted on the car windows with ice in them to blow cold air into the car?
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Old 06-02-2012, 06:07 PM   #3
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BTW what is the condition of the road surfaces on HWY 66, from CA to the East end???
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About to start a trip to Indiana following (approximately) Route 66 from Flagstaff AZ to St. Louis MO. Anyone have favorite must see places along the way? Taking 6 or 7 days so have some time to see the sites. As I'm an OF (old fart) did much of Route 66 back in the early '60's, fairly sure things have changed a bit since then! How many remember the radiator water bags sold at the desert curio shops?
Ted Drewes in St Louis on route 66. Frozen custard that you can turn upside down and your spoon won't fall out. http://www.teddrewes.com/home/default.aspx
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Old 06-02-2012, 08:35 PM   #5
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Pops in Arcadia, Ok is a nice stop for a break or lunch along with the Round Barn. If you are into motorcycles, there is Seaba Station just down the road in Warwick. Neat little museum built in an old DX station. The Rock Cafe in Stroud, Oklahoma is a good place to eat and its owner was one of the characters featured in the Cars movie. Lots of things to see and do all along the Oklahoma section of Route 66. We ride it often on our trike. Www.Travelok.com has alot of information on their website including a magazine usually available at travel centers but can be obtained free by request on the website. Good luck and enjoy what i think is the pace of yesteryear, a good thing.
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Oatman, AZ is interesting but I would not recommend going in from the Kingman side. I'd suggest getting there from the Bullhead City side.
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BTW what is the condition of the road surfaces on HWY 66, from CA to the East end???
The Route 66 you remember is no more.

Parts of it still exist, after being incorporated into newer highways. Parts are abandoned but still accessible. Parts are gone forever.

Best bet is to pick up something like this to guide you to what is left of the old route. Here's another for Kindle.

Lots of cool stuff to see, but you won't find it on regular road maps
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Adrian TX, the exact mid-point of RT66.
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We lived in Tucumcari NM (very small town) which is part of Route 66 for 6 months and loved the Neon Lights at night. (DH was there for work, then we left to go back home.) The town is really friendly and there are a few good places to eat. Kix on Route 66 is great for breakfast or lunch!!! They have great food and cook as you order. The POW WOW has great lunch buffets on Monday's (I think) it Mexican food and really good too.
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We hit about a dozen towns on Rt. 66 in Arizona and New Mexico recently. What we saw were mostly phony 2nd rate nostalga attempts. As they say, "Nostalga just isn't what it used to be"

Saw this Tex-Mex loving horse in Bernalillo, NM.




Butterfield Stage Company is the one good restaurant in Holbrook, AZ. There is also a SafeWay if you are grocery shopping. The Dairy Queen has the old style signage if you are making a photo album.
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Oatman, AZ is beyond intertesting lol. I love feeding the "wild" burros and the gun fights in the streets.
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Oatman, AZ is beyond intertesting lol. I love feeding the "wild" burros and the gun fights in the streets.
We agree. Just don't drive from Oatman to Kingman on "66" with your rig. We know!
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We agree. Just don't drive from Oatman to Kingman on "66" with your rig. We know!

Why?
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Many of the curves are blind and tight. We eventually unhooked the toad so Patty could drive ahead to tell me the road was clear. Then I could use both lanes. At one point, a left hand curve with steep banking we saw heavy scrape marks. When we stopped at the gas station, the gentleman told us a DP had to be towed off of that corner when it dragged the rear lifting the rear tires off the pavement and ruining the genset.

To think big rigs drove this road years ago!!
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