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Old 06-15-2017, 09:32 AM
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Default Route 66 Trip Advice

Planning a Route 66 trip this Fall, Chicago Midway to Santa Monica in my 9A. Any suggestions on mandatory 'can't miss' stops and preferred mountain routes? We are going to take our time and do a lot of sightseeing/pictures along the way. Thanks.
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Old 06-15-2017, 10:15 AM
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you're going to be close to the Grand Canyon. that's worth a fly over.
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Old 06-15-2017, 11:04 AM
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Default Peach Springs/Grand Cavern Caverns AZ

There is an air strip right on Rt 66 near Peach Springs and the Grand Canyon Caverns
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Old 06-15-2017, 11:13 AM
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Default Airstrip

Originally Posted by Steve Barnes View Post
There is an air strip right on Rt 66 near Peach Springs and the Grand Canyon Caverns
Probably not a good place for A model unless your name is Vlad.
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Old 06-15-2017, 11:23 AM
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If the route map you posted is what you want to fly, you won't have trouble crossing the mountains east of Albuquerque. I'd suggest stopping in at Sedona, Az. Very picturesque. You can rent a Jeep at the airport and go exploring. I'd also second the Grand Canyon over flight. There are several worthwhile stops in Oklahoma that are related to the old Route 66.

Here's a link to more info:


Let me know when you are coming through Oklahoma and I may be able to gather up some RV friends and meet you at an airport for lunch.
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Old 06-15-2017, 11:24 AM
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Default Wigwam Hotel

The historic La Posada Hotel in Winslow, AZ is pretty cool and worth a night's stay. You can land at Seligman, AZ and take a short hike to the Road Kill Cafe or West Side Lalos.

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Old 06-15-2017, 11:43 AM
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Default La Posada

If you are interested in the history of route 66 and the Santa Fe line it follows, land at Winslow, AZ and go to the only restored Harvey House resort from the golden age of rail travel! It sits between 66 and the rail line--much info about it on the internet!! Lunch or dinner in the turquoise room!


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Old 06-15-2017, 11:56 AM
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Stop in Moriarity, NM (right on the route) and see if you can do some soaring!
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Old 06-15-2017, 01:31 PM
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Default Oatman?

Oatman, AZ might be fun. I guess you'd have to land either at Bullhead City or Kingman and drive.
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Old 06-15-2017, 02:27 PM
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Thumbs up Steak in Amarillo, TX

Amarillo and the Big Texan steakhouse, with free "cowboy Limo" pickup -

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