Route 66 Itinerary: How Long Does It Take To Drive Route 66?

Ever dreamed of hitting the open road and doing an all American road trip?  How about a trip down historic Route 66?!  Stretching 2448 miles across America, starting in Chicago, Illinois and finishing up in LA, California, taking in a total of 8 States.  But how long does it take to drive Route 66? This is my tried and tested 16 day Route 66 road trip Itinerary with side trips to the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas (so essentially stepping foot in 9 States!).  I include: the daily miles covered, travel time (with stops), must see roadside attractions, where to stay and where to eat!

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Journey to the Top St Louis Arch: Tips For Visiting | Missouri USA

Back in 2011 when I drove the length of Route 66 with my family, we were gutted that by the time we reached St Louis (Missouri), there were no available tickets left on sale for that day to go to the top of the Gateway Arch.  It’s exactly what it says on the tin, a giant 630ft silver archway that is the ‘Gateway to the West’ for those crossing the Mississippi River.  When I returned a couple of weekends back, I had my fingers crossed that the same wouldn’t happen again!  Luck was on my side and I was finally able to experience it.

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Must See Route 66 Roadside Attractions

Route 66.  Dating back to 1926.  The classic American road trip, spanning 2448 miles across 8 States from Illinois, all the way to California on the West Coast.  There is SO much to see and do.  I spent just under 3 weeks (with a side trip to Vegas) on the road, averaging roughly around 300 miles day, but we did have to by pass some attractions.  It’s impossible to stop at every museum and gift shop after all!  Most of the Route passes through little forgotten towns, these are often where you’ll find the friendliest of people that are so happy to talk about their life on Route 66.  Here’s a list of some of my must see Route 66 roadside attractions, that I believe are well worth a stop.

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