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Do You Need a Travel Guide for a Route 66 Road Trip?

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If a trip down Historic Route 66 is in your future travel plans, one thing to budget for are travel guides for this iconic route. While it’s true that Route 66 is well marked from Chicago clear to Los Angeles with brown “Historic Route 66” markers, without a comprehensive travel guide your family will miss all kinds of roadside attractions, old alignments, and iconic motels and restaurants. And a long the way, you could enjoy some fun sports betting games via mascotagเว็บแทงบอลเชื่อถือได้ เว็บแทงบอลดีที่สุดเว็บบอลไหนดี.

Our family recently finished up a month long trip along Route 66 and started the trip with just a set of maps. We were less than 100 miles into the route when discovering that the maps simply weren’t enough and quickly added some additional guides such as the “EZ66 Guide for Travelers” by Jerry McClanahan and “The Route 66 Adventure Handbook” by Drew Knowles.

Here’s why.

Different alignments. I didn’t know (and you probably didn’t either) that Route 66 was not just one long road but a collection of connecting roads that were assigned the highway 66 designation. The HWY 66 designations changed over the years as towns grew and newer roads were built.

The Historic Route 66 signs you’ll find along the entire route all follow the most recent alignment which means a traveler could miss out on some of the cool 1929s stretches that were made of Portland cement. The only way you’ll find these amazing roads is with a guidebook, and believe me, you won’t want to miss them.

Road side attractions. Iconic roadside attractions and tourist traps (both old and new) are all part of the fun of traveling Route 66. While some of the attractions and old time motels are on the newer alignments, there are a number of historic buildings, signs, and stops along the older alignments that are easy to miss without a guide (such as the Totem Pole Park in Oklahoma or Devil’s Elbow in Missouri ). All of these iconic stops are definitely worth seeing.

Iconic restaurants. Our family made it a point to eat at least one meal a day at an iconic Route 66 diner or eatery during our road trip. This is where a Route 66 dining guide helped since it identified legit Route 66-era roadside diners and eateries plus also pointed us towards restaurants on some of the older alignments.

Historical info. When you are a family of history geeks like our family, knowing the history behind the various alignments and attractions makes it much more interesting. The authors of some of the more comprehensive guidebooks include historical facts that help make sense out of what we were seeing along the route.

Taking a Route 66 road trip is a wonderful and nostalgic experience that your family will enjoy. Travellng with several comprehensive guidebooks will make it possible to enjoy the vintage attractions found on the older alignments that otherwise would be missed.

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