get your kicks...

...on Route 66.

Planning a trip from CA to Chicago, and want to maximize time on Route 66.
Any recommendations, based on personal experience?
Planning on 5 days of travel, so side trips far off the paved path will have to limited.
Please, no links to anything that you have not personally used/posted.

Thanks.
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Lounge FoxConnect With a Mentor Commented:
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Silver ShroudConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Painted Desert [ try for sunny late afternoon as this will make the colors more prominent ]

Petrified Forest

Meteor Crater [big bang indeed]
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
But I saw it all on TV!!
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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
that's silly - if you're going that way, you can see them LIVE! Otherwise, all you"ll see is pavement.

Or, save yourself the time and watch Billy Connolly's Route 66 on TV too.
:-)
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Are you aware that Route 66 is not a current highway?  It ceased to exist in 1984. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_66 

To find parts of Route 66, you have to take side trips.  This site claims to have a map and guide book for sale that will tell you about the 'old highway'.  http://www.historic66.com/
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BillDLCommented:
I know someone who went specifically to see the "petrified forest", but it was hiding in fear shaking like a leaf somewhere at the time. Whoops, this isn't the lounge.  Oh well, who cares ;-)
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jerryb30Author Commented:
Well, I do. Please go there.
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dhsindy SparrowConnect With a Mentor Retired considering supplemental income.Commented:
Close to Chicago going North-South through Normal, IL is the main street that was renamed to US 51 from Route 66.

My wife was originally from Illinois - not Normal.  I tease her that is only takes one town in Illinois to hold the normal people.
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nickg5Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Route 66 underwent many improvements and realignments over its lifetime, and it was officially removed from the United States Highway System on June 27, 1985 after it had been replaced in its entirety by the Interstate Highway System.
Portions of the road that passed through Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, and Arizona have been designated a National Scenic Byway of the name "Historic Route 66", which is returning to some maps.

Since 2001, Springfield, Illinois has annually held its "International Route 66 Mother Road Festival" in its downtown district.

So two possible places to visit along the way.
1. The Historic Route 66.
2. The Springfield, Illinois Route 66 Festival. Ah, good name.....Mother Road Festival
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jerryb30Author Commented:
I am leaving this open to attract more answers.

We have a book coming from AAA (please note the extra 'A') , and already have another one which gives some recommendations, as well as detailed route data.

I do want to thank all of those who googled for me.
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Silver ShroudCommented:
I didn't google.
My recommendations were from personal experience.
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jerryb30Author Commented:
Sorry. I know that. Any taverns or restaurants to recommend along the way?
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Silver ShroudCommented:
Not that I can remember.
It's been quite a while.
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Lounge FoxCommented:
Have traveled by car and motorcycle.   Defiantly go to Painted Desert and Grand Canyon.  We stayed in a cabin beside the Canyon.  Great photo opportunities at sunset.   Also check this out:
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2220
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jerryb30Author Commented:
We only have 5 days, so we will have to use interstate part of the way.  Any can't miss spots in OK and MO?
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jerryb30Author Commented:
Thanks.
Brownie points for nearest micro-breweries along the way. And a place to get a haircut.
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Lounge FoxCommented:
Haircut........DUH.........MY house and I have like 5 different micro-brews in the beer fridge right now.
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jerryb30Author Commented:
Looks like we'll take it easier than planned. Maybe 7 days between Barstow, CA and St Louis, MO.  
So, 2 days to offer memorable spots.
New Mexico, especially, as we have little input on that state.
As always, a good micro-brewery, or even a winery with tasting room, offers chance for bonus points in the point-splash extravaganza.
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jerryb30Author Commented:
I'll keep you posted on status on the real TA.
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Silver ShroudCommented:
Have fun!
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Lounge FoxCommented:
Let us know how it goes and if you are stopping by for a haircut and beer.
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