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Seriously contemplating a trip to the good ol US of A and wonder if the route 66 tours are worth it? Anyone try it? There are various packages available taking up to 2 weeks where they cover as much of the traditional road as possible. Would it be mostly just a boring 200 miles per day with the occasional place of interest or is it a daily adventure?
 

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There are some cool sites on Route 66, but there are much better roads in the US to ride. Not sure if I would come to the states specifically for 66, but if I hit it while here it would be cool. If you are a history buff then it would be worth it.


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You may also be dissapointed in some major lengths of the real route 66. Since the building of the super slabs, there are many areas of the true and original route 66 that are a deplorable, unkempt, abandoned and plain unsafe to travel on. From my investigations, Tour groups tend to focus only on the sections where touristy places still or have magically appeared since the Good Old Days. I did the trip myself a few years ago and found myself on the SS much more than I wanted and when I could find proper markers for some sections of the real Route 66, there wasn't always the pleasant picture we are lead to believe existed. Lot's of areas have deteriorated over time and lack of use. I remember one section, in OK, where the pavement was so rough and beaten up, that I turned around and went back to the SS intentionally. So, do you want historical reality as it exists today or the candied, pre-packaged tourist view. JMHO
 

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Route 66 is mostly expressways these days. It's 2400 miles of extremely flat, fast, and boring. Especially from Chicago to the western side of New Mexico. From Albuquerque to L.A. there's more elevation and landscape changes.
Check this site: http://www.historic66.com/

Personally, I think the Pacific Coast Highway / US-101 is a more interesting ride. L.A. to Seattle is about 1500 mi.
 

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Rt. 66 is a historic highway, or what's left of it. So what it's worth to you as a tour depends on what you want to get out of it. There is the nostalgia thing, I guess, but there's not much left of the original road, most of it now being interstates. The best section to ride is in Arizona, for about 200 miles. Otherwise, I think you will be disappointed.

I agree, Hwy 101/PCH is a good ride, but there is a lot of traffic and it goes through a lot of urban and suburban areas, with lots of traffic lights along the southern-most section, from San Diego to just north of L.A. Best bet, IMO, would be to pick up 101 through San Francisco, go over the Golden Gate Bridge into Sausalito, then pick up Hwy 1 to the coast. You'll be in for some great twisty roads and a nice ride up the coast. You can take Hwy 1 for a long distance, but just north of Ft. Bragg, CA, it joins up with Hwy 101. You don't want to miss riding through the Avenue of the Giants Redwoods park. It's amazing.

At Eureka, you can pick up Hwy 299 and go east to Redding, CA. I can't say that Redding is that much of a destination, but 299 is a great ride. Besides, east of Redding you can continue on 299 and visit Lassen Volcanic Nat'l Park. Amazing roads and scenery there. You can double back and come out at Mt. Shasta and then exit at Weed, riding up U.S. 97 through Klamath Falls, OR. You won't want to miss riding up to Crater Lake. And while you're up there that far, you can continue your ride up toward Portland and ride the Columbia Gorge. Even on I-84 it's a great ride.

I guess there's lots of good roads to ride, and I could go on and on, but the the end result is that while Rt. 66 is a historic ride, it's not "all that" anymore.
 

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What Route 66 will give you is a view of America. Unfortunately much of what was once on Route 66 is long gone. So you don't get to see much of the old town America we drove through in 1960 when we moved from Seattle to Cocoa Beach, FL by way of Las Vegas then across Arizona, New Mexico, etc. Still, parts are still around and a lot of scenery is very definitely around. For a motorcycle, the part from Seligman to Needles is very much worth the ride, especially over the Black Mountains to Oatman. Parts are completely gone, but that stretch is all there. Wave as you go past my office.

You will get as much out of the trip as you decide to put into it. If you take side roads it will be even better.
 

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I agree with the distinguished gentleman from Kingman, AZ. A lot of Route 66 is completely gone. So the tours of it have to go on "Superslabs" because there just isn't any old highway to ride on or it is so overgrown you would need a dual sport to ride it.

If you want to tour the U.S., you might try a number of other tour packages that take you through portions of the U.S. I am partial to the West Coast as I live here and love the scenery, but if you are not from the U.S., I think I would recommend a tour that takes you through the East Coast states of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and that area. There is so much history of our country there. You can come back and do the Western states.
 

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I have to agree, most of 66 is gone. In California whats left is in pretty bad shape. My vote is PCH (Hwy 1) from Santa Barbara all the way up thru Oregon (Pismo Beach, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Napa Valley, Redwoods, etc). You could spend a couple weeks, see some beautiful country and great roads to ride.
 

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Route 66 is mostly expressways these days. It's 2400 miles of extremely flat, fast, and boring. Especially from Chicago to the western side of New Mexico. From Albuquerque to L.A. there's more elevation and landscape changes.
Check this site: http://www.historic66.com/

Personally, I think the Pacific Coast Highway / US-101 is a more interesting ride. L.A. to Seattle is about 1500 mi.
Plus 1. most of it is now interstates 55 44 40 and 15 ... there are some interesting legs of it in Ok, tx, nm and az and ca, but there far and few between ... the pch from san diago to seattle would be an awsome ride. Az or ut would be right up there .. la to vegas, thru ut to brice canyon, grand canyon to monument valley down thru sedona to phoenix and back to la is another.
 

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It would be good to contact people from some ocean states as well as some from mountainous regions. I know there are some great roads up in the Connecticut (East Haven through Newport), Maryland, Maine states, especially along he ocean's edge. In VA there is highway 60 as well as blue ridge parkway that have some very windish roads and mountainous views.
 

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any ride is only as good as you make it. i love the mountains of north carolina and running wide open through the countryside of tennessee and kentucky. hit the states, kill the phone, get a paper map and do your best to get lost and you will have a great time.
 

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Riders come from all over the world to ride US Route 129. Deals Gap and the 318 turns in 11 miles called the Dragon's Tail. It's everything it is cracked up to be. :good:
 

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This is the off season here, so you don't see as many of the tourist buses full of foreigners. They will be back soon. Still, even now you will see someone taking a picture of the water tank with the big Route 66 sign on it on a regular basis. I like to say the movie Cars was filmed right here in Kingman and that inspires a lot of people to come here and go to Peach Springs (a huge disappointment).

Anyone going up or down Hwy 101/1 must stop in Depoe Bay in Oregon. It is real easy to miss and you won't be disappointed if you stop.

There is much to see everywhere, even North Dakota and Oklahoma. Sometimes it is just a matter of being more observant. Still, if all you want to see is ugly all you will see is ugly, even in a place like Yellowstone.

I would encourage anyone to relive National Lampoon's Vacation and see America, just don't shoot Walt Disney. (The movie was based on a short story Vacation 58. Look it up and read it.)
 

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found a good youtube vid all about it,

part 1

Part 2

part 3
 

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Those videos had some great footage. Since I live just south of San Bernardino, makes me want to find the old route again, and head east for a weekend. Nice find.... ;)
 

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California also has highway 49, if you like riding in the foothills. You can take a detour through Yosemite. There are some great mountain roads.
 

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Route 66

Those videos had some great footage. Since I live just south of San Bernardino, makes me want to find the old route again, and head east for a weekend. Nice find.... ;)
When you get here, stop at my office and get me. I want to ride to Madras, or somewhere around there, or at least to Meteor Crater. I don't want to ride it alone.

Edit: oops, I meant Madrid, NM, not Madras, which is in Oregon.
 
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