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Old 07-26-2012, 07:43 PM   #1
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Route 66

I want to "do" old Route 66, starting in Springfield MO. & going west...
What are the "do not miss" places on the route?
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Old 07-26-2012, 08:02 PM   #2
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A couple of neat places in Arcadia, Oklahoma on Route 66: "Pops" is a place that has every kind, type, ilk of soda imaginable, hundreds of varieties! A fun place to browse, plus a restaurant. You'll see "pop" that you may remember from your childhood that is no longer on the market that can be purchased. Also just a short ways down the road is the "Round Barn", (can't remember how old it is, but very old), it was restored by private funds, and is interesting to see and tour. There is also a winery in the area, if that interests you.
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I want to "do" old Route 66, starting in Springfield MO. & going west...
What are the "do not miss" places on the route?

Albequerque is the only place where Route 66 crosses itself There are still some buildings from the Old Route 66 and a motel from that era still standing, with a chain link fence surrounding it

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Old 07-26-2012, 08:20 PM   #4
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Wife and I just did the Santa Fe/Albuquerque thing a couple months ago. If you are in to hiking, about a 30 minute drive north of "Route 66" just before you get to Albuquerque is Tent Rocks National Monument. This was a pretty cool spot.
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Cadillac Ranch West of Amarillo TX. http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2220
While in Amarillo you can also stop by the Big Texan Steak Ranch. http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/3087

While both places technically are not on Route 66 any longer that is where they got their start before the Interstate Highway System.
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Old 07-26-2012, 08:48 PM   #6
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Cadillac Ranch West of Amarillo TX. http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2220
And if the crowd at the Cadillac Ranch is too much for you... hit the "Slug Bug Ranch" just EAST of Amirillo.

Or if farming is more your style... Combine City is nearby.
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Old 07-26-2012, 09:25 PM   #7
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This is an interesting thread, to me. I've always thought it would be fun to pull the teardrop down Route 66 (or what's left of it).
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From the National Park Service, here is a list of key sites/attractions in all of the states on Route 66:

http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/route66/listofsites66.html

Here's a link to a site that gets updated regularly that has info on sites, routes, lodging, etc. on Route 66:

http://route66news.com/
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Thanks! for your tips! Keep'em coming, please!

I have been doing lots of research on-line, printing & making notes.....

What about "antique" lodging? Any suggestions from your personal experience? Again, thank you for your help!
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:21 AM   #10
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A couple of neat places in Arcadia, Oklahoma on Route 66: "Pops" is a place that has every kind, type, ilk of soda imaginable, hundreds of varieties! A fun place to browse, plus a restaurant. You'll see "pop" that you may remember from your childhood that is no longer on the market that can be purchased. Also just a short ways down the road is the "Round Barn", (can't remember how old it is, but very old), it was restored by private funds, and is interesting to see and tour. There is also a winery in the area, if that interests you.
This sounds really cool. May have to put this on our to do list for the fall.
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http://www.pops66.com/
http://arcadiaroundbarn.com/Round_Ba...site/HOME.html
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Rainbow Arch Bridge, between Baxter Springs and Riverton, KS. Roadside Stop
Blue Whale, Catoosa, OK. Roadside Stop
Afton Station, Afton, OK. Restored gas station, now museum.
Waylen's Ku Ku Burger, Miami, OK. good burgers
Rock Cafe, Stroud, OK. Sally Carrera was modeled after the owner.

If you travel original Route 66, you'll go right past these.

One of these days, I want to travel the whole thing.
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Are you going all the way West to the Santa Monica Pier? It's pretty cool.
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Are you going all the way West to the Santa Monica Pier? It's pretty cool.
Yes, & daydreaming about driving north along the coast for a few days, too....
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