Our planning guide covers the history and current status of the historical route, tips on how to stay on the route, tips on figuring out how much time you need to drive Route 66, a list of some of the highlights, packing tips, and a list of resources.Driving: If you have your own car, motorcycle, or RV and live in the U. (or maybe Canada) then driving may be the best option.For a Route 66 road trip, you’ll probably want to look for a car or RV rental company that allow you to rent a vehicle at one end of your journey (e.g., Chicago) and return it at the other (e.g., Los Angeles).Car Rentals: There are a lot of major rental car companies (Thrifty, Hertz, Alamo, Avis, Dollar, Enterprise, etc.) that have offices in both Chicago and Los Angeles and allow one-way rentals so check around and compare prices.We would recommend 2 weeks as a good minimum to go at a moderate pace and still have time to visit many of the major attractions along the route.
Before you take off on your 2,400-mile “Mother Road” road trip, we’d recommend reading our Route 66 road trip planning guide to get you oriented with all the basics of driving Route 66.
If you have 8 to 10 days, you might want to come up with an itinerary that has you doing sections of Route 66 between Chicago and Los Angeles, and use the Interstate the rest of the time to get from place to place.
But a better way if you are short on time would be to just choose to explore a section of Route 66 based on your interests and explore that section at a more leisurely pace.
Certainly we’d recommend doing some research before your trip, and if there are any special places you want to stay or special things you want to attend (e.g., a concert or baseball game for instance), I’d book those in advance.
We recommend at least 2 weeks, although the more time you have the better. But most travelers time is dictated by the amount of vacation time they have and when they can travel.