Routing of the Trip

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The actual historical Route 66 is from Chicago to Santa Monica. The rest of the trip segments are put together based on what might be interesting, and so that we would be going back a different way than we came. (For more exhaustive Route 66 resources, visit Route 66 News,Historic Route 66Legends of America Route 66….)

Our choices of stopovers and activities along the route were influenced by time available, budget and style of travel preference. In our case, the trip time will be 6 weeks total, we have a moderate budget, and we enjoy primitive camping and backcountry adventure (to see detailed for any day, click thru the Day link to access the planning assets and notes for each segment).

Here is the confirmed schedule and itinerary for our Great American Roadtrip 2010.

DAY 1 – DRIVE: Nesconset , NY to Cuyahoga Valley National Park , OH (9.5 hours / 550 miles)

DAY 2 – DRIVE: Cuyahoga Valley National Park , OH to Chicago , IL (6 hours / 350 miles)

DAY 3 – CHICAGO VISIT DAY

DAY 4 – DRIVE: Chicago, IL to St. Louis, MO to Meramec state park (9 hours / 500 miles)

DAY 5 – PICKUP DAY Meramec with optional DRIVE to Rolla MO (optional drive of about 2-2.5 hours to get closer to Tulsa OK)

DAY 6 – DRIVE: Meramec state park, MO to Tulsa, OK (12 hours / 500 miles – less anything we did on DAY 5)

DAY 7 – PICKUP DAY in Oklahoma with optional DRIVE towards Texas (optional drive of up to 400 miles to get closer to Amarillo TX)

DAY 8 – DRIVE: Tulsa, OK to Amarillo, TX (13 hours / 525 miles — less anything we did on DAY 7)

DAY 9 – PALO DURO CANYON VISIT DAY

DECISION TIME (the New Mexico Options)

OPTION 1: DAY 10 – Amarillo, TX to Santa Fe, NM (8-11 hours / 350 miles)
OPTION 1: DAY 11 – Santa Fe, NM to Chaco Canyon National Historic Park, NM (11.5 hours / 225 miles)
OPTION 1: DAY 12 – Chaco Canyon National Historic Park, NM to Gallup, NM (3.5 – 6.5 hours / 103 – 250 miles)
OPTION 1: DAY 13 – Gallup, NM to Winslow, AZ

OPTION 2: DAY 10 – Amarillo, TX to Albuquerque, NM (8-11 hours / 350 miles)
OPTION 2: DAY 11 – Albuquerque, NM to Chaco Canyon National Historic Park, NM (4.5 hours / 160 miles)
OPTION 2: DAY 12 – Chaco Canyon National Historic Park, NM to Gallup, NM (8.5 hours / 310 miles)
OPTION 2: DAY 13 – Gallup, NM to Winslow, AZ

OPTION 3: DAY 10 – Amarillo, TX to Albuquerque, NM (8-11 hours / 350 miles)
OPTION 3: DAY 11 – Pickup Day: Albuquerque, NM
OPTION 3: DAY 12 – Albuquerque, NM to Winslow, AZ (8.5 hours / 310 miles)
OPTION 3: DAY 13 – Pickup Day: Winslow, AZ

OPTION 4: DAY 10 – Amarillo, TX to Santa Fe, NM (8-11 hours / 350 miles)
OPTION 4: DAY 11 – Santa Fe, NM to Albuquerque, NM (4.5 hours / 160 miles)
OPTION 4: DAY 12 – Albuquerque, NM to Gallup, NM (8.5 hours / 310 miles)
OPTION 4: DAY 13 – Gallup, NM to Winslow, AZ

DAY 14 – DRIVE: Winslow, AZ to Grand Canyon, AZ (3.5 – 5.5 hours / 185 miles )

DAY 15 – Grand Canyon Visit and DRIVE: Grand Canyon, AZ to Williams, AZ with optional start toward Mojave (2 – 9 hours / 60 – 225 miles, depending on how far we go)

DAY 16 – DRIVE: Williams, AZ to Mojave National Preserve, CA (2.5 – 9 hours / 115 – 240 miles, depending on how much we did yesterday)

DAY 17 – MOJAVE DESERT VISIT DAY

DAY 18 – DRIVE: Mojave National Preserve, CA to Barstow, CA (2 – 3.5 hours / 100 miles)

DAY 19 – DRIVE: Barstow, CA to Los Angeles, CA (4 – 7.5 hours / 175 miles)

DAY 20 – LOS ANGELES VISIT DAY 1

DAY 21 – LOS ANGELES VISIT DAY 2

DAY 22 – DRIVE: Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA (9 – 12 hours / 485 miles)

DAY 23 – SAN FRANCISCO VISIT DAY

DAY 24 – DRIVE: San Francisco, CA to Death Valley, CA (8.5 – 10.5 hours / 550 miles)

DAY 25 – DEATH VALLEY VISIT DAY 1

DAY 26 – DEATH VALLEY VISIT DAY 2

DAY 27 – DRIVE: Death Valley, CA to Las Vegas, NV (2.5 – 3.5 hours / 150 miles)

DAY 28 – DRIVE: Las Vegas, NV to Zion National Park, UT (3 – 4 hours / 175 miles)

DAY 29 – ZION NARROWS VISIT DAY

DAY 30 – DRIVE: Zion National Park, UT to Moab, UT (5.5 – 7 hours / 350 miles)

DAY 31 – MOAB VISIT DAY 1

DAY 32 – MOAB VISIT DAY 2

DAY 33 – MOAB VISIT DAY 3

DAY 34 – MOAB VISIT DAY 4

DAY 35 – DRIVE: Moab, UT to Elephant Butte, NM (up to 9 – 13.5 hours / 575 miles depending how far we go)

DAY 36 – PICKUP DAY towards Elephant Butte, NM (drive of up to 400 miles depending on what we did yesterday)

DAY 37 – DRIVE: Elephant Butte, NM to Big Bend, TX (8 – 11 hours / 575 miles)

DAY 38 – BIG BEND VISIT DAY 1

DAY 39 – BIG BEND VISIT DAY 2

DAY 40 – DRIVE: Big Bend, TX to Palmetto State Park, TX (8 – 12 hours / 475 miles)

DAY 41 – DRIVE: Palmetto State Park, TX to Lafayette, LA (6 – 8 hours / 400 miles)

DAY 42 – DRIVE: Lafayette, LA to New Orleans, LA (2.5 – 4 hours / 150 miles)

DAY 43 – NEW ORLEANS VISIT DAY

DAY 44 – DRIVE: New Orleans, LA to Lake Lurleen State Park, AL (5.5 – 8.5 hours / 350 miles)

DAY 45 – DRIVE: Lake Lurleen State Park, AL to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN (6.5 – 10 hours / 450 miles)

DAY 46 – DRIVE: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN to Shenandoah National Park, VA (8.5 – 12 hours / 475 miles)

DAY 47 – DRIVE: Shenandoah National Park, VA to Nesconset, NY (8.5 – 12.5 hours / 400 miles)