Planning the ultimate family road trip: Route 66

Route 66 road sign

A family trip can be fun. But if you don’t plan properly it can become quite challenging, and you won’t be able to make the most of your time away. If you fancy a road trip but are struggling to know where is best, one suggestion is to try the legendary Route 66. It’s high up on my bucket list, so I’ve been doing some research into how to start planning for the trip.

Taking the Route 66 road trip can vary in length of time from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, depending on which states you visit and which landmarks, farmlands and small villages you decide to explore on your travels. With all that in mind, you need to plan ahead to determine what your itinerary will include.

Pre-book your airport transfer to Los Angeles

As you plan, remember to pre-book your airport transfer to Los Angeles. Not only will you avoid a last minute rush, but you’ll also  be in a better position to weigh different offers and settle for the best. There are so many different offers available, it can take a long time to wade throught them all. If you pre-book your airport transfer, you can cruise down Route 66 with peace of mind, knowing that your transportation is covered. You can schedule your transfer online and choose the car type you prefer. Another perk of pre-booking is guaranteed safety, especially if you’re working with the most reputable firms.

Plan your restaurants

As you do Route 66, consider the ideal restaurants to stop off at that will let you enjoy both outdoor and gastronomic experiences. For example, if you plan a detour to explore the Grand Canyon or Las Vegas, research nearby restaurants. With so many establishments to choose from, the easiest way to plan which restaurants to stop off at during your trip down Route 66 is to check out reviews from fellow travellers, and bloggers who’ve done the trip. Plan ahead to ensure you get the best experience.

Two other things to bear in mind while doing Route 66

Route 66 is all about adventure and exploring new and historic sites, but you need to bear in mind some things to keep troubles at bay:

The timing

If you’re able to take your children out of school, early May and late September are good times to ride Route 66. Not only will you avoid the rush of school and work holidays, but you’ll also encounter more favorable road trip weather. You don’t want bad weather conditions to ruin your long-awaited trip. Along Route 66 you could experience up to six different climate zones, including desert, Alpine and Mediterranean conditions.

The map

Some parts of Route 66 may prove to be challenging in terms of navigation and road conditions. You may also end up driving through closed sections or private property. Before planning your itinerary, check out the official map and make sure your trip is well mapped out to avoid such hiccups. You won’t always be able to rely on Sat Nav!

So the upshot of the tips I’ve gleaned so far is, get the most out of your family road trip by meticulously planning every detail. That way, you’ll know you’ve done everything you can to avoid last-minute detours and a challenging itinerary. Road trips are meant to be fun. You can make sure yours is – and more – through proper planning and preparation.

Do you have any tips on planning a Route 66 road trip?

You can read about another of our family road trips here:

Six stops on a family road trip through south Holland

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  1. March 1, 2019 / 8:30 am

    Ooh this is firmly on our bucket list! It really is the ultimate road trip isn’t it? I’d want to see the off the beaten track places en route so we’ll definitely wait until we can take our time over it.

    • Nell
      March 4, 2019 / 2:25 pm

      Yes, I want to wait till the kids are a bi older so we can have a real adventure – o alternatively, wait till they’ve completely left home!

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