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.
We cover quirky Route 66 roadside attractions, historical buildings, vintage roadside diners, museums, natural wonders, and so much more.We also provide suggestions for where to eat and where to stay each day along the drive with a strong focus on Route 66 era businesses.There are advantages and disadvantages of both styles of travel, and most people end up traveling somewhere in between.Knowing that you have some place to each night when you arrive in a town can make the trip a bit less stressful.You can modify this itinerary accordingly to fit the time you have available .
If you have less than 10 full days, I would not recommend trying to drive Route 66 in its entirety as you’ll have to go at such a quick pace that you’ll not have time to really enjoy the drive.
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.
If you have a bit less time, we’d recommend using the Interstate more to go at a quicker pace, avoiding the more congested cities by taking bypass routes of their downtowns, and skipping detours and slower alignments.
RV, Motor Home, & Campervan Rentals: For RV rentals, there are a several companies that allow one-way rentals with offices in both Chicago and Los Angeles which include USA Rentals and Cruise America.
It is entirely up to you how much you want to plan ahead.
We’d recommend that you don’t spend more than 4 to 5 hours per day driving in your car.