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Starting in Springfield MO need info.

Postby lagienomai » Fri Jun 08, 2012 3:06 pm

Interesting in planning a trip on Route 66 but plan to start in Springfield MO due to time. I will be traveling from NC so thought this would be a good starting point. I need to know where the key towns to stop in from Springfield to Oklahoma City(and the order I would be seeing them). Would like to go further but am trying to see how much time I would need to spend between these two cities. Thanks so much for your help. I just recently got back from a three week LONG trip to the West coast and back and decided if I went back it would be to site see Route 66 and not I-40! :lol:

Any help would be appreciated. I want be going till next year but want to get lots of planning in as I did my last trip. Thanks so much.

Christin from NC
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Re: Starting in Springfield MO need info.

Postby ken_bogren » Fri Jun 08, 2012 5:31 pm

Start by checking out the Turn by Turn section and you can get a good idea of what there is to see along the way.

That's a pretty easy to use resource and answers a LOT of questions.
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Re: Starting in Springfield MO need info.

Postby JNB » Fri Jun 08, 2012 5:52 pm

You might get some ideas from this website.
http://a7route66.typepad.com/
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Re: Starting in Springfield MO need info.

Postby lagienomai » Sat Jun 09, 2012 1:41 am

Thanks this has been a big help. Been working on a list and looks like I will start in Springfield and go to Williams and then back home. Will cover the rest of the route on another trip. I will post an itinerary when I get it done to see if it is doable.
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Re: Starting in Springfield MO need info.

Postby TheEditor » Sat Jun 09, 2012 1:58 pm

Just a suggestion, but if there's any way you can go all the way from Williams to Oatman, Arizona, I think you'd find it worthwhile.

Arizona's "northern loop" -- an unbroken stretch of Route 66 that starts near Ash Fork -- takes you through a memorable mix of scenery, classic businesses, an Indian reservation, the Grand Canyon Caverns, and even a quick view of the Canyon itself. Not to mention Oatman and its legendary wild burros, which beg food from the tourists.

Also, if you don't have a copy of the EZ 66 Guide, I recommend it, both for planning and for the actual trip. The maps are detailed and useful.

I also pack a current copy of the Rand McNally Road Atlas, available for less than $10 at virtually any Wal Mart. It's great for getting you back on the trail if you temporarily lose the way, and it'll also help you find interesting diversions within an hour or so of Route 66.

Good luck ... get your kicks!
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Re: Starting in Springfield MO need info.

Postby JNB » Sat Jun 09, 2012 5:19 pm

I'm not sure about some of the eastern states on Route 66, but another good source for free maps is at the Visitor Centers on the Interstate Highways just as you enter a state.

Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona have very good State Highway Maps. Most of the Visitor Centers also have some Route 66 connected material.

The Texas Visitor Center is an exception. It is not at the state line or directly on Historic Route 66. It is at about Mile 76 on I-40 in Amarillo, about halfway across the Texas Panhandle .
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Re: Starting in Springfield MO need info.

Postby ken_bogren » Sat Jun 09, 2012 5:50 pm

New Mexico has a really nice "Route 66" map. But you need to ask for it at the Welcome Center counters on I-40, at lease we did, they didn't have it out in the racks. I also saw it at the Visitor center in Gallup on this last trip, again you need to ask for it at the counter.
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Re: Starting in Springfield MO need info.

Postby DannyZ71 » Sun Jun 10, 2012 4:26 pm

In Oklahoma, your first stop should be Miami (pronounced Miamuh here) and the Rt 66 Vintage Iron Museum. A lot of cool, older, bikes there. It's free, but they do take donations. I'll provide the links below. They even have a gift shop where you can buy all kinds of stuff, from memorabilia to patches, to riding gear.

http://route66vintageiron.com/

Just a slight detour off 66 in Foyil, Oklahoma you'll find the Totem Pole Park. Nothing fancy, but, still pretty cool and a definite photo op.

http://www.travelok.com/listings/view.profile/id.13179

Next major stop would be Claremore, Oklahoma. Will Rogers Museum and the J.M. Davis Gun Museum are great attractions if you're into that.

http://www.willrogers.com/
http://www.thegunmuseum.com/

Next major stop is Tulsa. Tulsa if full of museums and things to do. A google search for Tulsa will give you a complete rundown. If you're into western culture, you might look at the Gilcrease Museum. For finer art, Philbrook Art Museum is available. And there are parks everywhere where you can take a brake, enjoy the beauty of nature, and even picnic. There is a Jazz music hall of fame if you're into that. Don't forget the Tulsa Zoo and the Air and Space Museum.

http://gilcrease.utulsa.edu/
http://www.philbrook.org/
http://www.tulsawalk.com/parks-places/t ... dward.html
http://www.tulsazoo.org/
http://www.tulsaairandspacemuseum.org/index.php
http://okjazz.org/

Leaving Tulsa you'll go thru Sapulpa, and several other towns. When you get to Stroud, Ok., you'll see the Rock Cafe. It's literally built out of rocks, and there are wooden cut-outs of the stars of the childrens movie, Cars. A waitress there was actually the inspiration for the little female Porche in the movie. And when you get to Arcadia, you'll see the Big Red Barn and POPS. POPS is a must stop if you like soda. They have every kind of bottled soda you ever thought possible, and some you probably never thought of, there. All for sale.

http://www.pops66.com/

http://www.oklahomaroute66.com/theroad/towns.html

Next stop is Edmond and Oklahoma City.
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Re: Starting in Springfield MO need info.

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Re: Starting in Springfield MO need info.

Postby lagienomai » Mon Jun 11, 2012 6:21 pm

Thanks for all the help. As for going to Oatman, I have thought about it and wish when we were out that way in May that we would have went. If we can manage another three week trip next year it will be easy to fit in but on a 2 week schedule I feel it would be pushing it.

Here is what I have come up with so far to see if this looks doable.
If there is anything not worth seeing or if I missed something let me know. Also if there are hotel suggestions I would appreciate it and prices would be nice. I am trying to stay at all iconic motels.


Day One NC to Springfield MO

Stopping to see on Day Two:
Sinclair Station in Palm Springs MO
66 Drive-In in Carthage MO
Route 66 Movie Theater and Visitor Center in Webb City MO
Native Rock and Mortar Ruins Joplin MO
4 Women on the Route Galena KS
Mining and Historical Museum Galena KS
Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge
All in Baxter Springs KS:Baxter Inn and General Store
Phillips 66 Station
Heritage Center and Museum
Kansas Route 66 Visitors Center

Day Two Stop for the night in Afton OK

Day three stopping to see:
Worlds Largest Totem Pole Foyil OK
Will Rogers Memorial Claremore OK
The Nut House Claremore OK
Twin Bridges over Verdigris River Catoosa OK
Blue Whale Catoosa OK
Day Three stopping for the night inTulsa OK

Day four stopping to see:
Bristow Train Depot Bristow OK
Cotton Gin Kellyville OK
Chandler Phillips 66 Station Chandler OK
Museum of Pioneer History Chandler OK
Lincoln Motel Chandler OK
The Round Barn Arcadia OK
Pops Arcadia OK
Day Four stopping for the night in Oklahoma City

Day Five Stopping to see:
Fort Reno El Reno OK
Cherokee Trading Post El Reno OK
Nutopia Nuts Hydro OK
Lucille's Hydro OK
Oklahoma Route 66 Museum Clinton OK
Pioneer West Museum Shamrock TX
Devils Rope Barbed Wire Museum McLean TX
Leaning Tower Groom TX
Largest Cross Groom TX
Day Five stopping for the night in Amarillo TX
(Will visit Cadillac Ranch. Did this on the way to the Grand Canyon this year and the kids loved it!)

Day six stopping to see:
Dot's Mini Museum (Unsure if still open)
Midpoint Cafe Adrian TX
The Bent Door Trading Post Adrian TX
Dinosaur Museum Tucumcari NM
Tucumcari Historical Museum
Day Six stopping for the night in Tucumcari NM

Day Seven stopping to see
Route 66 Auto Museum Santa Rosa NM
Lewis Antique Auto and Toy Museum Moriarty NM
All in Albuqerque NM
Route 66 Diner
Route 66 Malt Shop
Dog-House Drive-In
Hiway House
Kimo Theatre
Bell's Trading Post
Day Seven stopping for the night in Albuqerque NM

Day Eight stopping to see:
Owl Rock Mesita NM
Deadmans Curve Mesita NM
New Mexico Mining Museum Grants NM
Bandero Volcano/Ice Caves Grants NM
Wall Mural Thoreau NM
Continental Divide
Richardson's Trading Post Gallup NM
Geronimo Trading Post Holbrook AZ
Joe and Aggies Diner Holbrook AZ
Day Eight stopping for the night in Holbrook AZ

Day Nine stopping in Williams and then on to the Grand Canyon

Staying 2 nights at the Canyon and then still deciding where to go from there
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Re: Starting in Springfield MO need info.

Postby Charlie » Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:50 pm

Although you do not say when you are making this trip, you do say your plan is to spend two nights at the Grand Canyon. Here is some info on lodging at and near the Canyon:
Grand Canyon Nat'l Park Lodging
Other Lodging Just Outside Of Grand Canyon Nat'l Park
Red Feather Lodge, Tusayan, AZ
Grand Canyon Squire Inn Best Western, Tusayan, AZ
The Grand Hotel, Tusayan, AZ
Holiday Inn Express, Tusayan, AZ

If you are going during the late spring, summer or early fall season, you cannot make your reservations for lodging to soon. The Grand Canyon is very crowded and lodging is somewhat limited and fills up far in advance.
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Re: Starting in Springfield MO need info.

Postby papacheesy » Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:20 am

Might I suggest Red Oak II while you're in Carthage? Coming from Springfield, it'll be shortly before you reach the drive-in. It's an entire town built out of abandoned buildings and salvage art by an artist named Lowell Davis, and it's really quite spectacular. There's more info here- http://www.legendsofamerica.com/mo-redoakii.html


Oh, and your very first stop outside of Springfield simply MUST be Gary Turner and his restored Sinclair gas station. He's a Route 66 legend and a man you have to meet. More info here- http://garysgayparita.com/
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Re: Starting in Springfield MO need info.

Postby KiwiPat » Tue Jun 12, 2012 2:21 am

Having just been to Oatman today, I can confirm previous comments that it is a place you don't want to miss. The wild burros and the Oatman Hotel and Saloon (with over $75,000 in $1 bills attached to anything you can attach it too. Coming from the west, it has been the highlight of my trip so far.
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Re: Starting in Springfield MO need info.

Postby DannyZ71 » Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:01 am

lagienomai wrote:Thanks for all the help. As for going to Oatman, I have thought about it and wish when we were out that way in May that we would have went. If we can manage another three week trip next year it will be easy to fit in but on a 2 week schedule I feel it would be pushing it.

Here is what I have come up with so far to see if this looks doable.
If there is anything not worth seeing or if I missed something let me know. Also if there are hotel suggestions I would appreciate it and prices would be nice. I am trying to stay at all iconic motels.



Day Five Stopping to see:
Fort Reno El Reno OK
Cherokee Trading Post El Reno OK
Nutopia Nuts Hydro OK
Lucille's Hydro OK
Oklahoma Route 66 Museum Clinton OK
Pioneer West Museum Shamrock TX
Devils Rope Barbed Wire Museum McLean TX
Leaning Tower Groom TX
Largest Cross Groom TX
Day Five stopping for the night in Amarillo TX
(Will visit Cadillac Ranch. Did this on the way to the Grand Canyon this year and the kids loved it!)




If you have time, only about 20 miles South of Amarillo is Palo Duro Canyon. 2nd largest canyon in the U.S. And you can drive down into it. Very cool as a lot of Western movies (and western history events) took place there.

http://palodurocanyon.com/
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