Drew Knowles, the author of the Route 66 Adventure Handbook (Santa Monica Press), says the biggest mistake people make when planning a trip down Route 66 is going west to east.
Knowles says its better to go from Chicago to Los Angeles, instead of the other way around because, as he puts it: East to west is the way the country was settled. You see the landscape change and its like youre replaying history.
Other road hazard people make is trying to drive the route as quickly as possible as miss out on the one-of-a-kind roadside attractions that are a big part of the experience, such as the Catoosa Whale, which is a basically a pond with a big blue whale with a fin you dive off.
Finally, dont travel down Route 66 with intentions of sticking to your diet because youll miss all the regional vittles, such as the red and green enchiladas in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Lou Mitchells Restaurant in Chicago, which hands out free Milk Duds before each meal instead of bread or chips.
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