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  1. #1
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    Default Spring 2009 - Chicago to LA

    Hi,

    I live in the UK and intend after many years of wishing, that I shall drive Route 66 this year! I will be doing it alone as nobody i know is interested so shall be able to please myself..

    I want to do it in a Mustang coupe or maybe a Charger/Challenger, new versions obviously, and wondered if any of you guys can point me to the best place to hire such vehicles? I shall be flying into Chicago O'Hare and then flying back to the UK from Fan Francisco three weeks later..

    A tough schedule I know and I will miss stuff along the way but that means i shall have to come back and do it again!!! Tragedy!!

    I will be most grateful for any advice that anybody has that may help me plan the trip.

    Happy New Year!!

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    Default specifics

    Welcome back to the RTA Forum! I take it your 2008 trip must have fallen through?

    I don't have any specific recommendations for car rental companies, as I find them all to be pretty similar. The one problem you'll have is that few places will promise a specific model of car, and if they do, they will charge a pretty steep premium. Most places will just promise a type of car and then list an example with the words "or similar"

    If a specific model is particularly important, then I would try to contact each of the rental locations directly and see what models they have and how likely it will be that you can get the one that you want.

  3. #3
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    Default

    Yep, I had a pretty full on project last year and couldn't allocate the time for the trip. This year looks quieter so should be able to get away if i sort myself out. I suppose that I am a bit apprehensive about doing it on my own too, so need to gird my loins and book the flight! Once done I shall then venture forth...

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    Finding a company who will rent you a car is the easy but - as you say finding one that will rent you the car that you want is the tricky part. Certain companies such as Hertz will rent you a car from their 'premium collection' which would allow you to specify a particular car but they tend not to offer one-way rentals on this type of car. It is possible, of course, that there are companies out there who would specialise in one-way rentals as Route 66 is a popular destination but maybe you will need to consider a fly-drive offering from Virigin Holidays or similar... Please do keep us informed on how plans progress!

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    Default Chicago to the Pacific then return, in Sept/Oct

    Hi,

    I have definitely decided to 'do' Route 66 in Late September/October. I intend to return to Chicago after driving up the Pacific coast highway before heading back east from Oregon, passing through Nebraska and Montans on the way. A tall order in 21 days but I reckon i can manage it. the flight and car hire are almost booked so nearly commited but was wondering if there are any things i should be aware of when driving back over the mountains at that time of year?

    Thanks,

    Amicus
    Last edited by Midwest Michael; 04-04-2009 at 09:28 AM. Reason: merged with previous thread

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    Default just go!

    If you've got the money, I think I'd book those flights and car rental now so you don't push your plans back again!

    Fall is a great time to travel, and is probably my personal favorite part of the year. The weather should be good and the crowds should be thinner.

    I will say that you may need to spend some time diverting off Route 66 and the PCH for times if you want to fit all of this in during a 3 week trip. Covering the distance won't be too hard, but if you stick completely to those slower going routes, I think you'll find that your time will tick away much faster than you expect. Basically, I'd block out a real rough schedule so you at least have an idea if you are covering as much ground as you'd expected and you don't end up having to cut your plans short and race back to Chicago at the end of your trip.

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    Default The Fly in the Ointment

    I'm surprised that no one has mentioned this yet, but US-66 was decommissioned over 20 years age. Officially, it no longer exists having been replaces by the unexceptional I-55/I-44/I-40 motorways. The old two lane roadway still exists in places, some more complete than others. But if you envision hopping on the highway in Chicago and following it to Los Angeles on some free flowing scenic adventure, that is no longer possible.

    AZBuck

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    Default Booked!!!

    Hi,

    I have finally taken the plunge and booked my flights and car for the trip. I shall be arriving in Chicago on 29 September, having dinner with a friend then setting off to LA on the next day! Yippee!! All i have to do now is devour all the books I have on the route and plan my way points on the Mother Road. After hitting Santa Monica I shall head north on the PCH un6til I have to turn East to get back to Chicago on 20 October for my flight home...

    Thanks for your interest and advice...

    John..

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