Route 66 has been fragmented by many changes and no longer exists as an official road. How not to get lost in such a situation?
In navigating Route 66, we can use classic paper maps and guides, and we can also use GPS navigation. Somehow the combination of these techniques seems to me to be the best approach. In the evening before going to bed we can study a paper guide and make a plan for the next day, and GPS navigation can help us to stick to that plan more or less and keep on the road.
Some books are fun to read at home as well, and some are cluttered with information about places they might or should visit along the way.
Route 66: EZ66 GUIDE For Travelers (4th edition) - spiral binding, one of the most popular paper travel guides on Route 66. $ 30 for a new one or $ 20 for a used one is definitely well-invested money.
The Best Hits on Route 66, brings you the 100 most important places to stop. The price of a new book is $ 19, while a used one can be purchased for about $ 15.
As far as GPS navigation is concerned, we have two basic approaches here. Standalone GPS navigation device and navigation program on your phone.
Most GPS devices are designed to give you detailed instructions, but they are usually designed to take us somewhere fast or short (or even to consume the least fuel), but the vast majority are not designed to try to guide us in a certain predefined way, especially not when this road is interspersed with dead-end streets and hard-to-reach parts. In addition to the most famous navigation devices TomTom and Garmin, there used to be Route 66 navigation, which disappeared without a trace ten years ago. We can now rely on some of the devices from Garimin’s Zumo or Montana 600 series.
With mobile applications, we have slightly more flexibility in use and often a much larger screen than we have with stand-alone navigation devices. One such specialized app is "Route 66 Navigation" which has only one basic task, and that is to guide us up and down along Route 66. I mentioned up and down because we can also travel the “reverse” direction from Los Angeles to Chicago. The price of the app is € 20 for 7 days of use, which is handy if you want to cross only part of the road. The annual price is € 40 and includes a Route66 passport, which otherwise costs € 10 on its own.
We can't try the app at home, as it is strictly limited to Route 66 and the surrounding area, but we can watch the promotional video.
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