Riding Bicycle Route 66 in Stretches

April 2, 2015

Photo by Melissa Thompson

An oasis of neon in Winslow, AZ at Earl's Motor Court (cyclist friendly, too!)

Besides all the nostalgia and scenery encompassed by Bicycle Route 66, another of my favorite features of this route is the multiple entry and exit points. Not all bicycle travelers have the luxury of taking an almost 2,500-mile trip in one stretch, making the locations of airports and train stations of high interest.

Also, breaking the trip up over a few years allows you to more easily take advantage of the perfect weather windows for each stretch.

While the main route beginning and endpoints of Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California are well covered by convenient entry points of, there are many others scattered at reasonable distances all along Bicycle Route 66. 

Photo by Oscar Shen

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Illinois on Bicycle Route 66, Section 1.

To help you break your adventure on Bicycle Route 66 into manageable pieces, I've compiled the logistical information below including the major cities on the route, their airport and/or train station name and approximate distance to next city. (Smaller cities may also have regional airports available.)

Chicago, Illinois (Section 1)

St. Louis, Missouri (Section 2)

Springfield, Missouri (Section 2)

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (Section 3)

Amarillo, Texas (Section 3)

Santa Fe, New Mexico (Section 4)

Albuquerque, New Mexico (Section 4)

Flagstaff, Arizona (Section 5)

Phoenix, Arizona (off route)

Los Angeles, California (Section 6)

If flying with your bike, you'll want to check out our Guide to Shipping & Bike Cases and tips from the Tours department on Boxing Your Bicycle.

When checking if you can bring your bicycle on board a train with Amtrak you'll want to check that the station has baggage service which usually means a boxed bike is OK. In theory all stations with baggage service will have bike boxes for sale but they are sometimes out of stock. You will want to call the station to confirm availability and if so perhaps request they reserve one for you. You may also box your bike prior to arriving at the station.

Photo 1 by Melissa Thompson | Photo 2 from Oscar Shen's Flickr Photostream

GEOPOINTS BULLETIN is written by Jennifer 'Jenn' Milyko, Routes & Mapping Assistant Director, and appears weekly, highlighting curious facts, figures, and persons from the Adventure Cycling Route Network with tips and hints for personal route creation thrown in for good measure. She also wants to remind you that map corrections and comments are always welcome via the online Map Correction Form.


Theloonius June 27, 2017, 1:31 AM

small error above - Next urban center: 225 miles to Springfield, Illinois - should be Springfield, Missouri

RD October 23, 2016, 11:15 PM

Section 2 from St. Louis: "Next urban center: 225 miles to Springfield, Illinois." That would be quite a bit of backtracking. Shouldn't that be Springfield, Missouri?

Paul April 3, 2015, 11:37 AM

Route 66 is so famous here in England, Europe and it is on my list to do before I reach the end of my cycling days!

If anyone is thinking to coming to England or Spain cycling be sure to drop me a line at www.cyclingruralspain.co.uk

Happy cycling


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