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Route 66

Route 66

16 days | 15 nights

Begins Chicago & Ends Los Angeles


Tour Itinerary


Day 01 | Chicago Arrival

Arrive at the airport and transfer independently to your hotel.

Day 02 | Chicago

A full day to explore the Windy City. Stroll along Lake Michigan or simply enjoy the stunning architecture.

Day 03 | Chicago – St. Louis
Driving distance: 300 mi./480 km.


This morning at 08:00 hours you will be met in the hotel lobby by your AmericanTours representative for a complete briefing on your tour. Collect your rental car and begin your journey south along Route 66 as it winds out of Chicago and traverses the Illinois farmland to St. Louis, Missouri.

Day 04 | St. Louis – Springfield
Driving distance: 210 mi./340 km.


Leave the Mississippi River behind and travel along Route 66 through the scenic beauty of the Missouri Ozark region.

Day 05 | Springfield – Tulsa – Oklahoma City
Driving distance: 310 mi./520 km.


Nowhere is Route 66 more at home than in Oklahoma, where the pavement follows the contours of the land as though it has always been there. In the dust-bowl years of the 1930s, fifteen percent of Oklahoma’s population started out on Route 66 in single cars or caravans, carrying all their belongings, children, hopes and dreams with them. This section of your trip takes you through rolling countrysides once the haunt of Native Americans, later the territory of cowboys and outlaws and along part of the famous Cherokee Strip.

Day 06 | Oklahoma City – Amarillo
Driving distance: 260 mi./420 km.


Travel through the land where the Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians lived and hunted bison. Enter the Texas Panhandle, the haven of cowboys, oil-field roughnecks, and self-made millionaires.

Day 07 | Amarillo – Albuquerque
Driving distance: 120 mi./200 km.


Before leaving Amarillo, make a visit to the Cadillac Ranch where you will find ten tail-fin Cadillacs half buried in the sand. This is the land of tumbleweeds, cattle, cotton, and oil. Continue to New Mexico, driving through what once was the hunting ground of the Comanche Indians.

Day 08 | Albuquerqe
Driving distance: 180 mi./290 km.


Enjoy the sweeping views of New Mexico, The Land of Enchantment, as you make Albuquerque, your home for the next two nights.

Day 09 | Albuquerque – Santa Fe – Albuquerque
Driving distance: 116 mi./186 km.


Enjoy the short drive today that brings you to Santa Fe, famous for its galleries and museums, and known as the art center of the Southwest.

Day 10 | Albuquerque – Holbrook
Driving distance: 260 mi./420 km.


Today’s highlight is the Petrified Forest National Park, with its thousands of acres of petrified trees. Overnight in Holbrook, Arizona.

Day 11 | Holbrook – Grand Canyon National Park
Driving distance: 180 mi./290 km.


Travel through Navajo Indian Country toward today’s destination, the spectacular Grand Canyon National Park. A walk along the rim will provide you with memorable views of this stunning canyon.

Day 12 | Grand Canyon National Park – Las Vegas
Driving distance: 300 mi./480 km.


Today your drive takes you through Williams and Kingman to the Hoover Dam. Continue to Las Vegas, the glittering oasis in the desert.

Day 13 | Las Vegas

A full day to enjoy the “Entertainment Capital of the World.”

Day 14 | Las Vegas – Santa Monica/Los Angeles
Driving distance: 290 mi./470 km.


Journey through the Mojave Desert today, stopping at the ghost town of Calico en route to Los Angeles and the termination of Route 66, Santa Monica. Continue to your overnight hotel.

Day 15 | Los Angeles/Santa Monica

Spend a full day at leisure in Los Angeles, the City of Angels.A short drive will take you to Hollywood and Mann’s Chinese Theatre. Stroll along the exclusive shopping street of Rodeo Drive in the heart of Beverly Hills, home to the rich and famous. For a more leisurely day, relax by the ocean. Soak up the sun on the miles of sandy beaches in Santa Monica or wander along Third Street Promenade, lined with colorful shops and restaurants. The choice is yours! The world-famous attraction parks of Universal Studios and Disneyland are also within easy driving distance.

Day 16 | Los Angeles Departure

Spend your last morning relaxing in the California sunshine before returning your rental car at Los Angeles International Airport and transferring independently for your departure flight.

Airport Transfer

Passengers should pick up rental car upon arrival and proceed to hotel.

Documentation


Passengers should identify themselves as participants of ATI’s tour upon arrival at hotel front desk. Please issue voucher for first two nights. An ATI representative will meet passengers as detailed in itinerary and deliver documentation.

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