Historic Route 66 Self-drive Tour

15 nights self-drive tour

Price from: £2275pp

Chicago 2 nights
St Louis 1 night
Springfield 1 night
Oklahoma City 1 night
Amarillo 1 night
Albuquerque 3 nights
Holbrook 1 night
Grand Canyon National Park (Williams) 1 night
Las Vegas 2 nights
Los Angeles 2 nights

Day 1: Fly to Chicago. On arrival make your way to your hotel.

Day 2 Chicago: What better way to start this adventure than to stand on the corner of Michigan and Adams, marked as the starting point for Route 66. Later, stroll along Lake Michigan, take in the views from the Willis Tower, or explore Navy Pier.

Day 3 Chicago/St Louis: Collect your car and follow the traditional east-to-west path of Route 66 from Chicago to St Louis, cruising through endless cornfields and flat prairies. Places to stop include Wilmington and Springfield, birthplace of the corn dog, while in St Louis itself, you’ll find numerous historic sites (300 miles).

Day 4 St Louis/Springfield: Continue through the Ozark Highlands of southern Missouri to Springfield, recognised as the birthplace of Route 66. En route, stop at Meramec Caverns, an extensive set of natural limestone caves used by legendary Jesse James as a hideout (210 miles).

Day 5 Springfield/Oklahoma City: Cut through the south eastern corner of Kansas, the shortest stretch of Route 66’s eight-state run, on your way to Oklahoma City. Stop to view the beloved Blue Whale in Catoosa, and the Cyrus Avery Route 66 Memorial Bridge in Tulsa. Once in Oklahoma City, be sure to check out the old Route 66 motels, gas stations and numerous vintage buildings (310 miles).

Day 6 Oklahoma City/Amarillo: Continue to Amarillo, in the pancake-flat plains of the Texas Panhandle. Stops include the Route 66 Museum in Clinton and the first restored Phillips 66 gas station in McClean. Once in Amarillo, stop at the Big Texas Steak Ranch to attempt their 72oz steak challenge! (260 miles).

Day 7 Amarillo/Albuquerque: Visit Amarillo’s Cadillac Ranch which has ten colourfully painted Cadillac cars buried grille first in the ground. Continue to the MidPoint Café in Adrian, famous for its ‘ugly crust pies’ and from there follow Route 66 to Albuquerque in New Mexico (270 miles).

Day 8 Albuquerque: Spend time exploring Central Avenue, a treasure trove of Route 66 landmarks, or historic Old Town for a taste of New Mexico’s Spanish Colonial past.

Day 9 Albuquerque/Santa Fe/Albuquerque: For a true sense of the Old Route 66 detour to Santa Fe, one of the state’s most picturesque cities. Visit one of Santa Fe’s art galleries, markets or museums (116 miles).

Day 10 Albuquerque/Holbrook: Today’s highlight is the Petrified Forest National Park with its petrified trees, historic structures and archaeological sites. It’s also the only national park containing a section of Route 66 (260 miles).

Day 11 Holbrook/Grand Canyon National Park: Continue to Meteor City, a true vintage trading post, then pass through Flagstaff and Williams en route to Grand Canyon National Park. Spend time discovering the Canyon’s South Rim with a walk along part of the Rim Trail stopping at the various viewpoints (180 miles).

Day 12 Grand Canyon National Park/Las Vegas: Travel to Seligman and then on to Kingman whose old Route 66 cafés and motels still flourish, before reaching the incredible Hoover Dam. Continue to Las Vegas, a city that needs no introduction (300 miles).

Day 13 Las Vegas: Walk the famous Strip, ride the High Roller, try your luck in a casino, enjoy time for shopping or take in a show.

Day 14 Las Vegas/Santa Monica/Los Angeles: Set out through the Mojave Desert for Calico Ghost Town, California’s authentic silver mining town. Rejoin Route 66 in Barstow and visit the Route 66 Mother Road Museum. Continue through Pasadena, Los Angeles, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills to Santa Monica. Park and venture the last few blocks on foot to view the “End of the Trail” sign on Santa Monica’s pier (290 miles).

Day 15 Los Angeles: At leisure to explore, be it Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Universal Studios, shopping or people watching.

Day 16 Los Angeles: Return your car at the airport where your tour concludes with your onward journey.

What you need to know

Departures: Daily between Apr-Oct.

Accommodation: In 3* hotels. Higher grade hotels are available at a supplement.

Meals: Room only.

Tour price: The price shown for this tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights to Chicago and from Los Angeles, 14 days fully inclusive compact 4 door car hire and 15 nights accommodation. One way drop fee payable locally.

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