Highlights of Route 66
Experience rugged deserts, cowboy towns and the thrills of Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon, as you follow 'America's Main Street' to its end in Santa Monica.
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Fly to Chicago where you will transfer to your hotel for two nights.
Known as the 'windy city', Chicago is home to the legend of Al Capone and countless jazz and blues clubs. This morning's sightseeing takes you to the heart of this ebullient metropolis on the banks of Lake Michigan. See the sign that is the official start of Historic Route 66. This afternoon there is free time to further explore Chicago, perhaps by climbing the soaring Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) or stroll through Grant Park.
This morning, immerse yourself in Route 66 memorabilia. Visit the Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum in Pontiac, housed in a historic fire station. See the large maps that will sketch out your Route 66 adventure for the coming days, and see the nostalgic photos and postcards from the 'Mother Road's' heyday. Outside the museum, discover some of the outdoor murals depicting Route 66 themes scattered throughout the town centre. Cross the farmlands of Illinois to Springfield, resting place of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States. Later, spend time exploring the new state of the art Presidential Library and Museum, a unique museum dedicated to the life and legacy of Springfield's greatest citizen.
This morning cross the mighty Mississippi River and continue to St Louis, located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, and dubbed the 'Gateway to the West'. On the morning orientation tour, visit the towering Gateway Arch and ride to the top of the 630 feet high iconic structure for panoramic views of the city and river. The evening is at leisure.
Travel through Missouri to Branson, one of America's biggest music centres. This evening, why not join an optional dinner and show? Includes Breakfast
Today, cross the cowboy country of Kansas into Oklahoma, once known as Indian Territory. Visit the Will Rogers Memorial Museum with its artefacts from the famous cowboy-movie star's life. Continue to Arcadia on historic Route 66 and visit Pops landmark diner and gas station. Later, arrive in Oklahoma City. Includes Breakfast
This morning, enjoy a sightseeing visit of Oklahoma City the state capital of Oklahoma. Continue to Elk City for a visit of the National Route 66 Museum that shows the 8 states that Route 66 passed through from Illinois all the way to California. Travel through rolling hill country into Texas arriving in Amarillo. Includes Breakfast
Leaving Amarillo, watch for the Cadillac Ranch sculpture, crafted from real Cadillacs as you travel from New Mexico into Texas and reach Adrian, Route 66's halfway point. After passing through the old Indian town of Tucumcari, continue to Santa Rosa with its iconic Route 66 motels and drive-in grills, and call in at the quirky Route 66 Auto Museum with its 1950's fin-tailed vintage cars. Cross into New Mexico to visit Russell's Car Museum featuring classic card and memorabilia from the hey day of Route 66. Later, continue to Albuquerque and visit Central Avenue, where many of the original Route 66 buildings and businesses still stand. Enjoy free time in this original Spanish town with its fine parish church and Hispanic-style plaza. Includes Breakfast
There is time to further explore this atmospheric city, or seize the chance to ride the aerial tramway up nearby Sandia Peak Mountain and witness spine-tingling views.
Leave Albuquerque for Acoma Sky City, a 1000 year-old town on a towering sandstone rock. As the oldest continuously inhabited village in the US, it's still populated by the Acoma Pueblo Indians. Cross the Continental Divide to Gallup, the setting for many famous Hollywood films before passing Holbrook's Wigwam Village. On to Winslow, with time to explore its historic downtown district, home to 'the corner' immortalised by The Eagles in 'Take it Easy'. Continue to Flagstaff for an overnight stay.
Today's highlight is a visit to the spectacular Grand Canyon. Leaving Route 66, you'll have time to walk the canyon rim, soaking up the staggering vistas and watching the changing lights on the towering walls of this natural wonder. To truly experience the Canyon's magnificence, join the optional helicopter 'flightseeing' tour with thrilling aerial panoramas. Overnight in the Grand Canyon National Park. Includes Breakfast
Returning to Route 66, you'll pass through historic Williams, viewing the legendary neon signs of its 1940's Motel Row. Next on to Seligman, home to the rebirth of 66, before deviating from the Route for two nights in Las Vegas.
A day at leisure to explore this eye-popping, glittering desert city, dubbed 'Sin City' for its myriad of casinos, themed hotels and lavish shows. Don't miss the Fremont Street experience, where a glass atrium enclosing five city blocks comes alive with dazzling sounds and lights. Alternatively, choose from our optional excursions including an exhilarating raft trip along the dramatic Black Canyon.
This morning traverse desert landscapes and the San Bernardino Mountains to Barstow. After stopping at the Route 66 Mother Road Museum, head for Santa Monica, the end of Route 66. Continue on to Los Angeles for two nights.
Savour the 'City of Angels' on your morning tour of glamorous Beverly Hills, Sunset Strip, Hollywood and other legendary sights. The rest of the day is yours to perhaps shop or relax, or perhaps join an optional excursion to the 'Inside Historic Hollywood Tour' and sample the excitement of this revered film district.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Los Angeles.
Maximum elevation on this tour is 7,262 ft.
International Route 66 Mother Road Festival Special Departure 21 September 2017
Be a part of the International Route 66 Festival in historic Springfield, where the streets come alive with the rumble of engines from hot cars, cool trucks and vintage motorcycles. There is free live entertainment featuring R&B, Motown and favourite tunes of the 50's and 60's. There are also exhibitors, vendors and dozens of speciality foods.
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An excellent tour, the places visited were very interesting and diverse. Our tour director Steve, although very friendly and knowledgeable did rush things sometimes though.On numerous occasions he was far down the road before everyone had even got of...
An excellent tour, the places visited were very interesting and diverse. Our tour director Steve, although very friendly and knowledgeable did rush things sometimes though.On numerous occasions he was far down the road before everyone had even got off the bus! His place of choice for lunch stops was Walmart superstores! and Macdonalds! which got a bit tedious in the end.There are some long walks not mentioned in the itinerary, like to the Arch in St Louis , which was difficult for the less mobile. Most of the hotels were pretty good with the exception of Maswik lodge at the Grand Canyon which was dirty and very small and the rooms in Harrahs Las Vegas desperately need upgrading. As most people on the tour were British we were disappointed that the optional show in Branson was the Liverpool Legends. We would all have preferred to see something more typically American
The holiday itself was fantastic - we saw some amazing places and iconic landmarks of Route 66. I would happily have left out the detour to Las Vegas, however, for more time in some of the Route 66 town and museums.
Covered Route 66 well. Tour rep very knowledgeable and organised.
The accommodation can vary greatly whereby most are either pretty good or even better, some, like the cabins at Maswik Lodge in the Grand Canyon most definitely are not. With the local town just a few miles away there is no reason for customers to s...
The accommodation can vary greatly whereby most are either pretty good or even better, some, like the cabins at Maswik Lodge in the Grand Canyon most definitely are not. With the local town just a few miles away there is no reason for customers to stay at this sub standard residence.
The trip was excellent and most of the places visited were amazing. The only exception was Branson. Most of us couldn't see the point of coming off of the main route to visit a place that was never on route 66.
A very iconic holiday with lots of special mements.
The main areas that I really enjoyed was visiting the many Cities, small areas of where you really had the feeling that you where transported back when route 66 was truly the mother road, plus all the famous museums and places of extreme interest suc...
The main areas that I really enjoyed was visiting the many Cities, small areas of where you really had the feeling that you where transported back when route 66 was truly the mother road, plus all the famous museums and places of extreme interest such Oklahoma memorial garden & the Arch in St Louis, Will Rogers
Fantastic from Chicago to Los Angeles
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