In the first part of this trip you’ll drive the Mother Road all the way from Chicago to Los Angeles. This self drive road trip will take you along Route 66 through 9 US states and includes cities such as St Louis, Oklahoma City and Amarillo with side trips to the amazing Grand Canyon and Las Vegas for two nights before heading to Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles. Then you’ll head up Highway 1, known as the Pacific Coast Highway, through Big Sur and Monterey for another few days of stunning scenary before reaching San Francisco.
All our road trips can be shortened or extra nights added or modified with upgraded hotels, car etc. We love building tailor made trips!
Days 1 & 2:
Chicago (2 nights)
Arrive in the Windy City, pick up your hire car and spend your first two nights in Chicago. Our recommendations include the Willis Tower, the second tallest building in the USA and the “magnificent mile”.
Today you’ll begin your “Mother Road” adventure. Retrace old 66 through Illinois to the State Capital, Springfield. This city is famously associated with Abraham Lincoln who lived here and is buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery
There's just 100 miles to drive to St Louis, known as the Gateway to the West. You’ll be able to drive a short section of the original brick road in Auburn, Illinois before walking the “Chain of Rocks” bridge, opened in 1929 to take traffic over the Mississippi River.
You’re heading through the Ozark Mountains today towards Springfield in Missouri where, in 1926 a road linking Chicago and Los Angeles was agreed. Originally planned as Route 60, but was finally designated as Route 66. Springfield is known as the birthplace of Route 66
There's three US states to drive through today! Leaving Missouri, there is just 13 miles of Route 66 in Kansas before arriving in Oklahoma. You’ll also drive the famous 9 foot wide “sidewalk highway” section of 66
Oklahoma City, OK
Route 66 cuts through the Texas panhandle - On the list of must-see places today is the Provine Service Station, Route 66 Museum in Clinton, U-Drop Inn and of course the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo
Adrian, Texas is the midway point of Route 66 - a great photo opportunity. You’ll pass the ghost town of Glenrio on the Texas and New Mexico border before Tucumcari which has a real 1950s feel to it. Your overnight stop is in Santa Fe, the New Mexico capital.
Continuing West through New Mexico you’ll pass many vintage motels, especially in Grants and Gallup. Be sure to have your camera handy. As you cross into Arizona you will want to spend an hour or so at the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert before arriving at Holbrook
The Grand Canyon
Highlights today include the Jack Rabbit Trading Post and Standin’ on the Corner in Winslow, famously mentioned in the Eagles song “Take It Easy”. Get an early night, you’ll want to catch sunrise at the Grand Canyon. Conveniently your hotel is only minutes from the South Rim.
Grand Canyon, AZ
Days 11 & 12:
Las Vegas (2 nights)
Get an early start to catch sunrise at the Grand Canyon before spending a few hours enjoying the breathtaking views. Then you'll drive to Las Vegas via Hoover Dam for two nights. If you don’t fancy Las Vegas, we can easily alter your trip itinerary.
Days 13 & 14:
Santa Monica (2 nights)
You’ll leave the huge resorts and neons in your rear view mirror and begin your final run to Santa Monica Pier today. You will pass through some great Route 66 towns such as Barstow and Victorville on your way Los Angeles where you’ll spend 2 nights.
You’ll head out of the craziness of Los Angeles and drive north as you start your journey along the Pacific Coast Highway passing miles of golden sands, surfers and beachside houses.
Solvang & Cambria
Our trip takes you into the Danish influenced city of Solvang before rejoining Highway 1 for your overnight stop in the beautiful Cambria. The historic Hearst Castle, with magificent views of the Pacific Ocean is just a few miles from your hotel and is well worth a visit
Days 17 & 18:
Big Sur (2 nights)
Get an early start today for the cruise up the winding roads of iconic Highway 1 through Big Sur and across the famous Bixby Bridge. Take your time to enjoy this section of the Pacific Coast Highway. You’ll spend 2 nights in Monterey, just near Pebble Beach
Days 19 & 20:
San Francisco (2 nights)
Take the final drive into San Francisco. Enjoy your afternoon in this wonderful city. Perhaps hire a bike and take a cruise over the famous Golden Gate Bridge, take a ride on a cable car or maybe head to Pier 39 for your dinner. Don’t rush though, you are staying here for 2 nights.
Days 21 & 22:
San Francisco & Fly Home
Spend your final morning seeing some of the sights of San Francisco; there is plenty to see and do in this amazing city. Then, in the afternoon you will head to the airport, drop your car off and catch your overnight flight back to the UK.
Our standard prices include a small family car, but you can hire a convertible or SUV. Take a look at your car choice here.
We are independent and have a wide choice of hotels. Let us know if you’d like to upgrade any of your hotels.
All per person prices (pp) shown on this website are based on two adults sharing. Where hotel ratings are shown, these are US ratings, half stars are rounded up to the next full star. RouteTrip USA and RouteTrip are registered trademarks of RouteTrip USA Ltd. *T&Cs Apply. **Subject to availability. ***On request, subject to availability and refundable deposit required