Route 66 + 1 (Highway 1)

22 day trip driving the Main Street of America and the Pacific Coast Highway

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!

 Includes flights from UK, car hire and accommodation
Fly into Chicago and out of San Francisco
You’ll drive approximately 2835 miles in total
 Includes Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Big Sur
Extra days can easily be added or we can shorten the trip if preferred
Your full road trip pack and itinerary will be sent to you
 Your entire package is ATOL protected

Your Itinerary

route 66 road trip chicago
Days 1 - 3:
Begin in Chicago

Arrive in the Windy City, pick up your hire car and spend 2 full days and 3 nights in Chicago. Our recommendations include the Willis Tower, the second tallest building in the USA and the “magnificent mile”.

Fly into Chicago
 Chicago, IL
 4 star hotel
 3 Nights
route 66 road trip st louis
Day 4:
Drive through Illinois

Today you’ll begin your “Mother Road” adventure. Retrace old 66 through Illinois into Springfield where Abraham Lincoln is buried and across the famous Chain of Rocks bridge in St Louis

Approx 300 miles
St Louis, MO
 3 star hotel
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Day 5:
Birthplace of Route 66

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. 

 Approx 215 miles
Springfield, MO
 Historic hotel
route 66 road trip oklahoma
Day 6:
Three States today

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

 Approx 295 miles
 Oklahoma City, OK
 3 star hotel

route 66 road trip texas
Day 7:
Texas Panhandle

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

Approx 260 miles
Amarillo, TX
 Historic hotel
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Day 8:
Half way point

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.

 Approx 230 miles
Santa Fe, NM
 Historic motel
route 66 road trip arizona
Day 9:
Petrified Forest

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 a couple of hours at the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert before arriving at Holbrook

 Approx 230 miles
 Holbrook, AZ
 Historic motel
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Day 10:
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.

 Approx 170 miles
 Grand Canyon, AZ
 3 star hotel
route 66 road trip grand canyon
Days 11 & 12: 
Las Vegas

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.

Approx 276 miles
Las Vegas, NV
 4 star hotel
 2 Nights
route 66 road trip las vegas
Days 13 & 14:
Final Leg to Los Angeles

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.

Approx 270 miles
 Los Angeles, CA
 3 star hotel
 2 Nights
route 66 road trip santa monica
Day 15:
North on Highway 1

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.

Approx 85 miles
 Santa Barbara, CA
 3 star hotel
route 66 road trip los angeles
Day 16:
Solvang and 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

Approx 145miles
Cambria, CA
 Coastal inn
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Days 17 & 18:
Stunning Big Sur

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 

Approx 105 miles
 Monterey, CA
 2 star inn
 2 Nights
big sur road trip
Day 19 & 20:
San Francisco

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.

 Approx 120 miles
 San Francisco, CA
 Motor lodge
 2 Nights
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Day 21:
Final morning in the Bay

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 board the flight back to the UK.

Fly out of San Francisco
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Day 22:
Arrive back in UK

You’ll arrive back in the UK today. Thank you for booking your road trip with RouteTrip USA.

Arrive back in UK
 Why not add extra days or some side trips to your holiday!
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