Drive the Main Street of America 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 then Las Vegas for two nights before heading to Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles.
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 before arriving in LA and the end of your epic Route 66 road trip.
Days 15 & 16:
LA & Fly Home
Make the most of your final morning in Los Angeles today. Perhaps you’d like to see the famous Hollywood sign or walk down Rodeo Drive. This evening you’ll catch your overnight flight back to the UK.
You’ll stay in Santa Fe on our standard itinerary, but we definately recommend an extra day here.
When you are at the Grand Canyon, you are so close to Monument Valley that we definately recommend adding an extra day to visit. You’ll see the famous view used for countless western films. Make sure you arrive in plenty of time for the sunset, it’s astonishing!
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