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 Route 66: Traditional Trail

21 day trip on authentic Route 66

This self drive road trip will take you along Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles through 8 US states and includes cities such as St Louis, Oklahoma City, Amarillo and Santa Fe. A side trip to the fabulous Grand Canyon is included. Las Vegas was never part of Route 66, so this isn’t part of this itinerary - you’ll go through Oatman and the Black Mountains instead. However Las Vegas can be added as a side trip if you wish.

This is real Route 66 and we mix modern hotels with classic or traditional hotels and motels such as the Wigwam Motels. If you want an authentic Mother Road experience, this is the trip for you.

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 Los Angeles
You’ll drive approximately 2450 miles in total
 Includes St Louis, Oklahoma City, Santa Fe & Grand Canyon
Your trip can be tailored to suit your needs. 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
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Your Itinerary

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Days 1 - 3:
Chicago (3 nights)

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

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Car

Chicago,
IL

4 Star
Hotel

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Day 4:
Springfield, Illinois

Today you’ll begin your “Mother Road” adventure. Retrace old 66 through Chicago, through rural Illinois into Springfield where Abraham Lincoln lived prior to his presidency. You can visit his home and burial places.  

200
miles

Springfield,
IL

3 Star
Hotel

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Day 5:
St Louis

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.

100
miles

St Louis,
MO

3 Star
Hotel

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Day 6:
Springfield, Missouri

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.

215
miles

Springfield,
MO

Historic
Hotel

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Day 7:
Tulsa

Today, you’ll visit three States! Just after Joplin you’ll leave Missouri and head into Kansas. Don’t blink though - there’s just 13 miles of Route 66 in Kansas - but they’re a good 13 miles! Next up is Oklahoma, and don’t miss the famous Blue Whale of Catoosa!

180
miles

Tulsa,
OK

3 Star
Hotel

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Day 8:
Oklahoma

Just a short drive today at a mere 115 miles. You’re continuing your journey through Oklahoma - don’t miss the famous “Sidewalk Highway” section of Route 66 between Miami and Afton. So called because it was a single lane, just 9 foot wide section of the original Route 66.

115
miles

Oklahoma City, OK

3 Star
Hotel

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Day 9:
Amarillo, TX

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

260
miles

Amarillo,
TX

3 Star
Hotel

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Day 10:
Tucumcari

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. Tucumcari feels like an old 1950s classic American town.

115
miles

Tucumcari,
NM

Historic
Motel

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Day 11:
Santa Fe

Santa Fe, the New Mexico state capital was on the original Route 66 from 1926 until realignment in 1937. The Santa Fe loop can be missed out if you prefer to follow the later alignment - in this case, you can drive directly from Tucumcari to Albuquerque.

115
miles

Santa Fe,
NM

Historic
Motel

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Day 12:
Gallup

Drive west through Albuquerque and various small towns with some great old cafes, motels and gas stations and pass the Continental Divide before arriving in Gallup where you’ll stay in a historic hotel frequented by stars of the silver screen.

200
miles

Gallup,
NM

Historic
Hotel

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Day 13:
Petrified Forest

As you cross into Arizona you will want to spend a couple of hours at the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert before you arrive in Winslow where you can take a photo “Standin' on the Corner” made famous from the Eagles song Take It Easy.

130
miles

Winslow,
AZ

4 Star
Hotel

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Day 14:
Grand Canyon

At Flagstaff you’ll leave Route 66 temporarily to head north to the Grand Canyon. Your hotel will be near the south rim and you’ll want to make sure you get to see sunset in this wonderful National Park.

140
miles

Grand Canyon,
AZ

3 Star
Hotel

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Day 15:
Williams, Arizona

Its well worth getting up early to catch sunrise at the specular South Rim of the Grand Canyon and then spending a few hours enjoying the breathtaking views. In the afternoon you’ll make the short drive South to historical Williams.

60
miles

Williams,
AZ

Historic
Hotel

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Day 16:
Into California

There’s plenty of old Route 66 sections to drive today. Drive through Seligman and, further on make sure you stop at the Hackberry General Store. Winding roads take you through the Black Mountains into Oatman, an old mining town.

190
miles

Needles,
CA

Historic
Hotel

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Day 17:
California Desert

Today you’ll be in the California desert passing various ghost towns. Stop for a photo at Roy’s Motel & Cafe in Amboy. Further along you’ll pass many old Route 66 towns including Barstow and Victorville, home of the California Route 66 Museum and tonight you’ll sleep in a concrete wigwam!

230
miles

San Bernadino, CA

Historic
Motel

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Days 18 & 19:
Santa Monica (2 nights)

You’ll start the final leg of your journey to Santa Monica Pier, the western terminus of Route 66. Make sure you get a photo at the “End of the Trail” sign. You will stay in Los Angeles for 2 nights

70
miles

Los Angeles,
CA

3 Star
Hotel

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Days 20 & 21:
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.

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Car

Fly
Home

 Why not add extra days or some side trips to your holiday? Here’s a few ideas...
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