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!
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”.
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 got 100 miles to drive today. You’ll be able to drive a short section of the original brick road in Auburn, Illinois. Just before you arrive in St Louis, take a walk across 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.
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! Next up is Oklahoma, and don’t miss the famous Blue Whale of Catoosa!
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.
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. Tucumcari feels like an old 1950s town.
Santa Fe, the New Mexico state capital was on the original Route 66 from 1926 until realignment in 1937. The Santa Fe loop was part of the original alignment of Route 66 until it was re-routed in 1937 following an act of revenge by Arthur Hannett, the governor of New Mexico after he lost an election in Santa Fe.
Spend the morning enjoying the markets and buildings in Santa Fe. Then drive through Albuquerque and and through several New Mexico ghost towns presenting some great photo opportunities. Your hotel tonight will be in Gallup.
You’ll have a fairly short and easy drive today as you cross into Arizona. We recommend spending a couple of hours at the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert before arriving at Holbrook.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You’ll start the final leg of your journey to Santa Monica Pier. On the way you’ll pass many historic buildings including gas stations and motels. You’ll end up at 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
Make the most of your last morning in Los Angeles today. We can recommend a bike ride from Santa Monica Pier to Venice Beach or perhaps you’d like to see the famous Hollywood sign or walk down Rodeo Drive. This evening you’ll catch your flight back to the UK.
You’ll arrive back in the UK today. Thank you for booking your road trip with RouteTrip USA.
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