Drive Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles with some great side trips thrown in. This self drive road trip will take you along Route 66 through cities such as St Louis, Oklahoma City and Amarillo with side trips to Monument Valley in Utah, the amazing Grand Canyon and of course Las Vegas for three nights before heading to Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles.
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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”.
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.
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. At St Louis you can take a walk across the 1929 “Chain of Rocks” bridge and go up the amazing Gateway Arch.
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 - but they’re a good 13 miles! 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 can be missed out if you prefer to follow the later alignment - in this case, you can drive directly from Tucumcari to Albuquerque.
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.
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.
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.
It’s worth an early alarm call today to watch sunrise over the Grand Canyon. Then you’ll drive along the rim and up to Monument Valley where you’re in for another breathtaking sunset. You’ll stay in a private cabin in Monument Valley itself and this is the view from your bedroom window!
Today you’ll head back down to Route 66 and Williams, a wonderful old town known as the Gateway to the Grand Canyon. It has real wild west feel to it with some great shops, restaurants and bars. You can also see the Grand Canyon railway trains here.
Whilst Las Vegas is not actually on Route 66, it is a great detour during your road trip. Enjoy the fun and entertainment this city has to offer.
If you prefer, you can miss Las Vegas and keep to Route 66 or you can visit Sin City and return to Route 66. Your choice!
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.
Make the most of your final 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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