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CHICAGO
CHICAGO
ST. LOUIS
ST. LOUIS
SPRINGFIELD
TULSA
TULSA
OKLAHOMA
OKLAHOMA
OKLAHOMA
AMARILLO
AMARILLO
AMARILLO
SANTA FE
SANTA FE
ALBUQUERQUE
ALBUQUERQUE
GALLUP
GALLUP
HOLBROOK
GRAND CANYON
GRAND CANYON
GRAND CANYON
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LAS VEGAS
LAS VEGAS
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CALICO
LOS ANGELES
LOS ANGELES
LOS ANGELES

Historic Route 66 | Chicago to Los Angeles

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Overview

Day 1: CHICAGO ARRIVAL

Arrive at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and transfer independently to your hotel.

Day 2: CHICAGO

Step outside today and experience mile after magnificent mile of the Windy City. Stand on the corner of Michigan and Adams, marked as the starting point of Historic Route 66. Enjoy coffee and a big breakfast at Lou Mitchell's, a Chicago institution since 1923 and a must for Route 66 travelers. Stroll the lakefront, peruse the shops, bike the parks, grab a Chicago Dog, or explore the city's incredible sights and architectural treasures including Willis Tower, one of the tallest buildings in North America.

Day 3: CHICAGO - ST. LOUIS

This morning, pick up your rental car and get ready for an unforgettable journey into the then and now of America along Historic Route 66. This legendary old road passes through a variety of pure Americana landscapes and takes in some of the country's biggest, oldest and most peculiar sites along the way. Begin your journey by following the traditional east-to-west path of Route 66 from Chicago to St. Louis, Missouri, cruising through endless cornfields and flat prairies. En route, don't miss Wilmington's most photographed "citizen", the larger-than-life green Gemini Giant, and Atlanta's Bunyan Giant, a 19-foot statue of Paul Bunyan holding a giant hot dog. In Springfield, stop at the Cozy Dog Drive-In, the birthplace of the corn dog, and explore the legacy of Abraham Lincoln with a visit to the Lincoln Home National Historic Site. Once in St. Louis, the largest city along Route 66, you can follow in the footsteps of legendary explorers by visiting the historic sites found throughout the city, including the Gateway Arch, the nation's tallest monument.

Day 4: ST. LOUIS - SPRINGFIELD

Continue through the Ozark Highlands of southern Missouri to Springfield, recognized as the birthplace of Route 66. En route, stop at Meramec Caverns, an extensive set of natural limestone caves whose formations and colors are as unique as they are beautiful. Adding to the pleasure of exploring the caves is learning that Jesse James used them as a hideout and took advantage of the underground river to escape through the "back door."

Day 5: SPRINGFIELD - TULSA - OKLAHOMA CITY

This morning, cut through the southeastern corner of Kansas on your way to Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma section of Route 66 contains more driveable miles than any other state as well as several miles of the original 9-foot road segment that served Oklahoman families headed west in search of better opportunities during the 1930's. En route to Oklahoma City, stop to view the beloved 20-foot tall cement Blue Whale in Catoosa, a landmark along Route 66, and the Cyrus Avery Route 66 Memorial Bridge in Tulsa honoring the "Father of Route 66's" memory and connection to the historic highway. Once in Oklahoma City, the state's capital, be sure to check out the old Route 66 motels, gas stations and numerous vintage buildings.

Day 6: OKLAHOMA CITY - AMARILLO

Continue to Amarillo, located in the pancake-flat plains of the Texas Panhandle. This area of Texas was once the buffalo-rich grasslands of the Great Plains, inhabited by bands of Kiowa and Comanche Indians. Stop at the Route 66 Museum in Clinton where you experience six decades of Route 66 history. See Shamrock's Tower Station and the U-Drop Inn Cafe whose towering spire is still a reminder of the booming business it once saw. See the first restored Phillips 66 gas station in McLean and in Groom, the leaning water tower and a 150-foot tall stainless steel cross. Once in Amarillo, be sure to stop at Big Texas Steak Ranch where you can attempt their 72oz. steak challenge.

Day 7: AMARILLO - ALBUQUERQUE

Before leaving Amarillo be sure to visit Cadillac Ranch. This unique display of art features a row of ten colorfully painted Cadillac cars buried grille first in the ground. Continue to the MidPoint Cafe in Adrian famous for its "ugly crust" pies. From Adrian you'll follow Route 66 to Albuquerque, New Mexico for a great taste of the Land of Enchantment.

Day 8: ALBUQUERQUE

The state's largest city, Albuquerque spreads north and south along the banks of the Rio Grande. Spend the day exploring Downtown Albuquerque's Central Avenue, a treasure trove of Route 66 landmarks. Historic Old Town offers a taste of New Mexico's Spanish colonial past while the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, owned by the state's 19 different Pueblo communities, traces the history of the region's Native American cultures.

Day 9: ALBUQUERQUE - SANTA FE - ALBUQUERQUE

To get a true sense of the Old Route 66, today you will detour to New Mexico's state capital, Santa Fe. Founded on the ruins of an abandoned Indian village and steeped in history, Santa Fe is the oldest capital in the U.S., and although it lost its place on Route 66 in 1938, it remains one of the most picturesque cities in the state. At one time this was the end of the old Santa Fe Trail, the earliest trade route linking the American frontier back east with the far west. Plan to visit one of Santa Fe's famous art galleries, art markets, or museums full of traditional and contemporary art, including works by their own Georgia O'Keeffe, or shop for authentic creations you just won't find anywhere else.

Day 10: ALBUQUERQUE - HOLBROOK

This morning, the state of Arizona welcomes Route 66 travelers with an overwhelming display of trading posts. View huge concrete tepees that stand at the foot of brilliant red-rock mesas en route to Petrified Forest National Park, the only park in the National Park System containing a section of Historic Route 66. Here you will come face-to-face with over 13,000 years of human history and one of the world's largest and most colorful assemblies of petrified wood, historic structures and archeological sites. Catch a sunset over the Painted Desert from the park's Kachina Point before heading to Holbrook. Once in Holbrook, stop at the Wigwam Motel whose steel and concrete teepees featuring modern conveniences have welcomed guests since the 1950's.

Day 11: HOLBROOK - GRAND CANYON/WILLIAMS

Continue to Meteor City, a true vintage trading post whose distinctive dome can be seen for miles along this stretch of Route 66. Pass through Flagstaff and Williams en route to Grand Canyon National Park, a natural wonder that you simply have to see to believe. Spend the day discovering the distinct South Rim of the Canyon. Stop at one of the numerous overlooks, walk part of the Rim Trail or along the historic Hermit Road. Visit a Photo Hot Spot, or climb to the top of a stone Watchtower for panoramic views that extend over 100 miles on clear days.

Day 12: GRAND CANYON/WILLIAMS - LAS VEGAS

Leave the town of Williams and the Grand Canyon behind as you make your way to Seligman, the first stop heading west on the longest uninterrupted stretch of Route 66. Continue through Kingman whose old Route 66 cafes and motels still flourish, to one of Arizona's hidden treasures, Hoover Dam. Considered the largest single public works project in the history of the U.S., Hoover Dam straddles the mighty Colorado River, which forms the border between Nevada and Arizona and brings much-needed water and power to the Southwest. Continue to Las Vegas, Nevada, a city that needs no introduction.

Day 13: LAS VEGAS

Enjoy a full day Las Vegas style. Walk the famous Strip lined with mega-resorts and flashing neon lights, place a bet at one of the many casinos, dine at world-class restaurants, catch the latest must-see show, shop designer boutiques, ride a rollercoaster, lay by the pool ... the list goes on. With so much to do, 24 hours in a day hardly seems like enough.

Day 14: LAS VEGAS - SANTA MONICA - LOS ANGELES AREA

This morning, set out through the Mojave Desert for Calico Ghost Town, California's authentic silver mining town and one of the few original mining camps of the Old West. Rejoin Route 66 in Barstow where a collection of historic photographs and artifacts related to Route 66 and the Mojave Desert communities are on display at the Route 66 Mother Road Museum. Continue through Pasadena, Los Angeles, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills to Santa Monica for a true Hollywood ending to your cross-country journey. Park and venture the last few blocks on foot to view the "End of the Trail" sign on Santa Monica's Pier. This sign officially marks the western end of Historic Route 66.

Day 15: LOS ANGELES AREA

Spend the day strolling along the beaches of Santa Monica or browsing the adjacent indoor/outdoor shops at Third Street Promenade. Or, further explore L.A.'s one-of-a-kind destinations, playgrounds of the rich and famous and architectural gems. Universal Studios Hollywood and Anaheim's original Disneyland Park are also located within easy driving distance.

Day 16: LOS ANGELES DEPARTURE

Return your rental car at Los Angeles International Airport prior to your departure.

What's Included
  • Return flights from London
  • 15 nights Journey
  • Room only basis 
  • Complimentary access to the Wi-Fi
  • Car Hire Info:
  • Compact 4 Door
  • Kia Rio or similar
  • Zero Excess, Unlimited Mileage
  • Fuel Deposit - Full to Full
  • 5 Seats | 1 Large Bag | 1 Small Bag
Upgrades & Add Ons
Pre Night in The Whitehall Hotel Chicago
Fr. £40 pp
Post Night in Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort Los Angeles
Fr. £45 pp
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Hotels
The Whitehall Hotel or Similar

The Whitehall Hotel Chicago offers the charm of a bygone era in an upscale four-star boutique hotel setting steps from famed Michigan Avenue. Enjoy exquisite dining, thrilling nightlife, and an ineffable sense of history that pervades your experience. Dating back to 1928 and the birth of "The Magnificent Mile", our guests have included a host of celebrities such as Katharine Hepburn, Richard Burton, Sophia Loren, Paul Newman, and Robert Redford plus music icons Barry Manilow, The Beatles, and Mick Jagger. Throughout our rich history, The Whitehall has served as luxe accommodations with amenities to suit any traveler to Chicago.

Service & Amenties
  • Bar
  • Restaurants
  • Business Centre
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Free WiFi
  • Safe location
  • Air conditioned
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Holiday Inn Saint Louis - Downtown Convention Center or Similar

Welcome to the newly renovated Holiday Inn Hotel in Downtown St. Louis located next to America's Convention Center & Dome, and just one block from St. Louis' newest expansion area "Washington Avenue" featuring unique dining, shopping boutiques, and entertainment.

Our convenient downtown location is just 9 blocks from Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals & Ballpark Village, and Enterprise Center, home of the St. Louis Blues! We’re minutes from some of Saint Louis' historical sites such as St Louis Gateway Arch, Anheuser Busch Brewery, Forest Park Zoo, and St Louis Union Station, the future home of the St. Louis Aquarium.

The Holiday Inn Downtown St. Louis features 293 newly-renovated, beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites that feature a Keurig Coffee Maker, complimentary wireless high-speed internet access, mini-refrigerator & microwave. You can relax in our indoor heated pool featuring a spacious pool deck, or get your heart pumping in our state-of-the-art fitness center.

Service & Amenties
  • Bar
  • Restaurants
  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Free WiFi
  • Smoke-free property
  • Safe location
  • Air conditioned
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Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven or Similar

Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven features updated accommodations that honor the past while pampering travelers with modern amenities. Our pet-friendly guest rooms are smoke-free and have everything you need to feel at home including free high-speed Internet, cable TVs, DVD players, coffee makers, refrigerators, and microwaves.

Wake up to a complimentary breakfast and enjoy beautifully landscaped grounds with an outdoor pool, hot tub, and picnic area where you can relax and refresh. Our suites, some with Jacuzzi® tubs, offer comfortable sitting and work areas. Themed rooms celebrate the history of our Route 66 hotel with nostalgic decor. Eight original sandstone cottages were built in 1938, 12 years after Route 66 was established in Springfield as one of the main highways to the West Coast.

Business travelers appreciate our 24-hour front desk and convenient business center where it’s easy to send a fax or make photocopies. Whether you’re stopping over on your way to Branson, conducting business, or searching for hotels near Missouri State University, our prime location is just minutes from the Springfield-Branson National Airport and the offices of Kraft Foods, Bass Pro Shops, O'Reilly Auto Parts, and 3M.

When you’re ready to explore restaurants you’ll find several family restaurants and cafes nearby serving casual American fare, crepes, and Mexican food. With our property as your base, you’ll enjoy easy access to downtown Springfield, the Springfield History Museum, and the Juanita K. Hammons Performing Arts Center. Take in a Cardinals game at Hammons Field, spend a day in Branson, or explore Fantastic Caverns. Come stay with us and find out why our hotel is top-rated on Trip Advisor and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Service & Amenties
  • Bar
  • Restaurants
  • Business Centre
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor Pools
  • Smoke-free property
  • Safe location
  • Air conditioned
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Aloft Oklahoma City Downtown - Bricktown or Similar

Redefine the ordinary at Aloft Oklahoma City Downtown - Bricktown. At our hotel, you'll find classic convenience seamlessly merged with innovative designs. We're located just steps away from many of the area's most popular attractions, including Chesapeake Energy Arena, the Cox Convention Center and the Bricktown Canal. Keep the party going with craft beer and cocktails from the W XYZ® bar, or play a friendly game of pool in our Re:mix lounge. When you need a moment alone, breeze into one of our spacious accommodations, complete with complimentary Wi-Fi, mini-refrigerators and pillowtop mattresses. Additionally, our plug and play connectivity station charges all of your electronics and links to the flat-panel TV to maximize work and play. Host your upcoming corporate or social gathering in one of our six event rooms. Whether traveling for work or play, Aloft Oklahoma City Downtown - Bricktown wants to maximize your experience on the road.

Service & Amenties
  • Bar
  • Restaurants
  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre
  • Business Centre
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Free WiFi
  • Smoke-free property
  • Safe location
  • Air conditioned
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Candlewood Suites Amarillo-Western Crossing or similar

Our Candlewood Suites Amarillo-Western Crossing Hotel has a great location that's just five minutes from the intersection of Intestate 40 & I27/US 87. We are the perfect place for any length of stay, weather you're coming for a quick trip or an extended stay. Our hotel offers a selection of studios and our one-bedroom suites; our rooms include fully-equipped kitchens and a spacious workplace with free Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel. Offering our guest amenities they love. From the 24-hour Candlewood gym to the complementary on-site guest laundry, providing our guest with daily complimentary newspaper, and weekly housekeeping service. Visit our 24-hour Cupboard and grab a quick snack for the road, or just relax in our outdoor gazebo & grill. Located nearby a variety of restaurants for Dine in or Drive thru, some within walking distance. A short drive to area hospitals, Amarillo Civic Center, Downtown area, and the new home to our baseball team, Hodgetown. When you are looking for a hotel in the area, make Candlewood your first choice for affordable accommodations. Our goal is to make your stay feel more like at home.

Service & Amenties
  • Bar
  • Restaurants
  • Fitness Centre
  • Business Centre
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Free WiFi
  • Smoke-free property
  • Safe location
  • Air conditioned
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Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Albuquerque or Similar

Near I-25, our Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Albuquerque hotel is perfect for the business or leisure traveler, with the Albuquerque Convention Center and University of New Mexico conveniently nearby. Whether you are our guest for just one night or an extended stay, we offer comfortable accommodations at a great price.

Service & Amenties
  • Bar
  • Restaurants
  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre
  • Business Centre
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Free self parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Smoke-free property
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Super 8 by Wyndham Holbrook or Similar

Pull into our Super 8 by Wyndham Holbrook hotel after a long day of sightseeing for some well-deserved relaxation. Located just off I-40/Old Route 66, our location near Petrified Forest National Park offers a comfortable stop to hang your hat in west central Arizona.

Service & Amenties
  • Bar
  • Restaurants
  • Fitness Centre
  • Business Centre
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Free WiFi
  • Safe location
  • Air conditioned
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Ramada by Wyndham Williams/Grand Canyon Area or Similar

Our Ramada Williams/Grand Canyon Area hotel is just an hour from the majestic sights of the Grand Canyon. Just off I-40, our location gives you easy access to the area's best hiking and skiing trails. Plus, you can board the Grand Canyon Railway nearby to get a direct route to one of the world's greatest wonders.

Service & Amenties
  • Bar
  • Restaurants
  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre
  • Business Centre
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage storage
  • Safe location
  • Air conditioned
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Luxor Hotel & Casino or Similar

Known for its iconic pyramid shape, Luxor is located on the Las Vegas Strip and features a casino and live entertainment. It provides a full-service spa, 4 large seasonal pools, and a hot tub.

Updated Tower Premium Rooms offer multiple charging and power outlets, a multi-purpose element that doubles as wardrobe, storage, work surface, and media center, and a bathroom with a separate shower and bathtub.

Nurture Spa and Salon offers an assortment of beauty treatments. A steam bath, dry sauna, and hot tubs are available at the spa.

Dining at Luxor Las Vegas includes deli-style foods that can also be found at the hotel.

Casino Luxor contains 120,000 square feet of slots and table games including poker. Race & Sports Book, a betting arena, with plasma TVs provide entertainment.

Service & Amenties
  • Bar
  • Restaurants
  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage storage
  • Outdoor Pools
  • Safe location
  • Air conditioned
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Things To Do
  • Experience the magnificent mile of the Windy City
  • Explore the country's biggest, oldest and most peculiar sites along the way
  • Enjoy coffee and a big breakfast at Lou Mitchell's, a Chicago institution since 1923 and a must for Route 66 travelers
  • Stroll the lakefront, peruse the shops, bike the parks, grab a Chicago Dog, or explore the city's incredible sights and architectural treasures
  • Stop to view the beloved 20-foot tall cement Blue Whale in Catoosa, a landmark along Route 66
  • Explore the legacy of Abraham Lincoln with a visit to the Lincoln Home National Historic Site
  • Explore the natural limestone caves whose formations and colors are as unique as they are beautiful
  • See the first restored Phillips 66 gas station in McLean and in Groom, the leaning water tower, and a 150-foot tall stainless steel cross
  • Spend the day exploring Downtown Albuquerque's Central Avenue, a treasure trove of Route 66 landmarks
  • Visit one of Santa Fe's famous art galleries, art markets, or museums full of traditional and contemporary art
  • View huge concrete tepees that stand at the foot of brilliant red-rock mesas en route to Petrified Forest National Park
  • Catch a sunset over the Painted Desert from the park's Kachina Point before heading to Holbrook
  • Pass through Flagstaff and Williams en route to Grand Canyon National Park
  • Walk the famous Strip lined with mega-resorts and flashing neon lights
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