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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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CALICO
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LOS ANGELES
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Historic Route 66 | Chicago to Los Angeles

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
  • Regional UK airport departures include: Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle - (supplements may apply)
  • 15 nights Journey
  • Room only basis 
  • Complimentary access to the Wi-Fi
  • 2 nights in Chicago at 4* Best Western Grant Park Hotel or Similar
  • 1 night in St. Louis at 3* Holiday Inn St. Louis - Forest Park, an IHG Hotel or Similar
  • 1 night in Springfield at 2* Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven or Similar
  • 1 night in Oklahoma at 4* Days Inn by Wyndham Oklahoma City West or Similar
  • 1 night in Amarillo at 4* The Quality Inn hotel Amarillo or Similar
  • 3 night in Albuquerque at 3* Quality Inn & Suites Downtown - University Area or Similar
  • 1 night in Holbrook at 2* Travelodge by Wyndham Holbrook or Similar
  • 1 night in Grand Canyon Blvd at 3* Ramada by Wyndham Williams/Grand Canyon Area or Similar
  • 2 night in Las Vegas at 4* Luxor Hotel & Casino or Similar
  • 2 night in Los Angeles at 4* Clarion Hotel Anaheim Resort or Similar
  • Car Hire Information:
  • 4 Doors
  • Kia Rio or similar
  • Zero Excess, Unlimited Mileage
  • Fuel Deposit - Full to Full
  • 5 Seats | 3 Suitcases
  • *Drop off one-way fees plus taxes will be payable locally (675 USD)
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Hotels
BEST WESTERN Grant Park Hotel

Discover a unique urban experience at our Grant Park hotel in the heart of downtown Chicago. Best Western Grant Park Hotel offers genuine hospitality and thoughtful amenities, from our outdoor terrace with sweeping city views to complimentary Wi-Fi, a business center, fitness center, and a 24-hour front desk to accommodate your schedule. We afford every comfort with acute attention to detail ensuring an ideal stay in the Windy City. Relax in our modernly designed rooms and suites with lifestyle conveniences including workstations, flat-screen TVs with cable, and downtown views of Lake Michigan or Grant Park. With a Michigan Avenue address overlooking Grant Park, Museum Campus, and Lake Michigan, we offer an ultra-convenient location that's within walking distance to all of the iconic attractions including Soldier Field, Cloud Gate (The Bean), the Art Institute of Chicago, McCormick Place Convention Center, Navy Pier, and premier shopping on Magnificent Mile. Dine at Mei's Kitchen and Coffee Bar or walk to a myriad of award-winning restaurants and casual eateries surrounding our hotel. Whether it's business or leisure that brings you to Chicago, Best Western is there.

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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Hampton Inn St. Louis Downtown or Similar

Welcome to the Holiday Inn St. Louis - Forest Park! A perfect location, the Holiday Inn St. Louis Forest Park is ideally located next to Forest Park and the Saint Louis Zoo. The hotel features cozy guest rooms, flat screen HDTVs, contemporary lobby and modern restaurant and bar. On vacation and looking for hotels near St. Louis and Forest Park? Look no further! We're just one mile from the St. Louis Zoo where you can enjoy an entire day of activities for free. Other nearby complimentary attractions includes Science Center, History Museum, and Art Museum. We're also just a quick drive from Busch Stadium - the home of the St. Louis Cardinals, Missouri Botanical Gardens, and Enterprise Center - the home of the St. Louis Blues!

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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Days Inn by Wyndham Oklahoma City West

There is no end to the sights and sounds nearby our Days Inn Oklahoma City West hotel. We are located on I-40, just one mile from the Oklahoma State Fair Park and an easy drive to downtown Oklahoma City. With comfortable, convenient amenities, our hotel is the perfect choice for business and leisure travelers alike.

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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The Quality Inn hotel Amarillo

Located in the heart of the Texas Panhandle off Interstate 40, our Quality Inn® Amarillo hotel provides easy access to a range of experiences under a big west Texas sky — from hiking in the Palo Duro Canyon to exploring Historic Route 66. Our affordable hotel is surrounded by top-notch medical centers — Baptist St. Anthony’s Hospital, Northwest Texas Hospital and the Veterans Hospital — and the Amarillo Convention Center, which makes us ideal for business or leisure travel.

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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Quality Inn & Suites Downtown - University Area

It’s easy to get your money’s worth when you stay at the Quality Inn & Suites® Albuquerque Downtown - University. You can relax and focus on your trip—we’ve got your travel needs covered. Our reasonably priced University of New Mexico hotel is conveniently located off I-40, so it’s easy to get to many Albuquerque attractions. We’re close to Coronado Mall, Old Town Albuquerque and the Albuquerque Convention Center. The hotel is an ideal home base for your visit to the nearby Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science too. Our plentiful amenities will make you feel like you’re getting more for your money. We provide free WiFi, free hot breakfast and free airport transportation. The hotel has an outdoor pool, an indoor hot tub, a fitness center and meeting space. Guests also have access to banquet rooms and laundry facilities. Free accessible parking and truck and bus parking are all available. Our smoke-free hotel is pet friendly. Enjoy our fresh popcorn too. Your comfortable, spacious guest room features a microwave and refrigerator for your convenience, as well as premium cable channels, an iron and ironing board and a coffee maker. Stay with us and get more for your hard-earned money. You can also earn rewards, including free nights and gift cards, with our Choice Privileges® Rewards program.

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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Travelodge by Wyndham Holbrook

Pull off historic Route 66 and into our Travelodge Holbrook hotel near Holbrook Municipal Airport (HBK) for a peaceful night's sleep on your eastern Arizona road trip. Located just off I-40, we are close to the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest, offering comfortable accommodations at an affordable rate.

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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