Travel the "Mother Road" from Chicago to LA

CHICAGO TO LOS ANGELES

Historic Route 66

SELF DRIVE TOUR

CHICAGO | SPRINGFIELD (IL) | ST. LOUIS | SPRINGFIELD (MO) | TULSA | OKLAHOMA CITY | AMARILLO | TUCUMCARI | ALBUQUERQUE | HOLBROOK | FLAGSTAFF | GRAND CANYON | LAS VEGAS | SANTA MONICA

Travel back in time on the ultimate American road trip as you drive the “Mother Road” from Chicago to Santa Monica, winding your
way through mountains and deserts to the stunning Pacific Ocean.

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18 Days
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  1. Day 1

    Arrive Chicago

    Arrive into Chicago airport and collect your rental car before driving to your hotel.
     

  2. Day 2

    Chicago

    Enjoy a day exploring Chicago. Stroll along fashionable Michigan Avenue, the Magnificent Mile, for some world-class shopping or marvel at some of the most impressive architecture in the city’s
    bustling business district. The Sears Tower, at 108 stories, stands as Chicago’s tallest building since its completion in 1974 and is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Boat cruises are offered on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Millennium Park which opened to the public in 2004 is a green oasis along the city’s lakefront and is home to many cultural events. In the evening do not miss a visit to one of Chicago’s famous blues clubs.

  3. Day 3

    Chicago – Springfield, IL (200 miles)

    Leave Chicago this morning and drive to Springfield, Illinois. Nowhere else can you find a more complete and authentic collection of Abraham Lincoln sites that let you step back in time to walk in
    the legendary president’s footsteps. Explore the nostalgia of Route 66 or take in the grandeur of the Frank Lloyd-Wright designed Dana-Thomas House. Enjoy farm-to-table restaurants, then shop ‘til you drop at local boutiques, art galleries and antique shops.
     

  4. Day 4

    Springfield – St Louis (97 miles)

    Continue west to St. Louis on the banks of the Mississippi River. The city’s famous Gateway Arch commemorates Thomas Jeff erson and his quest for the westward expansion of the United States. 
     

  5. Day 5

    St. Louis

    St. Louis has always been widely considered the gateway to the West. It was host to the World’s Fair and the fi rst ever Olympic Games in the United States in 1904 and it was here that Charles Lindbergh embarked on the first transatlantic flight.

  6. Day 6

    St. Louis - Springfield, MO (222 miles)

    Today you will travel through the scenic countryside of Missouri, the home of Mark Twain. Along the route you will see numerous billboards advertising Meramec Caverns. Beneath the fertile rolling hills of the Meramec Valley, lies a complex of mineral formations and color as rare and unique as they are beautiful. These jewels of nature which took thousands of years to grow, are preserved in the spectacular sights of Meramec Caverns. This spectacular cave is definitely worth a visit. Call at a trading post and collect some Route 66 souvenirs before arriving in Springfield.
     

  7. Day 7

    Springfield - Tulsa (231 miles)

    Enter the state of Oklahoma. It has a colourful history as a frontier state, as the destination of freed slaves looking for opportunity and equality and as the heart of the oil boom in the early 20th
    century. Tulsa is the home to the largest, most comprehensive collection of American Western art and artefacts in the world, housed in the Gilcrease Museum. Experience its cosmopolitan flavour at the same time as you delight in its small-town friendliness. It’s big enough to have everything you need, but small enough to make you feel right at home. Today, Oklahoma contains more Native American tribal headquarters than any other state, as well as the nation’s second largest American Indian population.

  8. Day 8

    Tulsa - Oklahoma City (116 miles)

    Continue to Oklahoma City the state capital. A visit to Stockyards City is a great way to experience the authentic American West that’s still alive and well in this modern metropolis. The National Cowboy Western & Heritage Museum is America’s premier institution of Western history, art and culture to gain better understanding of the West. The Myriad Botanical Gardens is one of Oklahoma City’s most beloved public spaces, offering its visitors a 15 acre natural escape in the very heart of Oklahoma City.

  9. Day 9

    Oklahoma City - Amarillo (288 miles)

    As you continue along the Mother Road stop in Clinton which is known as the “Hub City of Western Oklahoma” on Historic Route 66. Many visitors are drawn to Clinton’s area attractions,
    such as the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum or the Cheyenne Cultural Center, where you’ll find the classic Cheyenne-English Dictionary by Rudolphe Petter, and the most comprehensive collection of orthographies and language materials in Oklahoma with a lab of computers loaded with over 1500 words.

  10. Day 10

    Amarillo - Santa Fe (109 miles)

    Just west of Amarillo is the legendary “Cadillac Ranch” where 10 Cadillacs have been half-buried nose down in the ground as homage to the road. Cross the state line to New Mexico and gain 1 hour. Drive through the ancient hunting grounds of the Comanche Indians and through Tucumcari until you reach the state capital of New Mexico, Santa Fe. The city is dominated by unique Southwestern Pueblo architecture. Visit the colourful local Indian crafts market held daily in front of the Palace of the Governors, walk around the gallery-lined town square or visit the History Museum.

  11. Day 11

    Santa Fe

    Enjoy a trip to Taos Pueblo, the ancient pueblo of a Northern Tiwa speaking Native American tribe of Pueblo people that has been continuously inhabited for more than 1000 years.

  12. Day 12

    Santa Fe - Gallup (200 miles)

    On your way to Gallup stop in Albuquerque the city of the Rio Grande and New Mexico’s “Big City”. It is surrounded by the beautiful Sandia Mountains. Stroll around Old Town Albuquerque or visit the Pueblo Indian Museum on the Rio Grande. Continue to Gallup, another famous stop on Route 66 that is notable for its mix of indigenous people and native culture.

  13. Day 13

    Gallup - Grand Granyon (272 miles)

    Enter Arizona and visit the Petrified Forest National Park. This area was once the site of an ancient forest later covered by lava flow. Before continuing towards Flagstaff make sure to visit Meteor Crater and the impressive Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument.

  14. Day 14

    Grand Canyon

    We recommend an early morning start so that you have plenty of time at the majestic Grand Canyon. Along the canyon rim there are numerous vista points with ever changing and awe-inspiring views of this magnificent natural wonder. Also stop by the visitor’s center to learn about history and geology of Grand Canyon.

  15. Day 15

    Grand Canyon - Las Vegas (277 miles)

    You will travel along one of the longest remaining segments of the historic Route 66. Through the desert cross over into the state of Nevada and reach the Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas. The “Strip” will mesmerize you with its glittering lights and mega-hotels.

  16. Day 16

    Las Vegas

    You have a full day to enjoy Las Vegas. Explore the opulent hotels with their fantastic shows, enormous casinos and non-stop entertainment. Perhaps you’ll take in a show tonight, or try your hand with lady luck at a game of chance. Whatever you do, don’t stay up all night as tomorrow’s a special drive!

  17. Day 17

    Las Vegas - Los Angeles (286 miles)

    The Route will lead you through the Mojave Desert. Along the way visit Calico Ghost Town. Enter the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles: This is where Route 66 becomes Santa Monica Boulevard, winding its way through Hollywood and Beverly Hills until it suddenly ends at the Santa Monica Boardwalk and the Pacific Ocean.

  18. Day 18

    Depart Los Angeles

    Your trip ends with the rental car return and flight back home.

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  • 17 nights Standard accommodation based on two sharing
  • 18 days Fully Inclusive Intermediate car hire
  • Comprehensive documentation kit with driving instructions
  • Flights to/from USA
  • Meals
  • Sightseeing and attractions not shown as included
  • Fuel, tolls and parking (including at hotels)
  • Car rental one-way drop fee (payable locally)
  • Chicago rental car airport fee (payable locally, subject to change)

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