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Overview

Las Vegas, Nevada’s most iconic city, might be one of the world’s best man-made spectacles, but the natural wonders found in neighbouring Arizona and Utah are just as jaw-dropping.

Visit America’s tallest building in Chicago, listen to live Blues music in St Louis, and dine in one of Oklahoma’s infamous barbecue smokehouses. Be blown away at the vast expanse of the Grand Canyon, let your hair down in Las Vegas, and finish up on the sandy shores of Santa Monica. 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. And it’s true what they say – you really do get your kicks on Route 66.

At Travelbag, we'll take care of every element of your holiday. Your flights, car hire, accommodation and even driving directions are all included – so you can look forward to an easy-peasy getaway. 

DAY 1-2

CHICAGO

Whether you’re a foodie, sports junkie, shopaholic, museum enthusiast or music lover, Chicago boasts something for everyone. Browse the stores along the 'Magnificent Mile', and take a shoreline cruise on Lake Michigan to see the iconic city skyline. Take a quirky photo in the reflection of The Bean at Millennium Park, devour one of the city’s famous deep-dish pizzas, and watch the Chicago Bulls in action. Or get your adrenaline pumping with 'The Ledge Experience' at the Willis Tower, the second-tallest building in the States. Standing on the glass Skydeck, you can enjoy sweeping views across the city.

Route 66’s starting point will not leave you disappointed. And, if you want to document the start of your epic journey, look out for the 'Historic Route 66 Begin' sign on the northwest corner of Adams Street and Michigan Avenue.

 

Overnight two-nights - Chicago South Loop Hotel (or similar)

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DAY 3

CHICAGO - ST LOUIS

Three hours outside Chicago, you’ll find Springfield – the town which is recognised as the official birthplace of Route 66. History buffs will love the History Museum on the Square and the Route 66 Car Museum, gearing you up with excitement about the journey ahead.

Next, it’s on to St. Louis where you can follow in the footsteps of legendary explorers by visiting the city’s historic sites, including the Gateway Arch, America’s tallest man-made monument. Immerse yourself in the National Blues Museum or, for the real thing, find a jazz club and listen to some incredible live music.

If you have time, catch a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game. From St Louis you’ll continue through the Ozarks and meander through the stunning landscape of Mark Twain National Forest. Missouri is also home to one of the greatest Route 66 attractions – the Meramec Caverns, which date back 400 million years.

 

Overnight - Red Roof Plus+ St. Louis - Forest Park/Hampton Ave (or similar)

Drive - 300 miles

 

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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."

 

Overnight - Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven (or similar)

Drive - 210 miles

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DAY 5

SPRINGFIELD - TULSA - OKLAHOMA CITY

Cut through the south-eastern corner of Kansas on your way to Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma section of Route 66 contains more driveable miles than any other state. And, on the way, you can stop to see the beloved 20-foot tall cement Blue Whale in Catoosa, one of the most famous landmarks along the route. When you reach Oklahoma City, be sure to check out the old Route 66 motels and numerous vintage buildings, for a glimpse of days gone by.

This Midwestern city has a huge cowboy culture, with everything from cattle auctions to rodeos and cowboy-themed restaurants to keep you entertained. Oklahoma is famed for its barbecue, too, and there are numerous smokehouses serving burgers, sandwiches, meatloaf and other comfort foods – so you’ll certainly never go hungry.

 

Overnight - Howard Johnson by Wyndham Oklahoma City Airport/Fairgrounds (or similar)

Drive - 295 miles

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DAY 6

OKLAHOMA CITY - AMARILLO

Your road trip continues on to Amarillo, located on the sprawling plains of the Texas Panhandle. This area of Texas was once the buffalo-rich grasslands of the Great Plains, inhabited by tribes of Kiowa and Comanche Native Americans. Why not stop off at the Route 66 Museum in Clinton, where you find out more about six decades of Route 66 history? And, if you’re feeling hungry, check out Big Texas Steak Ranch, where you can attempt their 72oz. steak challenge.

Before you leave Amarillo, make sure you visit Cadillac Ranch to see a unique display of art, featuring a row of 10 brightly painted Cadillacs, buried grille-first in the ground.

 

Overnight - Quality Inn (or similar)

Drive - 260 miles

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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.

 

Overnight three nights  - Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn (or similar

Drive - 280 miles

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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.
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DAY 9

ALBUQUERQUE - SANTA FE - ALBUQUERQUE

To get a true sense of the Old Route 66, today you’ll detour to New Mexico’s state capital, Santa Fe. Founded on the ruins of an abandoned Native American village, Santa Fe is the oldest capital in the USA. Although it lost its place on Route 66 back in 1938, it remains one of the most picturesque cities in the state. There are plenty of cultural attractions here, too, so make sure your visit one of Santa Fe’s famous art galleries, markets or museums.

 

Overnight - Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn (or similar)

 

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DAY 10

ALBUQUERQUE - HOLBROOK

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.

 

Overnight - Best Western Arizonian Inn (or similar)

Drive - 228 miles

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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.

Overnight - Grand Canyon Railway Hotel (or similar)

Drive - 126 miles

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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.

 

Overnight two-nights - Excalibur Hotel & Casino (or similar)

Drive - 221 miles

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DAY 13

LAS VEGAS

Explore Sin City in style, as you stroll along the famous Strip lined with themed hotels and flashing neon lights. You can try your luck in the casinos, dine at world-class restaurants, catch an award-winning show, browse designer boutiques, dance the afternoon away at a pool party – the list goes on. With so much to see and do in Las Vegas, you’ll certainly have no trouble filling your time here.

 

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DAY 14

LAS VEGAS - SANTA MONICA - LOS ANGELES AREA

Drive 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.

 

Overnight two nights - Clarion Hotel Anaheim Resort (or similar)

Drive - 261 miles

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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

 

Overnight - Clarion Hotel Anaheim Resort (or similar)

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DAY 16

DEPART LOS ANGELES

As your holiday comes to an end, it's time to drop off your car at the airport and catch your flight back to the UK. 

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