14 days departing CHICAGO from

Style: Discovery
Destination: Cross Country
Tour Code: P6X

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Trip Overview

Immortalized in folklore, cinema and song, Route 66 remains the iconic symbol of the great American road trip; a journey of adventure, discovery and the freedom of the open road. Cruising 'America's Main Street', the first paved highway linking Chicago with the West. You'll cross eight states and make a small detour for the biggest sight in the West, the magnificent Grand Canyon. From snow-cones and corndogs, to cowboys, country music and rock'n'roll - it's classic Americana all the way, as you travel from the heartland to the coast on the world's most famous road.

Included Highlights
  • Springfield Shea's Gas Station Museum
  • Explore the Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum
  • Visit the historic Coleman Theatre
  • Entry to Abraham Lincoln's House and Museum
  • St Louis Gateway Arch
  • Stay at the famous El Rancho Hotel
  • See the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo
  • View of the mighty Hoover Dam
  • Crossing the sprawling Great Plains
  • Cruise the Las Vegas Strip
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Visit the iconic Santa Monica Pier
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
Guaranteed departures

All departures of this tour are guaranteed, so once you've booked you can be sure you're going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.

Tour Facts and Features
Accommodation: 12 hotel nights in twin share accommodation, 1 historic property. For your own room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see `Dates and Prices' tab). Premium accommodation available on selected dates.
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle
Meals: All meals paid locally
Guided: Services of a professional tour leader
Group size: Maximum 13
Age range: 18+
Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi available in your vehicle. Maximum of five users at one time.

New vehicles in USA for 2016

From 2016 you'll travel in a new upgraded vehicle which has been designed with your comfort in mind. Our private, air-conditioned vehicles are custom-built to suit our style of travel, so getting from one destination to the next will be an even more enjoyable experience.

Extra-large windows for better viewing
Wider seats with more leg room
6'3'' interior height for added comfort
Electric bi-fold entry door for quicker and easier access
Overhead luggage racks, reading lamps and on-board TV screen

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Trip Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.

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Download the Historic Route 66 trip dossier for tour-specific details including full itinerary, pre-departure information, packing tips and more about our style of travel.

2016 versions will be available in December.

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Optional Activities (paid locally)

Our optional activities offer the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip which can be arranged once you are on tour via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.

  • Helicopter flight - Grand Canyon US$284
  • IMAX Theater - Grand Canyon US$15
  • Clubs & casino shows - Las Vegas US$10+
  • Limo ride - Las Vegas US$25-$30
  • Helicopter flight - Las Vegas US$115
  • National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City US$13
  • Meramec Caverns - Branson US$25
  • Spray graffiti at Cadillac Ranch - Amarillo US$FREE
  • Acoma Indian Reservation & Sky City Pueblo US$23
  • Dixie Stampede dinner - Branson US$55-$60

Day 1: Arrival day in Chicago

You've arrived in Chicago, the official start of Route 66. A welcome meeting will be held at 18:00 hrs in your hotel for you to meet you tour leader and fellow travelling companions with the remainder of the day free to explore. Grab yourself a slice of deep-dish pizza, venture up the Willis Tower or take to the streets for your very own walking tour along the shores of Lake Michigan.
Accommodation: Hotel included I Meals: Paid locally

Day 2: Chicago to Springfield

After leaving Chicago, you drive south to the first iconic Route 66 stop, Springfield, the capital of Illinois. Springfield's favourite son was Abraham Lincoln and you'll pay a visit to the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, which is the home that he lived in with his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, from 1844 until 1861 when he became US president. Springfield is also the birthplace of the corndog and drive-thru restaurants, so make sure you arrive with an empty stomach!
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 3: St Louis

From Springfield, Illinois, it's only a couple of hours drive to St Louis, Missouri. St Louis is one of the largest cities in the USA with a metropolitan population of over 2.8 million. Founded in 1764 it became a major port on the Mississippi River and even hosted the Olympic Games in 1904. The Gateway Arch commemorates the settlement of America's West and it was from here that countless pioneers set out to conquer the wild frontier. Stop at Ted Drewes, an Iconic Route 66 attraction, and try a 'Concrete', an extremely thick milkshake made from vanilla frozen custard. Spend the evening checking out the city's vibrant nightlife at leisure.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 4: Branson

Home to Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede and an alternative version of the Strip, country music is to Branson what gambling is to Las Vegas. With over 50 dinner theatres, shows and other entertainment oddities, Branson is where it's at in Missouri. It unleashes a hefty dose of pure Americana and a wonderful playlist to enjoy it to.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 5-6: Oklahoma City

Oklahoma, with more driveable miles of the old highway than any other state, is a mecca for fans of the `Mother Road'. Oklahoma City is the capital and the largest city in the state. You spend a couple of nights here and enjoy a full day discovering some of the city's many cultural attractions. Visit the Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum and the Coleman Theatre - built in the late 1920's, defining an era of vaudeville and silent films. Oklahoma is also the gateway to cowboy country so what could be a better introduction to the 'Wild West' than an optional visit to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Originally established in 1955 as the Cowboy Hall of Fame and Museum, it has broadened its scope to encompass both Western and Native American artwork and artefacts as well as historic photographs.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 7: Amarillo

Amarillo in the state of Texas is your destination for today. On the 'Way to Amarillo' and before you leave Oklahoma, you'll visit the 'official' Route 66 Museum, where you learn about the legends surrounding the road you're travelling on and a short stop at Lucille's Service Station & Roadhouse. Then it's on to Amarillo where you make your way to the Big Texan Steak Ranch for a steak meal (optional). If you can eat a 72 oz steak in less than one hour, you get it for free! This is man vs food for real!
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

Day 8: Albuquerque

Your Route 66 road trip continues with a visit to the Cadillac Ranch, where 10 classic cars are buried nose-down in the dirt. The owners encourage graffiti so grab a spray can and leave your mark! After a short driving time you reach the Midpoint Café, the midway point between Chicago and Los Angeles, famous for hot coffee and rolls. Activities include driving through the Tijeras Canyon and stopping at Tucumcari Post and Curios.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 9: Gallup

Drive along the Rio Puerco Valley to Inscription Rock, a cliff face at El Morro National Monument where you can observe Native American Petroglyphs. Cross the Continental Divide en route to Gallup. Stay at the El Rancho Hotel, a little slice of history counting John Wayne and Katherine Hepburn amongst its famous guests.
Accommodation: Historic hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 10-11: Grand Canyon National Park

Stop at the Petrified Forest National Park to see the different colours of rock layered on top of each other. Pass through Winslow and see the location of the Eagles lyrics "standin' on the corner in Winslow, Arizona". It's not on the original Route 66, but it's so close it would be a crime to pass it by! The Grand Canyon is the ultimate symbol of the Desert Southwest and a spectacle not to be missed. This incredible natural wonder is difficult to comprehend. Once again, you'll have plenty of opportunity to explore the park at your own pace. In your free time, we highly recommend a scenic helicopter flight over the canyon, which offers perspectives that you simply can't see visiting on foot. Venture down the Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point, or stroll along the more leisurely West Rim Trail and catch a shuttle bus out to Hermit's Rest. Finish your day by watching the amazing IMAX film, 'The Grand Canyon Experience' and enjoy a spectacular sunset over one of the world's natural wonders!
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 12-13: Las Vegas

The historic Route 66 town of Seligman and the Snow Cap Diner make for a quirky stop en route to the Hoover Dam before you reach Vegas. If it's gambling you want, you have come to the right place as nowhere else in the world will you find so many casinos. In Las Vegas you'll enjoy a city tour that takes you to some of the quirky things that epitomises this city, as well as learning about some of its colourful history. You also have time for some last minute shopping and have some time to relax by the pool before a night out on the town amidst the bright lights, casinos and world-class shows.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 14: Las Vegas to Los Angeles

On your final day you have the endless sunshine of California in your sights, following the Route 66 across the great Mojave Desert to the city of Los Angeles. You'll toast farewell to an epic road trip and to your new friends from the iconic Santa Monica Pier.

This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

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  • Prices are land only. Call 0333 999 7965 for a flight inclusive quote (UK)

Solo Sleepers Optional Solo Sleeper

There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from per person. This will guarantee you your own room for every night of the tour. The number of single rooms we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.

Important Notes

We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.

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Private Departures

Why not arrange your own Grand American Adventures departure? For groups of 8 or more, we can offer private departures on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our style of travel at special rates. Although tours will run as per our standard itinerary shown here, slight modifications may be considered and dates can be chosen to suit your needs. (Subject to seasonal/operational restrictions). So contact us today and start planning your own adventure.

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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place

Hotels Before and After your trip

Tours begin and end at our designated hotels listed below in the departure and arrival cities. You can book additional hotel nights online or contact our sales team.

Custom hotel


This full service hotel is luxury at LAX complete with a stadium-style sun deck and pool and minutes from Santa Monica and Venice.

  • Full room:  per room per night
      Based on single, twin or double room.

Red Roof Inn


This hotel is right in the heart of the city and within walking distance of some of Chicago's favorite attractions: The Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier and The John Hancock Building.

  • Full room:  per room per night
      Based on single, twin or double room.

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Our specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our travel destinations.

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We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. We are also ATOL protected and IATA licensed.

Special offers are regularly available, so call us now on 0208 682 8921 or click below to request a flight quote by email.

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Travel Insurance

At Grand American Adventures we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday.

Travel Insurance

Before you join your Grand American Adventures tour you MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation. We can offer you a comprehensive travel insurance policy which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed.

See our insurance page for more information.

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