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USA - Route 66

Route 66, also known as the Mother Road goes from Chicago, Ohio to Santa Monica, California. Crossing seven different states as it winds its way from the American heart-lands, over plains, crossing mountains and driving through deserts.

So whether you are looking for Cowboys and Indians, bright lights and big cities or deserts and canyons this trip has it all.

So what are you waiting for? - lets go and get our kicks on the ultimate driving holiday as we experience the outstanding Route 66.

Includes a FREE full and comprehensive pre-holiday car check, carried out by the team at Willow Sportscars as well as One 2 One Travel Consultation with your own personal Travel Counsellor.


Get your kicks on the famous Route 66

This once in a lifetime experience driving the classic Route 66.

We strongly believe that any holiday should be a fun and relaxing experience, what better way is there to spend your holiday time than driving this iconic route. The itinerary that we have put together is only an outline of the route you could do, so if the driving distances seem a little long, we can add additional nights, up to a maximum of 90 days.

Route Map.

Day 1 Chicago

Departing from the UK on your flight with British Airways direct to Chicago.

The starting point for your self drive tour is the windy city, Chicago.

Picking up your car from the airport and start your adventure.

Enjoy a dazzling music, light and water show at Buckingham Fountain, which is one of the largest fountains in the world.

Hotel - Essex Inn.

Day 2 Chicago.

Chicago Skyline.

After a good nights rest, itís time to explore Chicago as you wonder down the magnificent mile taking time to see some very impressive architecture.

A must for Chicago is to dine at Lou Mitchellís, this diner has been going for more than 80 years and is famous for itís all day breakfast, itís an easy walk from Union Station. Please note - Louís closes early so donít miss out!

See the Sears Tower, Chicagoís tallest building and one that dominates the city skyline. Maybe take a boat cruise on Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. As the sunsets why not have dinner in one of the many Chicago blues clubs

Hotel - Essex Inn

Day 3 Chicago - St. Louis (300 miles)

Begin your journey heading west through the farmlands of Illinois.

Hereís just an example of some of the things you can do on the way to St Louis :

Stop at Joliet for a journey through time and space, take a virtual ride on a trolley and land on the moon, incredible

Stop at Willington and have a photo with the Muffler Man, try a burger at the Launching pad drive in.

Another food stop at the polk-a-dot drive in, great food and a massive display of route 66 memorabilia.

Springfield is home to the cozy dog and the cozy dog drive in, you must taste it, to believe it. This diner has been on Route 66 since 1949.

Auburn, where there is just over a mile of hand laid brick road which was done in 1931  

Check out the worldís largest Catsup Bottle at Collinsville

See the Fifth Bridge to be built over the mighty Mississippi at Edwardsville

Who wonít want to see Henryís Ra66it Ranch as quirky gift shop that is everything rabbit.

Lastly, Docís Soda Fountain, great for an ice cream treat.  

St. Louis is situated on the banks of the Mississippi River and welcomes you with its famous Gateway Arch.

Hotel - Omni Majestic

Day 4 St. Louis

Arch at St Louis.

St. Louis has always been considered the gateway to the West. It hosted the first  Olympic Games in the United States back in 1904. St Louis was also the city that Charles Lindbergh embarked on the first transatlantic flight.

Hotel - Omni Majestic

Day 5 St. Louis - Springfield (220 miles)

For todayís drive you will pass through the scenic countryside of Missouri, which was the home of Mark Twain. Along the way make time to stop at the Meramec Caverns, this cave system covers 26 miles and is well worth a visit.

Hotel - Candlewood Suite.

Day 6 Springfield - Tulsa (230 miles)

Welcome to the state of Oklahoma. Oklahoma was the promised land for many slaves who headed North looking for a better live, it was also a main frontier state and because of this, the western and Native American way of life is well covered at the Gilcrease Museum. Oklahoma now has more Native American tribal headquarters than any other state.

Hotel - Comfort Inn.

Day 7 Tulsa - Oklahoma City (120 miles)

Todays drive is going to take you to Oklahoma City, but before you arrive why not stop at the Will Rogers (voted top male film star in 1933,34 and 35) Museum in Claremore. Oklahoma City is full of museums and art galleries, but if thatís not your thing head to the Botanical Gardens and the tropical conservatory

Hotel - Best Western Plus.

Day 8 Oklahoma City - Amarillo (288 miles)

Carry on along the Mother Road, once again take a stop in El Reno to see Fort Reno. The fort was built to help protect the Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians back in 1874. A highlight for todayís drive is a stop at the Route 66 museum where you can see vintage cars and a whole host of Route 66 memorabilia.

Hotel - Comfort Inn.

Day 9 Amarillo - Tucumcari (109 miles)

Which way now?

As you leave Anarillo you just must visit the Cadillac Ranch, where 10 Cadillacs have been half-buried as a monument to Route 66.

Midpoint Cafť in Adrian, is what the name suggests, half way between Chicago and Los Angeles, that must be worth a photo stop.

As you cross the border to New Mexico turn your watches back an hour.

You will drive through old hunting grounds on your way to Tucumcari.

Hotel - Super 8.

Day 10 Tucumcari - Santa Fe (161 miles).

The drive today will take you to Santa Fe, which is the oldest state capital in the US. A great city with loads to offer.

Hotel - Courtyard by Marriott.

Day 11 Santa Fe.

Santa Fe has loads of great examples of Pueblo architecture. Make sure you check some out while your here.

Hotel - Courtyard by Marriott.

Day 12 Santa Fe - Holbrook (276 miles).

Driving through Arizona.

Leaving Santa Fe the route heads through Albuquerque and onto the state of Arizona. As you continue to Holbrook you will see old cafes and motels that still line the old Route 66, sadly some have seen better days.

Hotel - Best Western Arizonian.

Day 13 Holbrook - Grand Canyon (171 miles).

An historic sign.

Today you head over to see one of the most amazing sites in the world, The Grand Canyon, but before you get there donít forget to stop at Meteor Crater, at nearly 1 mile across and 550 feet deep this, dare we say hole, was created by an asteroid hitting the earth whilst it was moving at 26000 mph. But donít worry it did happen over 50000 years ago.

Another great stop for today is Flagstaff, a town rich is route 66 and Native American history.

Hotel - Best Western Premier Squire Inn.

Day 14: Grand Canyon.

Look before you leap, ďThe Grand CanyonĒ.

The outstanding, mind blowing Grand Canyon will leave you dumb struck as you gaze at itís sheer size. Along the rim of the canyon there are loads of viewing points, or better still take a walk down the canyon, but beware going down is easy, but the return is all uphill. Trust us on that one, weíve done it!!

Hotel - Best Western Premier Squire Inn.

Day 15 Grand Canyon - Las Vegas (277 miles).

With all the excitement thatís to come, we must not forget that this leg of the trip has the longest remaining segments of the old Route 66.

Drive through the desert in to Nevada to reach the entertainment capital of the world.

For those that have been , they will know the beauty of this city, for those that have yet to experience the views of the mega structures that line ďThe StripĒ.

Las Vegas is a city that never sleeps which is great as there is so much to see and do.

We have chosen an iconic hotel for you to stay in ďThe Luxor, with itís pyramid lobby and casino and talking camels, we know you will just love it.

Hotel - The Luxor.

Day 16 Las Vegas.

The sign says it all.

A whole day to explore the wonderful city of Vegas.

Many companies say take time to relax by the pool, we say head out, hit the town hard. Take in Monte Carlo, New York, Paris and Venice. See the tigers at the Mirage or the pirates at TI. The shops at Caesars with itís for ever changing ceilings. The world famous fountains at Bellagio. in the list of top 15 largest hotels in the world, Las Vegas hosts 10 of them.

Itís a world with out clocks or any natural light in the casino areas and the carpets tell more of a tale than just a colour. As night falls over the neon city, head to old Las Vegas and the Freemont Street Experience, a light show to end all light shows. With incredible West-End style shows, TV studios, theme and water parks you will be in for an incredible time, and we havenít even mentioned the food.

Hotel - The Luxor.

Day 17 Las Vegas - Santa Monica (286 miles).

Today, and your final major drive takes you through the Mojave Desert. Take a stop just before you cross the border in to California and see the car that was used by Bonnie and Clyde. As you cross the San Bernardino Mountains you will see the city of Los Angeles before you.

Route 66 becomes Santa Monica Boulevard and will lead you through Hollywood, Beverly Hills and all the way to the ocean at Santa Monica Pier.

Santa Monica Pier.

Well done, youíve made it, you have driven the iconic Route 66.

Hotel - Marriott Los Angeles.

Day 18: Los Angeles.

Relax and enjoy this really great hotel, or, as Los Angels hosts a different tourist attraction for everyday of the year get out and live the dream.

Take a city tour and see the walk of fame, check out the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel with itís live size statue of Charlie Chaplain. The Chinese theatre, home of the academy awards. Follow in the foot steps of Julia Roberts and do some serious shopping on Rodeo Drive.

If you like your days to be slightly less serious and a whole heap more fun, then head over to Anaheim and the home of Mickey and Donald at the original Disneyland park.

Hotel - Marriott Los Angeles.

Day 19 Depart Los Angeles.

Amazing memories.

On your last day, why not reflect on your incredible journey and you soak up the last of the Californian sun before you drop your car off at the airport for your return British Airways direct flight back home.

 If you wish to take your own car, please call us for details and prices.


Some of this trips highlights :

* Drive this iconic road.
* Experience some world class cities.
* See history at every turn of the wheel.
* See Santa Fe, the oldest capital in the States.
* The amazing Grand Canyon.
* Stay at the home of entertainment.
* Cadillac ranch.
* Quality Accommodation in the best locations.
* Freedom to do as you please.


Whatís included :

* Return flights with British Airways.
* Car Hire with fully inclusive insurance.
* Hotels as above.

Help with driving instructions, maps, things to see and do.

Also ESTA and APIS information supplied and completed.

All Hotels are based on room only

19 days from only £2100  per person

Drop fee $500 payable locally


This trip is based on a departure date 9th September 2015, all prices and hotels are subject to availability and price change.

Other hotels, and departure dates are available.

Even though we have laid out a great itinerary, which everyone would enjoy, we donít insist that you stick to it, unless it is 100% right for you, this is why all our trips are completely changeable. All our trips can be tailored to meet your individual needs.

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