2020 ROUTE 66
Chicago to Los Angeles
Buckle up for an American road trip you'll never forget, tracing the famed Route 66 from Chicago to the City of Angels. From the world's tallest arch to high living in a desert oasis, tune in to the wild and welcoming spirit of The Main Street of America. All breakfasts plus 5 dinners included. A much better trip that what Cheapestmost offers.
* Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
* Daily breakfast and an average of 35% of evening meals
* Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi
* Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
* Hand-picked Insider Experiences
* Optional Experiences and free time
* Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
* Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
* VIP entry to many sights
Day 1 - Arrive Chicago
Welcome to the starting point of Route 66. At 6 p.m., gather with your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Deception. HOTEL: The Palmer House Hilton
Day 2 - Chicago – Pontiac – Springfield - St Louis
(BD) After an introduction to the Windy City, hit the road for a good, old-fashioned American road trip. Explore the history and cultural impact of America's Mother Road at the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame and Museum. Roll on to Springfield, on the way to St. Louis, where you learn to mix up your own dry rub and enjoy a rib-sticking Be My Guest barbecue dinner. HOTEL: Holiday Inn St. Louis Downtown (2 nights)
Day 3 - St. Louis Sightseeing
(B) Start the day with the view from atop the famed St. Louis Gateway Arch. Afterward, experience a Cultural Insight with a guided tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery-from the stables of the Clydesdales to the tasting room. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy. Ho-Hum.
Day 4- St. Louis - Meramec Caverns - Branson
(B) Begin your day by going underground in Meramec Caverns, a former hideout of Jesse James. Then it's onward to the Ozarks and the lively American musical mecca of Branson to explore on your own. HOTEL: Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES: Branson Showboat and Dinner
Themed after the majestic showboats of the 1800s, the Showboat Branson Belle evokes the spirit of a bygone era when river boat adventure, glamorous travel and dazzling entertainment converged into what we remember as Those Grand Old Showboatin’ Days! See gorgeous views of Table Rock Lake when you take a lake cruise aboard the magnificent Showboat Branson Belle! Stroll the three decks, and enjoy panoramic views of the lush Ozark Mountains across the turquoise waters of Table Rock Lake. During your 2-hour lake cruise, experience fabulous Branson dining and the best in Branson shows. Your 2-hour cruise on magnificent Table Rock Lake, Missouri includes a delicious 3-course meal freshly prepared in the ship's galley and the Show – Celebrate, featuring music, comedy, magic and more. This is one of the fun things to do at Table Rock Lake, so don’t miss the boat! Approx. duration: 3 hours. $67.00 - YES
Day 5 – Branson - Claremore - Oklahoma City
(BD) Travel eastern Oklahoma via a scenic stretch of Will Rogers Highway. Stop to visit the Will Rogers Memorial Museum dedicated to the American humorist. Tonight, enjoy a Regional Meal. HOTEL: Courtyard Oklahoma City Downtown (2 nights)
Day 6 – Oklahoma City Sightseeing
(B) Visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, honoring the 1995 bombing victims. Then, get a taste of the Old West at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. The rest of the day is yours to explore.
Day 7 – Oklahoma City – Route 66 Museum - Amarillo
(B) In Clinton, explore a classic collection of Route 66 history, memorabilia and culture. Return to Old Route 66 for a scenic drive before stopping in Amarillo. HOTEL: Embassy Suites Downtown
Day 8 – Amarillo – Albuquerque
(BD) See the famed Cadillac Ranch pop art installation just outside of Amarillo. Stop in Tucumcari, where a large number of the vintage motels and restaurants are still in existence. Travel on to Albuquerque for a dinner at the 66 Diner with its jukebox and blue-plate specials. HOTEL: Albuquerque at Old Town (2 nights)
Day 9 - Albuquerque
(B) While Albuquerque didn't boom until the creation of Route 66, the city has existed for more than 300 years. Enjoy the day exploring on your own.
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES: Full Day Excursion to Santa Fe
Drive to spend the day in charming Santa Fe, dubbed the “City Different” and the first U.S. city to be chosen by UNESCO as a Creative City in 2005. Situated at 7,000 feet (2,134 meters) in the southern Rocky Mountains, Santa Fe was founded between 1607, making it the second oldest city as well as the highest and oldest capital in the U.S. Long a center for arts and culture, it ranks as the U.S.’s third largest art market and is home to more than a dozen major museums. Upon arrival, embark on a sightseeing trolley tour of the city’s plaza, art galleries along Canyon Road, and historic landmarks. Then, you’ll have some time at leisure to enjoy lunch on your own, visit the famous Loretto Chapel. Approx. duration: 8 hours. $50.00 - YES
Day 10 – Albuquerque - Flagstaff
(BD) Cruise through Gallup this morning and see the historic El Rancho Hotel. Crossing into Arizona, watch the changing colors of the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park. See the Wigwam Motel and the Man Standing on the Corner before arriving in Flagstaff. HOTEL: DoubleTree Flagstaff
Day 11 – Flagstaff – Cameron Trading Post – Grand Canyon NP
(B) Stop at Cameron Trading Post and browse through the shop for Navajo crafts. This afternoon, wind along scenic Desert View Drive before arriving at the Grand Canyon and spend the night inside the park. HOTEL: National Park Lodges
Day 12 – Grand Canyon NP – Seligman – Lost Wages
(B) Hit the road again, passing through Seligman. Drive through a Route 66 ghost town along the original route to see the well-preserved motels, diners and gas stations of a simpler era. Then on to Las Vegas to enjoy some free time. HOTEL: Tropicana Las Vegas (2 nights)
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES: North Canyon Tour Helicopter Flight
Your tour takes you over the Kaibab National Forest and into the deepest portion of the Grand Canyon, through the Dragon Corridor, and continues to the North Rim, where you view the incredible geological differences between the North and South Rims. During your return to the South Rim, enjoy breathtaking views of temples, shrines and rock formations sculpted by time while flying above the widest portion of the mighty Colorado River. Flight duration: 25-30 minutes. $219.00 – NO!
Day 13 – Lost Day in Lost Wages
(B) A full free day wasted on what little Lost Wages has to offer.
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES: Lost Wages Sights and Lights
Join this exciting night on the town in the 'City That Never Sleeps!' You’ll be amazed by the brilliant Fremont Street Experience, see countless wedding chapels, and, of course, be awed by the most spectacular collection of casino hotels in the world. There will be plenty of stops along the way to see some of the most extravagant casinos and attractions, each trying to outdo the other. Be prepared for an evening that’s full of surprises! Approx. duration: 2.5 hours. $35.00 – SOMETHING TO DO
Day 14 – Lost Wages to Los Angeles
(BD) Travel from the desert of Las Vegas into Los Angeles. This evening, celebrate with a festive Farewell Dinner. HOTEL: Beverly Hills Marriott
Day 15 – Depart Los Angeles
(B) Say goodbye to Route 66 with a trip to Santa Monica. Then take a transfer to Los Angeles International Airport or extend your stay in L.A.