Williams • Las Vegas • Los Angeles • Santa Barbara • Santa Cruz • San Francisco
Experience the delights along America’s most iconic route as you travel across State from the ‘windy city’ of Chicago to the Golden State, California.
22 Days of Superb Road Trippin'
Dubbed as the ‘Mother Road’, experience the best of American culture and see some of the State’s most recognisable attractions as you journey along legendary Route 66. Continue your adventure beyond the path of Route 66 and onto California’s Pacific Coast Highway 1 where you’ll witness the most spectacular meeting of land and sea.
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Let’s break it down
Start your epic Route 66 adventure with a few days in the incredible city of Chicago, also known as ‘the windy city’. Home to some of the world’s most impressive skyscrapers, prestigious museums and iconic attractions, you can spend a lifetime enjoying the offerings of Chicago. Weekend festivals, cuisine from every corner of the globe, live music and beautiful parks - it’s all here.
Illinois’ stretch of famous Route 66 features some of the most iconic and authentic attractions along this unmissable drive. Experience the best of American culture as you travel through hometown neighbourhoods, particularly in the heart of Springfield where you can step back in time and walk in the footsteps of President Abraham Lincoln.
The next stop of your Route 66 tour takes you to the banks of the Mississippi River and St Louis. Be sure to visit the country’s tallest monument whilst you’re here. Standing at 630 feet, The Gateway Arch was built to commemorate Thomas Jefferson’s role in the expansion of the USA. As you continue along Route 66, stop off at Lone Elk Park where you’ll find a whole host of wildlife including bison, elk and deer.
Journey through America’s heartland to Oklahoma’s second largest city, Tulsa. Make a pit stop in Joplin, once a hide out town for notorious duo Bonnie and Clyde, before reaching Tulsa. Once known as the ‘oil capital of the world’, you can find the world’s biggest collection of West American artefacts and superb European art in Tulsa. This city is known for being a powerhouse of live music and some of the best lies in the fabulous Brady Arts District.
The stretch of Route 66 from Tulsa to Oklahoma City is like a living museum of old motels, classic American diners and iconic sights. Oklahoma City itself offers Western and Native American history and culture galore. Pick up a souvenir cowboy hat at Stockyard City - the USA’s largest working cattle market and home to a whole host of western-style clothing stores. Then wind down with an evening in Bricktown. Brimming with live music, fantastic eateries and all sorts of entertainment, this is the beating heart of Oklahoma City.
Enjoy a leisurely drive around the bustling University town of Norman before heading out on Route 66 to Elk City. This section of the Mother Road is packed with typical Oklahoma townships and unmissable stops. Head to El Reno’s for their famous fried onion burgers and discover two major Route 66 museums in Clinton and Elk City.
There’s a long drive ahead as you make your way 325 miles to Amarillo in Texas, but there are plenty of worthwhile stops along the route. Take the time to visit Palo Duro Canyon State Park, the second largest in the USA, and trek to the canyon itself on horseback. In Amarillo, visit Route 66’s iconic Cadillac Ranch where you’ll find a handful of submerged Cadillac’s covered in the signatures of previous visitors. Then discover the antiques, boutique shops and eclectic dining in Amarillo’s Route 66 Historic District.
Today, journey towards America’s Southwest and the gateway to New Mexico, Tucumcari. Head to the Tucumcari Convention Center and have your picture taken next to the famous Route 66 Roadside Attraction, or capture a shot of America’s largest mural devoted to Route 66. As you tour the town during the day you’ll spot a whole host of fascinating murals created by talented local artists, and by night you’ll get to see all those famous Route 66 neon signs.
As you travel to the capital of New Mexico, Albuquerque, take the scenic route via the Santa Fe National Forest to the city of Santa Fe. Santa Fe is a melting pot for all kinds of arts and culture and ranks as the USA’s third largest art market with close to 300 galleries. New Mexico is enriched with traditions, beliefs and timeless cultures from the American Indians who originally inhabited the lands. Out of 19 across the State, you can visit the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos which sit just beyond Santa Fe.
There’s another long drive ahead as you make your way to Williams, the gateway to the mighty Grand Canyon, where you’ll spend two nights. You have three options for exploring the Grand Canyon once you arrive in Williams. You can take the hour’s drive in your RV with all of your home comforts in tow, join the KOA’s van tour or journey on the iconic Grand Canyon Railway.
You only have 125 miles to drive today, 82 of those being along Route 66, so it’s worth spending a leisurely morning in Williams. Take some time to unwind at your Kingman campground located high in the desert and surrounded by the stunning Hualapai Mountains. As you arrive in Kingman you’ll see traces of the pioneer wagon ruts that still mark the Fort Beale Wagon Trail.
Make sure you’ve had plenty of rest as you’re about to enter the city that never sleeps, welcome to Las Vegas! With 24/7 gambling, extravagant hotels, legendary attractions and indulgent cuisine, Las Vegas is a joyride of pure entertainment. Spend a few nights soaking up the atmosphere of this iconic city, or venture out to nearby Bryce Canyon for some scenic magnificence.
Continue your journey west and make a stop at one of the most famous icons of the Colorado River, the gigantic Hoover Dam. Spend some time taking in the sights of this man-made wonder which straddles the border of Arizona and Nevada. Head towards Boulder City and travel south along the Providence Mountains before finishing your day in the outstanding Mojave National Preserve.
Your next stop along Route 66 takes you to the beating heart of America’s movie and television industry, Los Angeles. With its renowned celebrity culture and legendary entertainment scene, the City of Angels is the place to truly soak up all that the ‘American dream’ stands for. Route 66 officially ends in LA’s Santa Monica and you’ll find the final sign post standing proudly along the pier.
Head north on Route 101 towards your next stop in Santa Margarita. Along the way, spend some time in the beautiful coastal city of Santa Barbara where you’ll find world-class seafood, fantastic beaches and excellent shopping. Santa Barbara isn’t known as the ‘America’s Riviera’ for nothing.
As you travel further north to Santa Cruz you’re going to pass some of California’s most recognisable scenes. Be sure to stop in San Simeon and take a tour of the legendary Hearst Castle, once home to William Randolph Hearst. Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you journey up the coast through Big Sur and Pebble Beach. A stop in Carmel by the Sea and Monterey is a must.
Your next campground lies just north of the marvellous city of San Francisco. Make the most of this fantastic location and explore all that the Golden Gate city has to offer. Known as one of the most welcoming cities in the US, San Fran is made up of a whole host of districts where colourful art, eclectic cuisine, superb shopping and buzzing nightlife is found in abundance.