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Historic Route 66 Self-Drive

19 days from £2,875pp Inc. Flights

Historic Route 66 Self-Drive

19 days from £2,875pp

Includes flights
What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

    Places visited:

  • Chicago
  • Springfield, IL
  • St Louis
  • Springfield, MO
  • Oklahoma City
  • Amarillo
  • Albuquerque
  • Winslow
  • Grand Canyon National Park - South Rim
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles

Itinerary highlights

  • Admire the beaches, architecture and night life of Chicago.

  • Marvel at the epic scenery of the Grand Canyon.

  • Enjoy a hike through the beautiful Petrified Forest National Park.

  • Experience the excitement and bright lights of Las Vegas.

  • Soak up the atmosphere, relax on the beach or go shopping in Los Angeles.

Price includes

Scheduled international flights
Fully insured vehicle hire
All accommodation
  • Chicago
  • Springfield, IL
  • St Louis
  • Springfield, MO
  • Oklahoma City
  • Amarillo
  • Albuquerque
  • Winslow
  • Grand Canyon National Park - South Rim
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 Chicago

International outbound flight , Chicago

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Chicago. On arrival in Chicago make your own way to your downtown hotel. The remainder of the day is free for you to settle in. You could relax in Millennium Park and admire its art installations and fountains, visit one of the city's museums or head out to a local pizzeria for your first taste of an authentic Chicago deep dish pizza.

Day 2 Chicago

Chicago

Enjoy a full day at leisure exploring the 'Windy City', Chicago. There's plenty to do in this exciting metropolis; we recommend a trip to the Skydeck at the top of Willis Tower or, for a different view of the city skyline, take a boat trip on Lake Michigan at sunset.

Day 3 Springfield, IL

Chicago , Springfield, IL

Accommodation

Day 4 St Louis

Springfield, IL , St Louis

Departing Springfield, this morning's two hour drive takes you through rolling farmland and patchwork fields into St Louis, Missouri. The afternoon is free for you to explore this historic city at leisure. There's plenty to see and do in St Louis; the famous Gateway Arch represents the city's moniker, the 'Gateway to the West', and the City Museum and Lafayette Square are well worth a visit.

Day 5 Springfield, MO

St Louis , Springfield, MO

Leave the Mississippi River behind and travel along Route 66 through the scenic beauty of the Ozark Mountains. The Ozarks are the second oldest mountains in the world and offer beautiful vistas and great walking opportunities for visitors. Around a four hour drive from St Louis is Springfield, Missouri, where you'll stop for the night.

Day 6 Oklahoma City

Springfield, MO , Oklahoma City

Today's journey sees you drive almost 483 km (300 miles) west to Oklahoma City - a journey of around five hours. Crossing the state border, you officially enter the American South; the land around you becomes increasingly arid and dusty as you pass through land that was once the haunt of Native Americans, later the territory of cowboys and outlaws. On arrival at your hotel, tuck into a hearty meal and put your feet up after your long journey.

Day 7 Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City

Day 8 Amarillo

Oklahoma City , Amarillo

Day 9 Albuquerque

Amarillo , Albuquerque

Continue your road trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico; around a four and a half hour drive from Amarillo. You'll be driving through the former hunting ground of the Comanche Indians; now the land of tumbleweed, cattle and cotton of the Texas Panhandle.

Day 13 Grand Canyon National Park - South Rim

Grand Canyon National Park - South Rim

Spend a full day exploring Grand Canyon National Park. You may wish to take a helicopter trip over the canyon, take a hike down into the valley, or simply gaze in awe at the sight of the canyon at sunrise or sunset.

Day 14 Las Vegas

Grand Canyon National Park - South Rim , Las Vegas

Continue your drive west for another 483 km (300 miles) into Nevada. It's worth making an early start as there's lots to see on this five and a half hour journey. Detouring from the main highway at Seligman allows you to travel along the original Route 66, which is peppered with abandoned motels, derelict gas stations, and the outdoor Route 66 Car Museum. Venturing deeper into the desert, you'll have the opportunity to stop at the Hoover Dam, which is located around 56 km (35 miles) south of Las Vegas.

Day 15 Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Spend a full day at leisure exploring the spectacle that is Las Vegas. Visit one of the many themed casinos, admire the bright lights and take in a show from some of the world' s most famous performers.

Day 16 Los Angeles

Las Vegas , Los Angeles

Complete your epic journey with your final 435 km (270 mile) drive to Los Angeles. A journey of around six hours, you'll travel through the Californian desert for much of the day, passing by the Mojave National Preserve; a sweeping desert landscape punctuated by wildflowers and Joshua trees. On arrival in Los Angeles, return your car to the depot and make your own way to your hotel.

Day 17 Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Enjoy a full day at leisure exploring California's largest city, Los Angeles. This cosmopolitan city offers a diverse range of shops, restaurants and night life as well as world-renowned art galleries, beaches and film studios. Don't miss a shopping trip to Beverly Hills, explore the celebrity haunts of Hollywood or just relax on the golden sands of Santa Monica.

Day 18 International return flight

Los Angeles , International return flight

Enjoy a last morning at leisure in Los Angeles then make your way to the airport in time for your onward flight.

Day 19 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Audley Travel specialist Tom
Audley Travel specialist Natalie

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