Route 66, The Mother Road
16 Day Tour from Chicago to Los Angeles
April 15 – 30, 2016 = $2298*
May 13 – 28, 2016 = $2414*
May 20 – June 4, 2016 = $2414*
June 3 – 18, 2016 = $2319*
July 15 – 30, 2016 = $2319*
July 29 – August 13, 2016 = $2319*
August 12 – 27, 2016 = $2319*
August 26 – Sept. 10, 2016 = $2319*
Sept. 9 – 24, 2016 = $2414*
Sept. 16 – Oct. 1, 2016 = $2414*
*Plus air fare. Air fare that was booked in Sept. 2015 for June 2016 for this tour was $307.
Prices based on Double Occupancy
Follow legendary Route 66 and see how Americans traveled from the 1920s thru the 1960s. Also known as the “Mother Road,” this historic route begins in Chicago and ends in Los Angeles.
Now a preserved piece of history, its original purpose was to connect rural and urban communities to main streets, providing freedom of travel. On this vacation, you’ll get the opportunity to travel to some of the cities along Route 66. This special departure includes Springfield’s International Route 66 Festival with hot cars, cool trucks, vintage motorcycles, and live entertainment and specialty foods; as well as the stunning Mass Ascension of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Start your trip in Chicago and stop in Springfield, St. Louis, Branson, Oklahoma City, Amarillo, Albuquerque, Flagstaff, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles.
A few of the many highlights along the way include the Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum in Pontiac, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, St. Louis’ Gateway Arch, the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum, the Route 66 Auto Museum in Santa Rosa, the Barstow Route 66 Museum, and various Route 66 icons.
The tour also deviates from Route 66, so you can see breathtaking scenery at the Grand Canyon and experience the excitement of Las Vegas.
Day 1 Chicago Welcome to the start of famous Route 66! Enjoy time at leisure to relax or to do some independent exploring. Your Tour Director is on hand this evening to answer any questions.
Day 2 Chicago Known as the “Windy City,” Chicago is home to America’s tallest building, legends such as Al Capone and his notorious gang, and countless jazz and blues clubs. Get to know this exciting city on a morning sightseeing tour. This afternoon is at leisure. Ride the elevator to the top of the Willis Tower, formally known as the Sears Tower, explore The Magnificent Mile with 460 stores in eight city blocks, or stroll along Navy Pier. Tonight, join an optional Gangster Tour.
Day 3 Chicago–Pontiac–Springfield This morning, immerse yourself in Route 66 memorabilia. Visit the ROUTE 66 HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM in Pontiac, housed in a historic fire station. See the large maps that will sketch out your Route 66 adventure for the coming days, and enjoy the nostalgic photos and postcards from the “Mother Road’s” heyday. Outside the museum, enjoy some of the outdoor murals depicting Route 66 themes scattered throughout the town center. On to Springfield and the former home of President Abraham Lincoln. Visit his home and the ABRAHAM LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM. The evening is yours to enjoy the International Route 66 Festival, where the streets come alive with the rumble of engines from hot cars, cool tracks and vintage motorcycles. There is free live entertainment featuring R & B, Motown and everyone’s favorite tunes of the 50s and 60s. There are also various exhibitors, vendors, and dozens of specialty food stalls.
Day 4 Springfield–St. Louis This morning we cross the mighty Mississippi River and continue to St. Louis, “Gateway to the West.” Your orientation tour includes the towering GATEWAY ARCH. Ride to the top of the 630-foot-tall Arch for a panoramic view of the city and river.
Day 5 St. Louis–Branson Today we travel through the Missouri countryside, then on to Branson, one of America’s biggest music centers. Join us this evening for our optional award-winning buffet dinner and one of Branson’s top shows. Your Tour Director will have further details. (CB)
Day 6 Branson–Oklahoma City This morning, leave the Ozarks and travel through America’s “Bible Belt” into Cowboy Country. After a quick drive through Kansas, enter Oklahoma, once known as Indian Territory. Stop in Claremore to visit the WILL ROGERS MEMORIAL MUSEUM. Born on a sprawling frontier ranch in Oklahoma, Will Rogers was an Indian, a cowboy, a movie and Broadway star, a writer, a speaker, a comedian, and a world figure. View his collection of saddles, photos, and manuscripts that reflect on his incredible life. Later today, arrive in Oklahoma City. (CB)
Day 7 Oklahoma City–Amarillo A city tour this morning includes the NATIONAL COWBOY HALL OF FAME & WESTERN HERITAGE MUSEUM, a national memorial to the American cowboy. See exhibits that include Native Americans, the American cowboy, rodeo, and more. A “must-see” is Prosperity Junction, a recreated Western town. From here, travel to Clinton, Oklahoma, where you’ll visit the OKLAHOMA ROUTE 66 MUSEUM, home to vintage cars, neon signs, a ‘50s diner, and drive-in theater. Continue through the rolling hill country into Texas and on to Amarillo, the state’s oil capital. Get into the Lone Star spirit tonight with our optional dinner of juicy Texas steak, served with heaps of Wild West atmosphere. (CB)
Day 8 Amarillo–Tucumcari–Santa Rosa–Albuquerque On the way out of Amarillo, see Cadillac Ranch, a quirky art sculpture consisting of a collection of 10 Cadillacs. Before crossing into New Mexico, reach Adrian, the halfway point on Route 66. Next, stop in Tucumcari to hear the ancient Indian fable of how the city received its name, shop for souvenirs at Tepee Curios, and see the neon signs of the Blue Swallow Motel that has been serving travelers of Route 66 since 1939. Continue along old Route 66 west to Santa Rosa. Look for the signs of the good ol’ days: Comet Drive-In, Silver Moon, Sun and Sand, and the still-grinning faces of Fat Man billboards outside of town. Visit the ROUTE 66 AUTO MUSEUM to see memorabilia and cars of the era. Upon arrival in Albuquerque, visit Central Avenue, where many of the original Route 66 buildings and businesses still stand. An included guided walking tour features Albuquerque’s Old Town, site of the city’s original settlement. (CB)
Day 9 Albuquerque This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast or sunbathe in the New Mexico sunshine. Consider a short walk to Old Town, site of the city’s original settlement. Hone your bargaining skills with the local craftsmen who line the square to sell their lovely silver and turquoise jewelry. You may wish to visit the renowned Albuquerque Museum of Art & History that features Southwestern art and 400 years of Albuquerque history. After spending the rest of the day exploring more of this atmospheric city, seize the chance to ride the world’s longest aerial tramway up nearby Sandia Peak Mountain and witness spine-tingling views of the desert floor, forests, and canyons below.
Day 10 Albuquerque–Gallup–Holbrook–Winslow–Flagstaff This morning stand in awe as you experience the pre-dawn opening ceremonies and the unforgettable Mass Ascension where hundreds of hot air balloons take off, turning the sky into a virtual rainbow of colors. What began as a gathering of thirteen balloons 35 years ago has since turned into the largest ballooning event in the world. Then, cross the Continental Divide and continue to Gallup, which claims a longtime Hollywood connection. From Redskin, filmed in 1929, to the more recent adventures of Superman, the area has provided unequaled movie scenery. Tonight is in Flagstaff, nestled at the base of the San Francisco Mountains.
Day 11 Flagstaff–Grand Canyon National Park Deviate from Route 66 to see one of the Natural Wonders of the World, the GRAND CANYON. Wander along the canyon rim and experience breathtaking views. Perhaps join the optional helicopter “flightseeing” tour. Tonight you stay inside Grand Canyon National Park. (CB)
Day 12 Grand Canyon National Park–Williams–Seligman–Las Vegas Return to Route 66 and pass through historic Williams, which is listed in the National Register for Historic Places. Make sure to appreciate the neon signs of the intact circa 1940s “Motel Row.” Later today, visit Seligman, home to the rebirth of Route 66. Detour once again from Route 66 to visit the bright lights and excitement of Las Vegas.
Day 13 Las Vegas Enjoy a day at leisure. Relax by the pool or explore the world-renowned Las Vegas Strip. Ride the world’s highest rollercoaster, float through a Venice canal, or see man-eating sharks up close—it’s all possible in Las Vegas. Don’t miss downtown Las Vegas, where you’ll find the Fremont Street Experience, five city blocks enclosed in a glass atrium and filled with dazzling lights, sounds, and action. A variety of optional excursions are available, including a float trip through dramatic Black Canyon on the Colorado River. In the evening, join an optional night out at a dazzling show featuring top Vegas entertainment.
Day 14 Las Vegas–Barstow–Santa Monica–Los Angeles Today, depart the manmade phenomenon of Las Vegas and cross the Mojave Desert and the San Bernardino Mountains en route to Los Angeles. Time to stop in Barstow to visit the BARSTOW ROUTE 66 MUSEUM, which displays a collection of historic photographs and artifacts related to Route 66 and the Mojave Desert communities. Continue on to Santa Monica, the ending point of Route 66. Overnight in Los Angeles, the “Capital of Glamour.”
Day 15 Los Angeles Savor the exciting “City of Angels” on our morning tour of glamorous Beverly HIlls, Sunset HIlls, Sunset Strip, Hollywood, and more legendary sights. The rest of the day is yours to perhaps enjoy Disneyland® or Universal Studios®, shop for souvenirs, or relax by the pool. Alternatively, join our Inside Historic Hollywood tour to sample the excitement of this revered film district with its studios and landmarks.
Day 16 Los Angeles The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Los Angeles International Airport are included. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore Los Angeles further with a variety of exciting optional activities.
Sightseeing: In Chicago, Oklahoma City, Albuquerque, and Los Angeles; orientation in St. Louis, Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Gateway Arch, Will Rogers Memorial Museum, Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma Route 66 Museum, Route 66 Auto Museum, and Route 66 Mother Road Museum.
Scenic Highlights: Route 66, Acoma Sky City, Grand Canyon National Park, and Route 66 icons: Cadillac Ranch, Tucumcari, and Wigwam Village.
Services of a professional Tour Director.
- On vacations that include an overnight stay in Las Vegas, at least one member of the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older.
- Departure June 20 will not be able to visit Acoma Pueblo/Sky City due to a closure. Passengers will be refunded $15.00 on tour.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
5 continental breakfasts
Transfers from the airport to the hotel upon arrival at the beginning of the trip*
Transfers from the hotel to the airport at the end of the trip*
Superior first class hotel accommodations throughout the trip
Porterage and hotel taxes and fees
Baggage handling at each hotel stop
Professional Tour Director throughout the trip
VIP admissions to popular sites – no waiting in line, admission included
Motor coach transportation throughout the tour
Full buffet breakfast daily
Favorite Activities – experiences to help you become immersed in the local flavor and lifestyle
Headsets for sightseeing tours
Complimentary Wi-Fi on motor coach and at most hotels
*If air fare is purchased with the tour
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