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Historic Route 66

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Immortalised in folklore, film and song, Route 66 remains the iconic symbol of the great American road trip. This is a journey of adventure, discovery and the freedom of the open road. Cruise along 'America's Main Street', the first paved highway linking Chicago with the West. On this Route 66 tour, you'll cross eight states and make a small detour for the biggest sight in the West, the magnificent Grand Canyon. From snow-cones and corndogs, to cowboys, country music and rock 'n' roll - it's classic Americana all the way, as you travel from the heartland to the coast, on the world's most famous road.

  • Days 1 Chicago

    You've arrived in Chicago, the official start of Route 66. A welcome meeting will be held at 18:00 hrs in your hotel for you to meet your tour leader and fellow travelling companions. If you arrive earlier in the day why not kick off your Route 66 holiday by grabbing a slice of deep-dish pizza before venturing up the Willis Tower, or take to the streets for your very own walking tour along the shores of Lake Michigan. Accommodation: Hotel included I Meals: Paid locally

  • Days 2 Pontiac - Springfield

    After leaving Chicago, your first stop on your Route 66 holiday is the town of Pontiac to see the fantastic Main Street murals celebrating Route 66, the Pontiac automobile brand, and local cultural and political history. A collection of more than 150 artists known as the 'Walldogs' painted a collection of 18 murals in just four days in the summer of 2009. Then you'll head south to the iconic Route 66 stop of Springfield, the capital of Illinois. Springfield's favourite son was Abraham Lincoln and you'll pay a visit to the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, the home that he lived in with his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, from 1844 until 1861 when he became US President. Springfield is also the birthplace of the corndog and drive-thru restaurants, so make sure you arrive with an empty stomach! Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

  • Days 3 St Louis

    From Springfield, Illinois, it's only a couple of hours drive to St Louis, Missouri. St Louis is one of the largest cities in the USA with a metropolitan population of over 2.8 million. Founded in 1764 it became a major port on the Mississippi River and even hosted the Olympic Games in 1904. The Gateway Arch commemorates the settlement of America's West and it was from here that countless pioneers set out to conquer the wild frontier. Stop at Ted Drewes, an iconic Route 66 tour attraction, where you can try a 'Concrete', an extremely thick milkshake made from vanilla frozen custard. Spend the evening checking out the city's vibrant nightlife at your leisure. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

  • Days 4 Branson

    Home to Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede and considered an alternative version of The Strip, country music is to Branson what gambling is to Las Vegas. With over 50 dinner theatres, shows and other entertainment oddities, Branson is where it's at in Missouri. It unleashes a hefty dose of pure Americana and a wonderful playlist to enjoy it to. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

  • Days 5-6 Oklahoma City

    Oklahoma, with more driveable miles of the old highway than any other state, is a mecca for fans of the 'Mother Road'. Oklahoma City is the capital and the largest city in the state. You spend a couple of nights here and can enjoy a full day discovering some of the city's many cultural attractions. Visit the Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum and the historic Coleman Theatre - built in the late 1920s in the era of vaudeville and silent films. Oklahoma is also the gateway to cowboy country so what could be a better introduction to the 'Wild West' than an optional visit to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Originally established in 1955 as the Cowboy Hall of Fame and Museum, it has broadened its scope to encompass both Western and Native American artwork and artefacts as well as historic photographs. Oklahoma City is a great place to see a baseball game and if you're interested, please mention this to your leader early on. A top tip is to swing by the many food trucks scattered around the city and sample some local flavours at reasonable prices. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

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Aktiviteter

  • Explore the Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum
  • Visit the historic Coleman Theatre
  • Entry to Abraham Lincoln's House and Museum
  • St Louis Gateway Arch
  • Stay at the famous and historic El Rancho Hotel
  • See the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo
  • Crossing the sprawling Great Plains
  • Cruise the Las Vegas Strip
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Visit the iconic Santa Monica Pier
  • Visit Pontiac's painted wall murals

Overnatning

12 hotel nights in twin share accommodation, 1 historic property. For your own room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see 'Dates and Prices' tab).

Ekstra information

  • Helicopter flight - Grand Canyon US$284
  • IMAX Theater - Grand Canyon US$15
  • Limo ride - Las Vegas US$25-$30
  • Helicopter flight - Las Vegas US$124
  • National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City US$13
  • Meramec Caverns - Branson US$21
  • 'Bobby's Bike Hike' - Chicago US$35
  • Roller coasters - Las Vegas US$25-$40
  • Spray graffiti at Cadillac Ranch - Amarillo US$FREE
  • Gun range - Las Vegas US$20-$100
  • Go karting - Las Vegas US$26
  • Get married in Las Vegas (not legally binding) US$220
  • Acoma Indian Reservation & Sky City Pueblo US$23
  • Dixie Stampede dinner - Branson US$55-$60

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