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Self-Drive: Highlights of Route 66

12 days from £1735 per person

If you’re short on time or don’t wish to take two weeks to drive the full route, then this itinerary might be the perfect option for you. Our carefully planned, 11 night Route 66 itinerary includes overnight stops in all the right places and can be enjoyed all year round, even outside of the recommended Route 66 season (May – September). You’ll fly into Oklahoma City and pick up Route 66 here. Over the course of the next 11 days you’ll journey along the Mother Road through to Los Angeles, stopping off to visit iconic Route 66 landmarks as you go. Enjoy delving into Cowboy Country, marvel at the breathtaking Grand Canyon and soak up the Californian sun and relaxed coastal vibe.

Route: Oklahoma City – Amarillo – Albuquerque – Gallup – Holbrook – Grand Canyon – Las Vegas – Los Angeles

Itinerary Highlights

A snapshot version of the famed Route 66 route, perfect for those who are short on time or want to travel at any time of the year.

Enjoy your stay at the Big Texan Motel in Amarillo, and for the carnivores out there perhaps take on the 72oz steak challenge next door.

On your way to the Grand Canyon from Holbrook, allow time to take a detour to the extraordinary meteor crater that made its mark over 50,000 years ago.

Itinerary: Self-Drive: Highlights of Route 66

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international flight to Oklahoma City. On arrival you will collect your hire car from the airport and drive to your centrally located hotel. Oklahoma City is Wild West country and it’s certainly a fun place for you to start your Route 66 road trip. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the cultural activities that are influenced by the town’s Native American history and cowboy heritage. You might choose to visit the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum or stop by one of the local galleries showcasing traditional Western art. (N)
Accommodation in Oklahoma City: Best Western Plus Broadway Inn & Suites (or similar)
Your road trip gets into full swing today. Jump in to your hire car and drive past small towns and quirky road signs dotted along the dusty roads that lead into the ‘Lone Star State’ and on to Amarillo. You might choose to make a detour to Palo Duro Canyon State Park, the second largest canyon in the country, located in the heart of the Texas Panhandle. It’s a beautiful park where you can enjoy hiking, biking and following nature trails. You’ll spend the night at the Big Texan Motel, which is situated right next to the iconic Big Texan Steak ranch that offers a free 72oz steak, if you can finish the whole meal in under an hour. (N)
Accommodation in Amarillo: Big Texan Motel (or similar)
Hop back in your car today and head to the artistic ‘Cadillac Ranch’, an iconic Route 66 stopping point that’s en route to Albuquerque. Enjoy stepping out of your car and breathing in the high desert air when you arrive at Albuquerque. Spend today exploring the Route 66 attractions, including the self-guided Route 66 Tour that starts in Nob Hill and takes you through to the Old Town, passing by De Anza Motor Lodge and the Kimo Theatre. You’ll have the opportunity to learn more about Albuquerque’s rich culture and heritage by visiting the town’s museums and living traditions shows. Take some time to enjoy a spot of alfresco dining along the Old Town’s cobbled streets as well this evening. (N)
Accommodation in Albuquerque: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Albuquerque (or similar)
Today you will continue your journey through the Spanish-influenced towns of New Mexico until you reach Gallup. Gallup is a relatively quiet town that’s home to one of the best and brightest strips showcasing neon Route 66 signs, huge trading posts and the delightfully preserved El Rancho hotel where you will spend the night. (N)
Accommodation in Gallup: El Rancho Hotel (or similar)
You’ll notice a dramatic change in scenery as you cross the border into Arizona and drive through red desert plains to Holbrook. Just past the border you’ll come across the Petrified Forest National Park which offers spectacular views across vast areas of petrified trees. When you arrive into Holbrook, check into your Wigwam accommodation and immerse yourself into the Wild West culture by taking a tour of a working ranch or attending a rodeo this evening. (N)
Accommodation in Holbrook: Wigwam Motel Holbrook (or similar)
Although the Grand Canyon isn’t a typical stop on Route 66, we think the detour is worth it. En route to the Grand Canyon you can visit the phenomenal 550 feet deep Meteor Crater that hit the earth approximately 50,000 years ago. When you arrive at the Grand Canyon, enjoy spending time marvelling at the impressive views across the Canyon, hiking on the well-trodden routes or booking a guided tour if you want to find out more information from a knowledgeable guide. (N)
Accommodation in Grand Canyon: Best Western Premier Squire Inn Grand Canyon (or similar)
Today you will drive to another location on your itinerary that isn’t on the typical route, but a popular addition that’s sure to keep you on your toes! When you arrive, swing by the Airport to drop off your hire car, you won't need a car whilst you're here. Your hotel is conveniently located on the bold and bright Las Vegas strip, ensuring you are in the centre of the action at all times. Champagne popping and cameras snapping; waltz in and out of the weird and wonderful hotels, lavish restaurants, casinos, glamorous shows and thrilling rides dotted all over this glitzy fantasyland. (N)
Accommodation in Las Vegas: Luxor (or similar)
Today is again free for you to continue exploring the city that never sleeps, Viva Las Vegas! (N)
Accommodation in Las Vegas: Luxor (or similar)
Before leaving the bright lights of Vegas behind you, you’ll just need to collect your new hire car from Las Vegas International Airport for your final drive across the Mojave Desert to Los Angeles. Los Angeles is the home of television and movie productions, a place where the sun always shines and everyone has a great time. Spend today wandering along the Hollywood Boulevard admiring the walk of fame and viewing the iconic Hollywood sign atop the Griffith Observatory tower. (N)
Accommodation in Los Angeles: Dunes Inn Sunset (or similar)
Soak up the lush Californian sun on lively Venice beach or explore the surrounding areas of this vibrant city. You might choose to venture out to the American Riviera; the sophisticated Santa Barbara or visit the Santa Monica pier, the official ending point of Route 66. (N)
Accommodation in Los Angeles: Dunes Inn Sunset (or similar)
Enjoy spending today squeezing in some last minute sightseeing at leisure. Later on you will drive to Los Angeles International Airport where you will drop off your hire car and board your international flight back to the UK. (N)
Today you will arrive back into the UK, where you will continue your journey home. (N)
**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

What To Do Next?

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What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes
  • Car hire as specified

What's not included

  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Meals unless specified

Guide to Price

The above price is based on two people travelling together and sharing accommodation in low season. The price is only a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and date of travel. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements.

USA : Route 66 & Highway 1 Holiday Review

We had a fantastic time! The hotels you selected were amazing. The feature ones were very different. Wigwam, although more basic, was definitely worth staying at. We were both impressed with all your choices and would recommend the same itinerary to anyone doing a Route 66 trip.

SW & JW - USA : Route 66 & Highway 1 - July 2017

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