From € 1765.00 - Route 66

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Available Dates

  • 07 Oct 2018 - 23 Oct 2018
    € 1765.00
    16 Nights - Based on 2 sharing Room Only

Description

Highlights: Travel through the heart of America, You will pass by small towns, gas stations, old shops & retro motels telling the story of The Mother Road. Start in Chicago for 2 nights before hitting the famous Route 66 on your way to St Louis. Continue to Springfield, recognised as the birthplace of Route 66. Cut through Kansas before entering Oklahoma. Next is Texas home to one of the best-preserved sections of Route 66 before hitting Arizona followed by fabulous Las Vegas. Finish in Los Angeles by the beautiful pacific. 

Day 1- Arrive Chicago
Route 66, the Mother Road is the stuff of legends. It was the path that young men from the Midwest took to the bright lights of California. Even today hundreds of men and women, young and old take the trip every year from Chicago to Los Angeles to relive the journey. The trip starts in downtown Chicago, where you can still view historical buildings that were in place when Route 66 was built.
Accommodation: Essex Inn Grant Park, Chicago

Day 2- Chicago to St. Louis (477 KM)
At St. Louis, the roads from Chicago, Kansas City, Memphis, Nashville, and Indianapolis making it one of the focal points in the US. It was the jumping off point for Lewis and Clark's Expedition of Discovery in 1803, undertaken to open the West. It will also be your jumping off point to points south and west, as you begin the trip through the wide open spaces.
Accommodation: Best Western St. Louis Inn

Day 3- St. Louis to Springfield (347 KM)
Much of the Missouri Ozarks region looks much as it did when the first settlers arrived. Springfield, the Queen City of the Ozarks, has been bustling since the St. Louis-San Francisco railroad arrived in 1870. Enjoy your journey through the second oldest mountains in the US and other natural beauty found along the road.
Accommodation: Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven, Springfield

Day 4- Springfield to Oklahoma City (458 KM)
Southwest of Springfield, you'll see the territory begin to turn into the true American southwest; red, dry and dusty. During the Dust Bowl, more than 10% of Oklahoma's population used Route 66 as a way to escape the blowing sand. They picked up their belongings, their families and hopes and dreams and made their way to California in search of a better life.
Accommodation: Quality Inn Bricktown, Oklahoma

Day 5- Oklahoma City to Amarillo (416 KM)
Sitting at another American crossroads, Amarillo is one of the last places on earth where the Old West is just minutes away. Step into the Real Texas with working ranches, essentially unchanged from the day-to-day operations of the late nineteenth century peacefully co-existing with the vibrant twenty-first century petroleum economy. Be sure to see the ten tail-finned Cadillacs buried in the sand!
Accommodation: Big Texan Motel, Amarillo

Day 6- Amarillo to Tucumcari, NM (181 KM)
Once nicknamed “Six-Shooter Siding,” Tucumcari got its start in 1901 as a rowdy railroad camp filled with saloons and outlaws. Soon, it became one of the many small railroad towns with a flagging economy and diminishing population.
Accommodation: Motel Safari, Tucumcari

Day 7- Tucumcari to Albuquerque (281 KM)
Next up, Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Old Town Plaza in the centre of the city was the answer to Spain's Laws of the Indies which required setting a plaza at the centre of any city. El Camino Real, the main route that connected Santa Fe and Albuquerque with Mexico City once ran right through Old Town. The Santa Fe Trail criss-crossed the region in 1821. Today, both routes are National Scenic Byways and All American Roads.
Accommodation: Sandia Peak Inn, Albuquerque (2 nights)

Day 8- Explore Santa Fe
Santa Fe became the seat of power for the Spanish Empire north of the Rio Grande River and served as the capital of the Spanish Kingdom of New Mexico 13 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. The Palace of the Governors is the oldest public building still in use in America. Other great cultural museums include the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, the Georgia O'Keefe Museum, and World Folk Art. Return to Albuquerque for the night.

Day 9- Albuquerque to Holbrook (374 KM)
Today, we suggest you visit the Petrified Forest National Park on the way between Albuquerque and Holbrook, another railroad town. It's named after the chief engineer of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad, which came through in 1881 and thrived as its nickname, with the “fightinest bunch of cowboys in the United States.”
Accommodation: Best Western Adobe, Holbrook

Day 10- Holbrook to Grand Canyon National Park (270 KM)
The Grand Canyon, at 277 miles long, 6,000 feet deep at its deepest point and 15 miles wide at its widest is one of the seven wonders of the world. The geologic mosaic has five life zones, three desert types, and high elevation forests. The 25-mile scenic Desert View Drive delivers views of the canyon and the Colorado River at Moran Point, Lipan Point, and Desert View.
Accommodation: Maswik Lodge, Grand Canyon

Day 11- Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas (442 KM)
Everybody has to visit Las Vegas once in a lifetime and today is your day! Let your hair down, enjoy yourself, take in a show, try your hand at gambling and otherwise let yourself be entertained!
Accommodation: Luxor Las Vegas (2 nights)

Day 12- Las Vegas
The Las Vegas Strip is an All American Road and National Scenic Byway as well as a sparkling fantasyland at the heart of the city. Its unique blend of exciting entertainment, scenic beauty, and lavishly landscaped resorts take you to a wide variety of exotic realms from a medieval castle to a Parisian sidewalk cafe, a lakeside Italian village, or a pyramid in ancient Egypt. Once you arrive on the Strip, however, you might be surprised to find that it's also an enjoyable walking environment.

Day 13- Explore Los Angeles/Santa Monica (434 KM)
It's time to leave the glitz of Las Vegas for the real fantasy world of Los Angeles. There are so many major attractions! Visit Grauman's Chinese Theatre, take a behind-the scenes peak at Universal Studios, visit the Armand Hammer Museum, the Aquarium of the Pacific, Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the California Science Centre, the Music Centre, the Museum of Contemporary Art Grand Avenue, or the Simon Wiesenthal Centre.
Accommodation: Custom Hotel, Los Angeles

Day 14- Depart Los Angeles
After a fantastic Route 66 trip, make your way to LAX airport and catch your return flight home.

 

Prices are 'from' prices per person, based on 2 sharing and include:

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Please note there is a one-way drop off charge for the car hire of €750 plus tax which is payable locally. *Price Includes: Flights from Dublin or Shannon to Chicago and return from Los Angeles, 13 nights accommodation based on 2 sharing and fully inclusive car rental for 14 days. Price also includes taxes and airline fuel surcharges. Hotels may be substituted for similar or higher categories. 4 star hotel packages also available

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