18 Day Route 66 (Self Drive)
If you ever plan to motor west just take the highway that is undoubtedly the best. The ultimate road-trip winds from Chicago to L.A. more than 2000 miles all the way, so come on get your kicks on Route 66!
Highlights include: Chicago, Springfield, St Louis, Springfield, Tulsa, Amarillo, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Gallup, Flagstaff, Las Vegas, Los Angeles.
Experience the open road as you journey the classic and famed 'Route 66'.
Spend two nights in the upbeat and vibrant city of Chicago, home of blues music.
Stand under St Louis' enormous Gateway Arch.
Explore Santa Fe's adobe-style architecture.
Stay in the atmospheric college town of Flagstaff which is bursting with historic charm.
Take a side trip to witness the Grand Canyon.
Enjoy a hedonistic two night stay in the 24-hour party town of Las Vegas.
Accommodation as shown (or similar) for duration of the tour on a room-only basis
Sightseeing and national park entrance fees
Car hire is NOT Included
Days 1 & 2: Arrive Chicago
Arrive into Chicago Airport and make your way to your hotel.
Overnight: Holiday Inn Mart Plaza
Day 3: Chicago - Springfield
Distance to Springfield: 324km/ 200 miles/ 3 hours
'Route 66' awaits you today as you head to Springfield famed for being the home of Abraham Lincoln.
Overnight: Holiday Inn Express
Day 4: Springfield - St. Louis
Distance to St Louis: 163km/ 101 miles/ 1.5 hours
Follow the Mississippi down to St Louis. Here you will see the impressive Gateway Arch at it stands aside the river, symbolising America's westward expansion.
Overnight: Crowne Plaza Downtown St.Louis
Day 5: St. Louis - Springfield
Distance to Springfield: 349km/ 217 miles/ 3 hours
Continue through the Ozarks and Mark Twain National Forest to Springfield.
Overnight: Best Western Route 66 Rail Heaven
Day 6: Springfield, Missouri - Tulsa/Broken Arrow
Distance to Tulsa: 294km/ 182 miles/ 2.5 hoursFrom Missouri, drive on through Kansas and into Oklahoma, formerly known as 'Indian Territory'. Tulsa is your destination this afternoon.
Overnight: Clarion Hotel Broken Arrow
Day 7: Tulsa/Broken Arrow - Amarillo
Distance to Amarillo: 586km/ 366 miles/ 5 hours
Heading across the Texas Panhandle you'll come to the Palo Duro Canyon State Park. From here, find your way to Amarillo for an overnight stay.
Overnight: Big Texan Motel
Days 8 & 9: Amarillo - Santa Fe
Distance to Santa Fe: 451km/ 280 miles/ 4 hours
Travel across the plains and through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the city of Santa Fe.
Overnight: Courtyard by Marriott
Day 10: Santa Fe - Albuquerque
Distance to Albuquerque: 102km/ 63 miles/ 1 hour
Get back on Route 66 to Albuquerque and experience the neon splendour of its downtown district that honours the American road culture of the 50s and 60s.
Overnight: Sheraton Uptown
Day 11: Albuquerque - Gallup
Distance to Gallup: 223km/ 134 miles/ 2 hours
Zip across the New Mexico desert on roads that were meant for cruising, and in no time you'll be in Gallup, gateway to the Four Corners area and the Navajo Nation.
Overnight: Red Lion Hotel Gallup
Days 12 & 13: Gallup - Flagstaff
Distance to Flagstaff: 298km/ 185 miles/ 3 hours
Continue west on to Flagstaff today. From here you can visit the Grand Canyon with ease, or enjoy the town itself of course, with its red-brick historical centre boasting an array of shops and restaurants.
Overnight: Holiday Inn Express
Days 14 & 15: Flagstaff - Las Vegas
Distance to Las Vegas: 405km/ 251 miles/ 4 hours
Leave Flagstaff and step off Route 66 for a while to journey across the desert to Las Vegas, a shimmering oasis of light, adventure extravagance and entertainment.
Overnight: Gold Coast Hotel
Days 16 & 17: Las Vegas - Los Angeles
Distance to Los Angeles: 436km/ 271 miles/ 4 hours
The final part of Route 66 ends just before the Pacific Ocean, but this tour takes you right to it. Route 66 turns into Sunset Boulevard and ends up in Santa Monica by its famous pier. This is where the road and the country ends. Next stop, Hawaii!
Overnight: Best Western Gateway, Santa Monica
Day 18: Depart Los Angeles
Your tour ends at Los Angeles.
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MYSTERYThe person (Kate) who helped me with the booking and purchas was extremely helpful. The only issue I had was being told a bus from the airport would be available but wasn't, the taxi cost was expensive.
MYSTERYI did not think it was value for money with all the extras ie hand luggage on Ryanair. Transfers to and from the hotel from the airport were expensive even though I prebooked also on the Berlin trip breakfast had to be added and that was also expensive.
MYSTERYThe hotel booked for us was very bad and in a bad state and very dirty! It felt like we was in a hostel but a bad one.
MYSTERYWet helpful staff. Thanks chris ***
MYSTERYHaven't taken the break yet, but the process of booking it has been chequered.
Although the agent was polite and helpful, I have had to fight for a decent deal.
Was offered Poland, but not from my chosen airport, so no good.
Then was offered Dublin from chosen airport, acceptable.
Hotel was advertised as city centre, it was about 9 km the other side of the city, not acceptable.
Flights were and still are, ridiculous. Don't get into Dublin until 10.15 pm ....that's the first night. I get the day and second night and then have to leave the hotel at 5.00am to catch the plane back, not very good.
After many emails, I've been offered an hotel in the actual city centre which is much better.
I do realise that these are low budget deals, however, it would be better to make the break, if it involves flights, to be actually worth packing for! I'm going to an English speaking country........I dread to think how it would have been if we'd landed in Poland late at night, had to take a train, then a tram to our hotel at that time of night and had to struggle with any language barriers.
I will use Groupon again, indeed, your local deals/ breaks are very good, but I will not use this weekender mystery break again. Thank you for letting me give feedback.