Travelling from Chicago, Illinois to St Louis, Missouri the icons of Route 66 you've seen on television and in books appear before your very eyes.
Your Bon Voyage Route 66 holiday from St Louis to Springfield, Missouri takes you through the lush rolling hills of the Missouri Ozark Mountains, which appear much as they did when the first settlers arrived in the late 1800s. Whilst you're travelling along Route 66 in Missouri, you may want to consider a side-trip to Branson "The Live Music Capital of the World" .
Leaving Missouri for Oklahoma (which boasts the longest stretch of original Route 66 miles) the landscape begins to change from the rich croplands of the Midwest to the red, dry dusty Southwest.
Cross into the Lone Star state of Texas and arrive in the heart of Cowboy Country. On your Route 66 trip in Texas, you'll discover the quirky Cadillac Ranch. If you're seeking cracking scenery in Texas, be sure to take a short diversion to Palo Duro Canyon State Park, one of the most beautiful places in Texas. Here you'll learn about the Apache, Kiowa and Comanche tribes who took refuge here.
New Mexico known fondly as The Land of Enchantment is next on your Route 66 tour, with the second longest stretch of original Route 66 highway and perhaps the most unique roadside landscape - you might swear you were back in 1950! Tucumcari, is a must-do stop en route, view the '66 neon signs and the historic Tee Pee Trading Post.
When you're on your Route 66 trip, approximately 30 miles from Holbrook,
, en route to the Grand Canyon, you'll stumble across the fascinating Meteor Crater. You must stop to see the 500 foot deep hole created by a meteorite 22,000 years ago. Okay, no match for a Wonder of the World, but we're building up to it! Don't forget to stop en route at Winslow and have your picture taken "
Standing on the corner of Winslow, Arizona, such a fine sight to see"
There's a statue of a guy with a guitar, and a mural of a girl (my lord!) driving by in a flatbed ford. We guarantee it will have you humming the Eagles hit as you drive off.
At 277 miles long and 6,000 feet deep the
is a must-do side trip on any holiday along Route 66, and is the grandaddy of natural wonders encompassing over 1.2 million acres.
Finally, after a journey through the Mojave desert, over mountains and through the lush inland valleys of California, you will reach the bright lights of Hollywood and the beautiful beaches of Santa Monica. It's here where Route 66 meets the Pacific Ocean and all epic Route 66 self drive holidays end.
From the start of Route 66 in Chicago, enjoy the extra room and power of a mid-size 4x4 to begin your journey. In Vegas, swap it for a groovy convertible. Flip back the roof, throw on the Ray Bans and enjoy the desert sunshine as you cruise into California!
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