If you don't fancy a full 2 week driving itinerary OR you want to travel outside the recommended Route 66 season (May-October) this could be for you.
Our new itinerary picks up Route 66 in Oklahoma City, just 290 miles shy of the halfway point in Adrian, Texas and continues on through New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and California. Small town America, stunning scenery, vibrant cities and, of course, those quirky Route 66 holiday roadside attractions are ready for you to explore. All of the nostalgia, without all the driving.
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This exciting USA fly-drive holiday begins in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It was in this state that Route 66, The Mother Road, was conceived when Cyrus Avery of Tulsa conceived of the idea to link Chicago all the way to Los Angeles. Oklahoma boasts more miles of the original highway than any other state (over 400), they were also the first state to install historic markers along the old route.
After a night of midwestern enterainment in the lively Bricktown historic district of Oklahoma City jump into your car to start your road trip through the red,dry dusty southwest. En route from Oklahoma to Texas you'll encounter such Route 66 holiday landmarks as Arcadia’s Round Barn, Catoosa’s Blue Whale, Claremore’s Will Rogers Memorial, Foyil’s Totem Pole Park, Stroud’s Rock Café and both the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton and the National Route 66 Museum in Elk City.
Distance: 258 miles
Distance: 278 miles
En route to Santa Fe, New Mexico you'll pass through Tucumcari once nicknamed Six Shooter Siding due to its numerous gunfights. Tucumcari got its start in 1901 as a rowdy railroad camp filled with saloons and outlaws.Be sure to take the tour of the 20 murals throughout the town that tell the story of this unique destination.
New Mexico is fondly known at The Land Of Enchantment and your next stop Santa Fe is magical, exuberant and colourful at any time of year. The history and culture of this, the oldest state capital in the USA, will fascinate and inspire you. Spend your time here exploring the art galleries, finding bargains in the lively street markets, visiting the ancient pueblos and enjoying the many festivals that take place throughout the year.
Distance: 65 miles
En route to Albuquerque, be sure to stop at the historic Santo Domingo Trading Post. If you fancy a paddle on the Rio Grande, stop en route too at Bernalillo and hire a kayak for a couple of hours.
New Mexico's 'Big City' Albuquerque is surrounded by the beautiful Sandia Mountains. Spend your time here exploring historic Old Town, or perhaps check out the Southwestern art galleries housed in ancient adobe structures. A visit to the stunning Church of San Felipe de Neri , the city's oldest building, is a must do.
Just 45 minutes west of Albuquerque is Sky City's Ancient Acoma Pueblo.The adobe houses, plazas, and walkways on the 367-foot tall mesa have been used for nearly one thousand years, making Acoma Sky City the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States. Throughout the year Acoma residents provide tours of this fascinating place.
Distance: 265 miles
Distance: 144 miles
The Grand Canyon is not officially on a classic Route 66 holiday, but it's only a short detour off route and a sight you can't miss. At 277 miles long and 6,000 feet deep the Grand Canyon, a World Heritage site, is the granddaddy of natural wonders encompassing over 1.2 million acres.
Bon Voyage will be happy to suggest pre-bookable excursions at the Grand Canyon such as hikes, sunset Jeep tours and helicopter trips to the North Rim.
There's also the Desert View Scenic Drive, a 25 mile stretch of Arizona that parallels the South Rim of Grand Canyon. Along the drive, witness the most breathtaking views of the Canyon and the massive layers of multi-coloured rock.
Distance: 326 miles
Distance: 270 miles
It's time to leave Vegas and make for the end of Route 66/33. Santa Monica is 270 miles through the Mojave Desert passing through the ghost town of Calico and historic Barstow. This is the quickest way, however, you may wish to take a detour into Death Valley or follow the true path of old Route 66 via Needles, Amboy and Ludlow. Your Route 66 consultant at Bon Voyage will discuss the options most suitable for you.
Once you hit the Pacific Ocean, you've come to the official end of Route 66. Visit the famous Santa Monica Pier and have your picture taken under the sign.
As they say, all good things must come to an end and it's time for your early evening flight back to the UK.
Unless, of course, you are not quite ready to go home. Perhaps you would like to extend your stay and continue north up the California coast to San Francisco and along one of the world's most scenic drives - Highway 1, the Pacific Coast Highway. Or maybe you would like to travel to one of the Hawaiian Islands for some relaxation before heading back home.
Call the USA experts at Bon Voyage to discuss your perfect Route 66 adventure.
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