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Get Your Kicks on a Route 66 Holiday.
Our very own resident American - Theresa - talks you through the main things to take into account when considering a Route 66 holiday.
Who can resist this iconic 2,448 mile journey through eight states and three time zones ? Long before the Interstates were conceived and built it was possible to journey from the Midwest to the California Coast by one road - Route 66 - right through small town America and the heart and soul of the USA. Much of the original road can be re-traced today, so follow in the tyre tracks of those who made the road famous.
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Route 66 holidays start in Chicagowhere the road originally began at the corner of Jackson Boulevard and Michigan Avenue in 1926. Travelling from Chicago to St Louis, Missouri the icons of Route 66 that you've seen on television and read about in books appear before your very eyes.
by way of the historic Martin Luther King Memorial Bridge. In St Louis, be sure to visit the top of the Gateway Arch for spectacular views of the mighty Mississippi River. The American diner experience is also one not to miss. Sweetie Pies, owned by one of Tina Turner's "Ikettes" Ms Robbie Montgomery, is always fun or Blueberry Hill, filled with pop culture memorabilia and live music.
From St. Louis to Springfield, Missouri the lush rolling hills of the Missouri Ozark Mountains appear much as they did when the first settlers arrived in the late 1800s. 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 and quirky Cadillac Ranch. If you're seeking cracking scenery, 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-stop to view the vintage neon signs and the historic Tee Pee Trading Post.
Approximately 30 miles from Holbrook, Arizona is fascinating Meteor Crater. The 500 foot deep hole was created by a meteorite 22,000 years ago! Okay, no match for the Grand Canyon, but that's coming! Have your picture taken "Standing on the corner of Winslow, Arizona" where you'll find 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.
And now........at 277 miles long and 6,000 feet deep welcome to the
Grand Canyon, the granddaddy of natural wonders encompassing over 1.2 million acres.
Whilst it's not technically ON Route 66, who could possibly miss out on Las Vegas? Las Vegas has been the biggest boomtown in the history of the world. Love it or hate it, there's no denying that this place will blow your mind and be a true highlight of any Route 66 fly drive holiday. 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.
There are many options on a Bon Voyage Route 66 holiday. Shorter and extended versions, Harley Davidson self-drive and guided tours, plus an escorted coach tour. Have a look at our sample itineraries - all of which can be tailor-made to your exact specifications.
Spice up your Route 66 adventure with a 4x4 and convertible combo
From the start of Route 66 in Chicago, enjoy the extra room and power of a mid-size 4x4, there's a lot of miles to cover. 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!
Keen to start planning? We'd love to send you one of our Route 66 leaflets. Just pop us your postal address with an idea of when you'd like to go and inspiration is on the way!