Route 66 dates back to 1926, long before the Interstates were conceived and built. In those days 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 you can follow in the tyre tracks of those who made the road famous.
All the best Route 66 fly drive holidays start in Chicago where 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.
Next on your Route 66 itinerary is a Cross into Missouri 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. There’s also Blueberry Hill, filled with pop culture memorabilia and live music.
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 fly drive holidays must end.
To complete the journey from start to finish you’ll need a minimum of 14 nights, and you’ll need to do some driving each day. However, anything is possible with a tailor-made holiday from Bon Voyage, so we can create longer or shorter trips to suit you.
You’re driving from one side of the States to another, so a roomy, comfortable and powerful car is essential. If you have your heart set on a convertible, we can incorporate this for part of your journey - so you can experience the best of both worlds.We can also organise a self drive, or guided tour on a Harley-Davidson, all you need is a valid UK motorcycle licence. Another popular option is a motorhome, but this does mean you miss staying in classic or quirky accommodation along the way.
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.