This is iconic America at its finest! Who can resist this classic 2,448 mile journey through eight states and three time zones? Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California - plus a bonus state and stop on many of our itineraries...Las Vegas, Nevada!The designation '66' was assigned to the Chicago to Los Angeles route in April 1926. Much of the early route was gravel or graded dirt until 1938 when US66 became the first paved highway. More than any other highway, Route 66 symbolised the new optimism that pervaded the country's postwar economic recovery. It was an icon of independence as Americans were more mobile than ever before - linking rural areas with urban. John Steinbeck called Route 66 the 'Mother Road' in his classic The Grapes of Wrath which told the story of the 1930s Dust Bowl which saw many migrating west to California.
The classic US driving vacation was born in the 1950s and along with that many of Route 66's interesting roadside attractions, diners and motels. Bobby Troup wrote the song "Route 66!" which Nat King Cole recorded in 1946 - the Great American Road Trip anthem!Although the road was decommissioned in 1985, many federal and state organisations continue today to keep the route alive. There's no drive quite like it....Main Street USA combined with America's best cities and natural beauty. It is a USA must, full stop.
The question we're asked most often is how long will I need? Route 66 is every bit a 14 night holiday with driving every day. Classic Route 66
If you have extra time to spend, it means you can plan in drive-free days and slow it all down. Three weeks will allow you to soak up America's heartland. Extended Route 66
If time is a factor, you can opt for a shorter holiday forgoing a Chicago start for Oklahoma. Which, by the way, has more original Route 66 miles than any other state! Shorter Route 66
With Bon Voyage, all of our holidays are tailored to your exact requirements. So whilst Route 66 follows a set route, you don't have to! We can add and subtract based on what you most want to experience.
When should you travel? Route 66 is best May to October. Winter weather can prevail through the first part of the journey, so this is important to keep in mind. Also, many attractions operate seasonally. Your Bon Voyage consultant will talk you through all your options.
You’re driving from one side of the USA to the other - a roomy, comfortable and powerful car is essential. Don't forget, US roads and cars are bigger than the UK, you don't want to feel vulnerable or cramped - the SUV is the ideal vehicle. If you have your heart set on a convertible, we suggest you incorporate this for part of your journey with a swap in Vegas!
Route 66 is also perfect Harley-Davidson country! All you need is a valid UK motorcycle licence and you can choose between a self-drive or guided tour. Route 66 on a Harley
Another popular option is a motorhome. This does mean you miss staying in classic or quirky accommodation along the way and typically you are driving at a slower pace, but it's a great way for a family or larger group to travel.
Again, your Bon Voyage consultant will be invaluable talking you through all of your Route 66 options and the pros/cons.
She'll chat through some of the things you need to consider when mulling over a Route 66 holiday. Let us know if you are ready to get your kicks - we'd love to help you plan this road trip of a lifetime!