If you don't fancy a full two week driving itinerary OR you want to travel outside the recommended Route 66 season (May-October) this could be for you.
Our shorter 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 begins in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It was in this state that Route 66, The Mother Road, was born when Cyrus Avery of Tulsa had 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 entertainment in the lively Bricktown historic district, start your road trip through the southwest. 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
Travel from New Mexico into the Arizona desert. Over the border you'll encounter the incredible Petrified Forest National Park with thousands of acres of petrified trees. Your next stop is sleepy Holbrook. Here we suggested you stay in one of Route 66's attractions - the quirky Wigwam Motel. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but if want to immerse yourself in all things Route 66 - it is a box to tick.
Leaving Holbrook, en route to the Grand Canyon, we'd recommend two stops. The first is Winslow. Yes, 'that' Winslow, Arizona. Stand on the corner, see the flatbed Ford, take a ton of pictures and be humming Eagles tunes all day! From there, fascinating Meteor Crater is less than 30 minutes away. Over 22,000 years ago a meteorite blasted a huge hole, nearly a mile across and more than 500 foot deep into this plateau. It's an incredible sight to behold.
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.
We'll suggest plenty of excursions and tours that can be booked in advance. There's also the Desert View Drive, a 25 mile route that parallels the southern rim of the canyon and offers some truly breathtaking views.
Distance: 326 miles
Distance: 270 miles
It's time to leave Vegas and make for the end of Route 66. Travel 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 will discuss the options most suitable for you.
Once you hit the Pacific Ocean, you've come to the official end of Route 66 on Santa Monica's famous pier.