Kickstart the Mother Road as you zoom out of Chicago on a self-drive adventure on world-famous Route 66. Deep-dive into the heart of American culture, from Chicago to Grapevine, TX, driving cross-country through big-name cities & its fascinating lesser-known gems.
The Mother Road. The route to end all routes. While it is just a number, as soon as it is mentioned, images of freedom, endless skies and opportunity spring to mind. Route 66 winds from Chicago in the northeast, to Los Angeles on the west coast and on this self-drive trip, you will be exploring the eastern half.
Dropping south from the skyscrapers of Chicago, you are heading into America’s heartland, a land with a rich and tumultuous history. Stopping off for some classic Americana, your route is dotted with aluminium-clad, neon lit diners, complete with pastel-padded booths and jukeboxes on the table. Many of those jukeboxes will be lined up with St Louis favourites and your exploration of this incredibly vibrant city will more than likely include music. Packed with venues, some of the greatest stars in history got their start in St Louis and the city still jams as hard as it did back then.
From Missouri, you cross into your third State, Oklahoma where you have a couple of outstanding cities to explore. Often ignored by tourists, purely because of its location, Oklahoma is an incredible state and definitely one of the up-and-coming lists of travel sites worldwide. Tulsa has a smoking blend of barbeque, performing arts and social history and you should dive into each of these with equal relish. Oklahoma City is where the old world meets the new. With a cowboy heart and a large Native American population, this city is not to be missed.
And as you speed into Texas on the final leg of your Route 66 adventure, your mind will be filled with a thousand images of the hidden American you have just discovered.
Experience the freedom of this thrilling part of America as you explore hidden corners, marvel at stunning vistas and soak in every little bit of Americana.
We have sourced the very best accommodation along Route 66 to ensure you have a comfortable bed at the end of your day's adventure.
From Chicago to Grapevine, TX you will be driving yourself along the famous Route 66, with daily instructions supplied, you can’t go wrong.
Start off your day with the famous all-American breakfasts served in your hotel. Usually enough to see you through to dinner time!
No matter where you are or what you are stuck with, you can call our local, on-the-ground agent and they will help you with whatever you need.
All hotels are subject to availability, the final hotel list will be provided to you 2-4 weeks prior to your departure. In the event that any of the hotels are unavailable, we will accommodate you in a hotel of a similar or higher standard, in a similar location to ensure your itinerary is able to run smoothly. Example hotels:
3* Chicago Whitehall - Chicago
3* St. Louis Hampton Inn - St. Louis
3* Springfield Best Western Coach House - Springfield
3* Tulsa Hilton Garden Inn - Tulsa
3* Oklahoma City Hilton Garden Inn - Oklahoma City
3* Sulphur Best Western Plus - Chickasaw Inn
3* Grapevine Hyatt Place - Grapevine
A general list of amenities across all of our hotels is as follows:
There is nothing quite like a road trip. If discovery is your thing, then this is the only way to travel, especially in the USA. Route 66 is a bit of a conundrum. Its name is known all around the world, yet when you look at the places it visits, not many of them jump out as must-see destinations. There is no New York, Las Vegas or San Francisco. There is no Yellowstone, Yosemite or Great Lakes. So what makes this route so special?
The answer lies in the detail. This trip is not about ticking off the big showstoppers of America, this is about actually discovering what America is really like. Route 66 is not a tourist attraction, it is a stunning route that winds through some of the greatest landscapes in the country and visits the heart of real America.
While your big cities on this trip, Chicago, St Louis, and Oklahoma City are all incredible, it is those lesser-known cities, Tulsa, Springfield and Sulphur that make the most memories. Here, you’ll feel like an explorer, but in a very odd way. While these are huge, wonderful cities, so few tourists ever come to this part of America, you feel like you are discovering the real country, actually seeing how people live, work and enjoy themselves. New York and LA are great, but this is the route to take if you want to see America at its most splendid.
This is a long trip, covering almost half of the USA. You start off by flying into The Windy City, Chicago. After a few days of exploring here, you will jump in your car and start heading down Route 66. Heading out of Illinois, you will enter Missouri and stop for a few nights in St Louis and a couple in Springfield. Then you are into Oklahoma, visiting Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Sulphur, before heading into Texas to spend your final nights in Grapevine before flying home from Dallas Fort Worth airport.
The hotels included in our Route 66 Adventure feature the following facilities:
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