What makes Route 66 America's most iconic self drive?

What makes Route 66 America's most iconic self drive?

Experience one of the most renowned highways in the world, Route 66.

Journey at your own pace and enjoy your choice of sights, landmarks and monuments. Take in Abraham Lincoln’s first house, the cowboy culture of Oklahoma City, the fascinating Meteor Crater near Holbrook, the incredible natural wonder that is the Grand Canyon and entertainment capital, Las Vegas.

Route 66 Self Drive Itinerary (No. of nights & approx. driving time):

Begin your trip by saying hello to Sue, the largest and best preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton in the world; drop by Shedd Aquarium, the world’s largest aquarium; and if you dare, experience Chicago’s Skydeck.

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2. Spingfield, Illinois

2.  Spingfield, Illinois

Explore Springfield, Illinois and visit some of the multitude of sites connected to Abraham Lincoln, including his spectacular house.

3. St Louis, Missouri

3.	St Louis, Missouri

Make the most of your time in St Louis, Missouri, by riding up to the Gateway Arch, visiting the zoo, touring the Forest Park or paying a visit to the Missouri Botanical Gardens.

4. Springfield, Missouri

4.	Springfield, Missouri

Known as the birthplace of Route 66, in Springfield, Missouri, you could visit underground caverns and the Crystal Cave, to view the Upside Down Well and Rainbow Falls.

5. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

5.	Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hit Oklahoma City and visit The Museum of Osteology or the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Yee ha!

6. Amarillo, Texas

6.	Amarillo, Texas

Amarillo, Texas, the land of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians where you could see the artwork of the unconventional Cadillac Ranch and travel the mile long Route 66 District.

7. Santa Fe, New Mexico

7.	Santa Fe, New Mexico

Journey along the old Mother Road arriving at Santa Fe, New Mexico, a UNESCO Creative City where you could find out just why it got its unique nickname.

8. Albuquerque, New Mexico

8.	Albuquerque, New Mexico

Travel to the sprawling desert city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, where you could take a ride on the famous Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway.

En route to Holbrook, Arizona you can stop at the eerie Petrified Forest National Park, home to thousands of petrified logs, or visit the fascinating Meteor Crater.

10. Williams, Arizona

10. Williams, Arizona

Drive through the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon. Here you could walk along the Rim, explore the Grand Canyon National Park or even take an unforgettable helicopter ride.

11. Las Vegas, Nevada

11. Las Vegas, Nevada

There is nothing quite like wandering up the strip in Las Vegas for the first time, full of light, glitz, whirling slot machines and the wonderful smell of food. Gaze at the magnificence of the Bellagio’s fountains as they dance to timeless melodies and relax from all the glamour in Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino for a reinvention of the American grilled classics. We recommend the Prime Burger with Vermont Cheddar and onion Marmalade- hearty and delicious!

Hit the famous beaches of Los Angeles to round off your epic adventure. Popular Santa Monica has Pacific Park complete with rollercoasters and its famous Ferris wheel. For a spot of people watching and laid-back café culture, check out the eclectic boardwalks of Venice Beach, lined with its well-known fortune tellers, street artists and skateboarders. And of course Long Beach, where you can take a deep sea adventure at the Aquarium of the Pacific or climb aboard the historic Queen Mary for a lively guided tour.


Route 66 is one of the best ways to explore a broad area of the United States.

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