The Mid West

The states of Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri are located in the centre of the USA and offer a true, authentic American experience, with history, cowboy and Native American Indian culture, Bluegrass, Jazz and Country music and barbeque food to name but a few. If you are looking for the ‘real’ America you will certainly find it here, whatever your interests, and Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri make ideal fly-drive holiday destinations, especially with sections of Historic Route 66 to discover. 

Like apple pie and baseball, there’s something very American about hitting the road and taking in the scenery. Enjoy a genuine sense of freedom as you meander through beautiful landscapes and historic settings, and as all three states have a number of designated Scenic Byways there are plenty of opportunities for this.

Complete Kansas & Oklahoma

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Day 1 – Arrive in Tulsa, OK
Begin your holiday with a three night stay in Tulsa. This city is a distinctive mix of influences – Southern charm, Eastern elegance and Western flair. You’ll experience Native American ancestors, Western culture, and the wealth from oil, discovered in the early 1900’s. It’s a hub of art deco and contemporary architecture; boasting an abundance of Western and European art, artefacts and archives, vibrant with live music, farm-to-table food and shops – from quirky to chic.

Day 2 – Tulsa area, approx. 110 miles
Explore Tulsa – the Brady Arts District, the Philbrook and Gilcrease Museums and Guthrie Green. Or strike out north to Bartlesville, where two brothers founded the Phillips Petroleum Company in 1917. Look for the art deco Price Tower – the only skyscraper built by Frank Lloyd Wright, preserved as a boutique hotel. Onwards to the tiny town of Dewey and the Tom Mix Museum to see a silent movie of the first ‘King of the Cowboys’.

Day 3 – Tulsa area, approx. 155 miles
Relax in Tulsa, or head off to Tahlequah - home to the Cherokee Heritage Centre; Fort Gibson – the first army post in the Indian Territory and Muskogee – the Ataloa Lodge Museum is one of the largest privately owned Native American collections. Here, you’ll also see the Five Civilized Tribes Museum and experience the heritage of the Cherokee, Creek, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Seminole tribes.

Day 4 – Tulsa to Oklahoma City, OK, approx. 105 miles
Journey along historic Route 66 and enjoy the eclectic towns of Sapulpa, Bristow, Stroud, Chandler and Arcadia. Stop for lunch at POPS, and choose from over 500 varieties of fizzy drinks. Oklahoma City is the largest city in the state and Bricktown – its renovated warehouse district – provides plenty of evening entertainment with over 30 canal-side restaurant and clubs. Settle in for three nights!

Day 5 – Oklahoma City
Visit the world class National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum with peerless classic and contemporary Western art. Other ‘must see’ attractions include the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, the Red Earth Museum, the Myriad Botanical Gardens, the American Banjo Museum, the fast growing Boatyard District and the Paseo Arts District.

Day 6 – Oklahoma City area, approx. 180 miles
Head south, today, to Sulphur and Davis. Stop at the breath-taking Chickasaw Cultural Centre – America’s largest tribal cultural centre – and visit the Travertine Ranger Station Visitor Centre. In Davis – don’t miss Turner Falls, and sample one of Nancy Fulton’s Fried Pies or lunch at Smokin’ Joe’s Rib Ranch before heading back to OKC.

Day 7 – Oklahoma City to Wichita, KS, approx. 195 miles
Stoke up with breakfast at the Cattleman’s Steakhouse in the heart of Stockyard City, famous for over 80 years with cattlemen. Head for Ponca City and visit the magnificent Marland Mansion – a 55-room ‘Palace on the Prairie’, and the Standing Bear Statue – a tribute to all Native Americans. Then, north across the state line to Wichita, KS, with its Old Town red-brick warehouse district. This is your base for the next three nights.

Day 8 – Wichita
The iconic ‘Keeper of the Plains’ is located at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas Rivers - a great place to start your exploration. Move on to Old Cowtown Living History Museum – a strong flavour of the Old West. The Museum of World Treasures is just that – an eclectic collection from ancient Egypt to modern America.

Day 9 – Wichita area, approx. 100 miles
Today visit Yoder and Hutchinson. The quaint Amish village of Yoder is home to the Mercantile Shoppe for handmade Amish crafts and quilts. Have lunch at the Carriage Crossing Restaurant. In Hutchinson, the Kansas Underground Salt Museum is a unique experience - 650 feet underground and a vast expanse carved from ancient salt deposits. Don’t miss the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Centre – a world-class space museum featuring a huge collection of US space artefacts. 

Day 10 – Wichita to Cottonwood Falls, KS, approx. 80 miles
Discover where the West truly begins. The tallgrass prairie once covered 170 million acres of North America. Today less than 4% remains – mostly here in the Flint Hills. Visit The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, and end your day in the wonderful Cottonwood Falls. This is the place to enjoy a superb farm-to-table dinner and a stroll along Main Street USA.

Day 11 – Cottonwood Falls to Manhattan, KS, approx. 60 miles
Onwards to Council Grove for a self-guided walking tour of historical landmarks – the most popular being Hays House, the oldest continuously operated restaurant west of the Mississippi River. Then to Manhattan, home to Kansas State University and the superb Flint Hills Discovery Centre, perhaps some downtown shopping, dinner and a one night stay.

Day 12 – Manhattan to Lawrence, KS, approx. 85 miles
Head first for Topeka, and the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, where visitors gain an insight into the Civil Rights Movement. Lawrence, your base for the next two nights, is home to the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University. The downtown district is lined with eclectic boutiques, sidewalk cafes, antique shops, art galleries and studios. Live music plays every night of the week.

Day 13 – Lawrence area, approx. 60 miles
Explore the attractions of Lawrence, or strike out to nearby Olathe and learn about early pioneer life at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site. Tonight why not try one of Lawrence’s craft breweries.

Day 14 – Lawrence to Kansas City, KS, approx. 40 miles
Kansas City’s nickname is ‘City of Fountains’. It is known for its dynamic art scene, public artworks, jazz music, abundance of museums, fantastic shopping, and, of course, BBQ. Kansas City is shared by both Missouri and Kansas with ‘State Line Road’ separating the two, and whatever you choose to do, it’s a wonderful place to spend your last night in Kansas and Oklahoma.

Day 15 – Depart from Kansas City

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Ol’ Man River

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N.B. $300 one-way drop-off charge on the car hire is not included. 

The Mighty Mississippi one of the world’s most famous rivers, this tour takes you on a journey from Chicago to New Orleans going through some of rural heartland and delightful small towns and cities to which the river gave birth. Experience traditional blues music, with a mix of gospel and soul. Great musicians emerge and thrive in the cities from where their music first caught the world’s imagination

Day 1 – Chicago
Arrive in Chicago for three nights. Explore this magnificent city built around Lake Michigan, including the curving Lakeside Drive and the stunning views of the skyline, dominated by the John Hancock Sears buildings. The view from the top of the Sears building offers a breathtaking panorama over the city and the lake beyond. Stroll the grounds of Millennium Park and take a look at the reflective Cloud Gate Sculpture or cross the Chicago River and head into downtown, with a thriving centre of boutiques, cafés, restaurants and specialist shops, lively by day and night. This evening try a famous Chicago-style pizza and afterwards check out some of the many famous Chicago Blues and Jazz clubs.

Day 4 – Chicago to St Louis, approx. 300 miles
Collect your car and head out of the city towards St Louis. En route stop at the Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum, home to thousands of artefacts and memorabilia related to Route 66 - The Mother Road. You will pass numerous authentic Route 66 stops on the way, and there are plenty of places to stop. St Louis boasts the nation’s tallest monument at 630-feet, the St Louis Gateway Arch. The Gateway Arch has beckoned visitors for more than 40 years with its iconic, awe-inspiring shape, and commemorates Thomas Jefferson and St Louis’ role in the Westward Expansion of the United States.

When not sample one of America’s world renowned beers at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, or take a sightseeing trip on the Mississippi River to get a different perspective on the city’s skyline. There are many unique neighbourhoods waiting to be discovered, and don’t miss a stop at Route 66 icon, Ted Drewes Frozen Custard for a treat you won’t forget!

Stay three nights in St Louis

Day 7 - St Louis to Memphis, approx. 285 miles
Head south to Memphis, the heartland of gospel and birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll. No visit to Memphis would be complete without a visit to Graceland, home of Elvis Presley. Explore the mansion and grounds of his 14-acre estate, whether you are a fan or not, you can help to be enthralled at this incredible home. Tour the famous Sun Studio where Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and B.B. King first recorded, and visit the Stax Museum of Rock and Soul in downtown to really get an in-depth experience of the music icons that spent time here. Take a paddle-wheeler trip on the mighty Mississippi or visit Mud Island River Park and the Swiss-made monorail offering great views of downtown Memphis, the Mississippi River and Mud Island itself.

Spend your evenings on Beale Street, where W.C. Handy first penned the Blues music of the Mississippi Delta. Stretching for several blocks, you can enjoy bars, nightclubs and restaurants offering a variety of food and live music, including traditional Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Jazz and Rock ‘n’ Roll. Be sure to hear live Blues at BB King’s or Rum Boogie Café.

Stay three nights in Memphis

Day 10 – Memphis to Natchez, approx. 325 miles
Continue to follow the Ol’ Man River to Natchez. Along the way make a stop at Clarksdale and the Delta Blues Museum, to give you the chance to explore the history and heritage of the unique American musical art form of the Blues. Founded in 1716 by the French and named after the Indians who dwelt there, this unique town is recognized as the oldest settlement on the Mississippi River. Visit the Frogmore Plantation, a cotton plantation of the early 1800s and still producing cotton and gin today. Learn of the early Natchez planters and their slaves, following their evolution from the wilderness to the thriving 1850s cotton plantation, beyond the ‘War Between the States’ to a struggling new way of life. Examples of authentically furnished slave quarters can be seen. Natchez boasts some beautiful antebellum homes and a historic downtown area, with good restaurants and local shops.

Stay two nights in Natchez

Day 12 – Natchez to New Orleans, approx. 175 miles
Today visit the Oak Alley Plantation protected as a National Historic Landmark. It is named after its alley or canopied path created by a double row of live oaks planted in the early 18th century, which runs between the house and the Mississippi River. The perfect way to sample the mix of cultures in New Orleans is to stroll along Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, listening for the vibrant sounds of jazz, blues and Zydeco. There are plenty of bars and restaurants for al fresco dining, perhaps sampling some of the city’s famous Creole and Cajun cuisine. The glass enclosed Spanish Plaza emporium down by the riverfront is a dramatic contrast to the French Quarter and is well worth a visit. Take a ride on the famous St Charles Streetcar; visit the Jackson Square Katrina museums or shop at the Riverwalk. The state of Louisiana offers tax free shopping for international visitors at over 1,000 stores, so shopping in New Orleans offers a unique opportunity. Why not end your holiday with an evening of traditional Jazz on a dinner cruise along the mighty Mississippi.

Stay three nights in New Orleans

Day 15
Transfer to New Orleans Airport for return flight home

14 Nights
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Get Your Kicks in Oklahoma

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Days 1 & 2 – Oklahoma City, OK
Oklahoma City is the largest city in the state, and Bricktown - its renovated warehouse district – provides plenty of evening entertainment with over 30 canal-side restaurants and clubs. Visit the world class National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, the Red Earth Museum, the Myriad Botanical Gardens, the American Banjo Museum, the fast growing Boathouse District and the Paseo Arts District. Bustling Stockyard City is the home of America’s largest operating cattle auction, and you’ll find speciality merchants who offer superb Western apparel and supplies. Stay two nights here.

Day 3 – Oklahoma City to Sulphur, OK, approx. 95 miles
The Chickasaw Cultural Center celebrates Chickasaw history and culture through demonstrations and a living history village across 109 acres of rolling hills, woodlands and streams. The Chickasaw National Recreation Area is a lush paradise of unique flora and fauna and in nearby Davis, don’t miss the lookout for Turner Falls, Nancy Fulton’s Fried Pies, or Smokin’ Joe’s Rib Ranch.

Day 4 – Sulphur to Medicine Park, OK, approx. 105 miles
En-route stop at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan and discover the famous Wild West cattle drive story of the Chisholm Trail. Fort Sill is an active Army Base, originally established in 1869, where you’ll find a museum and the gravesite of famous Apache chief, Geronimo. Onward to Medicine Park, known as America’s cobblestone community – picturesque against the backdrop of the surrounding Wichita Mountains. Quirky and quaint.

Day 5 – Medicine Park to Clinton, OK, approx. 85 miles
Explore an awe-inspiring mosaic of rocky lowlands, mixed-grass prairie, cross timbers and wildlife on the Wichita Mountains Scenic Byway. Stop for a Meers burger! Clinton is home to the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum with the world’s largest curio cabinet and an audio tour. Visit Mohawk Indian Lodge, an authentic, operating trading post established in 1892.

Day 6 – Clinton to Tulsa, OK, approx. 200 miles
Today, Route 66, but before heading toward Tulsa, go west to Elk City for the National Route 66 Museum. Later, in Weatherford, the Route 66 themed restaurant, Lucille’s Roadhouse, offers a variety of authentic diner food and the historic city of El Reno is home of the Onion Burger. Continue on to Guthrie, Oklahoma’s territorial capital, with the largest Historic Preservation District in the nation. Back on Route 66, enjoy the eclectic towns of Arcadia (stop for a cold drink at POPS!), Chandler, Stroud, Bristow and Sapulpa. Arrive in Tulsa for a two night stay.

Day 7 – Tulsa
With just over 24 Hours in Tulsa, you have plenty of time to discover the city’s distinctive mix of influences. Discover why this is the heartland of the nation, with Western culture, Southern charm and hospitality, Native American heritage and wealth from oil. ‘Don’t miss’ visits include the Philbrook Museum of Art, and the Woody Guthrie Center in the lively and growing Brady Arts District - surrounding Guthrie Green with its bandstand and food trucks. Eclectic shops, farm-to-table restaurants and live music venues make Tulsa a memorable end to your Oklahoma holiday.

Day 8 – Depart from Tulsa, OK

7 Nights
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Discover Kansas

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Day 1 – Wichita, KS
Arrive in Wichita where you will spend your first night. You’ll have plenty of time to explore at the end of your Kansas road trip.

Day 2 – Wichita to Dodge City, KS, approx. 155 miles
Head first to Greensburg – a small farming, gas and oil community that was literally flattened by a devastating tornado in May 2007, re-emerging Phoenixlike as Greensburg ‘GreenTown’– now a leading-edge ‘green’ and eco-friendly town. On to Dodge City for two nights, a gateway to history that began with the opening of the Santa Fe Trail. Dodge City quickly became a trade centre for travellers, buffalo hunters, railroad workers, soldiers, and drifters who ‘settled their differences’ in shoot-outs.

Day 3 – Dodge City
During the late 1800’s, notable lawmen such as Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp became legends as they fought to establish law and order. Tour Dodge City, Fort Dodge, and the Santa Fe Trail on the Dodge City Trolley. Boot Hill Museum is a highlight and is home to the Long Branch Variety Show. Dodge City boasts numerous great steakhouses!

Day 4 – Dodge City to Great Bend, KS, approx. 140 miles
Drive to Larned at the ‘Heart of the Santa Fe Trail’ and the country’s bestpreserved prairie frontier fort – Fort Larned National Historic Site. The Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway connects two of the world’s most significant natural wetlands – Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge - hosting millions of migrating birds each year, including Whooping Cranes.

Day 5 – Great Bend to Abilene, KS, approx. 160 miles
Travel along the 16 mile Post Rock Scenic Byway, winding through the beautiful Smoky Hills and around Wilson Lake and tiny town of Wilson – the Czech capital of Kansas, and zany Lucas – the Grassroots Art Capital of the state. Lucas is world famous for the quirky Garden of Eden – listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Continue to Abilene, the official end of ‘The Chisholm Trail’ – the famous cattle trail stretching all the way up from Fort Worth, TX.

Day 6 – Abilene to Hutchinson, KS, approx. 95 miles
Spend the morning in Abilene - grown from a small cowtown in 1857 to a thriving town today. Highlights include President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Museum, Library, boyhood home Visitor Center, and Place of Meditation where Ike, Mamie, and their son are laid to rest. Other interesting attractions in town include the Seelye Mansion and the Patented Medicine Museum and Gardens. In Hutchinson visit the Cosmosphere – a world-class space museum featuring a huge collection of US space artefacts.

Day 7 – Hutchinson to Wichita, KS, approx. 55 miles
Pay a morning visit to Strataca - the Kansas Underground Salt Museum is a unique experience, 650 feet underground and a vast expanse carved from ancient salt deposits. Then head for Wichita. Here, the iconic ‘Keeper of the Plains’ is a great place to start your exploration. Move on to Old Cowtown Living History Museum with a strong flavour of the old west. Eight distinctive shopping districts make it a shopper’s paradise, while Old Town is an eclectic mix of live music venues and restaurants.

Day 8 – Depart from Wichita, KS

7 Nights
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£1115 per person
American Music Cities

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N.B. $150 one-way drop-off charge on the car hire is not included.

Day 1 - St. Louis
Arrive in St Louis where you will stay for three nights.

Begin your holiday at the world-famous Gateway Arch. The tallest man-made national monument in the country can be experienced via a 630-foot tram ride to the top. Get a feel for Ol' Man River with a relaxing one-hour sightseeing Gateway Riverboat Cruise. For an overview of St. Louis' past, visit the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park where Lindbergh, Lewis & Clark, and the Louisiana Purchase come to life.

Visit the Anheuser Busch Brewery, the single largest brewing complex in the world, where you can see the famous Clydesdales and a taste of the variety of brews. Shop downtown at St. Louis' Union Station, once one of America's largest train stations, restored to feature restaurants, shops and boutiques.

There are a host of choices for evening entertainment - Laclede's Landing, a shopping and entertainment district featuring cobblestone streets and cast iron street lamps, and a choice of bars and clubs. You can still visit authentic blues clubs where Chuck Berry, Scott Joplin and Miles Davies all began their careers, or take a trip to The Loop neighbourhood, named after an old streetcar turnaround, where many of the local restaurants offer live music of all kinds. Blueberry Hill, located in The Loop, is a restaurant and lounge full of Rock 'n' Roll memorabilia and an entire room devoted to Elvis. Stroll the St. Louis Walk of Fame where music legends like Chuck Berry, Tina Turner and Scott Joplin are commemorated.

Day 4 – St. Louis to Branson, approx. 250 miles
En route to Branson, to explore Meramec Caverns, one of the largest caves in the country, the oldest stop on Route 66 and the reported hide out of outlaw Jesse James. Boasting more theatre seats than Broadway, Branson offers entertainment to please everyone. Country music, gospel, magicians, comedians and well-known favorites such as The Hughes Brothers and the Oak Ridge Boys entertain groups in first-class fashion.

Visit Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, where you can hike, bike and explore this beautiful natural environment. Step back in time at Silver Dollar City, a crafts and entertainment theme park nestled in the Ozarks. Wander wooded paths amid 1880s shops, restaurants and music shows. In the evening, sit back, enjoy dinner and let the entertainers of the Showboat Branson Belle delight you with comedy, song and dance.

Stay two nights in Branson

Day 6 – Branson to Memphis, approx. 300 miles
Legendary home of Elvis, make your first stop Graceland. You can also see Elvis’ famous 1955 pink Cadillac in the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum and climb aboard his custom jet the ‘Lisa Marie.’ Downtown tour the Stax Museum of American Soul Music - Soulsville is a 17,000-square-foot museum on the original site of Stax Records and houses more than 2,000 cultural artifacts, celebrating the music made famous by Otis Redding, Booker T. and the MGs, Isaac Hayes, the Bar-Kays, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Earth, Wind & Fire and more. Next, tour Sun Studio, which is the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Today the studio, where Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Rufus Thomas, Howlin’ Wolf, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, and many others launched their careers, is open to the public for tours daily while still operating as a studio by night.

Beale Street is the place to be in the evening! One of America’s most famous streets where W.C. Handy first penned the Blues music of the Mississippi Delta. Located downtown stretching several blocks east of the river bluffs, Beale Street’s nightclubs and restaurants offer a variety of food and live music including traditional Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, and Rock ’n’ Roll.

Spend three nights in Memphis

Day 9 – Memphis to Nashville, approx. 215 miles
Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and take an exciting, multi-layered journey through the life of country music. A self-guided tour covering two floors of the Museum, and tells the story of country music from its pre-commercial roots in the nineteenth century through its vibrant life in the twenty-first century. Visit the historic RCA Studio B – once the recording home of popular music titans such as Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold, and the Everly Brothers – first became known as one of the cradles of the “Nashville Sound” in the 1960s. Explore Music Row, home to over 80 record labels, 130 music publishers and, at last count, over 180 recording studios. See where Owen Bradley opened a studio in an old house on 16th Avenue South in 1955. The legendary Quonset hut behind the main house is where Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard, Buddy Holly, George Jones, REO Speedwagon, Simon & Garfunkel and Johnny Cash all recorded.

At night you can check-out the sounds from live bands playing in the bars and clubs along Broadway, or attend a performance of the Grand Ole Opry, where you’ll catch today’s’ hottest stars, new faces, and Opry legends.

Day 11
Drop off your car and fly home from Nashville. 

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The Best of Route 66

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Experience the ‘Main Street of America’ on this fly-drive from Chicago to Santa Monica, including such highlights as the Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the St Louis Arch, the Anheuser Busch Brewery, the Ozark Mountains, Native American culture, the Grand Canyon and the beautiful beaches of California. The ‘Mother Road’ as it was also known, no longer exists in its 2448 mile entirety, however our Route 66 Fly-drive takes in the stretches of the road that are still used today and are dotted with roadside cafes, motels and service stations, giving a true ‘Americana’ experience.

Day 1
Arrive in Chicago where you will stay for 2 nights.

Day 3
Chicago to Springfield, approx. 190 miles. Before you embark on your road trip, fill up with breakfast at Lou Mitchell's legendary Route 66 café on Jackson Boulevard in Chicago. Meander past many delightful all-American haunts, including the Polka Dot Café, Dixie Truck Stop and Shea's Gas Station Museum.

Day 4
Springfield to St Louis, approx. 100 miles. As you drive into Missouriyou should make a stop at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge - this original Route 66 span over the Mississippi River has been reopened as the world's longest pedestrian and biking bridge. The bridge offers a great view of the river and the downtown St Louis skyline.

Whilst in St Louis visit the Gateway Arch in the heart of downtown where the original Route 66 passed by. Enjoy one of the tastiest spots along the Mother Road at Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, or the Donut Drive-In across the street, both Route 66 landmarks.

Day 6
St Louis to Springfield, approx. 220 miles. Heading through the rolling hills of the Ozark Mountains, remnants of the old Route 66 are everywhere just off the highway. Much of the old highway frontage has been preserved along St Louis Street.

Day 7
Springfield to Oklahoma City, approx. 280 miles. Cross into Oklahoma and experience a change in scenery and culture. This is a cattle country and the area gave rise to the era of American cowboy.

Day 8
Oklahoma City to Amarillo, approx. 260 miles. Overnight in Amarillo and make sure you take a drive along Amarillo Boulevard, the original Route 66, still dotted with 1950s motels that are so iconic of an American road-trip.

Day 9
Amarillo to Albuquerque, approx. 285 miles. The next state on your list is New Mexico, which still has the most miles of the original Route 66 that are driveable today. Even in its heyday, the number of roadside businesses that sprung up along the Mother Road here was exceptional and today in towns such as Tucumcari locals still cling on to as much of the original Americana as possible.

Day 11
Albuquerque to Flagstaff, approx. 320 miles. Head to Flagstaff, where are many of the old bricks buildings in the downtown area are original to Route 66. Be sure to visit the Museum Club a historic roadhouse that still welcomes visitors to quench their thirst after a long day on te road. Stay an extra night here if you want to take a day trip to the Grand Canyon.

Day 12
Flagstaff to Barstow, approx. 350 miles. Route 66 continue from Flagstaff west into California through the high Arizona desert from Seligman to Kingman.Then drive on Barstow, where the Main Street is a section of Route 66.

Day 13
Barstow to Santa Monica, approx. 130 miles. The last stretch of your 'Main Street of America' journey will take you to the California coast and Santa Monica, where Route 66 reaches the Pacific Ocean. Today Santa Monica is a haven for beach lovers with a boardwalk, pier, amusements, street performers, side walk cafes and bars and a true California atmosphere.

Day 15
Head for the airport for your flight back to the UK.

 

14 Nights
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Historic Route 66 – Escorted Tour
Price includes flights, services of professional tour leader, transportation in customised vehicle, all 12 hotel nights accommodation on a twin share basis, meals paid locally. 

Guaranteed Departures 2017- 01 Jul - 14 Jul, 19 Aug - 01 Sep, 02 Sep - 15 Sep

2018- 30 Jun-13 Jul, 18 Aug-31 Aug, 01 Sep-14 Sep

Immortalized in folklore, cinema and song, Route 66 remains the iconic symbol of the great American road trip; a journey of adventure, discovery and the freedom of the open road. Cruising 'America's Main Street', the first paved highway linking Chicago with the West. You'll cross eight states and make a small detour for the biggest sight in the West, the magnificent Grand Canyon. From snow-cones and corndogs, to cowboys, country music and rock'n'roll - it's classic Americana all the way, as you travel from the heartland to the coast on the world's most famous road.

Day 1: Chicago
You've arrived in Chicago, the official start of Route 66. A welcome meeting will be held at 18:00 hrs in your hotel for you to meet you tour leader and fellow travelling companions with the remainder of the day free to explore. Grab yourself a slice of deep-dish pizza, venture up the Willis Tower or take to the streets for your very own walking tour along the shores of Lake Michigan.

Day 2: Chicago to Springfield
After leaving Chicago, You will head south to the first iconic Route 66 stop, Springfield, the capital of the state of Illinois. Springfield's favourite son was Abraham Lincoln and you pay a visit to the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, which is the home that he lived in with his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, from 1844 until 1861 when he became US president. Springfield is also the birthplace of the corndog and drive-thru restaurants.

Day 3: St Louis
From Springfield, Illinois, it is only a couple of hours driving to St Louis, Missouri. St Louis is one of the largest cities in USA with a metropolitan population of over 2.8 million. Founded in 1764 it became a major port on the Mississippi River and even hosted the Olympic Games in 1904. The Gateway Arch commemorates the settlement of America's West and it was from here that countless pioneers set out to conquer the wild frontier. Stop at Ted Drewes, an Iconic Route 66 attraction, and try a `Concrete' - über-thick milkshakes made from vanilla frozen custard. Perhaps you can spend the evening checking out the city's vibrant nightlife.

Day 4: Branson
Home to Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede and their version of 'The Strip', Branson has become to country music what Las Vegas is to gambling. With over 50 dinner theatres, shows and other entertainment oddities, Branson is where it is at in Missouri.

Day 5-6: Oklahoma City
Oklahoma, with more driveable miles of the old highway than any other state, is a mecca for fans of the Mother Road. Oklahoma City is the capital and the largest city in the state. You spend a couple of nights here and enjoy a full day to discover some of the city's many cultural attractions. Visit the Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum and the Coleman Theatre, built in the late 1920's, it defines an era of vaudeville and silent films. Oklahoma is also the gateway to cowboy country so what could be a better introduction to the 'Wild West' than an optional visit to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Originally established in 1955 as the Cowboy hall of Fame and Museum, it has broadened its scope to encompass both Western and Native American artwork and artefacts as well as historic photographs.

Day 7: Amarillo
Amarillo in the state of Texas is our destination for today. On the 'Way to Amarillo' and before you leave Oklahoma, you will visit the 'official' Route 66 Museum, where you will learn about the legends surrounding the road we are travelling on and a short stop at Lucille's Service Station & Roadhouse. Then it is on to Amarillo where you will make your way to the Big Texan Steak Ranch for a steak meal (optional). If you can eat a 72 Oz steak in less than one hour, you get it for free! This is man versus food for real!

Day 8: Albuquerque
Your Route 66 road trip continues with a visit to the Cadillac Ranch, where 10 classic cars are buried nose-down in the dirt. The owners encourage graffiti so grab a spray can and leave your mark! After a short driving time you reach the Midpoint Café, the midway point between Chicago and Los Angeles, famous for hot coffee and rolls. Activities include driving through the Tijeras Canyon and stopping at Tucumcari Post and Curios.

Day 9: Gallup
From modern cultures to ancient civilizations you make a stop by the 'Sky City' ruins on the Acoma Native American Reservation. You will spend the night in Gallup, New Mexico, home to a diverse population with a third of its residents being of Native American decent. Stay at the El Rancho Hotel, a little slice of history, counting John Wayne and Katherine Hepburn amongst its famous guests.

Day 10-11: Grand Canyon National Park
So it is not on the original Route 66, but it is so close it would be a crime to pass it by! The Grand Canyon is an iconic symbol of the Desert Southwest and a spectacle not to be missed. This incredible spectacle is difficult to comprehend, even as you stand at the rim or hike down into the canyon. Carved over several millennia, this massive wonder of nature is 445 kilometres (277 miles) long, up to 29 kilometres (18 miles) wide and over 1.6 kilometres (1 mile) deep. Snaking through the canyon floor is the mighty Colorado River, which runs 2330 kilometres (1450 miles) through seven US states and two Mexican states.

In your free time, we highly recommend a scenic flight over the canyon, which offer perspectives that you cannot see by visiting on foot. Also recommended is the film show at the IMAX Theatre, which will give you a good overview of the area and how it developed. There are many walks that you can enjoy ranging from easy to moderate ones. There is also time to shop around for local souvenirs.

Day 12-13: Las Vegas
The historic Route 66 town of Seligman and the Snow Cap Diner make for a quirky stop en route to the Hoover Dam before we hit Vegas, renowned as the 'tacky capital of the world'. If it is gambling you want, you have come to the right place as nowhere else in the world will you find so many casinos. But if you really want to look at something different, stop by one of its countless wedding chapels. In Las Vegas we enjoy a city tour that takes you to some of the quirky things that epitomises this city, as well as learn about some of its colourful history. You will also have time for some last-minute bargain shopping and relax by a pool before nights out on the town amidst the bright lights, casinos and world-class shows. You may also like to enjoy a buffet dinner at one of Las Vegas' famous all-you-can-eat dining places.

Day 14: Las Vegas to Los Angeles
On your final day you return to California and follow Route 66 across the great Mojave Desert to the city of Los Angeles. The tour finishes at the very end of the road at Santa Monica Pier.

13 Nights
Prices from:
£3177 per person