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13 Day Roadtrip

Chicago To Santa Monica

The Complete Route 66 Experience

June 20 - July 2, 2021

Join us for the ultimate road trip – all 2,448 miles – in celebration of America’s Mother Road, Route 66. We’ll take in the American landscape, from the heartland of Chicago all the way to the shimmering west coast of California, and everything in between. You’ll hit the road in style in a full-size motorcoach, taking in the sights, sounds and experiences of one of the most popular, historic and iconic roadways in the country. Pack your bags and join us on a trip that tells the story of American freedom, mobility, and exploration.

To Join Us on This Roadtrip or
For More Information call
302-230-2957 ext 4063977
or Email: [email protected]

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Day 1

Arrive to Chicago

6/20 Sun

Arrive in the Windy City as you are met at the Chicago Airport by your local tour director. Then transfer to your hotel in the heart of Chicago. After some time to relax and freshen up, take a short walk to the starting point of  “The Mother Road.” There is no better place to start your Route 66 experience than at the Historic Route 66 Begin Sign where you are sure to want a few pictures. Then join the group for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. The evening is free to explore Chicago on your own.

Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL  (D)

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Day 2

Chicago to St. Louis

6/21 Mon

Just a few blocks from the start of Route 66, Lou Mitchell’s has been dubbed the “first stop on the  Mother Road.”  You can enjoy a classic American diner experience, complete with fluffy pancakes, Belgian waffles and shakes—not to mention what the neon sign proclaims as “the world’s finest coffee.”  Throw in booth and counter dining, and it’s the perfect place to start your celebration of Americana.

After breakfast, depart Chicago and travel to Pontiac and visit the Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum which is a repository for thousands of pieces of historic memorabilia from the glory days of the Mother Road. While cruising along Route 66, stop at a historic roadside diner for lunch on your own.

Then arrive in Springfield and visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum which documents the life of the 16th U.S. President, Abraham Lincoln, and the course of the American Civil War.  Combining traditional scholarship with 21st-century showmanship techniques, the museum ranks as one of the most visited presidential libraries.

After a great visit, cross the Mississippi and arrive in St. Louis, your home for the night. Enjoy a highlight tour of the city including the Gateway Arch before arriving at your hotel. Tonight take in the captivating views of this wonderful city as you join the group on a Skyline Dinner Riverboat Cruise. It will be an evening of great food, good company and wonderful views.

Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Southwest, St. Louis, MO (B,D

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Day 3

St. Louis to Bentonville

6/22 Tue

As you continue west on the Old Road an iconic stop beckons, Meramec Caverns. Beneath the fertile rolling hills of the Meramec Valley, lies a complex of mineral formations and color as rare and unique as they are beautiful. These jewels of nature which took thousands of years to grow, are preserved in the spectacular sights of Meramec Caverns. Enjoy a guided tour of these beautiful caverns. Continue on to Cuba with time to explore the 14 amazing murals and other sights along the Route 66 corridor including the world-famous Route 66 Rocker. Your lunch will be on your own at a local Route 66 diner. In the afternoon, travel across Missouri to Arkansas and arrive in Bentonville to check into your hotel. After settling in, join the group for dinner at Simple Pleasures. Travel back in time as you dine in a restored 1930’s art-deco service station. Filled with cars and memorabilia, enjoy a delicious dinner while taking a trip down memory lane! Test your memory as you play a trivia game called “remembrance.” Dessert will be ice cream served from a real Sunday Cart with all the toppings. This is not just dinner, it is an experience!
Hilton Garden Inn, Bentonville, AR (B,D)

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Day 4

Bentonville to Tulsa

6/23 Wed

After breakfast, enjoy touring Bentonville, a small town with an interesting history as it grew into a city that is home to 3 major industries in just over 150 years. See some of the sights that helped to build the area, then visit the Walton 5 & 10/Walmart Visitor’s Center. Located in Sam Walton’s original Bentonville variety store, the center traces the origin and growth of Walmart Stores, Inc. The Downtown area also offers several shops with unique souvenirs. Your next stop will be the Museum of Native American History for touring. Learn about the culture and daily lives of the pre-historic residents of the area through a self-guided audio wand tour. Lunch today will be at Fred’s Hickory Inn, this was Sam’s favorite restaurant, the location where the name “Walmart” was created and billions of dollars of business have been conducted. After lunch, you are in for a real treat as you visit Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Exhibits showcase art ranging from Native American to contemporary so you can experience the evolution of American art. Already considered by some to be the finest collection of American Art in the United States. After a surprising cultural experience in Bentonville, enter Oklahoma on your way to Tulsa for the night. After checking in, enjoy some free time to explore the Mother Road Market. Eat! Sip! Shop! Mother Road Market is Oklahoma’s first food hall focused on good food, unique retail, and offering Tulsa a vibrant space for the community to gather. Dinner will be on your own at the market.

Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown, Tulsa, OK  (B,L)

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Day 5

Oil Barons & Will Rogers

6/24 Thu

Depart Tulsa this morning and travel to the incredible Woolaroc Ranch and Animal Preserve. Located in the rugged Osage Hills of Northeastern Oklahoma, Woolaroc was established in 1925 as the ranch estate of oilman Frank Phillips. The ranch is a 3,700 acre wildlife preserve, home to many species of native and exotic wildlife including bison, elk and longhorn cattle. Woolaroc also has a wonderful museum with an outstanding collection of western art and artifacts, Native American artifacts, one of the finest collections of Colt firearms in the world, and much more. Enjoy time to explore the museum, the grounds and the petting zoo. Your lunch will be on your own today. Then drive to Bartlesville for touring of the Phillips Petroleum Museum. Determined to succeed and committed to innovation, Phillips became an industry leader, transforming basic oil and gas resources into an incredible array of useful products. Next travel to Claremore and the Will Rogers Memorial Museum. Will Rogers will meet the group and take you on a guided tour. Not only a cowboy, Will Rogeres was also the top motion picture box-office star from 1933 to 1935, he is in the Aviation Hall of Fame, the International Polo Hall of Fame, was the most widely-read syndicated newspaper columnist by 1935, wrote six books, anchored America’s first coast-to-coast radio show in 1928, and was the star of a highly popular Sunday evening radio program of commentary and entertainment. He was certainly more than just a cowboy! After touring the museum, take a short drive to Will’s Birthplace Ranch, accompanied by Will’s dad, Clem Rogers. Enjoy a fun private dinner served in the barn and a chance to explore the grounds before returning to Tulsa for overnight.

Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown, Tulsa, OK  (B,D)

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Day 6

Route 66 in OKC

6/25 Fri

Today enjoy a journey along historic Route 66 on your way to Chandler for touring of the Route 66 Interpretive Center. The Center takes visitors on a visually entertaining “drive” from the 1920’s through current-day Oklahoma on what author John Steinbeck called, in his classic novel, The Grapes of Wrath, our “Mother Road,” Route 66. Then continue to POPS, an iconic stop along the Old Hwy, for lunch on your own. POPS is a traditional diner with all your favorite burgers, hot dogs, fries and shakes on the menu as well as pop. With over 600 different kinds of soda, a POPS soda guru can guide you to a refreshing alternative or an old time favorite. After lunch, arrive in Oklahoman City for touring the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. With more than 28,000 Western and American Indian art works and artifacts, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is home to one of the most comprehensive collections of Western art in the world. From fine art, pop culture and Halls of Fame to Native American objects, historical cowboy gear, shopping and dining, the Museum is a must-see destination. Enjoy a guided tour of the galleries and some free time to wander on your own. Check into your hotel with a little time to settle in. Then depart for the AAA Route 66 Road Fest with time to wander, explore and eat on your own. Later in this evening, return to your hotel.

Hiton Garden Inn Bricktown, Oklahoma City, OK (B)

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Day 7

AAA Route 66 Road Fest

6/26 Sat

Leisurely morning. Today enjoy the AAA Route 66 Road Fest. The bus will provide shuttle service between the hotel and the festival at set times between 10:00am & 11:00pm. (shuttle times TBA)
Hiton Garden Inn Bricktown, Oklahoma City, OK (B)

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Day 8

OKC to Amarillo

6/27 Sun

Depart Oklahoma City and continue your Route 66 journey westward first stopping in Clinton for touring the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum. The museum offers visitors a personal journey through the history of the nation’s most revered highway from a perspective of the state where it all began. Encounter the iconic ideas, images, and myths of the Mother Road. Learn about the dreams and the labor needed to make the road a reality. A bit further down the road in Elk City, visit the National Route 66 Museum. The National Route 66 Museum focuses on the people who lived, worked and traveled the “Mother Road” and offers visitors a classic walk through all eight states, highlighted by realistic murals and vignettes depicting the eras of the road and the interesting places that made Route 66 so famous. As you travel along, you can listen to recorded histories and personal accounts of the road from overhead audio kiosks. After time for lunch on your own, depart Elk City and continue west to Amarillo with free time to explore the Route 66 Historic District. In the Route 66 Historic District visitors will find over one mile of art galleries, antique and collectible stores, restaurants, and bars in historic buildings. After checking into your hotel, join the group for a true Texas experience as you take a short drive to Palo Duro Canyon for the Texas Outdoor Musical. Enjoy a delicious Texas BBQ dinner followed by the official musical of the state of Texas, featuring a wonderful theatrical spectacle of music, dance, fireworks, water and lighting effects.

Drury Inn & Suites, Amarillo, TX (B,D)

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Day 9

Amarillo to Albuquerque

6/28 Mon

As you leave Amarillo this morning following the Mother Road west, a must stop is the Cadillac Ranch. Invented and built by a group of art-hippies imported from San Francisco. Ten Caddies were driven into one of Stanley Marsh 3’s fields, then half-buried, nose-down, in the dirt (supposedly at the same angle as the Great Pyramid of Giza). They face west in a line, from the 1949 Club Sedan to the 1963 Sedan de Ville, their tail fins held high for all to see on the empty Texas panhandle. Then cross the border into “The Land of Enchantment,” New Mexico, and enjoy the Route 66 nostalgia of Tucumcari which is home to many iconic Route 66 sights such as the Blue Swallow Motel, Tee Pee Curios, La Cita Mexican Restaurant and a shining monument to the Old Road. In Santa Rosa, drive Route 66 through town and stop at Joseph’s Bar & Grill for lunch on your own. Enjoy more time following the old route as you make your way to Albuquerque. The rest of the day is free to explore historic Old Town Albuquerque on your own. Old Town’s narrow streets and century-old adobe houses are home to New Mexican eateries serving enchiladas and sopaipilla pastries, and tiny artisan shops selling jewelry, rugs and pottery. Old Town Plaza is a charming spot overlooked by 18th-century San Felipe de Neri Church. Nearby, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science has dinosaur skeletons, while the Albuquerque Museum displays Southwestern art.
Hotel Albuquerque Old Town, Albuquerque, NM (B,L)

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Day 10

Albuquerque to Flagstaff

6/29 Tue

This morning, depart Albuquerque and make your way to Acoma Sky City for touring. Acoma Pueblo is built atop a sheer-walled, 367-foot sandstone bluff in a valley studded with sacred, towering monoliths. Since 1150 A.D., Acoma Pueblo has earned the reputation as the oldest continuously inhabited community in North America. The mesa-top settlement is known worldwide for its unique art and rich culture. You will enjoy a guided tour of the Pueblo and a visit to the Haaku Museum. Continue west with a stop in Gallup at the El Rancho Hotel, a delightful old hotel lovingly preserved in its 1930s glory. After lunch, enjoy a fun visit to Richardson’s Cash Pawn and Trading Post. Family-run since 1913, this busy but friendly space is crammed to the rafters with arts, crafts, and pawned goods including Navajo rugs and jewelry, ornately tooled leather saddles, pearl-inlaid guitars, and more that give a better sense of local lifestyles than any museum ever could. As you continue westward, enter Arizona and arrive at Petrified Forest National Park for sightseeing. Take a scenic drive through the Painted Desert and on Blue Mesa with picture stops along the way. Then take a walk through the Crystal Forest before exiting the park. Next drive through another town full of Route 66 nostalgia and made famous in a song, Winslow, AZ. After a full day on Route 66, arrive in Flagstaff for dinner at a local restaurant and overnight.
Doubletree, Flagstaff, AZ (B,L,D)

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Day 11

Flagstaff to Laughlin

6/30 Wed

A short drive west of Flagstaff lies the small town of Seligman, now known as “The Birthplace of Historic Route 66” and a must see for Route 66 fans. In 1972, Angel Delgadillo moved his barber shop so that he could take advantage of the traffic on the new alignment of Route 66 through Seligman. Business was good until September of 1978, when I-40 bypassed Seligman. To stimulate tourism, Angel, his wife Vilma, and other shop owners in northwest Arizona established the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona. The Association was located in Angel’s Barber Shop & Pool Hall and his work helped make Seligman “The Birthplace of Historic Route 66.” From here you will drive the longest remaining stretch of the original road through towns like Peach Springs and Hackberry on your way to Kingman with a stop at Mr. D’z Route 66 Diner for lunch on your own. You may also want to visit the Power House Route 66 Visitors Center Across the street. After lunch, it is an interesting and scenic drive through the desert mountains as you make your way to the old mining ghost town of Oatman. Located at elevation 2,700 feet on old Route 66 between Kingman, Arizona, and Needles, California, the popular small town is an interesting stop, with numerous gift shops and small restaurants. Oatman’s famous “Wild” Burros that wander the streets are the descendants of burros brought here by the miners, and when no longer needed were turned loose. From Oatman it is a short drive to the Laughlin, NV, a fun gaming town poised on the banks of the Colorado River. After checking into your riverside casino resort hotel, join the group for a scenic Colorado River Cruise. Enjoy a relaxing, fully narrated cruise, detailing the history of this region and the Colorado River. The rest of the evening is free to explore on your own. The resort boasts 6 full-service restaurants, 9 bars & lounges as well as a food court so you are sure to find something to eat. There are shops, a bowling alley, movie theaters, nightly entertainment, gaming and a classic car museum on site. The Laughlin Riverwalk also provides a great way to enjoy an evening stroll along the river and have access to adjacent resorts. You are sure to have an enjoyable evening.
Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort, Laughlin, NV (B)

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Day 12

Laughlin to Santa Monica

7/1 Thu

Depart Laughlin and follow the Old Road into California and across the Mohave Desert with a few picture stops as you pass through Needles, Amboy and Ludlow on your way to Barstow. Another town rich in Route 66 history, you will see some of the more interesting sights and have some time for lunch on your own. In the afternoon leave the desert behind as you enter the Los Angeles basin arriving in San Bernadino to visit the Original McDonald’s Museum and check out the wonderfully preserved Wigwam Motel. Continue on Route 66 through Rancho Cucamonga, across the Colorado Street Bridge into Pasadena, through Los Angeles and on to the end of the Road, Santa Monica! After checking into your hotel, take a short walk to the Santa Monica Pier and visit the western terminus of America’s Main Street, Route 66. Then celebrate this wonderful journey along the Mother Road as you join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner on the pier. A fitting end to a nostalgic trip!
Wyndham Santa Monica at the Pier, Santa Monica, CA (B,D)

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Day 13

Journey Home

7/2 Fri

Transfer to the Los Angeles Airport for your departure flight home. (B)

To Join Us on This Roadtrip or
For More Information call
302-230-2957 ext 4063977
or Email: [email protected]

Tour Includes:

  • Services of a AAA Travel Escort
  • Services of a tour director
  • Comfortable transportation on
    a full-size motorcoach
  • 12 nights hotel accommodations
  • 12 breakfasts, 3 lunch, 7 dinners
  • Entrance fees to attractions and activities, as listed in the itinerary
  • Gratuities for included meals and
    baggage handling (one suitcase per
    person, where available
  • VIP tickets for the Route 66 Road Fest (Friday and Saturday), which includes access to the VIP comfort lounge at the show, souvenir gift bag, VIP seating for the headliner live music acts, and VIP lanyard.

Does Not Include:

  • Items of a personal nature (alcohol, room service, etc.)
  • Meals (other than listed in the itinerary)
  • Gratuities for local guides, the driver and the tour director


  • Single – $5195
  • Double – $4,025/pp
  • Triple – $3,695/pp
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