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9 Day Roadtrip

Oklahoma City To Santa Monica

Route 66: The Mother Road​

June 24 - July 2, 2021

Make plans to head west with us along Route 66 – American’s Mother Road. We’ll take in the American landscape, from The Modern Frontier of Oklahoma City all the way to the Santa Monica Pier in California. 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 Oklahoma City

6/24 Thu

Arrive at the Oklahoma City Airport and meet your local tour director. Then transfer to your hotel and check in for a five night stay. After checking in, enjoy some free time to explore Bricktown, a fun and vibrant part of Oklahoma City that houses a wonderful variety of restaurants, shops and entertainment. Join the group for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Hilton Garden Inn Bricktown, Oklahoma City, OK (B)

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Day 2

Route 66 – 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. Then depart for the AAA Route 66 Road Fest with time to wander, explore and eat on your own. Later in the evening, return to your hotel.
Hilton Garden Inn Bricktown, Oklahoma City, OK (B)

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Day 3

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

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Day 4

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 5

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 6

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 7

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 8

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 9

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
  • 8 nights hotel accommodations
  • 8 breakfasts, 2 lunch, 5 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

Rates:

  • Single – $2,995
  • Double – $2,350/pp
  • Triple – $2,150/pp

Get the full Route 66 experience from Chicago to Santa Monica, when you book the 13 day journey and save over $1,000 per person!

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