Grand American Adventures

14-day/13-night small group escorted tour

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Chicago to LA

 

In 1938, Route 66 became the first paved highway linking Chicago with the West.  It became an iconic symbol of the great American road trip.  On this exciting 14-day tour you’ll travelGrand American Adventure logo through eight states, visit many famous stops, the Grand Canyon, the desert city of Las Vegas and the back roads where time has stood still.

Route 66 group
Get your kicks on Route 66!

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  • Day 1. Arrive Chicago.
    Day 2. Chicago, Springfield, IL
    Day 3. Springfield, St. Louis.
    Day 4. St. Louis, Branson.
    Day 5. Branson, Okahoma City
    Day 6. Oklahoma City
    Day 7. Oklahoma City, Amarillo.
    Day 8. Amarillo, Albuquerque.
    Day 9. Albuquerque, Gallup.
    Day 10. Gallup, Grand Canyon National Park.
    Day 11. Grand Canyon National Park.
    Day 12. Grand Canyon, Las Vegas.
    Day 13. Las Vegas.
    Day 14. Las Vegas, Los Angeles.  Depart Los Angeles.

     Tour Includes:

    √ Visit the Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum.
    √ Visit the Coleman Theatre.
    √ Entry to Abraham Lincoln’s House & Museum.
    √ St. Louis Gateway Arch.
    √ Stay at the famous El Rancho Hotel.
    √ See the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo.
    √ View of the mighty Hoover Dam.
    √ Crossing the sprawling Great Plains.
    √ Cruise the Las Vegas Strip.
    √ Grand Canyon National Park.
    √ Visit the iconic Santa Monica Pier.
    √ Free Wi-Fi access available in your vehicle and in some hotels.
    √ Maximum group size 13.
    √ Dedicated services of the same professional Grand American Adventure Director/driver for the entire tour.

    OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION

    12 hotel nights and 1 historic hotel night.

  • Chicago skyline and lake
    Chicago

    Day 1: Arrival day in 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. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally.

    Day 2: Chicago to Springfield.  After leaving Chicago, you drive south to the first iconic Route 66 stop, Springfield, the capital of Illinois. Springfield’s favourite son was Abraham Lincoln and you’ll 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, so make sure you arrive with an empty stomach! Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally.

    Route 66 GAA van
    Grand American Adventures

    Day 3: St Louis.  From Springfield, Illinois, it’s only a couple of hours drive to St Louis, Missouri. St Louis is one of the largest cities in the 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’, an extremely thick milkshake made from vanilla frozen custard. Spend the evening checking out the city’s vibrant nightlife at leisure.  Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally.

    Day 4: Branson.  Home to Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede and an alternative version of the Strip, country music is to Branson what gambling is to Las Vegas. With over 50 dinner theatres, shows and other entertainment oddities, Branson is where it’s at in Missouri. It unleashes a hefty dose of pure Americana and a wonderful playlist to enjoy it to.  Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally.

    Route 66 group
    Fellow passengers

    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 discovering 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, defining 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 and 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.  Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally.

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    Cadillac Ranch

    Day 7: Amarillo.  Amarillo in the state of Texas is your destination for today. On the ‘Way to Amarillo’ and before you leave Oklahoma, you’ll visit the ‘official’ Route 66 Museum, where you learn about the legends surrounding the road you’re travelling on and a short stop at Lucille’s Service Station & Roadhouse. Then it’s on to Amarillo where you 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 vs food for real!  Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally.

    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.  Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally.

    Day 9: Gallup. Drive along the Rio Puerco Valley to Inscription Rock, a cliff face at El Morro National Monument where you can observe Native American Petroglyphs. Cross the Continental Divide en route to Gallup. Stay at the El Rancho Hotel, a little slice of history counting John Wayne and Katherine Hepburn amongst its famous guests.  Accommodation: Historic hotel included | Meals: Paid locally.

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    Grand Canyon – copyright Alex Easton

    Day 10-11: Grand Canyon National Park.  Stop at the Petrified Forest National Park to see the different colours of rock layered on top of each other. Pass through Winslow and see the location of the Eagles lyrics “standin’ on the corner in Winslow, Arizona”. It’s not on the original Route 66, but it’s so close it would be a crime to pass it by! The Grand Canyon is the ultimate symbol of the Desert Southwest and a spectacle not to be missed. This incredible natural wonder is difficult to comprehend. Once again, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to explore the park at your own pace. In your free time, we highly recommend a scenic helicopter flight over the canyon, which offers perspectives that you simply can’t see visiting on foot. Venture down the Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point, or stroll along the more leisurely West Rim Trail and catch a shuttle bus out to Hermit’s Rest. Finish your day by watching the amazing IMAX film, ‘The Grand Canyon Experience’ and enjoy a spectacular sunset over one of the world’s natural wonders!  Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally.

    Welcome Sign saying "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada"
    Welcome to Las Vegas!

    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 you reach Vegas. If it’s gambling you want, you have come to the right place as nowhere else in the world will you find so many casinos. In Las Vegas you’ll enjoy a city tour that takes you to some of the quirky things that epitomises this city, as well as learning about some of its colourful history. You also have time for some last minute shopping and have some time to relax by the pool before a night out on the town amidst the bright lights, casinos and world-class shows.  Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally.

    Day 14: Las Vegas to Los Angeles.  On your final day you have the endless sunshine of California in your sights, following the Route 66 across the great Mojave Desert to the city of Los Angeles. You’ll toast farewell to an epic road trip and to your new friends from the iconic Santa Monica Pier.This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

    Just America can offer the full range of Grand American Adventures tours of the USA & Canada
    – please click here to view the PDF brochure

    Just America will be pleased to assist with transatlantic flights, additional pre and post tour accommodation and onward travel to other destinations within North America. Call Just America for tour availability on 01489 892329 or email enquiries@justamerica.co.uk

  • 14 Day/13 night escorted tour
    P6X
    2018
    Tour prices in £’s per person based
    on two adults sharing a double room
    Double
    £
    30 Jun: 18 Aug & 01 Sep On Request
    Prices include:
    13-nights hotel accommodation, escorted tour transportation, excursions as per the itinerary.

    PLEASE NOTE:

    Optional Solo Sleeper from £639, subject to availability.

    Just America can offer the full range of Grand American Adventures tours of the USA & Canada
    – please click here to view the PDF brochure

    Just America will be pleased to assist with transatlantic flights, additional pre and post tour accommodation and onward travel to other destinations within North America. Call Just America for tour availability on 01489 892329 or email enquiries@justamerica.co.uk

    View the Grand American Adventures Booking Conditions

    Just America can offer the full range of Grand American Adventures tours of the USA & Canada