Visit the USA and travel to Los Angeles on the historic Route 66

Grab your cowboy hat and hit the road on the historic Route 66 - America's most famous highway. Follow in the tyre-marks of settlers, cowboys, migrants and travellers on 'the main street of America' and learn about the importance of this pathway through America's heartland. From the green shores of the Great Lakes, watch the landscape gradually change from fertile farmlands to arid desert, eventually giving way to the celebrated beaches of the Californian coastline. Visit contemporary Chicago, loopy Las Vegas and electric Los Angeles and embark on the US road trip of a lifetime and discover why the historic Route 66 is one of North America's most celebrated journeys.

Start
Chicago, United States
Finish
Los Angeles, United States
Countries
United States
Themes
Explorer
Code
STKS
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 5, Max 13
Carbon offset
543kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Be awed by the glow of the Grand Canyon
  • Wander the ancient ruins of Sky City
  • Have a Baywatch moment in sunny Santa Monica
  • Cruise down the Strip in electric Las Vegas
  • Admire the pueblo architecture of the quaint city of Santa Fe
  • Walk beneath St Louis' massive Gateway Arch
  • Feast on Chicago's famous deep-dish pizza
  • Learn about the historic Route 66 in Amarillo
  • Say 'yee-haw' in cowboy-clad Oklahoma City

Itinerary

Depart Chicago early in the morning for Springfield, where Abraham Lincoln once made his home.
Welcome to this city of culture and history. Gaze up at the inspiring 'Gateway Arch' that dominates the St Louis skyline.
Get a taste of vintage Americana in this classic Route 66 stopover. Hoe-down with some country music, stroll the '76 Strip' or munch on a cheeseburger in one of Branson's many diners.
Cross into cowboy country and experience Oklahoma's eclectic mix of city gardens and urban spaces or take an optional visit to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
Stop by the official Route 66 museum before sitting down for meal at one of Amarillo's' sizzling steakhouses.
Visit New Mexico's historic and sophisticated capital - an energetic mix of cosmopolitan culture, uber-cool modern art and gourmet restaurants.
Swap modern art for ancient civilisations and make tracks to the Acoma Indian Reservation. Explore the ruins of 'Sky City' and learn about Native American culture in Gallup.
Take a worthy detour to the incredible Grand Canyon in Nevada. Choose to stroll the South Rim, take a scenic helicopter flight or simply watch the sun set over this extraordinary ecological marvel.
Cross the Hoover Dam en route to the incongruous desert city of Las Vegas. See the cards fall on the Strip, indulge in a belly-bloating buffet or attend one of Las Vegas's famous shows.
Watch as Route 66 weaves into LA's frenzied freeway system and end the journey spotting surfers from Santa Monica Pier.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Van
Accommodation
Hotel (12 nights)
Included activites
  • Acoma Indian Reservation & Sky City Pueblo
  • Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum

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Notes

1. This trip is run by our experienced sister company, Grand American Adventures.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip.
3. This trip starts at 7:30am on day 1 and finishes at 5pm on day 13.
4. Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.

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