Get Your Kicks on Route 66 - 19 days
- Arrival Los Angeles • Departure Chicago
- Day 1: Europe / Los Angeles
Rendezvous at Airport. Check-in and flights to USA. Arrival in Los Angeles. Transfer to hotel in minibus and check-in.
- Day 2: Los Angeles / Barstow (200km)
After picking up your bikes, you’ll set off for a city tour of Los Angeles, including Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Hollywood Boulevard, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive and Sunset Boulevard. Later on you’ll set off through the Mojave Desert to Barstow via Victorville. Night in Barstow.
- Day 3: Barstow / Las Vegas (300km)
Today you’ll visit the Bagdad Café before riding to Las Vegas, a city originally founded by the Mormons. You’ll arrive in the bright lights of Sin City in the evening, after which you’ll be free to ‘Place your bets, Ladies and Gentlemen’!
- Day 4: Las Vegas / Oatman/ Kingman (270km)
Morning ride to the Hoover Dam on Lake Mead (the largest artificial lake in the northern hemisphere), after which you’ll continue to the Gold Rush town of Oatman, one of the highest points on Route 66. Then you’ll continue the ride to Kingman, where you’ll stop for the night.
- Day 5: Kingman/ Seligman / Williams (260km)
Today you’ll travel the mythical stretch of Route 66 from Kingman to Seligman, with a stop-off in Hackberry. It was in Seligman that Angel Delgadillo, the Barber of Seligman gave a new lease of life to Route 66. Night in Williams.
- Day 6: Williams / Grand Canyon /Flagstaff (280km)
Once you’re on your bikes you’ll head down US 64 through the Ponderosa pine forests, after which the US 180 will take you to the foot of the Grand Canyon. Today’s ride along the Southern Rim is a real feast for the eyes, with its magnificent views. The route will then take you along Little Colorado Canyon towards Flagstaff, the Gateway to the Grand Canyon, where you will spend the night.
- Day 7: Flagstaff / Meteor Crater / Petrified Forest / Gallup (300km)
First stop today will be Meteor Crater, which was created by a crashed meteor 22,000 years ago and where NASA trained its astronauts for the conquest of space. Then there’s another stop off to see the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook and on to Petrified Forest National Park (where thousand-year-old sequoias have been petrified by erosion). Night in Gallup.
- Day 8: Gallup / Albuquerque / Santa Fe (330km)
In the morning you’ll ride east to Albuquerque. Route 66’s original Trading Posts (old centers of exchange between Cowboys and Indians) are reminders of the area’s Native American heritage. After Albuquerque, you’ll head north to Santa Fe.
- Day 9: Santa Fe
You’ll visit the town of Santa Fe, which gave its name to the famous Santa Fe Rail Road, with its Mexican-style adobe houses. You’ll have time to enjoy the hotel facilities, or alternatively you could visit some Native American villages or Las Vegas (New Mexico).
- Day 10: Santa Fe / Tucumcari (270km)
Between mountains and desert, the Mother Road passes through many cowboy villages, with traces of Native American heritage. Today you’ll ride to Santa Rosa and then on to Tucumcari. Night in Native American territory.
- Day 11: Tucumcari / Amarillo (180km)
In New Mexico, old towns, abandoned motels and neon lights represent an era of change; Route 66 has a mix of old and new cultures which seems to coexist in harmony. You’ll see Cadillac Ranch and we’ll stay the night in Amarillo. A great opportunity to try a 2-kilos Texan steak!
- Day 12: Amarillo /Oklahoma City (410km)
In the great state of Texas, the scenery changes with ranches and junkyards. You’ll ride into Oklahoma where it’s not unusual to see some derricks. You’ll stop off at the famous Route 66 Museum in Clinton, before continuing the ride to Oklahoma City.
- Day 13: Oklahoma City / Springfield (460km)
The state of Oklahoma has the longest stretch of Route 66, and you’ll see the history of the Mother Road marked in the countless villages that you will drive through. After riding through a short stretch in Kansas, you’ll come to Joplin, where a number of motels, stations, commemorative plaques and old-fashioned shops have preserved their ‘original’ feel. Night in Springfield (Missouri).
- Day 14: Springfield / St Louis (350km)
Back on your bikes and on with the journey along Route 66 through one of the most beautiful parts of Missouri with its patchwork fields of crops, stopping off in different points of interest on the way. Night in St Louis.
- Day 15: St Louis / Pontiac / Chicago (460km)
Today you’ll see Chain of Rocks Bridge, continuing your ride through Lincoln, Pontiac and Joliet. Once you get to Chicago, you’ll visit the district of Cicero, made famous by Al Capone. Night in Chicago.
- Day 16: Chicago/ Milwaukee (150km)
Located on the banks of Lake Michigan, with its 46 km of beaches, the city of Chicago is considered to be the birthplace of skyscrapers. It has become a city of big business and its Mercantile Exchange is the biggest in the world. The city also has a strong artistic heritage, which is evident in its architecture and strong African American music scene. Today you’ll ride to Milwaukee to visit the Harley-Davidson Museum. Night in Milwaukee.
- Day 17: Milwaukee / Chicago (150km)
After a ride around town, you’ll head back to Chicago, where you’ll drop off your bikes. Then you’ll have time to explore the city at your own pace. Night in Chicago.
- Day 18: Chicago / Departure
Transfer to airport and check-in. Overnight flight home with dinner on board.
- Day 19: Europe
Arrival home. End of our services. We look forward to seeing you again soon for new adventures !!!