18 days
Duration
1/3
Difficulty level
USA
Location
4000 km/2485 mi
Distance

Historic Route 66, Westbound & Eastbound.

The tour program describes the main attractions for the 18-day journey on the world-famous, legendary, and historic U.S. Route 66. The route, which is also known as “The Mother Road”, has throughout history been the road for migrants, dreamers, desperadoes, and a whole generation of holidaymakers, who explored the road to the west.

The “Mother Road” was born from the need of a nation to move about, for trade, work, and leisure. It was initially a hodgepodge of different roads, most of the dirt tracks, linked together by an incipient Federal highway system. From such humble origins, it became an icon of America

The 1950s were Route 66’s peak. Thousands of cars drove “bumper-to-bumper” to experience the western emigration route. Hotels, motels, and the “new America” grew up everywhere. Much of Route 66’s original roads, restaurants, gas stations, and nostalgic landmarks are preserved just as they were in the ’50s. Hence the famous and nostalgic Route 66 is a heaven for motorcycle riding.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION  Chicago – Los Angeles / Los Angeles – Chicago
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
TOUR GUIDE LANGUAGES
INCLUDED
Motorcycle/Car rental Airfare main nat. airport
Gas & oil for motorcycle Multi-lingual Tour leader
Support van w/ luggage Entrance fees National parks
Tour book w/route descr. Transport to rental company
Accommodations +2/3 stars Helmet rental
Pictures from the tour T-shirt & neck scarf/buff
Loss Damage Waiver MC State minimum SLI insurance
NOT INCLUDED
Optional attractions
Food and beverages
Insurance/LDW upgrades
Anything not listed in “Included” above

“At JoyRides Tours we believe that good experiences and camaraderie are at least as important as the tour. Our goal is to fill your tour bag with as many positive memories as possible, so you go home with a big smile on your face and with friends you didn’t have before you started your adventure tour.”

ITINERARY WESTBOUND

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Day 1: Departure - Arrival Chicago

When all tour participants have arrived, we meet for a welcome meeting and refreshment, with the introduction of all tour participants and tour leaders. The evening’s program is getting to know each other and we eat dinner together in true American style. Those who are not tired after the long journey may go to a local bar nearby.

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Day 2: Chicago - The Windy City

(Explorer & fun day)

Welcome to Chicago “The Windy City”!  Chicago has a rich history (eg. Al Capone; movie “The Untouchables”) and is the nation’s third-largest city. Over 3 million people live in the inner cities, more than 12 million if you include suburban districts. The city is called “The windy city” because of its harsh climate, characterized by warm summers and bitterly cold and windy winters. Chicago is also home to basketball’s “Chicago Bulls”, where the legendary Michael Jordan was the frontman. “Chicago Cubs” is the city’s baseball team. Chicago is a vibrant music city with many fun bars and clubs.

We start the day with an information meeting, where we cover information about your tour on Historic Route 66 and your stay in Chicago. We also cover practical information and preparations regarding mc and car rental checkout.

Afterward, we start our city tour by visiting Willis Tower, the world’s 9th largest building, 442 feet high, 2.232 steps, 110 floors, and a super-fast elevator (70 seconds). For a long time, the “Tower” was the world’s tallest building, but now it’s surpassed by the 828m high Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The building is still supreme; from the top “Sky Deck” you can see into four US states.

Afterward, we go to Jackson & Adams Street to take a group photo at the end/begin of Route 66. We continue to explore everything Chicago has to offer, “The Magnificent Mile” (shopping street on Michigan Avenue, Chicago’s “Strip”), the Water Tower, Navy Pier, and Millennium Park (watch out for outdoor concerts). NB: Remember good footwear!

In the evening we go to Chicago’s famous blues club, Kingston Mines, a very old club with a rich history. Well-known and lesser-known blues artists play continuously from one of two stages. This is an experience we highly recommend. Group transport back to the hotel around midnight.

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Day 3: Chicago - Milwaukee - Chicago

(Explorer & fun day)

We drive to Milwaukee (by minibus), where we get a tour of the very interesting Harley Davidson Museum. It holds the complete history of Harley-Davidson, the first and last bikes, something for every taste, and the possibility to spend most of the day.

We eat a biker lunch at the museum, before we drive to a local Harley Davidson dealer (e.g. Woodstock Harley Davidson) so those who want/need to supplement equipment can do this.

We end the day by driving to Explorify MC Rentals, where we pick-up the bikes. The car or bike you have booked is prepared, and all necessary insurance is included. NB: Remember to check the bike thoroughly for any scratches, damages, and that there are oil and fuel in the tanks – before driving.

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Day 4: Chicago - Springfield

(Driving day 1: 307 km/187 miles)

This is the day we start our Route 66 adventure! When everyone is ready on their bikes, we start our ride on the 4.000 km long Historic Route 66. Chicago disappears behind us as we head west for a unique adventure full of history and fun. Our first stop is Joliet, home of the Blues Brothers. Then Wilmington and “The Gemini Giant”, where we eat lunch.

Afterward, we drive Route 66 past the old gas station at Odell (a good example of many day-open stations), to the museum in Pontiac, before arriving Springfield, today’s end stop.

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Day 5: Springfield - St. Roberts

(Driving day 2: 366 km/227 miles)

It will be a day full of traditional riding on Route 66 and spectacular nature. Many villages, ancient towns, and historic Route 66 places. Our first

It will be a day full of traditional riding on Route 66 and spectacular nature. Many villages, ancient towns and historic Route 66 places. Our first stop is Mt. Olive, an old Route 66 gas station. We continue to Hamel, where we take a break on at traditional Route 66 diner and enjoy the sun.

We continue our journey through several small towns before arriving St. Louis, where we stop at one of the most famous landmarks in the USA, “The Gateway Arch”, a monument raised in honor of the pioneers who went west. The Arch can be seen at a 6 km distance. St. Louis was long the last civilization. Like the real pioneers, we ride by the “Arch” and stop to capture the moment. We continue south-west through the stunning mountain scenery of the Ozarks, which is among the most scenic along Route 66. Keep your cameras ready!

Our next stop is at Stanton and the Jesse James Museum in Meramec Mines. We get the opportunity to go into the caves where Jesse & his gang hid all the loot they had robbed from their many raids. We will spend the evening here.

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Day 6: St. Roberts - Claremore

(Driving day 3: 381 km/237 miles)

It is a new day full of exciting Route 66 driving through three states; Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma. We ride through the “heart” of the United States, full of various experiences and impressions. This is the way people originally drove Route 66.

Our first stop is picturesque Cuba. We continue to Lebanon, where we look at the legendary Munger Moss Motel. We proceed to Springfield, home of President Abraham Lincoln. Thereafter, we drive to a famous traditional Route 66 gas station, The Gay Parita Sinclair, who currently is run only from donations and sales of Route 66 effects (The station is the legacy of Gary Turner, also known as the kindest man on Route 66). We continue and drive by Joplin, and it’s “Welcome Kansas”.

The drive through Kansas on Route 66 is very short, only about 31 km. We stop at the famous “4 Women on the Route” and Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge, enjoying the historical aura, before continuing to Baxter Springs and into Oklahoma. Oklahoma is the state that has preserved most of the original Route 66 (in total, you can drive about 633 km), and the residents of Oklahoma are those who currently use Route 66 most because a lot of the new Interstate 44 is levied by tolls. It was in Oklahoma people began to use the term “The Mother Road”. Oklahoma is also the state where the landscape changes from foresty to dry. We ride through several towns before we reaching our final stop for the day; Claremore

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Day 7: Claremore - Weatherford

(Driving day 4: 324 km/312 miles)

We continue our journey along exciting Route 66 in the beautiful & lush Oklahoma. The first stop will be Tulsa, where we visit the Route 66 Harley Davidson. Thereafter, we drive to Stroud and visit the Rock Café.

The journey continues along with the many small and cozy Route 66 towns and we stop at several to ensure holiday memories. Then we drive straight to Oklahoma City, where we will have lunch. Oklahoma City is the 31st largest city in the U.S. according to population, but the 8th largest according to land area. After we have digested Oklahoma City, we continue our Route 66 adventure. We ride to Yukon, home of the famous country music artist Garth Brooks. We continue to El Reno, before embarking on the final leg to Weatherford, where we stay overnight.

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Day 8: Weatherford - Amarillo

(Driving day 5: 307 km/191 miles)

We move into a cowboy country and the nation’s largest state, Texas. This day will drive through the prairie country, and there will be some straight-line driving. In some fashion, this will also be the day of “the steak”.

Our first stop is Elk City, where we visit the National Route 66 Museum and take pictures in front of the large Route-66 sign. We say goodbye to Oklahoma and ride into Texas. On the way to Amarillo, we stop in McLean at a traditional Route 66 steak house to eat lunch. Here you can eat one of the most tender steaks you ever tasted. The owner personally buys all beef to ensure the best quality.

Afterward, we head straight to Amarillo, where we take several fun stops. One of them is Cavender’s Boot City, where we stack up with cowboy accessories. We drive to the hotel and check-in before we are picked up in a limo and driven to a Route 66 legend: the “Big Texan Steakhouse” where you can eat the famous 2.2 kg (72 oz.) steak. Those who manage to eat the entire meal within 60 minutes (2.2 kg/72 oz. steak, baked potato, salad, shrimp cocktail, butter, and bread) get the meal free. Many have tried – most have failed. The record is 8 minutes and 52 seconds. Are you up for the challenge?

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Day 9: Amarillo - Santa Fè

(Driving day 6: 451 km/280 miles)

It will be a hot driving day in cowboy country, with long flat fields and countrysides. Partially, we will ride on I-40, since parts of old Route 66 no longer is drivable in this area. Our first stop is the famous “Cadillac Ranch”, where you can sign a very special work of art. We drive to Adrian, who is “Midpoint U.S. Route 66; we are halfway to Los Angeles. We’ll drink a cup of coffee at the local Midpoint diner before we ride out of Texas and into New Mexico. We continue to Tucumcari and visit the “Blue Swallow” (the friendliest motel on R66). We also eat lunch in Tucumcari, before driving to Santa Rosa.

The final stop is Santa Fe, one of the most beautiful cities in the western United States and the capital of New Mexico. Santa Fe will be our home for the next two nights. You will use no more than a few minutes in Santa Fe’s narrow streets until you love the city and the population.

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Day 10: Santa Fè

(Explorer & fun day)

We have ridden over half of the distance on our Route 66 adventure and take a day off to recharge the batteries and enjoy more of the wonderful Santa Fe. The city is located high in the mountains; scenic “Sangre de Cristo “, and is rich in Spanish and Native American history and culture. A unique blend that can be seen in the local art and architecture. The day is free to use as you wish.

You can relax by the pool, enjoy one of the many art galleries, explore Santa Fe or a guided city tour, or visit one of the town’s micro-breweries. You can buy local art in the local market. Do not forget to try “The Green Chili Stew” which has become a favorite among our guests. Santa Fe’s cuisine is famous. In the evening we go to a real cowboy restaurant, eat steak, drink, and enjoying the real cowboy way of life.

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Day 11: Santa Fè - Gallup

(Driving day 7: 363 km/199 miles)

We move out of cowboy country and into Indian native territory. It will be an eventful day as we drive through the land that Indians have lived on for centuries. We start by riding the small fun and curvy roads to Madrid, where the “Wild Hogs” movie with John Travolta was recorded. You can walk into the bar the guys sat in the movie and relax with a refreshing drink. Then we drive just outside Albuquerque to the Route 66 Casino, where we eat lunch. We ride straight to Acoma Sky City, which is the Acoma Indians holy city, lying on top of a high “Mesa” (rock formation). We park outside the Acoma Museum, buy tickets, and take the bus up to the holy city (it is forbidden to walk up on your own). When we arrive at the top, we must stick together and close to the guide. There will also plenty of opportunities to purchase handmade Native American art. We finish the day by driving to Gallup.

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Day 12: Gallup - Williams

(Driving day 8: 390 km/244 miles)

This will be a day of desert driving and unique nature. First, we ride in Navajo and Apache territory to Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert. Is it stone or wood? And is the sand painted? We drive through this wonderful nature reserve, which is a memory for life. We continue to Holbrook and Winslow, where we make a stop at the “corner”. Eagles fans know what “Standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona” means. We eat lunch in Winslow.

After our glucose recovery, we continue along Route 66 to Williams, which is one of the coolest destinations on Route 66. We will stay here for a fun night.

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Day 13: Williams - Grand Canyon - Williams

(Driving day 9: 433 km/271 miles)

This day will for many be the highlight of the tour. We drive to the Grand Canyon helicopter base. Those who have ordered the helicopter tour will get an experience of a lifetime, truly something they will never forget. To hover in the air over one of the seven wonders and experience this natural phenomenon up close is absolutely magical. Highly recommend! After the helicopter ride, we drive a short distance to the visitor center, where you have the chance to watch the world’s most viewed Imax movie. When you see the film it feels almost like standing inside the Grand Canyon. Thereafter, we ride into the Grand Canyon, where we take this year’s holiday photo! NB: Helicopter rides must be booked in advance.

When we finally are able to leave Grand Canyon we drive back to Williams.

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Day 14: Williams - Las Vegas

(Driving day 10: 466 km/289 miles)

We drive to the little Seligman, which has one of the greatest advocates for Route 66’s origin. Seligman is a fun, cozy, and traditional Route 66 town, a lot of great photo opportunities.

This rest of the day will consist of desert driving, very hot conditions, and wonderful scenery. It’s the second day of desert driving, very hot conditions, and wonderful scenery. Our first stop is Hackberry, a small traditional Route 66 gas station, full of history, like taken out of an old movie. We enjoy an ice cream or cola in the shade. Afterward, we cruise on to Kingman and Oatman, an old western village in Mohave (county), which was established by two gold diggers in 1915. The driving distance to the Oatman consists of narrow curvy roads at different height levels, with mountain and desert landscapes. Ideal for filming, perhaps the best opportunity on the tour. In Oatman, remember to lock your bikes, and watch out for donkeys & outlaws in the streets.

We continue on Route 66 before we drive straight to Las Vegas. Some will probably be a bit tired after the desert driving, but we meet for a joint dinner before retiring for the night. The first night in Las Vegas can be used to explore the city’s many offerings + casinos. Welcome to the city called “The adult playground” or “Sin City”.

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Day 15: Las Vegas

(Explorer & fun day)

You are now in one of the most fun cities in the world. The city that has everything, stunning buildings, unique shows, casinos and all kinds of entertainment. Vegas is never boring!

The day is free for your own exploration and it is within walking distance to most of the city sights. We highly recommend visiting Caesars Palace, Bellagio, MGM, Stardust, Treasure Island, The Venetian, Mirage, and Wyatt. In the evening you will be able to watch volcanic eruptions every 15 minutes at the Mirage. The garden is transformed into a flame show. Inside the casino, you will find rare white tigers. The water show outside the Bellagio is also a memory for life. Remember: wear sunscreen and good shoes, you’re going to walk a lot under a blazing sun that day.

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Day 16: Las Vegas - Los Angeles

(Driving day 11: 452 km/280 miles)

It will be a day of city-, highway- and desert driving, and it will get very hot. We recommend riding with a hydration (cooling) vest, which makes it much easier to cope with the heat. We eat breakfast and drive “the strip” before taking a group photo in front of the famous “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign.

We head to Los Angeles, stop at Calico Ghost Town, and eat lunch in Barstow. After lunch, we drive straight to LA, where we return the bikes at Explorify Rentals.

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Day 17: Universal Studios & Hollywood

(Explorer & fun day)

We meet in front of the hotel and drive to Universal Studios, which has many exciting and fun experiences. In Universal Studios everyone do as they please, it’s easy to get oriented and around. We recommend starting with the studio tour, which gives you a quick intro to Universal’s history and how several famous movies were made (throughout the day waiting lines/times for the studio tour will be long). Other recommended attractions are Transformers, King Kong 3D, Terminator, Jurassic Park, Water World, and The Simpsons.

Note: Access to all attractions is included in the ticket. To avoid having to wait in long queues we recommend buying a “Fast Pass”.

In the afternoon we gather for a group picture outside the Universal Studios entrance and to eat dinner together at the Hard Rock Café. Afterward, we take the subway to Hollywood Boulevard and the “Walk of Fame”. The sidewalks have over 2.500 bronze stars of famous artists, movie stars, etc. You will experience the buzz from Hollywood boulevard at night and you will see the famous Hollywood sign. Also, we will visit Mann’s Chinese Theatre, the historic theater where many classic films had their opening night, which also has several personal greetings from the biggest movie stars in the entrance area.

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Day 18: Venice Beach/Santa Monica Pier - Home Travel

(Explorer & fun day)

We check out of the hotel to explore Santa Monica and Venice Beach. We drive to the fun & world-famous Venice Beach; which you’ve probably seen in many TV-series/movies (Bay Watch, Pacific Blue, Speed, Beverly Hills Cop, Rocky III, etc.). Venice Beach is a rare & colorful experience. Here you can experience street performers, street musicians, hippies, bodybuilders (outdoor gym), rollerbladers, skateboarders, etc. showing off. In addition, there are numerous street vendors and fun boutiques selling the strangest things. Venice is anything but boring!

From Venice Beach, we walk to Santa Monica Pier, the End/Begin of the original Route 66, where we take our last group picture & officially End our Route 66 tour. We end the day with a group lunch before we say goodbye to Route 66 & Los Angeles, and travel by bus to the airport and return home.

Thanks for a great ride, good times, and sincerely thank you for choosing to travel with JoyRides. We will be happy to see you again as a participant in one of our other tours in the US, South America, Asia, Oceania, or Europe.

 

Note: Because of the time difference travelers from Europe will arrive home the date/day after departing the US.

Also: This program is a guideline for activities and experiences on the tour. Deviations may occur, but we guarantee that our positive tour leaders will do their utmost to execute the program as described – as far as it is feasible and circumstances allow. We are continually working to improve the program, thus you may experience positive surprises.

ITINERARY EASTBOUND

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Day 1: Departure - Arrival Los Angeles

When all tour participants have arrived, we meet for a welcome meeting and refreshment, with the introduction of all tour participants and tour leaders. The evening’s program is getting to know each other and we eat dinner together in true American style. 

Those who are not tired after the long journey may go to a local bar nearby.

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Day 2: Los Angeles

Today we will explore Santa Monica and Venice Beach. We drive to the fun and world-famous Venice Beach; which you’ve probably seen in many TV-series/movies (Bay Watch, Pacific Blue, Speed, Beverly Hills Cop, Rocky III, etc.). 

Venice Beach is a rare and colorful experience. Here you can experience street performers, street musicians, hippies, bodybuilders (outdoor gym), rollerbladers, skateboarders, etc. showing off. In addition, there are numerous street vendors and fun boutiques selling the strangest things. Venice is anything but boring!

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Day 3: Los Angeles - Las Vegas

(Driving day 2: 452 km)

This is the day we embark on our Route 66-adventure! When everyone is ready on the bikes, we ride on the 4000 km long Route 66. Los Angeles disappears behind us as we head east for a unique adventure full of history and fun. This day there will be big city-, highway- and desert driving, and it gets very hot.

We, therefore, recommend riding with a hydration/cooling vest, which makes it much easier to cope with the heat. We will start quietly, so everyone gets to adjust to the driving conditions and the temperature. Then there is straight ahead to Las Vegas, and if the heat allows it, we drive “The Strip”. We drive to the hotel, which is in the middle of the strip.

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Day 4: Las Vegas

(Explorer & fun day)

You are now in one of the most fun cities in the world. The city has everything, stunning buildings, unique shows, casinos, and all kinds of entertainment. Vegas is never boring!

The day is free for your own exploration and it is within walking distance to most of the city sights. We highly recommend visiting Caesars Palace, Bellagio, MGM, Stardust, Treasure Island, The Venetian, Mirage, and Wyatt. In the evening you will be able to watch volcanic eruptions every 15 minutes at the Mirage. The garden is transformed into a flame show. Inside the casino, you will find rare white tigers. The water show outside the Bellagio is also a memory for life. Remember: wear sunscreen and good shoes, you’re going to walk a lot under a blazing sun that day.

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Day 5: Las Vegas - Williams

(Driving day 2: 466 km)

We have an early breakfast and drive the strip before we take a group photo at the famous “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign. Then we head towards Oatman; An old western village in Mohave, established by two gold miners in 1915. Here we eat lunch. Watch out for donkeys and lawless cowboys on the streets.

On our way, we stop at Hackberry, a small traditional Route 66 station, which is packed with history. We treat ourselves with a cold drink in the shades, before we drive to little Seligman. Seligman is a fun, cozy, and traditional Route 66 city, full of fun photo opportunities. The day ends in Williams where we stay overnight.

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Day 5: Williams - Grand canyon - Williams

(Driving day 3: 190 km)

This day starts and ends in Williams, but not until we have been through the tour’s perhaps greatest highlight. Welcome to the Grand Canyon!

Right before the actual “entrance” is the helicopter base, which will be the first stop of the day. Those who have booked a helicopter ride get an experience they will never forget. Floating in the air over one of the seven wonders of the world and experiencing this close-up natural phenomenon is absolutely magical. Afterward, we eat lunch before we drive further into the Grand Canyon. 

Note: The helicopter ride must be pre-booked.

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Day 7: Williams - Gallup

(Driving day 4: 390 km)

This will be a day of desert driving and unique nature experiences. We will first drive to Winslow and stop on the “corner”. Those who are Eagles fans know what “Standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona” means. Then we drive to Holbrook and into the Navajo and Apache Territories, the Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert. Is it stones or threes? And is the sand painted? We drive through this wonderful nature before we finish the day by driving to Gallup.

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Day 8: Gallup - Santa Fé

(Driving day 5: 363 km)

We leave the cowboy land and drive into the Indian land. It will be an eventful day where we drive through land that Indians have lived on for centuries. We drive straight to Acoma Sky City which is the sacred city of the Acoma Indians and situated on top of a high “Mesa”.We continue to Albuquerque, where we eat lunch.

Afterward, we drive the small, winding, and fun roads to Madrid. The last stop is Santa Fe, one of the most beautiful cities in the western United States. Santa Fe will be our home for the next two nights. You won’t spend more than a few minutes in Santa Fe’s narrow streets before falling in love with the city.

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Day 9: Santa Fè

(Fun and explorer day)

We have ridden over half of the distance on our Route 66 adventure and take a day off to recharge the batteries and enjoy more of the wonderful Santa Fe. The city is located high in the mountains; scenic “Sangre de Cristo “, and is rich in Spanish and Native American history and culture. A unique blend that can be seen in the local art and architecture. 

You can relax by the pool, enjoy one of the many art galleries, explore Santa Fe or a guided city tour, or visit one of the town’s micro-breweries. You can buy local art in the local market. Do not forget to try “The Green Chili Stew” which has become a favorite among our guests. Santa Fe’s cuisine is famous.

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Day 10: Santa Fè - Amarillo

(Driving day 6: 448 km)

It will be a hot driving day in cowboy country, with long flat plains and countrysides. We are riding into America’s largest state; Texas. The first stop is Santa Rosa, before continuing to Tucumcari and visiting “Blue Swallow” (the friendliest motel on R66).

We eat lunch in Tucumcari, before heading out of Texas and into New Mexico, to Adrian, the “MidPoint Route 66 US”. Now we are halfway to Chicago. We’ll have a cup of coffee at the local Midpoint diner before continuing to the famous “Caddilac Ranch” where you can sign a very special artwork.

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Day 11: Amarillo - Weatherford

(Driving day 7: 307 km)

We say goodbye to Texas and drive into Oklahoma. Oklahoma is the state that has preserved most of the original Route 66. It was in Oklahoma people began to use the term “The Mother Road”. The landscape changes from dry to lush.

We drive through several small towns before we stop in McLean at yet another real Texas steak house. Here it is possible to eat one of the tenderest steaks you ever have tasted. We drive into Oklahoma to Elk City and the National Route 66 Museum, which covers the entire time period from the 1920s to the present. Then we drive to Weatherford, where we will stay at a cozy hotel.

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Day 12: Weatherford - Claremore

(Driving day 8: 324 km)

We continue our journey along Route 66 in beautiful and lush Oklahoma. The first stop is El Reno before we get to Yukon. Then we go straight to Oklahoma City, where we will have lunch. After we digested Oklahoma City, we continue our Route adventure. We drive to Stroud, where we visit the Rock Café. The journey continues along many small and cozy Route 66 towns and we stop at several to secure holiday memories with our cameras. The next leg goes to Tulsa, where we visit Route 66 Harley Davidson. Then we continue to Claremore, where we will stay for one night.

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Day 13: Claremore - St. Roberts

(Driving day 9: 381 km)

A new day with a lot of exciting Route 66 driving, through three states; Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri. We drive through the “heart” of the United States with many varying experiences and impressions. This is the way people originally drove Route 66.

On our way out of Oklahoma, we continue to drive through small towns before arriving at Baxter Springs. We stop at the well-known “4 Women on the Route” and the Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge, enjoying the historic vibe. We continue to a traditional Route 66 station; The Gay Parita Sinclair, currently run only by donations and sales of Route 66 effects.

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Day 14: St. Robert - Springfield

(Driving day 10: 366 km)

The ride from St. Robert to St. Louis runs through the magnificent Ozarks mountain landscape, which is one of the most scenic along Route 66. We continue through breathtaking landscapes and small towns along historic Route 66 before stopping in the idyllic town of Cuba.

The next stop is Stanton and the Jesse James Museum in Meramec Mines, where we have the opportunity to enter the caves where Jesse and his band hid all the stuff they had robbed from their many raids. We drive out of Missouri and there is a lot of real traditional Route 66 driving. Many small, old towns and historic Route 66 sites.

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Day 15: Springfield - Chicago

(Driving day 11: 325 km)

It will be a new day with fun and historic Route 66 driving. We begin with the old gas station at Odell (which is a good example of an old  24-hour station) and continue along Route 66 to Pontiac. Then we continue to Wilmington and “The Gemini Giant” where we eat lunch. The next stop will be in Joilet, the hometown of the Blues Brothers, where we stop for ice cream. Then we drive straight back to Chicago, where we return our vehicles.

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Day 16: Chicago - Milwaukee - Chicago

(Fun and explorer day)

We drive to Milwaukee (by minibus), where we get a tour of the very interesting Harley Davidson Museum.It holds the complete history of Harley-Davidson, the first and last bikes, something for every taste, and the possibility to spend most of the day.

We eat a biker lunch at the museum before we drive to a local Harley Davidson dealer (e.g. Woodstock Harley Davidson) so those who want to supplement equipment can do this.

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Day 17: Chicago

(Fun and explorer day)

Welcome to Chicago “The Windy City”!  

We start our city tour by visiting Willis Tower, the world’s 9th largest building. From the top, you can see into four US states. We continue to explore everything Chicago has to offer, “The Magnificent Mile” (shopping street on Michigan Avenue, Chicago’s “Strip”), the Water Tower, Navy Pier, and Millennium Park (watch out for outdoor concerts). Note: Remember good footwear!

In the evening we visit one of Chicago’s famous blues clubs, Kingston Mines, a very old club with a rich history. Well-known and lesser-known blues artists play continuously from one of two stages. Group transport back to the hotel around midnight.

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Day 18: Departure Chicago - home travel

We say goodbye to Route 66 and Chicago and travel by bus to the airport before returning home. Thanks for a great ride, good times and sincerely thank you for choosing to travel with JoyRides. We will be happy to see you again as a participant in one of our other tours in the US, South America, Asia, Oceania, or Europe.

 

Note: Because of the time difference travelers from Europe will arrive home the date/day after departing the US.

Also: This program is a guideline for activities and experiences on the tour. Deviations may occur, but we guarantee that our positive tour leaders will do their utmost to execute the program as described – as far as it is feasible and circumstances allow. We are continually working to improve the program, thus you may experience positive surprises.

Prices (USD)

DRIVER in shared room:
From $5 595
DRIVER in single room:
From $6 495
PASSENGER in shared room:
From $3 695
PASSENGER in single room:
From $4 595

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13.07.2021

Tour category:
Route 66 - Westbound
Date from:
12.10.2021
Date to:
29.10.2021
Booking deadline:
17.08.2021

Tour category:
Route 66 - Westbound
Date from:
03.05.2022
Date to:
20.05.2022
Booking deadline:
08.03.2022

Tour category:
Route 66 - Westbound Blues
Date from:
03.06.2022
Date to:
20.06.2022
Booking deadline:
08.04.2022

Tour category:
Route 66 - Westbound
Date from:
05.07.2022
Date to:
22.07.2022
Booking deadline:
10.05.2022

Tour category:
Route 66 - Westbound
Date from:
09.08.2022
Date to:
26.08.2022
Booking deadline:
14.06.2022

Tour category:
Route 66 - Westbound
Date from:
06.09.2022
Date to:
23.09.2022
Booking deadline:
12.07.2022

Tour category:
Route 66 - Westbound
Date from:
11.10.2022
Date to:
28.10.2022
Booking deadline:
16.08.2022


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Date from
Date to
Booking deadline
Status

Tour category:
Route 66 - Eastbound Campaign
Date from:
21.04.2021
Date to:
08.05.2021
Booking deadline:
24.02.2021

Tour category:
Route 66 - Eastbound Postnord
Date from:
22.06.2021
Date to:
09.07.2021
Booking deadline:
24.03.2021

Tour category:
Route 66 - Eastbound Blues
Date from:
20.05.2021
Date to:
06.06.2021
Booking deadline:
25.03.2021

Tour category:
Route 66 - Eastbound
Date from:
22.06.2021
Date to:
09.07.2021
Booking deadline:
27.04.2021

Tour category:
Route 66 - Eastbound
Date from:
22.07.2021
Date to:
08.08.2021
Booking deadline:
27.05.2021

Tour category:
Route 66 - Eastbound Campaign
Date from:
27.08.2021
Date to:
13.09.2021
Booking deadline:
02.07.2021

Tour category:
Route 66 - Eastbound Campaign
Date from:
28.09.2021
Date to:
15.10.2021
Booking deadline:
03.08.2021

Tour category:
Route 66 - Eastbound Campaign
Date from:
21.04.2022
Date to:
08.05.2022
Booking deadline:
24.02.2022

Tour category:
Route 66 - Eastbound Blues
Date from:
19.05.2022
Date to:
05.06.2022
Booking deadline:
24.03.2022

Tour category:
Route 66 - Eastbound
Date from:
21.06.2022
Date to:
08.07.2022
Booking deadline:
26.04.2022

Tour category:
Route 66 - Eastbound
Date from:
26.07.2022
Date to:
12.08.2022
Booking deadline:
31.05.2022

Tour category:
Route 66 - Eastbound Campaign
Date from:
23.08.2022
Date to:
09.09.2022
Booking deadline:
28.06.2022

Tour category:
Route 66 - Eastbound Campaign
Date from:
27.09.2022
Date to:
14.10.2022
Booking deadline:
02.08.2022

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