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  • Oklahoma

    Oklahoma City Tulsa

    Oklahoma is home to more Native American tribes than any other state except California! Visitors will find Native American art galleries, museums, historic sites, pow wows, dances and festivals.

    • Land Run Statue

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    • Route 66 Museum

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    • Bricktown Walkway, Oklahoma City

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    • Rodeo

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    • Oklahoma City National Memorial

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    There are also events which pay homage to the cowboys of history, with more than 100 rodeos taking place in the state each year. The modern-day cowboys compete in calf-roping, steer-wrestling and bull-riding events. The state also has a strong African-American heritage, leading back from when Oklahoma was used to escape slavery and oppression.

    The flat, fertile land of the central region is only one part of Oklahoma's diverse terrain. In the east, the prairies give way to rugged mountains and dense forests. This region, today a favourite of thrill-seeking rappellers, hikers and equestrians, was once a favourite of outlaws. Robbers Cave State Park served as a hideout notorious fugitives such as Jesse James and Belle Starr. The Broken Bow area is also popular with outdoorsmen, renowned for its fly-fishing and boating opportunities. In the north, the grasslands shift again into one of Oklahoma's most intriguing natural wonders, the Great Salt Plains, literally an 8,690-acre sea of salt, and in the west lie the Beaver Dunes, where adventurous visitors can rev up dune buggies or ATVs and race down sandy slopes.

    It may be hard not to assume that the farm-life images of the musical Oklahoma are true for the entire state. However, while Oklahoma as a whole tends to be conservative and inspires nostalgia for a simple slower pace of life, sophistication is not precluded. The vision and sensitivity with which the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum were established, in honour of those who died in the 1995 bombing, attest to this. So do the state's well-preserved architectural gems; remnants of the Oklahoma oil boom of the 1920s and 1930s, which include the Price Tower Arts Center in Bartlesville, the only completed skyscraper designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and the Art Deco buildings of Tulsa.

    Oklahoma is also home to the longest driveable stretch of the historic Route 66 with nearly 400 miles of ‘America’s Main Street’. Visitors will find landmarks in roadside architecture, including the Blue Whale and Totem Pole Park, on this original highway to the West

  • Route 66

    Begins in Chicago, Illinois and ends in Los Angeles, California

    23 Days / 22 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    One of the most renowned driving routes in the world, historic Route 66 spans across North America, from Chicago in the east to Los Angeles in the west. Covering over 2,000 miles, it takes three weeks or longer to complete the journey in its entirety so we have created three options to choose from: the entire journey (Chicago to Los Angeles); Chicago to Albuquerque or Oklahoma City to Los Angeles. The journeys shown are based on car rental, however motorbikes or motorhomes can be substituted should you prefer them.

    Alternative Durations

    Should you not have a full 23 days available to do the full length of Route 66, then we can offer shorter duration trips for you to enjoy 'the mother road'. Please see details below:

    Duration: 15 days / 14 nights 

    Starts Chicago and ends Albuquerque

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    Starts Oklahoma City and ends Los Angeles 

    • Route 66 Museum

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    • Gas Station on Route 66

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    • Giant Bottle on Route 66

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    Arrive Chicago

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Chicago. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel. Chicago is one of the most popular US cities and it’s easy to see why. A myriad of attractions and the fabled ‘Magnificent Mile’ of shopping keep its visitors entertained and the cultural mix provides for fabulous dining options too.

    Hotel: Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel

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    Springfield

    Make your way to Jackson Boulevard at Lake Shore Drive this morning, considered the official starting place of Route 66. Stop at the Route 66 Welcome Centre in Joliet, see a 28-foot-tall spaceman in Wilmington and have a bite to eat at the Cozy Dog Drive-In in Springfield before arriving at your hotel.

    Hotel: President Abraham Lincoln DoubleTree, Springfield

    202Mi/325Km

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    St. Louis

    Have lunch at the Ariston Café in Litchfield, which is one of the oldest restaurants on Route 66. Stop at Henry’s Rabbit Ranch where a replica of a vintage gas station and displays of highway memorabilia can be found, and make a slight detour to walk across the old Chain of Rocks Bridge in Madison, the longest pedestrian bridge in the world.

    Hotel: St Louis Union Station DoubleTree

    96Mi/155Km

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    Springfield

    Leaving the Mississippi River behind today, you’ll travel through the picturesque Ozark Mountains towards the small city of Springfield, Missouri. A stop at the Meramec Caverns near Stanton is a must.

    Hotel: DoubleTree by HIlton Springfield

    289Mi/465Km

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    Tulsa

    You’ll cross three states today; you’ll leave Missouri, briefly drive through Kansas and arrive in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Along the way, stop at the ‘4 Women on The Route’ restored gas station in Galena, cross the Rainbow Curve Bridge in Baxter Springs, visit the Route 66 Packard Museum in Afton, see the world’s largest Totem Pole in Foyil and peruse the giant Blue Whale in Catoosa.

    Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton, Tulsa

    113Mi/182Km

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    Oklahoma City

    It’s a short drive today past the Cherokee Outlet towards Oklahoma City. Walk around the Oklahoma City Zoo or botanical gardens and visit the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

    Hotel: Sheraton Oklahoma Downtown

    107Mi/173Km

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    Amarillo

    Today’s drive brings you into the cowboy state of Texas. Stop en route at the entertaining Sand Hills Curiosity Shop in Erick, visit the U-Drop Inn in Shamrock, the Devil’s Rope Barbed Wire Museum in McLean, the leaning water tower in Groom and the VW Slug Bug Ranch in Conway, where five VW Beetles are buried nose-down in the ground.

    Hotel: Courtyard Amarillo Downtown

    260Mi/419Km

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    Santa Fe

    Briefly taking the I-40 which replaced the old Route 66, you’ll witness ghost towns which were once thriving when Route 66 was a major highway. Stop at the Midpoint Café in Adrian, which marks the midpoint of the old Route 66, equidistantly 1139 miles from Los Angeles and Chicago. We have allowed a full day in Santa Fe, which is America’s oldest state capital, to relax and explore.

    Hotel: Inn & Spa at Loretto

    279Mi/449Km

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    Albuquerque

    It’s a short but scenic journey to Albuquerque, so why not venture off the freeway along the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway? You’ll enjoy breathtaking views from atop Sandia Crest, and pass through the mining towns of Los Cerrillos, Madrid and Golden. Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico and is full of exciting attractions such as the historic downtown and city zoo.

    Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Albuquerque

    61Mi/98Km

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    Gallup

    Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the 66 Diner on Central Avenue before getting back on the road. Stop at Grants, where some of the historic Route 66 motels and shops still exist, before arriving in the old railroad town of Gallup on the western edge of New Mexico. Visit the historic El Rancho Hotel and drive down motel row, which sparkles with vintage neon motel signs.

    Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Gallup

    140Mi/226Km

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    Flagstaff

    Crossing the border into Arizona, today’s drive promises some great sights. Stop at the Petrified Forest; the only National Park to contain a section of historic Route 66, pass through the ghost town of Two Guns, stop for a photo in Winslow and visit the Meteor Crater. In Flagstaff, we recommend you take time to explore the historic downtown area.

    Hotel: Little America Hotel, Flagstaff

    186Mi/299Km

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    Kingman

    Back on the road, you’ll enjoy stops in Williams, where the Grand Canyon Railroad takes passengers to the Grand Canyon, and Seligman, which is rich in Route 66 nostalgia including the famous Snow Cap Drive-In. Kingman is home to the Route 66 Museum, as well as many scenic walking trails.

    Hotel: Best Western Plus, A Wayfarer's Inn

    167Mi/269Km

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    Barstow

    Leaving Arizona behind, you cross the magnificent Mojave Desert en route towards California - which is the last state on the Route 66 journey. We suggest a stop at the small Wild West-style town of Oatman, where gift shops, saloon bars and live shows are sure to entertain, before crossing the Colorado River and arriving in California.

    Hotel: Best Western Plus Desert Villa Inn

    207Mi/333Km

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    Santa Monica

    There is plenty to see on the final stretch of Route 66. Stop at the Route 66 Museum in Victorville, see the Wigwam Motel and the McDonald’s Restaurant Museum in San Bernardino and enjoy a fresh orange juice at Bono’s Big Orange in Fontana. You’ll drive through West Hollywood and Beverly Hills before reaching Santa Monica Pier, the official end of Route 66! We have allowed a three night stay in Santa Monica for you to relax and enjoy the many attractions of Los Angeles.

    Hotel: Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

    131Mi/211Km

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    Journey home

    Take the short drive to Los Angeles Airport, return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    13Mi/21Km

    Prices

    From £3092 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Alternative Durations

    Duration: 15 days / 14 nights 

    Starts Chicago and ends Albuquerque

    From £2165 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

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    Starts Oklahoma City and ends Los Angeles 

    From £2415 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    One way drop off charge on car hire is not included in these prices and is payable locally.

    PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of the route involved and locations visited, some hotels featured are tourist class only. Should you wish to stay in higher graded properties please let us know and we will amend the route accordingly.

    Cowboy Days & Indian Ways

    Begins in and ends in Kansas City, Kansas

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation.
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Oklahoma City

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    • Old Cowtown Museum, Wichita

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    • Red Earth Pow Wow Dancer

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    • Sunflower Field

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    • Haskell Cultural Center, Lawrence

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    • Moore Ranch Longhorns

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    • River City Brewing, Wichita

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    Arrive Kansas City

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Kansas City. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and take the short drive to Lawrence, where you are based for the first two nights of your stay.

    Hotel: The Eldridge

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    Lawrence

    Playing a crucial role in Kansas’ history, Lawrence is a thriving and unique town. Visit one of the four great museums, stroll the boutique shops or take a drive out of town to Fort Leavenworth, built to protect the Permanent Indian Frontier, the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails. Alternatively try the 172 acre National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame at Bonner Springs.

    Hotel: The Eldridge

    43Mi/69Km

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    Cottonwood Falls

    Depart Lawrence for the beautiful Flint Hills as you travel south to Cottonwood Falls. The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve showcases the tallgrass prairie ecosystem; perhaps take the seven mile bus tour where narrative is offered. On your second day, why not take the Overland Wagon Tour, a western adventure highlighting the pioneers of the 1840’s and 1850’s?

    Hotel: Grand Central Hotel

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    Salina

    This morning head north on the Flint Hills Scenic Byway to Council Grove, which is designated a National Historic Landmark. En route, make a stop at Lindsborg, filled with unique shops, museums and art galleries. Discover Abilene’s history at the Dickinson County Historical Museum. On your second day, we suggest a circle day trip. First visit Kansas Safari at Rolling Hills Zoo, then head west to Ellsworth, renowned as the ‘wickedest cow town in the west’! The spirit of the Old West is still alive at Drover’s Mercantile, featuring 1870s style clothing. Next take the 16 mile Post Rock Scenic Byway, winding through the beautiful Smoky Hills.

    Hotel: Courtyard Salina Marriott

    121Mi/194Km

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    Wichita

    Today your journey takes you south to the largest city in Kansas. Wichita is located at the point where the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers join together and was named for The Wichita Indians. A dozen museums are scattered throughout the city, or, if you’re looking to enjoy the outdoors you’ll enjoy the 136 municipal parks which cover almost 3,000 acres of the city. Beautifully landscaped, many offer walking and biking trails.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Wichita

    81Mi/130Km

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    Oklahoma City

    Make an early start to Oklahoma City as there is plenty to keep you entertained. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum features art from the finest contemporary artists in the nation, as well as botanical and natural gardens, a turn of the century western town and American Cowboy and American Rodeo Galleries. On your second day Oklahoma City’s stockyards, the largest feeder cattle market in the world, is a must see.

    Hotel: Sheraton Oklahoma City Hotel

    161Mi/258Km

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    Tulsa

    Today travel the ‘Main Street of America’ Route 66 to Tulsa. Quaint roadside diners, old fashioned service stations and eclectic shops line the route. You may wish to take a day to visit Tahlequah, the end of the Trail of Tears for the eastern Cherokees and the capital of the Cherokee Nation. Visit the Cherokee Heritage Centre and the National Museum and Murrell Home, the only remaining Antebellum Plantation home in Oklahoma. Perhaps call at Fort Gibson en route back to Tulsa, the first army post in the Indian Territory. Once the oil-producing capital of the nation, Tulsa is both an affluent and pretty city. Stroll Cherry Street and the historic shopping district in the heart of town.

    Hotel: The Mayo Hotel

    106Mi/171Km

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    Overland Park

    Your final full day takes you back along Route 66, along the historic Frontier Military Scenic Byway to Fort Scott National Historic Site, a restored 1842 frontier military fort. Before arriving in Overland Park you may choose to visit Mine Creek Battlefield State Historic Site.

    Hotel: Sheraton Overland Park Hotel

    233Mi/374Km

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    Journey Home

    Enjoy your last morning in Overland Park before making the short journey back to Kansas City Airport for your flight back to the UK.

    28Mi/45Km

    Prices

    From £2241 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Oklahoma and Kansas from Yesteryear to Today

    Begins and ends in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

    13 Days / 12 Nights

    Departures: Year Round

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    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
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    • Personalised Road Book
    • Keeper of the Plains, Wichita

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    • Golden Driller, Tulsa

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    • Philbrook Gardens Art Museum, Tulsa

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    • Cherokee Heritage Center, Tahlequah

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    • Bricktown, Oklahoma City

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    • National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City

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    • Standing Bear Monument, Ponca City

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    • Cosmospere, Hutchinson

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    • Flint Hills National Scenic Byway

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    • Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Strong City

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    • Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa

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    Arrive Tulsa

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Tulsa. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel. Your first two nights are based in Tulsa, once the oil-producing capital of the nation, it turned from a cow-town to a cosmopolitan city and now offers a distinctive mix of influences.

    Hotel: The Mayo Hotel

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    Tulsa and beyond

    This morning take the 75 miles drive south east to Tahlequah in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. Learn about Cherokee history and culture at the Cherokee Heritage Centre. This vast centre is home to the Ancient Village, Adams Corner Rural Village, the Trail of Tears exhibit and the Cherokee National Museum providing an in-depth look at the Cherokee heritage. Then it’s on to Fort Gibson, the first army post in Indian Territory. In operation from 1824 to 1890, the 80 acre site encompasses 29 historic buildings and numerous archaeological ruins

    Hotel: The Mayo Hotel

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    Oklahoma City

    Leaving Tulsa, you follow part of historic Route 66 enjoying the eclectic towns of Sapulpa, Bristow and Stroud along the way. This afternoon you arrive into Oklahoma City, the largest city in the state. There is plenty to keep you entertained so we’ve given you a full day to explore. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum features art from the finest contemporary artists in the nation as well as botanical and natural gardens, a turn of the century western town and American Cowboy and American Rodeo Galleries. Bricktown is Oklahoma City’s hottest entertainment and dining area and offers a host of shopping options too. If you’ve time to spare visit Oklahoma City’s stockyards, the largest feeder cattle market in the world. Watch the cowboys working the livestock and feel the excitement of the auctions!

    Hotel: Sheraton Oklahoma City

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    Wichita

    Perhaps enjoy breakfast at Cattleman’s Steakhouse in Stockyard City before you start your journey for Ponca City. The dream of oil baron EW Marland was to live in a palace and Marland Mansion was the realisation of these dreams. The affluent oil man entertained extensively in his 55 room ‘Palace on the Prairie’ and now its your turn to visit. Before arrival in Wichita we suggest two more stops. Pioneer Woman Statue and Museum is dedicated to women who have made outstanding pioneering contributions in space, photography, medicine and settling new lands. Standing Bear is a monumental tribute to all Native Americans, and its surrounding parks feature cultural symbols. Wichita is located at the point where the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers join together and was named for The Wichita Indians. A dozen museums are scattered throughout the city. Old Cowtown Museum is an open air 1870s living history museum on the Chisholm Trail and The Museum of World Treasures boasts an extensive collection of artifacts from dinosaurs and early civilizations. If you’re looking to enjoy the outdoors you’ll enjoy the 136 municipal parks which cover almost 3,000 acres of the city. Beautifully landscaped, many offer walking and biking trails.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Wichita

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    Hutchinson

    A leisurely day today as you are travelling just a short distance. Take time to visit the quaint Amish village of Yoder where you can peruse the hand made quilts and then perhaps enjoy lunch at Carriage Crossing Restaurant. Your afternoon is best spent at Kansas Cosmospere and Space Centre, a world class space museum featuring one of the largest collections of US space artifacts.

    Hotel: Hampton Inn

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    Salina

    Have some fun at Hedrick’s Exotic Animal Farm, feeding, petting and hearing all about the animal adventures. Then its on to the Kansas Underground Salt Museum, where the exhibits are displayed 650 feet beneath the Kansas prairie in a working salt mine. More animals this afternoon at Maxwell Wildlife Refuge, home to roaming herds of bison and elk. En route to Salina make a stop at Lindsborg, filled with unique shops, museums and art galleries and at Smoky Hill Vineyards where you can taste over 25 wines.

    Hotel: Fairfield Inn by Marriott

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    Council Grove & Cottonwood Falls

    Following breakfast take a leisurely drive east to Abilene at the end of the famous Chisholm Trail. Here you can discover its rich history at the Dickinson County Historical Museum, Seelye Mansion, the museum of Dwight D Eisenhower and his childhood home. The town of Council Grove has no fewer than 13 sites designated as National Historic Landmarks and is rich in Santa Fe Trail and pioneer history, so make sure you make a stop here before finally following the road south on the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway to tallgrass Prarie National Preserve. On your second day why not take the Overland Wagon Tour, a western adventure highlighting the pioneers of the 1840’s and 1850’s, or take a personalised ranch experience into the Flint Hills.

    Hotel: Grand Central Hotel

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    Bartlesville

    Driving south you follow the remainder of the Flint Hills Scenic Byway, then southeast to Sedan which is surrounded by beautiful wooded hills and has a quaint downtown with boutique Victorian stores. The Emmett Kelly Museum, filled with memorabilia honours the famous clown and his sad-faced character Willie. Then your final stop is Bartlesville, the town that oil built! Your accommodation is in Price Tower, Frank Lloyd Wright’s only build skyscraper. Whilst in town visit the residence of the famous oil baron.

    Hotel: Inn at Price Tower

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    Tulsa

    It’s just a short drive today to Tulsa. Stroll Cherry Street and the historic shopping district in the heart of town, visit The Gilcrease Museum’s collection of fine art and artifacts and The Philbrook Museum of Art, which is located in the 1927 Italianate-style mansion of oilman Waite Phillips. Finally, take a trip back in time wandering the antique shops and tea rooms at the heart of Jenks downtown district. West of the river its fondly known as the crafts capital of Oklahoma.

    Hotel: The Mayo Hotel

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    Journey Home

    Enjoy your last morning in Tulsa before making the short journey back to Tulsa Airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £1699 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

  • Historic Route 66

    Begins in Chicago, Illinois and ends in Los Angeles, California

    14 Days / 13 Nights

    Departures: June, July and August

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    • Transportation in a custom-made vehicle
    • Services of a Grand American Adventure tour leader
    • Classic tour
    • Historic Route 66

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    • Route 66

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    • Pontiac Town Mural, Illinois

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    • Gateway Arch, St. Louis

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    • Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede in Branson

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    • Route 66 Museum, Oklahoma

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    • Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo

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    • El Morro National Monument

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    • Grand Canyon National Park

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    • Las Vegas

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    • Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles

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    Arrive Chicago

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Chicago. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel, where a welcome meeting will be held in your hotel for you to meet your tour leader and fellow travelling companions. Relax and enjoy the remainder of your day by grabbing a slice of deep-dish pizza before venturing up the Willis Tower, or take to the streets for your very own walking tour along the shores of Lake Michigan.

    Hotel: Cambria Hotel

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    Springfield

    After leaving Chicago, your first stop on your Route 66 holiday is the town of Pontiac to see the fantastic Main Street murals celebrating Route 66, the Pontiac automobile brand, and local cultural and political history. A collection of more than 150 artists known as the `Walldogs' painted a collection of 18 murals in just four days in the summer of 2009. Then you'll head south to the iconic Route 66 stop of 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, 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!

    Hotel: The State House Inn

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    St Louis

    From Springfield, 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 tour attraction, where you can try a 'Concrete', an extremely thick milkshake made from vanilla frozen custard. Spend the evening checking out the city's vibrant nightlife at your leisure.

    Hotel: Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch

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    Branson

    Home to Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede and considered 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.

    Hotel: Grand Plaza Hotel Branson (Breakfast included )

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    Oklahoma City

    Today you will make your way to Oklahoma, with more driveable miles of the old highway than any other state, it's 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 can enjoy a full day discovering some of the city's many cultural attractions. Visit the Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum and the historic Coleman Theatre - built in the late 1920s in the 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. A top tip is to swing by the many food trucks scattered around the city and sample some local flavours at reasonable prices.

    Hotel: Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel (Breakfast included)

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    Amarillo

    Amarillo in the state of Texas is your destination for today. Before you leave Oklahoma and get on your 'Way to Amarillo', you'll visit the 'official' Route 66 Museum to learn about the legends surrounding the road you're travelling on, and make a short stop at Lucille's Service Station & Roadhouse. Then 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!

    Hotel: Drury Inn and Suites (Breakfast included)

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    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 you can 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, which is famous for hot coffee and rolls. Today you make a stop at Tucumcari Post and Curios, an eccentric souvenir store and drive through the Tijeras Canyon which cuts the Southern Rocky Mountains from east to west.

    Hotel: Nativo Lodge (Breakfast included)

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    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 which counts John Wayne and Katherine Hepburn amongst its famous guests.

    Hotel: El Rancho Hotel

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    Grand Canyon (South Rim)

    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 mentioned in The Eagles' lyric, "standin' on the corner in Winslow, Arizona". The Grand Canyon is the ultimate symbol of the Desert Southwest and a spectacle not to be missed. It's not on the original Route 66, but it's so close it would be a crime to pass it by! This incredible natural wonder is difficult to comprehend. 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!

    Hotel: Red Feather Lodge

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    Las Vegas

    The historic Route 66 town of Seligman and its Snow Cap Diner makes for a quirky stop on route to Vegas, especially since it’s filled to the brim with pure Americana. Once in Vegas and if it's gambling you want, you’ve 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 to discover some of the quirky things that epitomise this city, as well as learning about some of its colourful history. You also have time for some last-minute shopping and to relax by the pool before a night out on the town amidst the bright lights and world-class shows.

    Hotel: Golden Nugget Hotel

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    Journey Home

    On your final day, you have the endless sunshine of California in your sights, following Route 66 across the great Mojave Desert to the city of Los Angeles. You'll toast farewell to an epic American road trip and to your new friends, from the iconic Santa Monica Pier, before you transfer to the airport for your flight home.

    Prices

    From £3199 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

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