• Departing from? Departing from
  • Travelling to? Travelling to
  • When? When
  • How long for? How long for
  • Clear Search
  • Departing from?Dublin + 3
  • Travelling to?Italy + 1
  • When?March 2015
  • How long for?7 nights
  • Clear Search
Route 66 USA - 15 Nights
from Per person

Route 66 USA - 15 Nights

  • 15 Night Holiday
  • B&B
View Dates & Prices

Embark on the quintessential great American road trip all the way from Chicago to L.A. Constructed in 1926, Route 66 became known as the “Main Street of America” or “The Mother Road”, as it wound through towns, trading posts and small communities across the United States. Originally a major trucking route for American agriculture, it also became the main road for migrants travelling from the Dust Bowl to California during the years of the Great Depression.

Officially removed from the US Highway System in 1985, the sections of the road that remain are now known as Historic Route 66.  It has become a symbol of American history and culture, featured in countless songs, films and television shows, and remains a popular path for travellers from around the world to this day.

Head out on the highway and drive from east to west across eight states, passing through the heart of America along the way. From the Windy City, you will travel through a diverse array of landscapes, from the fertile valleys of Missouri, the ranch lands of Texas, the woodlands and open plains of Oklahoma to the deserts of Arizona and New Mexico, all the way to the Pacific Coast.

Continue to the sparkling city of Las Vegas and the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon, before finally arriving among the bright lights of L.A. If ever there was the journey of a lifetime, this is it.  

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Dollar ($)
Passport
Irish / UK citizens are required to carry a machine-readable passport when travelling to the US. All passengers travelling to the United States are now required to complete an online form used to screen passengers under the Visa Waiver Program.  This is called ESTA - The Electronic System for Travel Authorization. Click here for more information
Airport

Flying into Chicago Newark and our of Los Angeles, The flight times are 9 hours and 55 minutes approx. on the way out and 11 hours and 40 minutes approx. on the way back.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not required before your departure.

Climate

Route 66 USA has a generally mild climate year-round, yet enjoys the beauty of four distinct seasons. Spring and autumn are seasons of pleasantly warm days and cool nights. Summer daytime temperatures are genearlly in the 80-90°F (27-32°C) range, although they can occasionally reach 100°F (38°C) on very hot days. Winter daytime temperatures are generally in the 30-40°F (1 to 4°C) range, very occasionally dropping to near zero or below.  

Food & Drink
Route 66 USA is a gourmet's delight and restaurants come in all shapes, styles and sizes. There are many five star establishments offering fine dining. Be sure to sample sumptuous Southern specialties such as fried green tomatoes, mint juleps, peach cobbler, gumbo, soul food, jambalaya, fried chicken, barbecue ribs, iced tea, grtis, catfish and soft shell crabs. 
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: $3.70
  • Beer: $4.70
  • Glass of wine: $7.00
  • Light meal: $12.00
  • Soft Drink: $2.00
  • Bottled Water: $2.00
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A North American plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading/Viewing

EZ66 Guide For Travelers, by Jerry McClanahan

Parallel Roads (Lost on Route 66) by Dennis Higgins

Holiday highlights

The Grand Canyon

 A result of millions of years of wind and water erosion, and an endless expanse of shapes, colours and impe-netrable shadow, the Grand Canyon is one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring wonders in the world.

Las Vegas

 The gaming capital of the world, glittering like a mirage in the desert. Famed for its buzzing energy, 24-hour casinos and endless entertainment options, you will have ample time to explore the 4 mile long Strip and all it has to offer.

The Loop, Chicago

One of Downtown Chicago’s three official community areas, The Loop is the historic business district that is home to the city’s tallest skyscrapers, impressive architecture, fantastic parks and the theatre district. With plenty of great cafés and restaurants, shops galore on State Street and iconic Millennium Park all located in this area, it’s where you’ll find the beating heart of Chicago.

Oklahoma Route 66 Museum

No trip along Route 66 would be complete without learning something of the incredible history of this great road. From the huge effort required to construct the route in the 1920s to the mass migrations of the Great Depression, The Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in the town on Clinton offers unique insights through its collections and exhibits. You can even experience a taste of 1950s America in their authentic roadside diner.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Dollar ($)
Passport
Irish / UK citizens are required to carry a machine-readable passport when travelling to the US. All passengers travelling to the United States are now required to complete an online form used to screen passengers under the Visa Waiver Program.  This is called ESTA - The Electronic System for Travel Authorization. Click here for more information
Airport

Flying into Chicago Newark and our of Los Angeles, The flight times are 9 hours and 55 minutes approx. on the way out and 11 hours and 40 minutes approx. on the way back.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not required before your departure.

Climate

Route 66 USA has a generally mild climate year-round, yet enjoys the beauty of four distinct seasons. Spring and autumn are seasons of pleasantly warm days and cool nights. Summer daytime temperatures are genearlly in the 80-90°F (27-32°C) range, although they can occasionally reach 100°F (38°C) on very hot days. Winter daytime temperatures are generally in the 30-40°F (1 to 4°C) range, very occasionally dropping to near zero or below.  

Food & Drink
Route 66 USA is a gourmet's delight and restaurants come in all shapes, styles and sizes. There are many five star establishments offering fine dining. Be sure to sample sumptuous Southern specialties such as fried green tomatoes, mint juleps, peach cobbler, gumbo, soul food, jambalaya, fried chicken, barbecue ribs, iced tea, grtis, catfish and soft shell crabs. 
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: $3.70
  • Beer: $4.70
  • Glass of wine: $7.00
  • Light meal: $12.00
  • Soft Drink: $2.00
  • Bottled Water: $2.00
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A North American plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading/Viewing

EZ66 Guide For Travelers, by Jerry McClanahan

Parallel Roads (Lost on Route 66) by Dennis Higgins

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 – Travel to the USA

Afternoon

Travel to the USA

Depart Dublin for your flight to the USA. On arrival in Chicago you will be met by our local representative before transferring to your hotel.

Day 2 - Chicago

Morning

Chicago

Enjoy a full day of exploration in Chicago, known as the “Windy City.” You will discover the extravagant shopping district generally known as the Magnificent Mile, before crossing over the Chicago River to the downtown core, which is known as the Loop. The Loop is the historical centre of Chicago and here you will find the Sears Tower, Grant Park, Millennium Park and Navy Pier.

Afternoon

Chicago

Following lunch at your leisure, you will continue your tour with a visit of Lincoln Park, the River North neighbourhood, the go-to district for those who appreciate fine art and design, before ending the day with a visit of Uptown, the city's concert venue district.

Day 3 - Chicago to St. Louis

Morning

McLean & Springfield

After breakfast, begin your journey on the world-famous Route 66. At McLean, stop at the Dixie Truckers Home, a truck stop built in 1928, open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year! Drive on towards the city of Springfield, founded by trappers and traders in 1818 and capital of the state of Illinois since 1837. Enjoy a guided excursion to the Abraham Lincoln House and Museum in Springfield. Approximate distances: Chicago to Mc Lean 243km (2hr 30min) and McLean to Springfield 83km (1 hour)

Afternoon

Continue to St Louis

Enjoy some free time for lunch before continuing on the journey along Route 66 to Saint Louis. Approximate distance: Springfield to St. Louis 155km (1hr 30 min).

Evening

St Louis

Spend the evening in one of the blues clubs that thrive in the centre of St Louis.

Day 4 – St. Louis to Branson

Morning

Morning City Tour

Depart on a morning guided excursion of Saint Louis. Just south of the Missouri-Mississippi river junction, Saint Louis has long been a major river port, railroad hub, and industrial centre. Take the tram to the centre of Gateway Arch. The 192m high stainless steel arch, commemorating westward expansion, is part of the Jefferson National Memorial and symbol of the city.

Afternoon

Travel to Branson

Relax with lunch at your leisure before leaving St. Louis to travel south through the Ozarks towards the lively American musical mecca of Branson. Approximate distance from St. Louis to Branson is 404km (4 hours).

Day 5 - Branson to Oklahoma City

Morning

Travel along the Will Rogers Highway

Following breakfast continue along Route 66 through eastern Oklahoma along the scenic Will Rogers Highway. Approximate distance: Branson to Claremore 313km (3 hours)

Afternoon

Will Rogers Memorial Museum

Enjoy an afternoon visit to the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore where you will learn about the ‘Wild West’ American performer’s life, wisdom and humour before continuing onwards to Oklahoma City. Approximate distance: Claremore to Oklahoma City 216km (2 hours)

Day 6 - Oklahoma City

Morning

Oklahoma City

After breakfast, begin your day visiting the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Home to more than 28,000 Western & American Indian art works it is America’s premier institution of Western history, art and culture. The museum also contains Prosperity Junction, a turn-of-the-century western town reproduction.

Afternoon

Stockyards City

Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Stockyards City, home to a number of shops specializing in all things Western.

Day 7 - Oklahoma City to Amarillo

Morning

Oklahoma Route 66 Museum

Depart Oklahoma City for the town of Clinton and the ultimate Route 66 experience at the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum. Here you will encounter the iconic ideas, images and myths of ‘The Mother Road’. Approximate distance: Oklahoma City to Clinton 137km (1hr 30 min)

Afternoon

Travel to Amarillo

This afternoon continue onwards crossing the Texas Panhandle before returning to Old Route 66 for a scenic drive before arriving in Amarillo, known as the ‘yellow rose of Texas’. Approximate distance: Clinton to Amarillo 283km (3 hours)

Day 8 - Amarillo to Albuquerque

Morning

Cadillac Ranch

After breakfast your day beings with a visit to the Cadillac Ranch consisting of ten Cadillac cars which are buried nose down in the ground. Approximate distance: Amarillo to Tucumcari 182km (2 hours)

Afternoon

Travel to Albuquerque

Enjoy some free time for lunch at Tucumcari where a large number of restaurants built in the 1930s to the 1950s are still in business. Later that afternoon travel onwards to Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city that sits in the high desert. Approximate distance: Tucumcari to Albuquerque 280km (3 hours)

Day 9 – Albuquerque

Morning

Sandia Peak Tramway

Enjoy a trip on the Sandia Peak Tramway, an aerial tramway which stretches from the northeast edge of Albuquerque to the crest line of the Sandia Mountains. Experience amazing views of the 28,000 square kilometres of New Mexico’s countryside as you are transported above deep canyons on this unforgettable ride. (Please be aware that weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains and that certain conditions may cause the Tramway to close without notice)

Afternoon

At Leisure

Enjoy an afternoon and evening at leisure for sightseeing and shopping of your choice in Albuquerque.

Day 10 - The Grand Canyon

Morning

Flagstaff

Depart Albuquerque early morning and drive towards the town of Flagstaff, a city surrounded by mountains, desert and ponderosa pine forests. Approximate distance: Albuquerque to Flagstaff is 523km (5 hours)

Afternoon

The Grand Canyon

After lunch at your leisure travel onwards to the Grand Canyon. This superb geological phenomenon will most certainly be one of the highlights of your trip as you embark on a walk along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. A result of millions of years of wind and water erosion, and an endless expanse of shapes, colours and impe¬netrable shadow, the Grand Canyon is one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring wonders in the world. Approximate distance: Flagstaff to Grand Canyon 127km (1hr 30 min)

Evening

Flagstaff

Enjoy sunset over the Canyon with free time for dinner at your leisure at Grand Canyon Village before returning to your hotel in Flagstaff. Approximate distance: Grand Canyon to Flagstaff 127km (1hr 30 min)

Day 11 - Flagstaff to Las Vegas

Morning

Travel to Las Vegas

Continue along the famed Route 66 to Las Vegas, the gaming capital of the world, glittering like a mirage in the desert. Approximate distance: Flagstaff to Las Vegas is 401km (4 hours).

Afternoon

At Leisure

Indulge in an afternoon and evening at leisure in the iconic Las Vegas. Famed for its buzzing energy, 24-hour casinos and endless entertainment options, you will have ample time to explore the 4 mile long Strip and all it has to offer.

Day 12 - Las Vegas

Morning

Lake Mead

Depart in the morning to Lake Mead, a 220km long lake that stretches from Grand Canyon National Park to Bullhead City. Enjoy a guided tour of the power plant at Hoover Dam, one of the largest dams in the United States which is situated on the famous Colorado River. Return to Las Vegas.

Afternoon

At Leisure

Indulge in another afternoon and evening at leisure in Las Vegas. Why not relax by the pool, enjoy some shopping or try your luck at one of the many casinos?

Day 13 - Las Vegas to Los Angeles

Morning

Calico

Depart Las Vegas for Los Angeles in the morning. You will travel over several superb stretches of the Southwest to arrive in Calico, a typical Far West town named for the surrounding multi-coloured mountains. Enjoy a visit of this typical silver-mining town that boomed after the discovery of silver in the foothills in 1881. The town was restored by the Knott family in the 1950s, and opened to the public as a ghost town. With a welcome by cowboys and sheriffs in old-style outfits, you will feel like you are going back to the Far West of the 1880s. Approximate distance: Las Vegas to Calico 240km (2 hr 30 min)

Afternoon

Continue to Los Angeles

Continue your journey towards Los Angeles, a sprawling Southern California city famed as the centre of the nation’s film and television industry. Approximate distance: Calico to Los Angeles is 203km (2 hr 30 min).

Evening

At Leisure

Enjoy an evening at leisure to explore Los Angeles at your own pace.

Day 14 - Los Angeles

Morning

Guided Tour of Los Angeles

Start the day with a guided tour of Los Angeles, during which your guide will point out the countless film locations in the city. Starting in downtown, you will see the business district and the Mexican quarter before making a stop at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, followed by a visit to Griffith Park Observatory, where you will be able to enjoy a panoramic view of Los Angeles. Finish the morning in Hollywood with a walk down Hollywood Boulevard where you will find the legendary Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, complete with the handprints of famous stars in the cement.

Afternoon

Santa Monica

After lunch at your leisure you will continue to the exclusive Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive, followed by the nearby Santa Monica. Indulge in some time at leisure to enjoy the Pacific Ocean, walk along the boardwalk, and do some shopping before arriving back at your hotel in late afternoon.

Day 15 – Return Home

Morning

Return Home

Transfer to Los Angeles International Airport for your overnight flight home.

Day 16 – Arrive Home

Morning

Arrive Home

Arrive home following your unforgettable trip along the iconic Route 66.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

Hampton Inn and Suites Chicago Downtown 3

Experience Chicago from Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago-Downtown, located steps from the Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois. The hotel is surrounded by shops and restaurants. ... read more read more read more

Experience Chicago from Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago-Downtown, located steps from the Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois. The hotel is surrounded by shops and restaurants. 

Hotel address
Hampton Inn and Suites Chicago Downtown
33 W Illinois St
Chicago
IL 60654
View available dates for this hotel

Drury Inn Union Station 3

Drury Inn Union Station offers guests a unique stay in the historically renovated 1907 St. Louis Railroad YMCA building where many original features have been preserved. It is the ideal place to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing.... read more read more read more

Drury Inn Union Station offers guests a unique stay in the historically renovated 1907 St. Louis Railroad YMCA building where many original features have been preserved. It is the ideal place to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing.

Hotel address
Drury Inn Union Station
201 S 20th St
St. Louis
MO 63103
View available dates for this hotel

Grand Oaks Hotel 3

Located close to Branson’s entertainment district, your hotel offers easy access to shops, dining facilities and attractions. With comfortable, well equipped guest rooms and up to date amenities, Grand Oaks Hotel is an ideal touring base.... read more read more read more

Located close to Branson’s entertainment district, your hotel offers easy access to shops, dining facilities and attractions. With comfortable, well equipped guest rooms and up to date amenities, Grand Oaks Hotel is an ideal touring base.

Hotel address
Grand Oaks Hotel
2315 Green Mountain Dr
Branson, MO 65616
USA
Branson
View available dates for this hotel

Sheraton Oklahoma City Hotel 4

Centrally located in Oklahoma City and only a few blocks from Bricktown Entertainment District, the Sheraton Oklahoma City offers comfortable accommodation equipped with up to date amenities and an onsite restaurant.  ... read more read more read more

Centrally located in Oklahoma City and only a few blocks from Bricktown Entertainment District, the Sheraton Oklahoma City offers comfortable accommodation equipped with up to date amenities and an onsite restaurant.  

Hotel address
Sheraton Oklahoma City Hotel
1 North Broadway Avenue
Oklahoma City
OK 73102
View available dates for this hotel

Holiday Inn Amarillo West Medical Center 4

The Holiday Inn Amarillo is a contemporary property, with comfortable bedrooms and an onsite casual dining restaurant.... read more read more read more

The Holiday Inn Amarillo is a contemporary property, with comfortable bedrooms and an onsite casual dining restaurant.

Hotel address
Holiday Inn Amarillo West Medical Center
8231 Amarillo Boulevard West
Amarillo
Texas 79124
View available dates for this hotel

Nativo Lodge 3

Nativo Lodge offers guests a unique stay in a hotel that is rich in modern facilities and Native American culture and is the ideal place to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing. ... read more read more read more

Nativo Lodge offers guests a unique stay in a hotel that is rich in modern facilities and Native American culture and is the ideal place to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing. 

Hotel address
Nativo Lodge
6000 Pan American Freeway NE,
Albuquerque
NM 87109
View available dates for this hotel

Embassy Suites By Hilton Flagstaff 3

Located in the heart of Flagstaff, the Embassy Suites offers comfortable, modern accommodation and is a relaxing base for touring in the region. There is a choice of dining options within walking distance of your hotel.     ... read more read more read more

Located in the heart of Flagstaff, the Embassy Suites offers comfortable, modern accommodation and is a relaxing base for touring in the region. There is a choice of dining options within walking distance of your hotel.     

Hotel address
Embassy Suites By Hilton Flagstaff
706 South Milton Road
Flagstaff, Arizona,
86001
View available dates for this hotel

Luxor Las Vegas 3

The Luxor Hotel is an Egyptian themed casino resort on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip. It is uniquely housed in a 30-storey pyramid topped with a 315,000-watt light beam. Offering comfortable accommodation equipped with up to date amenities and onsite dining ... read more read more read more

The Luxor Hotel is an Egyptian themed casino resort on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip. It is uniquely housed in a 30-storey pyramid topped with a 315,000-watt light beam. Offering comfortable accommodation equipped with up to date amenities and onsite dining facilities your hotel offers easy access to an array of shopping and sightseeing options.

 

 

Hotel address
Luxor Las Vegas
3900 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas
NV 89119
View available dates for this hotel

Miyako Hotel 3

  Located in downtown Los Angeles, your hotel offers easy access to an array of shopping, dining and sightseeing options. The Miyako Hotel is contemporary and stylish, with comfortable bedrooms and facilities that include an onsite Sushi restaurant, coffee shop and bar.... read more read more read more

 

Located in downtown Los Angeles, your hotel offers easy access to an array of shopping, dining and sightseeing options.

The Miyako Hotel is contemporary and stylish, with comfortable bedrooms and facilities that include an onsite Sushi restaurant, coffee shop and bar.

Hotel address
Miyako Hotel
328 East 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Los Angeles
View available dates for this hotel

*Some hotel facilities are seasonally operated and may not be available at the time of your stay. Charges may apply for certain facilities.

View more hotels

Departure Dates & Prices

Find your perfect holiday...

  • Date
  • Departs
  • Duration
  • Hotel & Accommodation
  • Price
  •  
Filter your results
Filter your results
View more departure dates

Departing on
Change date

Hotels on this trip

View all hotels

What's included in your price

inc. all taxes & charges

Price, taxes, flight times & availability are subject to change. E&OE. Price based on per person, sharing. Single Supplement cost may apply.

How many people are travelling?
Book now
  • Baggage from €40.00
  • Insurance from €12.50
  • Single Supplement from €149.00

Peace of mind with Belfast Telegraph & Travel Department

Why us

  • The ease of booking a complete itinerary.
  • We offer you affordable luxury.
  • We are experienced and dedicated to your experience.
  • Customers often return to travel with us again.

Our guides

  • Friendly and welcoming everywhere you go.
  • Local experts, enthusiastic about their area.
  • Take pride in making your holiday engaging.
  • Innovative itineraries with amazing excursions.

Our promise

  • To remember your holiday is a very precious time of the year.
  • To go the extra mile for you, our customers.
  • To describe our holidays in an honest manner.
  • To use your feedback to continually improve our service.

Fully protected

  • 24/7 emergency contact number while abroad.
  • We are a privately owned company and have been in business for over 20 years.
  • Travel Department holidays are fully licenced by the Civil Aviation Authority and are ATOL Protected.