Roaming Route 66
... desert towns and spectacular modern cities. Along the way you’ll stop off at dusty, cactus-filled national parks, take in impressive mountain views and view one of the best preserved meteorite craters in the world.
Some of the highlights included are:
- Drive one of the world’s most famous road trip routes
- Admire far-reaching views of the Grand Canyon
- Try your luck in the casinos of the Las Vegas Strip
- Pose with the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles
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- All international flights
- 18 nights in 4–4.5* hotels & hand-picked local gems
- 16 days car hire
- One-way fee, payable locally
- Grand Canyon Explorer tour
- Airport transfers
Need to know
- Arrives: Chicago O’Hare International Airport
- Time difference: GMT-5
- Visa requirements: British passport holders require an electronic travel authorisation (ESTA), available online
- Language: English
- Currency: US dollar (USD)
- Flying time from UK: around 9 hours direct
- Plug type: 2 flat pins
- Voltage: 120V
Fly from UK to Chicago
Explore the sights of the Windy City and perhaps take in a sports game. Head to the 94th floor of the 360 Chicago Tower and tuck into a few extra cheesy Chicago deep pan pizzas.
4* The James Hotel
Admire the scene-stealing Gateway Arch in St Louis, Missouri, a city filled with lovely green spaces including pretty Forest Park, which contains a zoo, an art museum, a history museum and a science centre.
4* Omni Majestic
Also in Missouri, Springfield is known as the birthplace of Route 66. Ride a jeep-drawn tram through the city’s caves or check out the exhibits at the excellent Discovery Center.
Take a look around the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, or slurp on freshly cooked noodles in Little Saigon, the city’s Asian district.
3* Crowne Plaza Oklahoma City
Admire the strange Cadillac Ranch art installation in Amarillo, as well as the even weirder Ozymandias on the Plains, a huge pair of legs, complete with socks.
4* Staybridge Suites
Arrive in the dusty desert town of Albuquerque, a laid-back place filled with taco shops and surrounded by the impressive Sandia Mountains and their cactus-lined walking trails.
4*Hyatt Regency Tamaya
View Holbrook’s 50,000-year-old Barringer Meteor Crater, one of the best preserved examples of a meteorite crater anywhere, then take a stroll in the Petrified Forest National Park.
2* Travel Lodge Holbrook
Walk from viewpoint to viewpoint along the rim of the Grand Canyon, stopping to admire the wonderful views of the jagged cliffs and dramatic rock formations below.
2* Thunderbird Lodge Grand Canyon
Take a flutter in Las Vegas. Take off from Las Vegas and fly to the Grand Canyon for a day among the dramatic cliffs and spectacular views, and tuck into a tasty picnic lunch on the rim.
4.5* MGM Grand
Grand Canyon Explorer Tour
Finish with the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles, where you can walk the Hollywood Walk of Fame and check out the hand and foot prints at the Chinese Theatre, or simply chill out on Venice Beach.
4.5* Andaz West Hollywood
Depart Los Angeles and return to the UK
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